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Tom Roznowski is a songwriter, a storyteller, a performer, and a singer. He expresses himself creatively in a variety of forms including original songs, the printed word, broadcast media, and documentary film. He is widely known for his original songs, which he performs live and has presented on four albums: A Well-Traveled Porch, Voice Beyond The Hill, This Place In Time, and selections on Wilderness Plots

A Well-Traveled Porch rose to the Top 25 on the Gavin Americana Chart. Voice Beyond The Hill established a presence in Europe, where the song “Hank’s There” placed in the Top Ten of the European Country Chart. This Place In Time received a five-star review from the music magazine, Maverick – their highest rating. As a live performer, Tom Roznowski has shared the stage with a number of artists including John Prine, Lyle Lovett, Richard Thompson, and Gillian Welch and David Rawlings.

His original work includes the Hometown radio series, focused on life in the American midwest during the 1920s. Hometown is comprised of over 450 audio episodes, an Emmy nominated public television special and a book (An American Hometown) published by Indiana University Press. Tom has also written and narrated Memory Chain, a collection of short films with stories based on recovered panoramic photographs from the early 20th Century.

In July of 2018, Tom began producing PorchLight w/Tom Roznowski, an hour-long radio series broadcast on Saturday evenings at 8:00 PM on WFIU – Public Radio. Live stream the broadcast at wfiu.org or visit https://indianapublicmedia.org/porchlight/ to hear archived episodes. PorchLight w/ Tom Roznowski is a mix of story, song, and sensibility perhaps best described as “an oasis from the everyday”.

Originally from upstate New York, Tom has lived in Indiana most of his adult life. He lives in Bloomington with his wife Trisha Bracken, a short walk from the graves of Hoosier singer/songwriter Hoagy Carmichael and novelist Ross Lockridge Jr.