Ryan Smith

http://www.eriereader.com/author/ryan-smith
 

Writer, Photographer

Raised in the wilds of the Allegheny National Forest, Ryan Smith transplanted to Northwestern Pa. in the late 1990s. He studied writing, print journalism and a motley collection of other subjects -- inside the classroom and out -- at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, and began using newspaper writing as a chief means of keeping the lights on (most of the time).

A freelance writer and photographer focusing on arts, culture and other topics throughout the region, Smith previously spent nearly nine years as a beat reporter in the Meadville Tribune's newsroom, covering everything from pet parades to murder trials and thousands of stories in between. His other past work experience includes (but isn't limited to) plenty of short-order cooking; short-order term paper-writing; painting classrooms, houses and other stuff; and hand-delivering his hometown's daily rag for years as a kid. Continued exposure to those pulpy papers' ink is at least partly to blame for his chosen career.

Smith lives in Edinboro with his fiance and two beautiful children, who teach him everything he ever really needs to know. He enjoys focusing his journalistic efforts on arts, culture and other topics throughout the region; being with his family; being out in the wilds; drawing feverishly; ego-shrinking exercises; ruminating on the collective consciousness; and letting his freak flag fly.

You can reach Ryan Smith by e-mail at rSmith@eriereader.com, and follow him on Twitter @.

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016 at 11:00 AM

Marbin will be bending all sorts of sound barriers in the fantastic voyage at Basement Transmissions.

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016 at 9:30 AM

Big Something is bringing a refreshing, bold sound to the Kings Rook Club on Friday, Sept. 30.

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016 at 3:30 PM

A longtime local car-parts sculptor gets Ripley’s acclaim for his delightfully out-there art.

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016 at 1:00 PM

Come celebrate all things lager at the Craft Lager Fest.

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016 at 12:45 PM

All kinds of people (from hippies and freak folks to metalheads and prog nerds) can really dig Consider the Source.

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016 at 9:45 AM

Blasco Library is hosting a get-out-the-vote initiative featuring an afternoon full of punk-adelic fun for a beyond worthy cause.

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016 at 10:45 AM

The Mosaic Foundation – a diverse collection of multi-talented musicians - hits the stage at the Kings Rook Club.

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016 at 9:45 AM

Penny’s Pin-Up Party is happening at Cambridge Springs’ historic and beautiful Riverside Inn.

Saturday, August 27th, 2016 at 12:00 PM

A quick Q-and-A with one of the festival's mainstay favorites: Aqueous

Friday, August 26th, 2016 at 3:04 PM

A quick Q-and-A with one of the festival's amazing performers: Tyler Smilo of Daybreak Radio

Erie Reader: Vol. 6, No. 20
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Now serving up good vibes on State Street

Fighting for change in our most vulnerable communities.

Running into a blazing building can be ‘terrifying,’ but some choose to do it, anyway. 

Here are three good opportunities to lighten up as the nights grow longer.

Dancing Wheels bring a world premiere to Mercyhurst.

IN THIS ISSUE

Now serving up good vibes on State Street

Fighting for change in our most vulnerable communities.

Running into a blazing building can be ‘terrifying,’ but some choose to do it, anyway. 

Here are three good opportunities to lighten up as the nights grow longer.

Dancing Wheels bring a world premiere to Mercyhurst.

Shapeshift With Me, relative to the band’s spectacular catalog as a whole, is certainly one of their less powerful studio albums.

Grate every road in downtown Erie all at once.

Some ‘multigrain’ bread has a little more protein than you’d like. 

Don’t just dream it. Be it!

If De Palmas trip down memory lane whets your appetite, come back to the museum for one of his most underrated movies a week later.