Meet the Editors: J. Ransel Romine IV

Photo by Ashlyn Napoletano

Photo by Ashlyn Napoletano

Hello all, and welcome to the brand new Bombus Press blog! This is a feature that will pop up sporadically, where the editors can post their thoughts on a particular topic. This week, we will be posting interviews with the members of the Editorial staff.

J. Ransel Romine IV is a sophomore at Temple University, studying History and Spanish. They enjoy coffee, critical theory, Beethoven, and peanut butter sandwiches. They formerly worked as an editor at Danse Macabre, an online literary magazine.

Artists/writers you like or admire or inspire you
I especially love modernist and postmodernist writers. I count Ezra Pound, James Joyce, TS Eliot, Dylan Thomas, Kurt Vonnegut, Federico García Lorca, Xul Solar, Carlos Fuentes, Jorge Luis Borges, Augusto Monterroso, and Pablo Neruda as major influences. However, above all other writers, I consider Franz Kafka my personal favorite. I love his work not only for its aesthetic qualities, but also for the way it captures and makes intelligible the experiences of alienation, absurdity, and anxiety.

What is your favorite vegetable?
Onions! Onions can add lovely sweet and piquant flavors to any dish, cooked or raw. I think that people underestimate just how much onions can liven a dish.

What do you like most about bees?
I love bees as pollinators! Many important crops, including coffee, lemon, avocado, and my aforementioned favorite vegetable the onion rely on bees for pollination. Many sorts of flowers depend on bees for pollination too! Without bees, we wouldn’t be able to enjoy these wonderful plants.