Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Gladys Swan | Amy Meyer

Join us at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, for fiction and art by Gladys Swan and paintings by Amy Meyer.

Gladys Swan at work.

Gladys Swan is both a writer and a painter. She has published two previous novels and seven collections of short fiction.

Her Carnival Quintet is now being published by Kiwai Media in Paris.The first novel of the series, Carnival for the Gods, was originally published in the Vintage Contemporaries Series. The other novels follow the adventures of those characters. She created the cover art for the novels.

Carnival of the Gods cover art.
Swan's short fiction appears in anthologies and literary magazines such as the Kenyon Review, Sewanee Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Colorado Review, Shenandoah and the Ohio Review.  

She has earned the Prairie Schooner’s Lawrence Foundation Prize for Fiction, a Tate Prize for Poetry from the Sewanee Review, and multiple fellowships for residencies and retreats in both the visual arts and in writing. She was awarded one of the first Open Fellowships from the Lilly Endowment, for a study of Inuit art and mythology. 

Her Western epic, A Dark Gamble, was published by Serving House Books in 2015.


Amy Meyer studied art at University of Central Missouri and Indiana State University and earned her degree in painting and drawing from Columbia College.

She has had the privilege of having her work featured on CNN Online, on Les Bourgeois Artisan Wine labels and in Lake Lifestyles magazine. Her work can be found in private and corporate collections, including those of Water for Elephants author Sara Gruen, Houser-Millard, Inc. and Family, Hope and Recovery, Inc.

"My foray into the world of working with only color, texture and composition was not intentional. It developed over time. Having primarily been a representational artist, I find it challenging to explain a certain piece from this body of work. There really is no correct explanation. As I work, the painting evolves over time, beginning with no real plan, but primarily the intrigue of working with color and texture. Composition comes as the work progresses, layer by layer, which can be days or months from the time it began. My goal, if I were to have one, would be to create work that stands on its own, intriguing the viewer with the complex yet simple marriage of color, composition and texture."

Orr Street Studios is located at 106 Orr St. in downtown Columbia, Missouri. Join us the third Tuesday evening of each month during the academic year for literary readings and visual-arts presentations.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

YuMin Ye | T'Keyah Thomas | Citizen Jane Filmmakers Camp

Join us at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, for young-adult fiction by YuMin Ye, poetry by T'Keyah Thomas and work by young filmmakers from the Citizen Jane Filmmakers Camp.

YuMin Ye is a freelance writer with a bachelor's degree in writing seminars from Johns Hopkins University. Her short story “Team Bonding” won honorable mention in the 2007 Seventeen Magazine Fiction Contest, and she won a finalist award from the St. Louis Publishers Association for her manuscript Oil in the Wok. She is the Columbia young-adult fiction examiner for and currently resides in Columbia, Missouri.

T'Keyah Thomas doesn't like to talk about herself, so she tells stories instead. Using tools that tickle the tongue, TK has been writing for the stage since the age of 12. Currently living in Columbia, Missouri, she is the co-host of ONE MIC, a monthly open mic series for poetry at The Tiger Hotel. She'll be a filmmaker one day.

Camp Citizen Jane began in 2011 in collaboration with Stephens College and Columbia Public Schools as a way to provide access to the tools of filmmaking for young women ages 12-17. Taking place on the Stephens campus in the month of June, Camp CJ consists of a two-week session on “Basic Filmmaking and Media Literacy” and a two-week session on “Advanced Filmmaking.” Working with Stephens film students, participants learn lighting, sound, camera, storytelling and editing and create a short documentary, a short fiction film, PSAs for the Citizen Jane Film Festival and a short film that is designed to be submitted to “Gimme Truth” of the True/False Film Festival.

Orr Street Studios is located at 106 Orr St. in downtown Columbia, Missouri. Join us the third Tuesday evening of each month during the academic year for literary readings and visual-arts presentations.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Brian Mahieu | Rick Skwiot

Join us at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20, for fiction by Rick Skwiot and paintings by Brian Mahieu.


Brian Mahieu has been a plein air landscape painter since 1987. That year, he traveled to Paris, France and lived in the Latin Quarter for one month. Seeing the Impressionist masterpieces, Monet's gardens at Giverny and the French countryside, which reminded him of Missouri, created the impetus to paint en plein air exclusively. The primary motif of his work has been the Missouri River Valley at dusk with an emphasis on capturing the mood and atmosphere of the landscape. While he was studying at Columbia College, Mahieu's painting professor, the late Sidney Larson, encouraged him to paint outside directly from nature and to develop his painterly technique.

