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Artist: Grady Champion Release: Dreamin’ Audio CD GSM Music Group, 2011
Dayton-native Marian Schwilk-Thomas began attending classes at Wright State University after her husband's death. It was there she attended one of Dr. Gary Pacernick's poetry classes where she realized that she had to work at poetry. Schwilk-Thomas has since published a book of poetry, The Boat of What I Know.
Here Marian Schwilk-Thomas talks with Conrad Balliet about her writing journey and shares several poems.
In 2003, Jennifer Knapp left her career as a successful Christian artist and didn't perform for 7 years. Now Knapp has rekindled her music career identifying herself as a gay person of faith. She has released a folk album called "Letting Go," and she'll perform in Dayton next weekend. WYSO's Juliet Fromholt spoke with Knapp about her return to music.
Bonneville makes their second appearance on Kaleidoscope, performing stripped down versions of tracks from their forthcoming album, Amy's House and debuting several album tracks. Amy's House was written after the band's 2010 release, Drawing Maps, and features the addition of keyboards as a focal instrument on the majority of the tracks.
The first time I interviewed James Lee Burke the year was 1997 and he came out to the station to talk about his novel "Cimarron Rose." That book went on to win the Edgar Award for that year.
That interview was the beginning of a wonderful connection with one of America's greatest writers. Burke just published his 30th novel, "Feast Day of Fools." The author is now 75 years old and while he has slowed down a little bit; he no longer goes out on book tours, his writing gets more powerful with each successive book.