If you see something done very, very well, something that is true to itself, you can feel for two or three minutes that the clouds have parted and you've had a vision of some- thing of what music or art or writing can do, at its best. A revelation of the full range of our human response to the world--that is, what it means to be human, on earth. That seems to be what 'hope' is about in re- lation to art. Nothing so simple as 'happy endings.'
To desire to write poems [or stories] that endure we undertake such a goal certain of two things: that in all likeli- hood we will fail, and that if we suc- ceed we will never know it
I have never in my life written any- thing straight out, not even a five line poem. I have always revised and edited.
Joyce Carol Oates
Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go. If you do it right, you're coming up out of yourself in a way that's not entirely governable by your intellect. That's why the most important lesson I've learned is that planning to write is not writing. Outlining a book is not writing. Researching is not writing. Talking to people about what you're doing--none of that is writing. Writing is writing.
Every part of the world, however small, contains the world entirely. Or put another way: if you concen- trate your attention on some appa- rently insignificant portion of the world, you will find, deep within it, nothing less than the world itself.
Ron has two essays out: "My Father's Secrets," in Creative Nonfiction (a finalist in their national competition); and "The Last Draft," in The Louisville Review.
His short story, "Tarzan, Again," appeared in the spring issue of The Green Mountain Review
His second novel, "Missile Paradise," will be published by Ig Publishing in the spring of 2016.
The Latest News 2015
Recent Awards: Nachbhar Award (for contribution to humanities); Maryland State Arts Council grant in fiction; National Council on Public History grant; finalist in Creative Nonfiction essay contest; finalist in Lamar York Fiction and Nonfiction competitions; second place in Editor's Choice Awards, Florida Review; winner, Gertrude Press Chapbook competition; finalist, Ropewalk Chapbook award in fiction
The Marshall Islands Story Project has been completed. Ron created the program in 2008 to help Marshallese community college students learn better English, gain competence in new media (website building) and, using these skills, preserve the oral story-telling culture of their island nation.