Mahieu earned a bachelor's degree in fine arts from Columbia College in 1989. From graduation until 2000 Brian maintained his fine art gallery Mahieu Fine Art (originally Atelier Mahieu) at 918 E. Broadway in Columbia, Missouri. He was also a founding member of Dauphine Gallery and à la campagne and was hired to start the Rocheport Gallery and served as its original curator. Currently Mahieu is curator and director of the not-for-profit Art House in Fulton, Missouri, where he exhibits regularly.

Mahieu has exhibited nationally, including the cities of New York, Carmel and Santa Cruz. Brian's paintings are in public and private collections throughout the United States, Europe the United Kingdom and Australia, including the contemporary artist collection of the State Historical Society of Missouri. The largest public collection of Mahieu's work is at the World Aquarium in St Louis.

In addition to painting full time, from 1992—2009 he operated one of the largest daylily breeding programs in the world creating and introducing 144 new daylily varieties into commerce. Brian and his husband Tom Harris live in Fulton with their two retired racing greyhounds and various foster greyhounds.


Former journalist Rick Skwiot is the author of three previous novels—the Hemingway First Novel Award winner Death in Mexico, the Willa Cather Fiction Prize finalist Sleeping With Pancho Villa, and Key West Story — as well as two memoirs: the critically-acclaimed Christmas at Long Lake: A Childhood Memory and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico: Memoir of a Sensual Quest for Spiritual Healing. He also works as a feature writer, book doctor and editor. From St. Louis, he currently resides in Key West.

About Skwiot's novel, Fail

Disgraced African American St. Louis Police Lieutenant Carlo Gabriel wants fiercely to return to the headquarters hierarchy from which he has been exiled to the city’s tough North Side. All he needs do is track down the missing husband of the mayor’s vivacious press secretary. Instead he unwittingly and unwillingly unearths a morass of corruption, educational malpractice and greed that consigns thousands of at-risk youths to the mean streets of America’s erstwhile murder capital. Worse, it’s the kind of information that could get a cop killed.

Fighting for life and his honor, Gabriel makes chilling discoveries that ultimately lead to a life-threatening and life-changing decision—a choice that could affect not only his own future but also that of the city and its top leaders.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Scott Dalrymple | Rich Smith | Shane Epping

Join us at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, for science fiction by Scott Dalrymple, poetry by Rich Smith and photography by Shane Epping.


Scott Dalrymple is the president of Columbia College in Columbia, Missouri. He grew up in in a small town in the western part of upstate New York. He worked in traditional liberal-arts-and-sciences colleges and spent four years as a dean at Excelsior College, an online-only institution in Albany, New York, before coming to Columbia.

Along with a master’s degree in business administration, Dalrymple has a PhD, a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree in English, with specialties in Mark Twain, Shakespeare and turn-of the-century American novels. As dean of Excelsior College, Dalrymple encouraged the creation of English courses on zombies, and later, a course about vampires.

In 2010, Dalrymple earned Realms of Fantasy magazine’s Readers Choice Award for his short science-fiction piece “Queen of the Kanguellas,” which features sorcery and a tribe led by an immortal warrior queen. He has published several works of fiction in Fantasy and Science Fiction magazine.


Rich Smith is the author All Talk (Poor Claudia, 2014) and the chapbook Great Poem of Desire and Other Poems (Poor Claudia, 2013). His poems have appeared or will soon appear in Tin House, City Arts, Guernica, The Southeast Review, Hobart, Barrow Street, The Bellingham Review, Pleiades, Verse Daily and elsewhere.

He was a finalist for the Ruth Lilly Prize.

A native of Belton, Missouri, Smith is a poetry editor of Pleiades and the visiting professor of poetry at the University of Central Missouri.

Shane Epping works as a photographer and adjunct faculty member at the University of Missouri, where learning about photojournalism as a graduate student saved him from continually wondering, “What if I did what I really wanted to do with my life?”

Epping began his formal photography education at the age of 32, after working as a high school teacher and wrestling coach for six years. He has a passion for telling stories. Employed to support his educational institution, he manages to compliment traditional public-relations work with documentary storytelling.

