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Sally Fingerett, Eric Gnezda, Steve Kuusisto

Songwriter Showcase “Literary Edition”

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Songwriter Showcase at Natalie’s presents Sally Fingerett, Eric Gnezda, and Stephen Kuusisto in concert. This special “Literary Edition” features three artists who are both songwriters and authors. They will be singing their songs and reading from their literary works, in our traditional “in-the-round” format. We are proud to present this show in collaboration with Worthington Libraries, and Gramercy Books, Bexley.

Sally Fingerett is a contemporary author, award-winning singer-songwriter, and a founding member of the musical comedy group, The Four Bitchin’ Babes. She has released 14 CDs, written music for the theater, television and film, and contributed songs to 15 various philanthropic compilation recordings. She has performed on more than 800 stages around the country.

A Kerrville New Folk Award Winner, Sally composed “Home Is Where the Heart Is,” recorded by folk legends Peter, Paul, and Mary for their 1995 LifeLines CD/PBS special, and published in “Contemporary Cabaret,” a songbook that includes works by Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Weber.

She has appeared in Putamayo’s Songwriter Festival at NY’s Carnegie Hall, and was a featured musical guest on Michael Feldman’s Whad’Ya Know, NPR’s Mountain Stage, and CBS Sunday Morning.

As an author, Sally’s prose has been published in Random House’s Life’s a Stitch (with Molly Ivins, Erma Bombeck and Gloria Steinem), and Publishing Syndicates’ Not Your Mother’s Book – On Home Improvement. She is also author of the book, The Mental Yentl, Stories from a Lifelong Student of Crazy, a loving and humorous collection of stories and personal narratives, which she has also performed as a one-woman show. sallyfingerett.com

Eric Gnezda is the creator and host of the American Public Television series, Songs at the Center, which is broadcast to more than 170 stations coast-to-coast. He is a regular performer at Nashville’s world-famous venue, The Bluebird Café, and was awarded the Ohioana Citation for Music Composition, joining Michael Feinstein (American Songbook), Jorma Kaukonen (Jefferson Airplane), and Chip Davis (Mannheim Steamroller).

Eric has seen success with a wide range of songwriting styles—from inspirational anthems, to comedic songs. He and his work have been featured on media around the globe. He is also the host of our monthly series, Songwriter Showcase, bringing the finest singer-songwriters in America to our stage.

As a writer, Eric has contributed commentaries to NPR’s “All Things Considered,” the ABC Radio Network, and was a humor columnist for The Columbus Dispatch. He earned an Emmy nomination for a retrospective on the Munich Olympic massacre, produced in Europe for American television. He is currently writing a memoir.

Eric has released four CDs, including his latest, Songs of Hope in a Changing World, which includes the single, “Is This America,” a song that was featured at the Citizens’ Civility Symposium in Washington, DC. gnezda.com

Stephen Kuusisto, who has been blind since birth, is the author of six books of memoir and poetry. His latest memoir, Have Dog, Will Travel: A Poet’s Journey, will be released by Simon and Schuster on March 13. Kirkus Reviews writes that “Kuusisto tells the poignant story of a midlife rebirth that led to self-acceptance and also celebrates human/animal interdependence and ‘a companionship [that] was intimate and richer than poems.’ An eloquent and heartwarming memoir.”

Steve’s first book, Planet of the Blind, was named a “Notable Book of the Year” by The New York Times, which recognized him as “a powerful writer with a musical ear for language and a gift for emotional candor.” Steve has made numerous appearances on programs including The Oprah Winfrey Show, Dateline NBC, National Public Radio, and the BBC.

An entertaining speaker, Steve addresses audience worldwide on diversity, disability, education, and public policy. His essays and poems have appeared in numerous anthologies and literary magazines, including Harper’s’ The New York Times Magazine; Poetry, and Partisan Review.

As a musician, Steve plays guitar and writes songs that demonstrate the same insight, irreverence, and whimsy that enrich his literature. Steve will read and perform with his guide dog, Caitlyn, a yellow Labrador retriever. stephenkuusisto.com

Date: Thursday, April 12, 2018

Time: 9:00 pm