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, August 16th, 2017 at 11:45 AM

 The Wildeyes will make you listen, and move, and, most likely, groove at King’s Rook Club.

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017 at 11:15 AM

2017 Night Lights Music Festival is coming right up around the bend of summer’s end.

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017 at 1:00 PM

See you, Gallabaloo.

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017 at 11:45 AM

With a name like Slyfest, it’s no wonder that this music festival has sort of flown under the radar.

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017 at 2:30 PM

Familial vibe keeps annual fest alive

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017 at 2:15 PM

The chance to see Galactic Duo's Tony Grey and Ian Maciak should not be missed.

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017 at 11:00 AM

8 Great Tuesdays continues through July and August at Liberty Park on Lake Erie.

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017 at 11:30 AM

8 Great Tuesdays kicks off with Satisfaction, The International Rolling Stones Show "one of the best tribute shows in the world".

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017 at 11:00 AM

Fuelies are fired up to see their band Fuel play at Basement Transmissions.

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017 at 10:00 AM

The Monk's Brew offer a night of sweet, singing jazz.

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The rise of the local microdistillery

Are you there, Erie? 

Bargaining for a decision

Crawford, Erie County fairs pull their weight in entertainment value

Music and culture galore define festivities

IN THIS ISSUE

The rise of the local microdistillery

Are you there, Erie? 

Bargaining for a decision

Crawford, Erie County fairs pull their weight in entertainment value

Music and culture galore define festivities

Witness Goodell Gardens and Homestead's first large-scale monarch butterfly release at the Monarch Butterfly Migration Celebration.

Each Demo album Wave Trails makes is more fleshed out than the last.

How to turn unassuming grains into an intoxicating beverage.

New coach Longstaff preaches player development 

One of those wood guitars