SongWriter turns stories into songs

An exploration of inspiration, featured artists include Questlove, Joyce Carol Oates, David Gilmour of Pink Floyd, Roxane Gay, Amanda Shires of The Highwomen, David Sedaris, Katie Melua, Neil Gaiman, George Saunders, Raven Leilani, and Steve Earle

Artists are paired by creator and host Ben Arthur, and presented so that their work is the central focus

SongWriter is available as a podcast and as a live performance series, in segments on the syndicated radio program Acoustic Cafe for 1.5M listeners, and in previews in Paste magazine

Joyce Carol Oates

Joyce Carol Oates reads at Buunni Cafe in Washington Heights


With special guests in the audience

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