Doug Rice was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He received his BA in English from Slippery Rock State College and did his MA in creative writing at SUNY-Binghamton, where he studied under John C. Gardner, and his MA in English Literature at Duquesne University. He studied for his PhD in Literature at the University of Pittsburgh. His first novel, Blood of Mugwump, was selected by Kathy Acker as a runner-up for the FC2 First Novel Award. He has taught at La Roche College, Kent State University-Salem and currently teaches creative writing, literary theory and film history and theory at Sacramento State University. His work has appeared in numerous anthologies and literary journals including Avant Pop: Fiction for a Daydream Nation, Dirty : Dirty Anthology, Kiss the Sky, Alice Redux, Phantoms of Desire, Discourse, Gargoyle, Zyzzyvya, and others. His work has been translated into Polish, Spanish, French, Portuguese, and German.
Rice is the author of Between Appear and Disappear
From the author“I listened to my maternal grandma ever since I was a young boy. Her stories fascinated me because they just wandered around, ignoring all sense of the sentence and of stopping. That beautiful woman taught me more about exploding sentences and narratives than Faulkner did. She just did it in the telling. So I guess I started remembering when she started telling me these stories and that started me writing. And I just kept getting them all wrong. So I started young because I was painfully bored by what capitalism offered up by ways of storytelling and my grandma could tell a story in ways that fascinated me.
Later, Kathy Acker and I used to talk about why we started telling stories and it always came down to the simple desire to entertain ourselves.”