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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
Makes Scents owner, and host extraordinaire, Christina Kelly, welcomes everyone with delicious refreshments and delightful conversation.
Linda Hays, Marketing Manager at the Columbia Daily Tribune, kicks things off with some inspiring ideas about arts in the Columbia community.
LED co-founder Levi Sherman introduces one of the contest’s fabulous judges, Jennifer Maritza McCauley.
Contest judge Jennifer Maritza McCauley shares what drew her and Aarik Danielsen to the pieces they selected.
Runner up Mike Robertson reads his submitted poem, “A Spider’s Song”.
Ida Bettis Fogle reads her submission “First Time Out” in addition to some fantastic previously published writing.
Contest winner Rebecca Pelky starts by thanking Makes Scents, and then reading a great selection of recent poems.
We were thrilled to have an attentive, supportive (and well-fed) audience!
Contest judge Jennifer Maritza McCauley with Mike Robertson, Rebecca Pelky and Ida Bettis Fogle.
Don’t forget to come see us tonight at Makes Scents from 6-8pm. There will be poetry to hear, poetry to see, food and wine to taste, and lots of things to smell.
And if you simply must use all five senses, we also sell good ol’ printed books to touch, and we’ll have some on hand.
Makes Scents is located at 25 South 9th Street, Columbia, MO.
Readings will begin at 7pm.
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