At last! We installed Rebecca Pelky’s poem, “Midland,” at Makes Scents this evening… and then it rained. A lot.
So here are a couple photos for those of you without umbrellas. Don’t worry – the installation will up until mid-September, so there will be plenty of good weather for an enjoyable read.
As always, the LED display will be running 24/7, so stop by anytime you have a hankering for poetry.
As I photographed through the rain from the comfort of a parked car, I captured two moments that seemed fitting: “windows” and “salt-rot.” Come and see the rest in person!
“First Time Out” by Ida Bettis Fogle and “Spider’s Song” by Mike Robertson have been selected as the runners up in the Tribune’s LED Writing Contest! Our judges, Aarik Danielsen and Jennifer McCauley, selected these works from among many great submissions.
Congratulations to our two very talented runners up!
Ida Bettis Fogle is a resident of Columbia, Missouri, a city with a thriving arts community. She has been writing poetry since childhood, and makes it a habit to read at least one poem every day. In the past few years, she has diversified her writing portfolio to include short fiction and memoir pieces, as well as a novel in progress. Her writing has appeared in various literary magazines and anthologies, most recently “Eternal as a Weed: Tales of Ozark Experience” and “Well Versed.” She blogs at Nomadic Noesis (thedamari.wordpress.com.)
Mike Robertson, a retired programmer, has written over a hundred short stories and poems of various lengths. Some have won minor awards and are included in online compilations of short fiction.
His books include Butterfly Woman, a collection of short stories; The Lazlo Mission, a novel; and a novella, Natural Boy.
Mike is also a musician and electronic music composer. He continues writing in short bursts and is currently working on a series of detective stories set in the heartland of Missouri.
You can find some of his essays and links to his books at http://mgrobertsonhimself.blogspot.com/
Our gracious host, Makes Scents, has awarded these runners up with a gift card and a reed diffuser of their (very apropos) Old Book Smell. So congratulations Ida and Mike! Thank you for sharing your writing with us, and thanks to Makes Scents for celebrating local writers!
We wish to extend a hearty congratulations to Rebecca Pelky!
Rebecca is the winner of the Columbia Daily Tribune’s LED Writing Competition!
Rebecca Pelky is a Ridgel Fellow at the University of Missouri, Columbia, where she studies poetry and Native American Literature. She has earned an MFA in creative writing and a BS in Zoology from Northern Michigan University, as well as a BA in English from Indiana University. Her poetry and nonfiction can be found in Booth, River Styx, Dunes Review, and The Chattahoochee Review, among other journals.
Rebecca’s poem, Midland, will be displayed 24/7 on our scrolling LED sign at Makes Scents from August 16th to September 15th. Check it out and see for yourself why our judges thought this fantastic poem should light up downtown!
We also want to thank our judges, Aarik Danielsen and Jennifer McCauley for taking time to read the many submissions we received, and making hard decisions among all of the deserving pieces.
Thanks also to the City of Columbia Office of Cultural Affairs for supporting the prize. It’s great to live in a community where the city values the contributions of local writers.
We have some exciting news (pun intended) about the LED Tribune Writing Competition: the winning piece will be installed at Makes Scents in downtown Columbia. Makes Scents has a beautiful, brand new location at 25 South 9th Street, right next to Kaldi’s coffee.
Makes Scents is a purveyor of quality, ethically-produced fragrances. We’re sure this will be the best-smelling installation yet, so stop by during business hours to treat your nose while you read!
Makes Scents is open:
We can’t wait to light up their new window with local literature. We’ll be announcing the winning writer very soon, so stay tuned!
We hope to have the piece running from August 16th to September 15th. We will announce any updates here and on our Facebook page.
Thank you to all the Columbia area writers who submitted their work for our Columbia Daily Tribune LED Writing Competition.
Our mission of bringing literature into the public sphere depends on the bravery and generosity of writers like you. Now we turn things over to our judges and wait,
Be sure to check this website as well as our Facebook page for news and updates. We will announce a timeline for the judging process as well as the final location of the display before too long.
Thanks for your participation and patience!
Columbia area writers: today is your last chance to submit your work to the Columbia Daily Tribune LED writing competition!
That means this is your last chance to win a cash prize, and see your work displayed on a scrolling LED sign in downtown Columbia!
You can double-check the guidelines and submit right here on our website. If you prefer, you can also submit through the Columbia Daily Tribune website. Just don’t wait!
The system will close right at midnight tonight.
We have a follow-up announcement to our previous post about Lisa Torem’s publication in The Cost of Paper, IV.
Lisa Torem will be joining actor and writer Susie Griffith for a launch and reading at RoscoeBooks. The event is this Wednesday, May 24th at 6:30 pm. There will be snacks!
Having launched our own anthology at RoscoeBooks earlier this year, we are sure you’ll have a great time at this amazing independent bookshop! If you need an extra nudge, read Lisa’s LED contribution and you won’t want to miss Wednesday’s reading.