CC 25: Writers and Songwriters | Steve Latin-Kasper, Clela Reed, and Ryan Weber
To commemorate our one year anniversary of this podcast, I wanted to showcase the writing and music created by RPCVs and inspired by their Peace Corps experience. I invited past podcast guests, Steve Latin-Kasper and Ryan Weber to share with us songs that that they wrote. I also invited poet and Romania RPCV, Clela Reed, who shared her poetry that she wrote during her time in Romania. I had a lot of fun putting this episode together, and it really highlighted for me how Peace Corps is more than just service and cultural exchange. It can also be a very deep and personal journey.
Steve Latin-Kasper served in the Peace Corps in the Marshall Islands from 1981 to 1983. While there, he played drums and sang with a band called Dri Karere Ran. Upon returning from the Peace Corps, he stopped music to pursue other interests. At the age of 54, after a decades long absence from music, Steve started a band with his friend called Boks of Rock. They self published their first album in February 2013, and are currently working on another one. Band info can be found at boksofrock.com.
Clela Reed is the author of two books of poetry: "Dancing on the Rim" and "The Hero of the Revolution Serves Us Tea." She is also author of two chapbooks: "Bloodline" and "Of Root and Sky." She has had poems published in "Caesura Literary Magazine," "Colere Journal," "The Kennesaw Review," "Storysouth Journal," "Clapboard House Literary Journal," and others. A former English teacher and Facilitator for the Gifted, she is also a returned Romania Peace Corps volunteer. She lives and writes with her husband and a small herd of deer in her forest home near Athens, Georgia.
Ryan E. Weber originally hails from snowy farmlands on the Western shores of Lake Michigan. He is noted for playing in indie bands such as the shoegazey-Cambden, emo pioneers-The Promise Ring, Midwestern altcountry road warriors-Decibully, spacey and sublime indie popsters-Eric & Magill and most recently creating the sparse and dreamy - REW<<. While working in both Kenya and the Republic of Armenia, Weber collaborated over the internet with a host of notable contemporary indie artists including members of Shearwater, The Dirty Projectors, Owen, Volcano Choir, and The Delgados, to name just a few. These days, he can be frequently found in subterranean tunnels waiting for Metros below the nation's capital.