Ron Dakron

Fiction Writer

Author's Bio

Ron Dakron is the author of the novels Hello Devilfish!, infra, Newt, Hammers, and Mantids. His work runs the gamut from surrealism to sci-fi pastiche, with a prose style that he describes as "haplessly Chicagoan and influenced by working class whites, African American slang and Yiddish comedy." His novels explore differing styles of poetic prose, from Romaticism, to Cubism, B-movie satire to mangled Japanese translation. Point No Point tagged his novels as "a cross between jive bullshit, hip-hop Henny Youngman, and full-tilt Rimbaudian street-smartass sublimity." Raven Chronicles judged him "as sinister as a thirteen-year-old with a lighter and a keg of butane." Publishers Weekly deemed him "a writer with a fine ear and plenty of gusto."

Born in Chicago, Dakron majored in English at Elmhurst College and Lawrence University before moving to Seattle where he worked as a street violinist and house painter, and developed a confrontational poetic performance style "drenched in faux punkery." He began writing novels in his late 20s, and considers himself "a proud working-class novelist who dreams up Big Lit." Dakron currently lives in Seattle, WA.

Publications & Prizes

Hello Devilfish! (Three Rooms Press, 2014)
Mantids (Black Heron Press, 2008)
Hammers (Black Heron Press, 1998)
Newt (Black Heron Press, 1992)
infra (Black Heron Press, 1987)
Prizes won: 

King County $5000 Fiction Prize 1991

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Villa Park, IL
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Last update: Mar 06, 2017