Zane DeZeeuw is the new Secretary. He joined the board in March 2018. Read on to learn more about him.
- 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.
- Where do you live? I am from southwestern Colorado, but I currently live in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!