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!
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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On Friday, September 1, we will be celebrating the winner of the Tribune’s LED Contest with a reading and refreshments.
Makes Scents has graciously shared their window with us for a month, but next Friday, we’ll be filling the whole store! There will be snacks and wine, plus special promotions on some of Makes Scents wonderful wares.
The event will run from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, and Rebecca’s reading will begin around 7:00.
You can get updates, or let us know you’ll be coming to the event on Facebook. No RSVP necessary.
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.
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.
Here’s a quick shout out to the Columbia Office of Cultural Affairs for including our Tribune LED Writing Contest in their newsletter this week! The OCA is sponsoring the contest’s prize, but they do so much more for Columbia! If you’re in the area, sign up for their newsletter – it’s a great way to keep up with the local arts scene.
Now that the dust has settled, we wanted to share just a few more shots from the 2017 Unbound Book Festival. We met some amazing writers, publishers, teachers and readers – spending the day in the beautiful Kimball Ballroom was icing on the cake.
All images are excerpts of “A Good Song” by Jennifer Maritza McCauley.