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5 Burning Questions with dave ring

As well as feature our future readers, we also wanted to check in with folks who have read for us over the last 5 years. dave ring read for us in 2017 – read what he has been up to below!

What have you been up to since reading with us at Writers & Words? How has the writing been going?

I’ve been reasonably productive!  I have both a novella and novel in revisions, and a handful of short stories either in the world or forthcoming.  I’ve also launched a small press, Neon Hemlock, putting out zines, queer chapbooks and speculative fiction.

What are you working on right now (writing or otherwise (nothing is a valid answer as well))?

I’m in the middle of edits for Glitter + Ashes: Queer Tales of a World that Wouldn’t Die, an anthology of resiliency and post-apocalyptic stories.  It’s coming out in August.

I’m also working on a short story with post-apocalyptic vampires set in Silver Spring.  Think Jewelle Gomez meets Only Lovers Left Alive.

What has been your favorite Quarantine Read thus far?

 I tore through Docile by K.M. Szpara right when everything started.  Now I’m reading Rosewater by Tade Thompson.

How would you describe the writing community where you live in just a few words?

Cocooning, vulnerable, resilient.

What would be a few words of advice you would give someone wanting to get into any writing community?

Reach out and volunteer some of your time!  It can be hard at first, but I volunteered with OutWrite one year and then the next I was accidentally the Chair.

Bonus question: What level of quarantine are you at? 1) relaxing with a book,  2) the dog clears her throat too loudly,  3) hot dog fries, 4) THE PRINTER IS BROKEN I DON’T NEED A PRINTER, 5) I am one with the Force and the Force is with me.

I’m vegetarian, but I think I’m hovering right at hot dog fries right now.

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dave ring is the chair of the OutWrite LGBTQ Book Festival in Washington, DC. He has stories featured or forthcoming in a number of publications, including Fireside Fiction, GlitterShip, and A Punk Rock Future. He is the publisher and managing editor of Neon Hemlock Press, as well as the editor of Broken Metropolis: Queer Tales of a City That Never Was from Mason Jar Press. More info at www.dave-ring.com. Follow him at @slickhop.

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