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.
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 Qtrly, Roanoke Review, Levure 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.
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.
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!
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.
We have an exciting update to our reading event at Makes Scents this Friday, September 1st.
In addition to our Tribune contest winner, Rebecca Pelky, we will also hear readings from not one, but both of our runners up – Ida Bettis Fogle and Mike Robertson!
That’s three poets and refreshments! The readings will begin around 7:00 pm, but you can celebrate with us as early as 6:00 — we can’t wait either!
Makes Scents will be open until 8, so you’ll have plenty of time to take advantage of the special promotions they’ve planned for the event.
Bring your friends and celebrate the amazing writing talent we have here in Columbia!
On this #flashbackfriday (pun fully intended), here are a few more images from last week.
On display is Becky Pelky’s poem, “Midland”. Not pictured: live accordion music, just beside the camera.
If you’re in Columbia, stop by Makes Scents before September 15th to read the full piece. Who knows what you’ll hear.