Ron Drummond

Ronald N. Drummond (b. 1959 in Seattle, Washington) is a writer, editor, and independent scholar.


Ron Drummond is the author of "The Sonic Rituals of Pauline Oliveros";[1] "The Frequency of Liberation",[2] a critical fiction about the novels of Steve Erickson; "Ducré in Euphonia: Ideal and Influence in Berlioz";[3] "Broken Seashells,",[4] an essay/meditation on ancestral memory and the music of Jethro Tull ); and the introductory essays for the 8-volume edition in score and parts of The Vienna String Quartets of Anton Reicha;[5] among numerous other essays, fictions, poems, reviews, and interviews. More recent publications include a short story, "Troll,"[6] published in Black Clock, and a performance essay on the Tokyo String Quartet.[7]


As an editor, Drummond has worked extensively with the novelist and critic Samuel R. Delany, most notably on the essay collections The Straits of Messina (1989),[8] Longer Views (1996),[9] the novel They Fly at Çiron (1993),[10] collection Atlantis: Three Tales (1995),[11] a novel-in-progress, Shoat Rumblin (2002), and Dark Reflections (2007); he was the publisher of Çiron and Atlantis. Drummond is also a four-time proofreader and editorial redactor of Delany's most famous novel, Dhalgren (Bantam Books, 1974; Wesleyan University Press, 1996; Vintage Books, 2001); because of his work, the Third and later printings of the Vintage edition of this typographically complex novel are considered by the author to be the most accurate rendering of the text ever published. Delany writes, "Ron's editorial acumen is the highest I have encountered in a professional writing career of more than thirty years."[12] In March 2006, Drummond gave a talk on "Editing Samuel R. Delany" at a two-day international academic conference on Delany's life and work held at SUNY Buffalo.[13]

Drummond has also worked extensively with novelist John Crowley, publishing Crowley's short story collection Antiquities (1993),[14] editing the novels Dæmonomania (2000)[15] and Endless Things (2007), and the electronic versions of Ægypt and Love & Sleep (, 2002). He is currently preparing a deluxe archival edition [5] of Crowley's 1981 novel Little, Big, featuring the art of Peter Milton, an essay by Harold Bloom, and the typographical design of John D. Berry; though originally slated for publication in 2007, the new edition had not been published as of July 2020.


From September 2002 through June 2003, Drummond created an original design for the World Trade Center Memorial called 'A Garden Stepping into the Sky'. The design was the focus of a documentary by independent filmmaker Gregg Lachow[16] and was featured on and Seattle's KOMO-TV News.

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  1. ^ [1] Uncle Jam and The Music Paper of New York, 1986).
  2. ^ [2] Science Fiction Eye, 1993.
  3. ^ 2003 Cambridge Music Festival Programme, Cambridge UK, 2003.
  4. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on December 2, 2006. Retrieved November 11, 2006.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Black Clock #4, Fall Winter 2005-06.
  5. ^ Merton Music [3], (London, 2006).
  6. ^ Black Clock #11, Fall 2009/Winter 2010
  7. ^ [4] "The Tokyo String Quartet Performs," Classical.Net, March 2011
  8. ^ Samuel R. Delany, The Straits of Messina (Serconia Press, Seattle, 1989): see dedication page (p. v) and publisher's note (p. iv).
  9. ^ Samuel R. Delany, Longer Views (Wesleyan University Press / University Press of New England, Lebanon NH, 1996): see author's "Preface" (p. x).
  10. ^ Samuel R. Delany, They Fly at Çiron (Incunabula, Seattle, 1993): see author's "Note" (p. vii) and publisher's note (p. 173).
  11. ^ Samuel R. Delany, Atlantis: Three Tales (Incunabula, Seattle, 1995; Wesleyan University Press / University Press of New England, Lebanon NH, 1995): author's note (p. iv).
  12. ^ As per Drummond's on-line c.v. See also Delany's comment on Drummond in About Writing (Wesleyan University Press, 2005), p. 279.
  13. ^ See L. Timmel Duchamp's Delany Conference review.
  14. ^ John Crowley, Antiquities (Incunabula, Seattle, 1993): see publisher's note (p. 103).
  15. ^ John Crowley, Dæmonomania (Bantam Books, New York, 2000): see "Author's Note" (p. 453).
  16. ^ A brief review was published in Seattle's independent weekly newspaper The Stranger.

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