Wednesdays 8:01pm

Ever looked at a piece of art, watched a play or movie, or read a book and thought, "How'd they do that?" Doug Dangler, the host of Craft, asks this question of writers, performers, and artists every week.  And they tell him about how they got into their craft, what inspires them, and what makes it worth the work. Explore creativity every Wednesday at 8:01 pm on WCBE.

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Comedian Erin Foley, appearing in Columbus on September 3-5 with the Arch City Comedy Festival,  has done many things: toured extensively as a stand up comedian, hosted the popular podcast Sports without Balls, and released a CD, Lady with Pockets. But when the topic turns to writing erotic fan fiction, she was "way outside [her] comfort zone."

Comic Stewart Huff lives his life on the road, and sometimes in danger. Hear his story about why he's in comedy and what happens when comedy rubs a crowd the wrong way. He'll be in Columbus on September 3-5 with the Arch City Comedy Festival.  

Dominic LaRiccia / Spork Design

In this hour-long special, broadcast on January 17 at 3 pm, I explored creativity with reactions from Columbus illustrators Dominic LaRiccia and Drew Robinson and Ohio State University Associate Director of University Bands Scott A. Jones via quotations from Craft guests Neil Gaiman, Veronica Roth, and Vienna Teng. Wonder what makes someone creative tick? Listen here.


Before graduating from Dartmouth College and the University of Minnesota’s MFA program, Matt Burgess grew up in Jackson Heights, Queens. His hometown has served as the location for both his first novel, Dogfight, A Love Story, which was a New York Times Editors’ Choice and Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers pick, and his latest novel, this January’s Uncle Janice.

Laurenn McCubbin

Matt Fraction (Twitter) writes comic books and won the first-ever PEN USA Literary Award for Graphic Novels.

Amy Tillinghast in the WCBE studio
Doug Dangler

Got an itch to buy some new art to go with your collection, but your bank account is a little low? Make plans to attend One Night,  the main fundraising event for the Ohio Art League. One Night will happen on Friday, October 10, and you can learn more about it by listening to my talk with Ohio Art League board member Amy Tillinghast, or watching our YouTube video, which features many great images courtesy of the Ohio Art League.

Journalist and essayist David Giffels has written for the New York Times Magazine, the Wall Street JournalGrantland, and Redbook among others. His most recent book is The Hard Way on Purpose, a collection of essays about growing up near Akron and Cleveland, an area he sees as embodying a sense of place, but “a weird, surreal place,” The Rust Belt.

Celtic band Switchback, Martin McCormack and Brian FitzGerald will be in Columbus for two concerts this weekend, June 13 and 14: Friday night at Hoover House Concerts (contact Nancy Tomei at 740-965-3935 for tickets) and Saturday night at Hey, Hey Bar and Grill. Brian filled me in on songwriting, Celtic music and how my cruelty as a writing teacher was ruining students.

How can you tell when a poet is getting ready to do a lot of writing? Like birds nesting in the spring, he or she will start to gather paper. Or so it was with Charlene Fix, Columbus College of Art and Design professor of English and featured author at the 2014 Ohioana book festival.

Check out other habits of poets in my interview with poet Charlene Fix.

"Living in Argentina, I've learned a lot about how the world works. You live in The States and a dollar's a dollar," says Richard Shindell. That's not the case in other countries, where "the IMF, Moody's and what they say about a country is important information for normal people."

Travel writer Carl Hoffman will be at the Thurber House on March 31 to discuss his new book Savage Harvest: A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism, and Michael Rockefeller’s Tragic Quest for Primitive Art.  We talked about how Hoffman followed up on his journalistic hunches to unravel this fascinating tale.

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Cable Green received his doctorate in educational psychology from Ohio State and started its first online doctoral program.

Craft Humor Special!

Mar 22, 2014
James Kegley

What's REALLY March Madness? WCBE giving me a full hour on March 22 at 3 pm (daytime, even) to delve into the nature of humor and humor writing with an array of great writers:  

Witness the triumphant return of Ohio native Kelsey Kinney with the Happily Ever Laughter tour with Chicago’s Second City on March 21 and 22. In addition to revisiting classic sketches from the 54-year history of Second City, Kelsey and the rest of the cast will engage in improvisation with the audience, during which she will guarantee that they’ll "make comedy gold happen right before your eyes."

Magazine and screenwriter Amy Talkington's novel Liv Forever debuts this week. We talk about how she got started on the book, what kinds of supernatural experiences led (or didn't lead) to this paranormal thriller, and how she feels about doing an elevator pitch for a novel.

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  JA Jance will be in Columbus with the Thurber House on March 10. We talked about how she got started, why she doesn't like the word "prolific," and why you shouldn't plan even fictional murders in restaurants.

And don't forget to comment on the Craft website for a chance to win her book.

Pulitzer-prize finalist Chang-Rae Lee tells me about his latest novel, working with students, and the potential for going into writing as a money-making career (his advice: don't).

First person to comment at the Craft website gets two free books!

Aaron Jay Kernis picture
Kim Pluti / Parallel Productions

The Ohio premiere of composer Aaron Jay Kernis's trumpet concerto, "A Voice, a Messenger" will be February 25 by the Ohio State University Wind Symphony, featuring Michael Sachs, principal trumpet player for the Cleveland Orchestra. Commissioned by the NY Philharmonic and Big Ten Band Directors Association, the work reflects Kernis's interest in biblical references to the sound of the trumpet or horn. 

Steel Wheels in Concert
Dylan Duvall


An interview with The Steel Wheels, Or How A Play about the Pastor of a Dying Church Who Is Losing His Religion Led to an Upbeat Gospel Song.

Six String Concerts hosts The Steel Wheels on Saturday, February 15 at 8:00 PM at the Columbus Performing Arts Center, 549 Franklin Ave, Columbus

Iconic broadcaster Jane Pauley will be in Columbus on January 9 with the Thurber House, and we talked about her career, her latest book, Your Life Calling, and how I’m “adorable.”

This may be the high point of my career.