Richard Ringer hails from Greenville, OH but spent time performing in New York's Antifolk scene which he says he found liberating. Ringer's latest album, Creepster Freakster, was a departure from previous recordings written from the point of view of fictional characters. A lifelong writer, Ringer has written an unpublished novella and is currently working on a new album called Afterlife Surprise, set to be released in 2012.
Nathan Peters (Captain of Industry) joins Juliet Fromholt in the WYSO studios during the Fall 2011 Pledge Drive. Peters performs several acoustic songs live in the studio and talks about some upcoming shows he's putting together at Gilly's in downtown Dayton, including one this Saturday, October 8th featuring the Motel Beds, Me & Mountains, the Lab Partners and Astro Fang.
The novelist George Pelecanos has been plugging away writing crime fiction for a number of years. He sets his books in his hometown of Washington, D.C. He just started a new series that features Spero Lucas, a veteran of the Iraq War who is now working in a somewhat shady occupation: he recovers stolen merchandise.
In "The Cut" Lucas has been hired to recover some stolen shipments of marijuana. Lucas quickly becomes entangled in a nether world of creepy criminals. Lucas just wants his cut. He'll get 40% of the value of any goods he can recover.
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.