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.)
Once again, we were fortunate to receive a number of outstanding works for our University of Missouri Undergraduate Writing Competition.
In addition to our winner, Annalee Roustio, we’d like to congratulate three other truly outstanding undergraduate writers:
- Crystal Cox for “Bumpy Love Body”
- Elliot Goodman for “The Sleeping Habits of Poltergeists”
- Jewell Pfister for “Condense”
If you want to hear these works (and trust us, you do) join us on January 28th, at 5:00 p.m. in the George Caleb Bingham Gallery. You can read Annalee’s piece, “Worried, Sick” on our scrolling LED display outside the gallery.
Thanks also to Grace Gardiner and Lindsay Fowler for judging the competition this year.
We are excited to announce that Annalee Roustio is the winner of the 3rd Annual MU Undergraduate LED Writing competition!
Annalee is a Senior majoring in English and French. She’s interned with Persea Books since last Fall and is crossing her fingers that she’ll get to earn her MFA in creative writing sooner rather than later.
Our judges, Grace Gardiner and Lindsay Fowler, selected Annalee’s emotionally-charged poem, “Worried, Sick” for publication on our scrolling LED display.
You can hear Annalee read “Worried, Sick” at on January 28th, at 5:00 p.m. in the George Caleb Bingham Gallery, and you can read it yourself starting tomorrow, December 9th on our LED display outside the gallery.
Thank you to all the MU students who shared your writing with us, and to the instructors who encouraged your students to do so. We are grateful for the support from our collaborators in the MU English Department and School of Visual Studies.
We have installed Annalee Roustio‘s poem, “Ether,” right outside the George Caleb Bingham Gallery. “Ether” was selected as the winning piece in our Second Annual MU Undergraduate Writing Competition, and will be up on display into the new year.
Like all of our installations, you can stop by and read it at any time. If you’d like to hear Annalee to read it, then you’ll have to join us for our celebration of the undergraduate writers at University of Missouri. The event will be inside the gallery on Wednesday, December 5th at 5:00 p.m.. The contest runners up will also be sharing their excellent works.
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.
We are proud to announce that Annalee Roustio is the winner of the 2nd Annual MU Undergraduate LED Writing competition!
Annalee is in her third year at MU, where she studies English and plans to declare a second major in French. She’s a tutor and outreach representative for the campus Writing Center, a copywriter at Marketing by Emma, and an intern for the poetry division of Persea Books. In terms of future plans, beyond traveling to AWP this spring with Persea Books and hopefully studying abroad this summer, Annalee has begun exploring MFA programs. She should probably complete her personal website. Until then, feel free to add her on LinkedIn; her brief (and with luck, ever-growing!) smattering of publications and prizes can be found there. Special thanks to Rebecca Pelky for her helpful feedback and encouragement.
Our judge, Jeff Wasserboehr, selected Annalee’s moving, contemplative poem, “Ether” for publication on our scrolling LED display.
You can hear Annalee read “Ether” at on December 5th, at 5:00 p.m. in the George Caleb Bingham Gallery, and you can read it yourself anytime in December on the display outside the gallery.
We’re very grateful to all the MU students who shared their writing with us as well as the instructors who encouraged their students to do so. Thank you!
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.