Letitia L. Moffitt was born and raised in Hawaii. She earned a doctorate in English/creative writing from Binghamton University, and she taught creative writing at Eastern Illinois University for six years.
Her works include a novel-in-stories, Sidewalk Dancing (Atticus Books, November 2013), as well as short stories, essays and poetry published in literary journals including [PANK], HTMLGiant, Black Warrior Review, Aux Arc Review, Dos Passos Review and many others.
JENNY MCGEE AND BOB HODGSON
Jenny McGee is a professional artist who is passionate about helping people express their love to another through her abstract paintings. Jenny is a cancer survivor who is learning to love her freckles and life’s imperfections and to cherish each moment with her husband, David, and two children, Jonny and Ema Blue.
Jenny McGee's paintings hang in numerous private and corporate collections, and you can visit Jenny’s work at Orr Street Studios in Columbia, at the Leopold Gallery in Kansas City, or at the World Trade Art Gallery in New York City.
Learn more about expressing and celebrating your love for another through her art at www.jennymcgeeart.com.
As editor, writer, columnist and Missouri State University professor of religious studies, but also as translator and executive at American Bible Society in New York City, Bob Hodgson toggled between word and image all his professional life. At the society, he worked as senior producer and co-executive director of a 10-year long multimedia translation project that produced music and performance videos of biblical stories, garnering more than a dozen film, video and multimedia industry awards, including two CINDY and two CINE citations. Today, writing fiction or oil painting, he sets to work as a translator, walking alongside his original “texts” — story and memory, imagination and emotion, experience and attitude — nudging them across borders of language, time, space, culture and medium. Bob and his wife, MaryTim, live in Columbia close to two of three children and three of four grandchildren. Here Bob has found a diverse and nurturing creative community at Orr Street Studios and in workshops led by artist Hannah Hollister Ingmire and authors Keija Parsinnen and Bridget Buford. His short stories have appeared in Well-Versed, the literary magazine of the Columbia Chapter of the Missouri Writers Guild. Columbia Art League's 2013 Interpretations includes two poems he wrote. His paintings hang in private collections as well as at Orr Street.
Orr Street Studios is located at 106 Orr St. in downtown Columbia, Mo. Join us the third Tuesday evening of each month during the academic year for literary readings and visual-arts presentations.