Welcome to melodically challenged! Our weekly radio show plays the best in contemporary poetry, traditional, and avant-garde poetry, and alternative music revolving around a theme. We are distributed for syndication by PRX and are played around the country on college, community, and public radio stations. You can listen to both our syndicated program and melodically challenged live! on WRAS Album 88 (http://www2.gsu.edu/~www885/ or on your radio app) Sunday evenings from 6-8 Eastern, and from 7-8 we’re also on air at 88.5 in Atlanta. Please use this site to find playlists from each syndicated show, as well as links to more great poetry and music by the artists that you’ve heard on our program. Please spread the news of our show as well as these poets and musicians. Thanks for listening!
Robert Vincent Morea III founded melodically challenged in May of 2006, after he had been appointed program director of WRAS, the largest all student run radio station in the country. He had been born with Cystic Fibrosis and had received a double lung transplant three and a half years earlier. He contracted an infection shortly after he began the show and passed away June 20, 2006. Robert was awarded his B.A. in English posthumously from Georgia State University. This show is dedicated to Robert Morea, and we hope to be able to award scholarships for poets and students who participate in college radio in his name in the future.
K. B. Kincer’s poetry has appeared in Touch: The Journal of Healing , The Atlanta Review , Poet Lore , The Healing Muse , Dappled Things , Red River Review, and elsewhere. She received her MFA in 2009 from Georgia State University her PhD in 2015. She has directed melodically challenged since 2006 and is responsible for its syndication and continued success. She currently teaches at both University of West Georgia and Saint Leo University.
Ben Michelman is a teacher of language arts at Durham Academy in Durham, North Carolina. He received his BA from Franklin and Marshall College and is a 2015 graduate of the Georgia State MFA program in poetry. His poems have been published in Spillway Magazine and Barrelhouse Magazine. He enjoys tennis, basketball, and photography.
Jessica Temple earned her BA from the University of Alabama, her MA from Mississippi State University, and her PhD in poetry from Georgia State University. Her work has recently appeared in Stone, River, Sky: An Anthology of Georgia Poems, Agnes Scott College Writers’ Festival Magazine, Blast Furnace, Canyon Voices, Aesthetica, and Loose Change Magazine. She is a lecturer at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and also teaches at Calhoun Community College. Her chapbook, Seamless and Other Legends, is available from Finishing Line Press. Keep up with her at jessicatemple.com.
Robbie Atkinson is our musical director. She is actively completing studies at Georgia State University and will be graduating in 2016. Despite being a Film and Video major, she still utilizes her musical talent by occasionally composing and playing music. Prior to attending GSU, she was a devout cellist for the Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra at Kennesaw State University and received musical training for seven years. She finds the music to fit with each week’s show and researches information about the musical artists we feature. She also makes her own music as R3dblossom.
Mostafa Jalal is in his second year as a graduate student in the PhD Creative Writing program at GSU. In addition to his studies, he teaches in the First Year Composition program and writes and hosts some of our syndicated shows.
Our man in the broadcast booth is Christian Bowman. He hosts our syndicated and live shows on WRAS every Sunday from 2-4 pm. You will also hear his voice on some of our syndicated shows. Chris also hosts the Blues show Crossroads on WRAS and is an assistant editor of Underground, GSU’s undergraduate literary journal (besides working a job and going to school full time). We feel fortunate to have a college radio DJ with his experience, personality, and dedication to host our show.