Introducing Our Contest Judges

Now that we’ve congratulated our winner and runners up, it’s time to say thanks to the two fabulous readers who judged the entries for the 2018 undergraduate competition. We are so grateful that Jordi Alonso and Anna Wehrwein made time for our contest amid the demands of writing and art-making and teaching!


Jordi Alonso graduated with an AB in English from Kenyon College in 2014 and was the first Turner Fellow in Poetry at Stony Brook University where he received his MFA. He is the Gus T. Ridgel Fellow in English at the University of Missouri where he is a PhD candidate studying the cultural transmission of nymphs in literature. He’s been published in Kenyon Review Online, Noble/Gas QtrlyRoanoke ReviewLevure Littéraire, and other journals. Honeyvoiced, his first book, was published by XOXOX Press and his chapbook, The Lovers’ Phrasebook, was published by Red Flag Poetry Press in 2017.

Anna Wehrwein is an artist originally from the Boston area. She received her BS in Art and BA in English/Creative Writing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her MFA in Drawing and Painting from the University of Tennessee. Her work has been featured in New American Paintings and Friend of the Artist and has been exhibited nationally. During the summer of 2017 she was a resident at Vermont Studio Center. She currently lives in Columbia, MO where she is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing at the University of Missouri.


MU Undergraduate Runners Up

Yesterday, we introduced our winning writer, Kirstin Smith.

We also have some talented runners up to acknowledge:

  • Sabrina Brons for her story, “Gossip”
  • Sabrina Heffern for her story, “On the Wings of Her Fledglings”
  • Kelly Schoessling for her story, “Is it Distance or Space?”

They have also been invited to share their submissions at our reading event at the George Caleb Bingham Gallery, located in the Fine Arts Building on the MU Campus on Tuesday, February 27th at 5:00 p.m.

Stick around after to celebrate at SRLBX x THERETHERENOW (206 Hitt St.) and enjoy snacks, refreshments, and art.

Winner of the MU Undergraduate Juried Writing Competition

We are proud to announce that Kirstin Smith is the winner of the 2018 MU Undergraduate Juried Writing competition!

Our judges, Jordi Alonso and Anna Wehrwein, chose Kirstin’s intense work of flash fiction, “Milk Carton Faces.”

Kirstin Smith is a sophomore at the University of Missouri, majoring in Biology and minoring in Anthropology. Her writing career began at a young age with successes such as being published in the Young Authors chronicle with many other aspiring writers as a fifth grader. From there, she devoted many hours to writing hundreds of fan stories of the DC universe, Batman specifically, and amassed nearly 500 works by her junior year of high school. She continues writing in her free time to cope with depression and aims to one day help others with her words.

You can read “Milk Carton Faces” any time at the George Caleb Bingham Gallery or SRLBX x THERETHERENOW.

Better yet, you can hear Kirstin read her work at our reading event at the George Caleb Bingham Gallery, located in the Fine Arts Building on the MU Campus on Tuesday, February 27th at 5:00 p.m.

After the reading, we’ll carry on celebrating with an after party at SRLBX x THERETHERENOW (207 Hitt St.) Stop by for refreshments and art!


Feb. 27 Undergraduate Competition Reading Event

On Tuesday, February 27th we will celebrate the winning writer and runners up of the 2018 MU Undergraduate Juried Writing Competition. The reading will be held at the George Caleb Bingham Gallery, located in the Fine Arts Building on the MU Campus.

The event begins at 5:00 p.m. and the first reading will commence around 5:15 p.m..

Find the event on Facebook to get updates and RSVP.

After the reading, we will continue the celebration at SRLBX x THERETHERENOW (207 Hitt St.), where the winning piece will also be displayed on our new, permanent LED installation. Join us there for snacks and refreshments plus art and lovely people.


For the first time, Literature Emitting Diodes will have a long-term home. We had resolved to slow things down here in Columbia and engage more deeply with a place and its people. Now we have the perfect partnership to make that happen.

We have joined forces with Serial Box Projects and theretherenow. to create a year of LED programming at 207 Hitt St., right in the middle of downtown Columbia and the MU Campus.


Later in February, this new site will simultaneously display the winning work from the 2018 Undergraduate Juried Writing Competition, which will also appear at the George Caleb Bingham Gallery. Until then, we’ve inaugurated the new LED display with writing from our very own Carley Gomez. Her poem, “Dystopian Dime,” is already up and running!


What’s in the Window?

We had a great time celebrating the culmination of the Columbia Daily Tribune’s LED Writing Contest at Makes Scents!

We heard readings from our winner, Rebecca Pelky, and both runners up, Ida Bettis Fogle and Mike Robertson. Makes Scents served up a delicious selection of snacks and wine, and offered 20% everything in the store just for the event!