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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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.
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!
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.
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.