Ben Livingston & Jody King

Please join us this Wednesday for our conversation with Ben Livingston, where among many other topics, we will discuss Ben’s new graphic-novel book project about the “Cedar Choppers” of Central Texas. Also, this is François’s last Writing on the Air show, so don’t miss out!

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Jody King will talk with us briefly about An Evening with the Authors, as well.

Basically, we’re going to pack a hell of a lot of talk in one hour.

We broadcast Writing on the Air every Wednesday from 6-7pm Central Texas Time on 91.7FM KOOP. You can also stream us live from anywhere by simply clicking on the tiny player at the top of webpage.


Ben Livingston was born in Victoria, Texas in 1958 into an artistic and theatrical family. Livingston spent much of his boyhood sketching out what was playing in his mind. He also liked making other things with his hands, including music, which blossomed for him with critical acclaim at the age of 50.

A National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) fellowship was awarded to Ben in 1993, to encourage him with his new investigations and creation of an infinite iridescent color palette of glowing phosphorescent minerals within the luminous tube. Livingston first stumbled upon evidence of this possibility while working in a neon shop in New Zealand in 1985. This exploration ultimately expanded the range of technical possibilities beyond any commercial availability within the “neon” tube industry.

Ben now also enjoys performing and public speaking about encouraging curiosity and the creative process through mentoring and apprenticeship as an alternative to formal education. most recently visited are enthusiastic crowds at institutions such as Austin Arts in Public Places, The Corning Museum of Glass, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and most recently The University of Kansas School of Art and Architecture.

Ben & John Sayles

“In a decade of journalism I have met no other artist with the charisma, determination, and buoyant delight in sharing knowledge and new perceptions of Ben Livingston.” – Eve Kahn Freelance Writer for The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and New Yorker NY, NY

The Austin Chronicle says: “Livingston’s songs are immensely interpretable, an outsider’s amused gaze even at their most sincere.”

“Ben Livingston comes highly recommended by Terry Allen. In many respects, the two are like-minded souls. He fits right in the row of specific Texas artists as Terry Allen, Butch Hancock, Joe Ely, Carl Swinney and the Legendary Stardust Cowboy. That means intellectual, opinionated, progressive, looking across borders and at times wacky.” – John Gjaltema, (Netherlands)

You can learn more about Ben by visiting his website:

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Jody King joins us briefly to talk about “Evening With the Authors,”  an evening of  wine and conversation held Saturday, October 3rd from 6-9 pm in Lockhart, Texas, benefiting the Dr. Eugene Clark Library of Lockhart.

In addition to Writing On the Air co-host, Martha Louise Hunter, featured authors will be: J. S. Foote; Michael Fry; Meg Gardiner; Christine Heppermann; Jeffery Stuart Kerr; Susie Kralovansky; Phillip McBride; Antonio Ruiz-Camacho; Paul N. Spellman, PhD.; Terry Thompson-Anderson; and David Marion Wilkinson.

“Evening With the Authors” is hosted by the City of Lockhart, Austin Community Colege and Pleasant Hill Winery, and will be held at the Enchanted Gardens of Rebecca Hawener, 625 West San Antonio Street in Lockhart Texas.