Midland at Makes Scents

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!

 

Tribune Contest Runners Up

“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!

And the Winner is… Rebecca Pelky!

We wish to extend a hearty congratulations to Rebecca Pelky!
Rebecca is the winner of the Columbia Daily Tribune’s LED Writing Competition!

R-PelkyRebecca 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.