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.

LED at SRLBX x THERETHERENOW

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.

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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!

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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!