Third Annual MU LED Reading

It took a few weeks, but we’re finally ready to share some photos from our Third Annual MU Undergraduate LED Reading!

We were once again thrilled to host the reading in the George Caleb Bingham Gallery, thanks to director Catherine Armbrust. The coinciding Visual Art and Design Showcase provided a great backdrop, and a thought-provoking experience after the readers finished.

Annalee Roustio was another familiar face, having won the contest two years in a row! She read her winning poem “Worried, Sick” as well as other recent work, including a powerful poem about climate catastrophe.

Two of the contest runners up were also able to join us. Jewell Pfister read her poem “Condense” and Crystal Cox read “Bumpy Love Body.” These talented poets showed just how hard it must have been to judge this competition!

Fortunately for us, that was up to this year’s judges — Grace Gardiner and Lindsay Fowler (not pictured). Grace gave generous and thoughtful introductions to each piece.

Annalee was kept busy signing copies of her new Risograph-printed broadside.

“Worried, Sick” is still up and running on our LED display outside the gallery.

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Worried, Sick by Annalee Roustio

The reading for our Third Annual MU Undergraduate Writing Competition has come and gone, but you can still read the winning piece. Annalee Roustio’s winning piece, “Worried, Sick” is installed outside the George Caleb Bingham Gallery – right next to ol’ George himself! Stop by and read this stunning poem any time before March 15th. (If you’re not in Columbia, you can buy the broadside and read it whenever you like.)

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Second Annual MU Undergraduate Runners Up

Just like last year, we were fortunate to receive a number of outstanding works for our University of Missouri Undergraduate Writing Competition.

In addition to this year’s winner, Annalee Roustio, we’d like to acknowledge three other talented undergraduate writers:

  • Darren Baker for his incisive poem, “New Old Game”
  • Gabrielle Hesse for her tragic piece ,”The Weight You Borrow”
  • Alyssa Ripley for her brisk yet intimate poem, “Bargaining”

If you want to hear these works, join us for a reading on December 5th, at 5:00 p.m. in the George Caleb Bingham Gallery.

Thanks again to Jeff Wasserboehr for judging the competition.

More from Sonnet (51)

Tonight we got to spend some more quality time with our current installation, Nikki Wallschlaeger’s Sonnet (51).

As the sun began to set, downtown Columbia was already coming alive. The reflections of countless passersby stepped in and out of the camera’s frame as we photographed the poem. At just under a minute, the poem will repeat over 1,440 times each day. It’s fun to imagine all the serendipitous reading experiences that Nikki’s work will provide on the corner of Hitt and Locust.

If you’re in Columbia, please visit our LED display and experience it for yourself. Whoever said a picture is worth a thousand words had never tried photographing a moving poem.

Sonnet (51) can also be found in Nikki’s book Crawlspace, from Bloof Books.

Sonnet (51) by Nikki Wallschlaeger

Our April installation is up! If you’re in Columbia, you can stop by SRLBX x THERETHERENOW (207 Hitt St.) to read Nikki Wallschlaeger’s poem, Sonnet (51). If you’re not local, then wait just a little bit longer and we’ll have a video of the complete piece scrolling along our LED display.

In the meantime, here are few pictures from our blustery installation tonight (featuring a steely, parka-clad Carley). We’ll have more when the wind dies down enough to use a tripod!

Sonnet (51) was originally published in Nikki’s book, Crawlspace (Bloof). We’ll also be creating a limited edition Risograph broadside for Sonnet (51), to add to our LED broadside series. Check back for news about the printing.

April Installation: Nikki Wallschlaeger

We’re pleased to announce our next featured writer, Nikki Wallschlaeger!

Nikki Wallschlaeger’s work  has been featured in The Nation, Georgia Review, Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, Witness, PoetryNow podcast through the Poetry Foundation and others. She is the author of the full-length collections Houses (Horseless Press 2015)  and Crawlspace (Bloof 2017) as well as the graphic chapbook I Hate Telling You How I Really Feel from Bloof Books (2016). She lives in Wisconsin.

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We’ll be sharing her piece, Sonnet (51), beginning Tuesday, April 3rd. Sonnet (51) was originally published in Nikki’s book Crawlspace, from Bloof Books. We absolutely love this poem, and we’re very excited to present it here – over and over and over!

This installation will be at our main location, SRLBX x THERETHERENOW (207 Hitt St.) We will be printing the broadside there at an event on April 26th, so check back for updates. We’ll even let you press the button and print your own copy right off the risograph.

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.