We want to take another opportunity to acknowledge all of the wonderful writers who participated in our second undergraduate LED writing contest at the University of Missouri. Last Wednesday, we were lucky enough to hear from the winning writer and three fantastic finalists. We were also so pleased to see their friends, family and faculty turn out to celebrate their accomplishments.
We love hosting this event in the George Caleb Bingham Gallery — the showcase of undergraduate visual art is a perfect complement, but it seemed particularly meaningful this year. The works that were read all offered insight into the writers’ generation, into their experiences in an era of gun violence and political paralysis. It was powerful to hear these readers raise their voices in a room full of visual art through which their peers are engaging many of the same issues and ideas. Their art and writing sincerely gives us hope for a better future.
We were also fortunate to have a great photographer on hand. The photos above are from Jovani Jones.
Jovani Jones is a senior at the University of Missouri majoring in Health Science. He runs his own photography business with Fisheye Focals and can be found with a camera in hand most of time. His goal is to capture the life of the community through his photography and bring light to local talent and other venues.
Thanks again to Catherine Armbrust for hosting our event, and Jeff Wasserboehr for judging the contest!
Please join us at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 5 at the George Caleb Bingham Gallery for a reading to celebrate the talented undergraduate writers of the University of Missouri!
You’ll get to hear from Annalee Roustio, the winner of our 2nd Annual MU Undergraduate LED Writing Contest, as well as the runners up.
Annalee’s winning poem, “Ether,” will be scrolling along outside the gallery. We promise it’s worth a few moments out in the cold!
Warm up inside with snacks and refreshments, and while you’re there you can enjoy the visual art of the 2018-19 MU Undergrad Juried Exhibition.
Find the reading on Facebook for updates and details.
We moved on to our next installation, Sonnet (51) by Nikki Wallschlaeger, without posting any photos from the wonderful reading and poster-printing event that wrapped up our MU Undergraduate Writing Competition. So, in the spirit of better late than never, we’ve finally organized some images to share!
Click the images to read the captions. Not pictured is runner-up Sabrina Brons, who read her piece, “Gossip.” The first gallery features images from the George Caleb Bingham Gallery, where the reading was held. The second set of images is from SRLBX x THERETHERENOW, where we held a reception with refreshments, a reading room stocked full of artist’s books and zines, and a poster-printing session for Kirstin Smith’s broadside (the contest’s publication prize).
LED co-founder, Carley Gomez, introducing the readers.
Runner-up Sabrina Heffern reading her short story, “On the Wings of Her Fledglings.”
Classmates and runners-up, Kelly Schoessling and Sabrina Heffern.
Kelly Schoessling reads her story, “Is it Distance or Space?” (Photo credit: Emerson Davis)
The 2018 Undergraduate Juried Exhibition made the George Caleb Bingham Gallery a lively location for a reading.
Contest winner Kirstin Smith introduces her piece, “Milk Carton Faces.” (Photo credit: Emerson Davis)
Kirstin also shared why creative writing is important to her, and how she hopes her writing helps her readers.
Travis Shaffer, MU photo instructor and founder of There There Now, simultaneously snacks and supervises as Kristin Smith prints her own broadside.
The risograph resting after 200 copies of “Milk Carton Faces” have been printed.
In the other room, we had set up a reading room with an assortment of artist’s publications.
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.
We have a follow-up announcement to our previous post about Lisa Torem’s publication in The Cost of Paper, IV.
Lisa Torem will be joining actor and writer Susie Griffith for a launch and reading at RoscoeBooks. The event is this Wednesday, May 24th at 6:30 pm. There will be snacks!
Having launched our own anthology at RoscoeBooks earlier this year, we are sure you’ll have a great time at this amazing independent bookshop! If you need an extra nudge, read Lisa’s LED contribution and you won’t want to miss Wednesday’s reading.
We had a great time celebrating the completion of the Literature Emitting Diodes Anthology. RoscoeBooks was a wonderful host, and we were thrilled to present readings by four of our contributing authors!
Thanks to Robert Eric Shoemaker, Ruby Figueroa, Lisa Torem, and Laura Knickelbine for reading!
Don’t forget that the Literature Emitting Diodes Anthology book launch is tomorrow, Saturday, January 7th, 2017! Join us for a reading by LED Contributors plus refreshments and brand new books! The event is hosted by RoscoeBooks.
RoscoeBooks is located at 2142 W Roscoe St, Chicago, IL 60618.