Who’s on the board? Say hello to Zane DeZeeuw

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Zane DeZeeuw is the new Secretary. He joined the board in March 2018. Read on to learn more about him.

  1. What do you like to write? Fiction is my preferred genre; I am getting my MFA in Fiction. I generally write short stories with gay characters, but right now I am working on my thesis which is a falling-out-of-love novel about two gay men. That being said, I also love writing poetry and creative nonfiction. The more I write, the more I realize that the genres bleed into each other and are not the compartmentalized categories we are taught to believe.
  2. Where do you live? I am from southwestern Colorado, but I currently live in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
  3. Do you go to school/teach? I am a graduate assistant in the MFA program at Western Kentucky University where I am currently teaching two sections of freshman composition, taking three classes, and finishing up my thesis (a novel). I’ll wrap up my time here in July, and by then, hopefully I will have a career in editing, publishing, content writing, or copywriting.
  4. What’s your favorite LGBTQ-related book or book by an LGBTQ author? I have two favorites: My favorite novel will forever be After the Parade by Lori Ostlund. Never have I read a more true account of what it feels like to be a gay man trying to find his way in the world. My favorite mixed-genre book is Bluets by Maggie Nelson. I love her marriage of personal narrative with blue-related research and how her book’s segments read like both poetry and creative nonfiction.
  5. If you could have any superpower, what would it be? My superpower would be the ability to stop time. I am fairly Type-A, so I would appreciate the extra time to get stuff done and to get caught up on work. I would also utilize frozen time in order to travel places without wasting extra time. I promise I would use the power for good 99% of the time, but I have to admit that I am a little bit of a prankster. So, I would inevitably have to pull some benign pranks on people as well.
  6. Coffee or tea? Milk or dark chocolate? Print or e-reader? Tea — but only iced tea in the summer. Otherwise, I never drink caffeine. Dark chocolate — forever and always (particularly when paired with peanut butter). PRINT!!! Long live libraries, the ability to curl up with a book by a body of water without worrying about a machine’s mortality, and the aestheticism of books as home decor!
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