Villain Themed Poems on melodically challenged

skullWhat do pirates, bankers, ex-loves, and outlaws have in common?

Aside from their villainous qualities, they’re all featured on the latest radio show I wrote for melodically challenged–Bad to the Bone. I thoroughly enjoyed writing this show. One, I got fellow poet and friend, Sharon Wright Mitchell, to read and record. Two, who doesn’t love a really good villain? It’s not just me who prefers bad boys and bad girls. Look how popular The Joker was this past year. There are quite a few villain fan clubs as well. Lately, I find myself rooting for the villain because his or her character is just that much more interesting than your run-of-the-mill hero type. The best stories, for me, include the best villains. I love Flannery O’Connor’s misfit in “A Good Man Is Hard to Find,” Nurse Ratched from Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and Cormac McCarthy’s Judge Holden in Blood Meridian and Granville Sutter from William Gay’s Twilight. Even Disney has jumped onto villain bandwagon. Consider Maleficent. Antagonists unite!!

To listen to Bad to the Bone, on melodically challenged tune in Sunday, March 8th from 8:00-9:00 PM Eastern Standard time on WRAS-ATL 88.5 FM. To listen online, go to Album 88 or listen via Tunein: select LOCAL RADIO and choose WRAS-Album 88.

The program, melodically challenged, is currently seeking writers to write radio scripts. Obviously, you do not need to be a poet to write a script…only an appreciation for the written word and the desire to share that with others. It’s great exposure, another item to add to your CV, and also just a ton of fun. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please reach out to K.B. Kincer at or myself at

Happy Writing!

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  1. jmw840

    Hi Dawn, Thanks for your nice message. I still want to join you and friends for lunch someday in Atlanta. I think you’ve been as busy as I’ve been.

    I’m glad you’re still working with Melodically Challenged. I wonder how Kathy Kincer’s doing. You ever see her?

    Looking forward to seeing you, John



    1. Dawn

      She is doing well. I’m trying to write one show per semester so I see her then. I’d love to get lunch. Are you going to make it to the Lost Southern Voices Fest? I’m presenting March 28th at 1:00. Five Points is interviewing me about William for their new podcast too. This critical thesis has paid off! We try to get together once per month. I’ll keep you in the loop. Take care.


  2. jmw840

    Dawn, I tried to reply on the post you sent, but it got too complicated. Anyway, I’m glad you’re doing Lost Southern Voices this year, especially with such an interesting subject. One that you know a lot about. That day is the day of my friend’s memorial in Alabama, so I won’t be able to make it. Otherwise, I would make every effort to be there. I know you’ll do great. Hope to see you soon, John



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