Currents, an Interview Series with Brian Alan Ellis (Episode 94: David Simmons)

David Simmons

DAVID SIMMONS is the author of Ghosts of East Baltimore (Broken River, 2022). He lives in Baltimore, Maryland, with his wife and daughter.

My current favorite thing to watch is: The End of Sentence channel on YouTube. Hosted by 1090 Jake.

My current favorite thing to listen to is: the Trips to Michigan album by GGL Slick. Also been listening to a lot of FBG Cash and FBG Duck.

 My current state of mind is: elated.

My current chemical romance involves: edibles. I caught Covid twice this year and the second time I got it it completely wrecked my lungs. I used to smoke J’s and dab all day long and now I can’t even hit my pen, let alone a J. So I started fucking with edibles but I take them every morning like prescription meds. The only toxic part about that shit is that the edibles are always muffins, cupcakes, brownies, gummies, always candy, which is not good for you.

My current words of wisdom are: …don’t ever rat on your family and keep your mouth shut.

My current mode of transportation is: [a] black BMW E90.

My current favorite fast food item is: [a] steak and cheese eggroll from the carryout spot.

My current workout routine consists of: having sex with my wife.

My current regrettable decision involves: …I left my phone charge and laptop charger at home today.

My current hopes and dreams are: [that] my book sells hella copies so I don’t have to work a 9-5 anymore or go back to selling dope.

My current hobbies include: raising my daughter, being a good husband, writing short stories, bidding on resale Jordans, working on my next novel, playing Elden Ring terribly and buying gold jewelry.


David Simmons is online at

Brian Alan Ellis runs House of Vlad Press, and is the author of several books, including Sad Laughter (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2018) and Hobbies You Enjoy (serialized daily on Instagram: @hobbiesyouenjoy). His writing has appeared at Juked, Hobart, Fanzine, Monkeybicycle, Electric Literature, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, X-R-A-Y, Heavy Feather Review, and Yes Poetry, among other places. He lives in Florida.

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