Meet the current HQ team!
FRANCES ORE-KELLY (Kitchen Manager) is a Columbus local with a passion for feeding the hungry vegan masses and looking good while doing so. With a knack for gardening and a constant need to learn, you can catch them in their home garden listening to podcasts or reading up on their next home project.
Reading currently: Found Audio by N.J. Campbell
Book Recommendation: The Bear by Andrew Krivak
Fave song to mop to: The entirety of Green Days discography
NATHAN MCDOWELL (Operations Manager) is a writer from the Quad Cities and is grateful for how he was able to weasel his way into the Two Dollar Radio family and the mecca of Columbus, OH.
Reading currently: Under The Ivy: The Life and Music of Kate Bush by Graeme Thomson
Book Recommendation: Everything by Danez Smith and Kaveh Akbar
Fave song to mop to: New mop tracks are "Scatterbrain" by Conway the Machine, JID, and Ludacris and "Headshots (4r da Locals)" by Isaiah Rashad
ISA BOWSER is “Coffee Chef” at HQ and is always ready to make you a latte or chat about what you’re reading. She is the kind of person who reads 5-to-10 books at once because there are just too many good books! When she is not steaming milk at HQ, she can be found dancing her butt off, darning socks, and singing silly songs to all the trees in her neighborhood.
Reading currently: They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us by Hanif Abdurraqib and The Sacred Hoop: Recovering the Feminine in American Indian Traditions by Paula Gunn Allen
Book Recommendation: F*ckface by Leah Hampton
Fave song to mop to: “Consideration” by Rihanna
ELIZA WOOD-OBENAUF co-founded Two Dollar Radio and stays busy as a mom, a builder, a planter, and a copyeditor.
Reading currently: Virtuoso by Yelena Moskovich
Book Recommendation: All My Friends Are Superheroes by Andrew Kaufman; all the Two Dollar Radio books!
Fave song to mop to: I don't mop, homie.
ERIC OBENAUF founded Two Dollar Radio (the press) with Eliza, and works as the Editorial Director. He was included in Publishers Weekly‘s "50 Under 40" list, spotlighting 50 individuals working in publishing under age 40 worth watching, and was one of five finalists in the magazine’s 2016 “Star Watch” program. At HQ, Eric stocks the books and chefs it up in the kitchen. He enjoys camping, hiking, reading outside with a beer or two like a gentleman, soaking in a hot tub, and dad jokes.
Reading currently: The Twilight Zone by Nona Fernandez
Book Recommendation: Hurricane Season by Fernanda Melchor; Lakota America by Pekka Hämäläinen; Co-Machines: Mobile Disruptive Architecture by Dan Dorocic
Fave song to mop to: "Radical Businessman," by Japanther
BRETT GREGORY: HQ Co-Founder / Co-Owner
Reading currently: The latest Two Dollar Radio title
Book Recommendation: In The Distance by Hernan Diaz; On Lighthouses by Jazmina Barrera; American Harvest by Marie Mutsuki Mockett
Fave song to mop to: "Two Step" by BRONCHO or "Soak Up The Sun" by Sheryl Crow or "Feel" by Ty Segall
MACEO is the child of Eliza and Eric and reports to work at HQ after school every Monday.
Reading currently: The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien
Book Recommendation: March series by John Lewis
Fave song to mop to: "Truth Hurts" by Lizzo
RIO is the child of Eric and Eliza and has been helping us run Two Dollar Radio since she was born. Rio is currently a weekend warrior in the kitchen, and hosts the Young Feminist bookclub.
Reading currently: With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo.
Book Recommendation: Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Fave song to mop to: "Truth Hurts" by Lizzo.
TOM KONITZER is gone but not forgotten.
Reading currently: I don't know, probably something political and depressing. JK LOL. Actually, I'm not kidding.
Book Recommendation: God Save Texas by Lawrence Wright; Berlin Nights, cause I went to Berlin once to visit my friend, Jordan.
Fave song to mop to: Let's be honest, he never really mopped.