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, May 24th, 2017 at 11:45 AM

Link’s work fits the space, where sound just carries well, and, with those barn doors wide open, lingers sweetly as it flows out into the air.

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 at 2:15 PM

The Downtown Edinboro Art & Music Festival provides music and art for the community.

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 at 1:30 PM

Edinboro’s Happy Mug Coffee stirs up warm feelings.

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 at 10:30 AM

Holding on to the good times at the Cambridge Springs inn

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 at 9:30 AM

Tropidelic and Oogee Wawa are making a stop at Kings Rook Club on Friday, May 12.

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 at 9:15 AM

Goodell Gardens is providing free admission for all visitors on National Public Gardens Day.

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017 at 1:45 PM

Jim Donovan & Sun King Warriors are bringing their light to the Kings Rook Club on Saturday, May 6.

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017 at 9:30 AM

Tony Kellogg presents his latest (and what could be a greatest) project: TK Blues Co.

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017 at 9:15 AM

Tim Bruno will address the State of Erie County’s Environment at the Jefferson Educational Society on April 27.

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017 at 1:00 PM

Erie area’s finest artists will come into full bloom later this month at the Erie Art Museum.

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