Epping holds a master's degree in journalism from the Missouri School of Journalism, a master’s degree in American Culture Studies from Washington University in St. Louis, and a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Chicago.

Orr Street Studios is located at 106 Orr St. in downtown Columbia, Missouri. Join us the third Tuesday evening of each month during the academic year for literary readings and visual-arts presentations.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Mike Perkins | B. Noam Jacobson | Peter Anger

Join us at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, for creative nonfiction by Mike Perkins, poetry by B. Noam Jacobson and photography by Peter Anger.

Michael Ray Perkins was born in Harrisburg, Missouri. He worked on a ranch before serving as an Army medic and then as a Navy corpsman with the United States Marines. He studied history and political science at Columbia College and earned an MSW in social work from the University of Missouri. He has published more than poems, here and abroad, as well as one volume of poetry. His next work is a “fitness memoir” titled Running Ugly, which is due out this summer. Running Ugly is his story about personal and spiritual transformation, including losing more than 115 pounds.

B. Noam Jacobson has been a volunteer in Israel for many summers. His travel experiences and poetry are published in Voices Israel (2012, 2013), Cyclamens and Swords and Tikkun. He currently teaches English to second-language learners at the University of Missouri. He has hiked in the Sinai desert and has more than 100 dives in the Red Sea.

Peter Anger has been a professional commercial photographer and art photographer for more than 30 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in fine art, with cinema and photography specialization, from Southern Illinois University. A collection of his light paintings recently was on display in the show R*G*B at Columbia College’s Greg Hardwick Gallery. His work took honorable mention in the 2014 Photo Vision photography exhibition and competition, on display at Orr Street Studios through Oct. 25.

Orr Street Studios is located at 106 Orr St. in downtown Columbia, Missouri. Join us the third Tuesday evening of each month during the academic year for literary readings and visual-arts presentations.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Richard Newman | Kathryn Nuernberger | Leandra Spangler

Join us at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, for poetry by Richard Newman and Kathryn Nuernberger and fiber art by Leandra Spangler.


Richard Newman is the author of the poetry collections All the Wasted Beauty of the World (Able Muse Press, 2014), Domestic Fugues (Steel Toe Books, 2009) and Borrowed Towns (Word Press, 2005). His poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, Boulevard, Crab Orchard Review, New Letters, The Sun and many other periodicals and anthologies. They have been featured many times on Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac, Ted Kooser’s American Life in Poetry, Poetry Daily and Verse Daily. He lives in St. Louis, where he serves as editor of River Styx, co-directs the River Styx at the Tavern reading series, and plays in the junkfolk band The CharFlies.


Kathryn Nuernberger is the author of the poetry collection Rag & Bone and is one of the editors of the literary magazine Pleiades. She has received fellowships from the American Antiquarian Society and the Bakken Museum of Electricity in Life to research and write poems about cabinets of curiosities, Victorian science and medical oddities. She lives on a homestead near Warrensburg, Missouri.

Leandra Spangler's passion for papermaking began in 1986 when she first plunged her hands into a vat of pulp. In the subsequent years, Leandra has explored numerous ways of making and using paper (handmade and found) as a medium in her creative artistic expressions. After 25 years of teaching art in the public schools, Leandra became a full-time studio artist in 2000.

Spangler creates an armature, woven from reed, lashed bamboo and/or wire, as the bones for her contemporary basketry. Highly textured handmade paper of black denim creates the skin. The paper exoskeleton is sealed and finished with layers and layers of color. These sculptural vessels are shown across the country at invitational and juried exhibitions.

Spangler teaches workshops in her studio, Bear Creek Paperworks, in Columbia, Missouri.

Orr Street Studios is located at 106 Orr St. in downtown Columbia, Missouri. Join us the third Tuesday evening of each month during the academic year for literary readings and visual-arts presentations.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Melody Gee, Phong Nguyen + Sarah Nguyen, Aarik Danielsen + Amy Wilder

Join us at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, for poetry by Melody Gee, fiction by Phong Nguyen, paintings and illustrations by Sarah Nguyen and arts journalism by Aarik Danielsen and Amy Wilder.

Melody S. Gee is the author of Each Crumbling House (Perugia Press 2010), which won the Perugia Book Prize. Her poems and essays have appeared in Blackbird, Copper Nickel, Boxcar Poetry Review and Connotation Press. She teaches writing at St. Louis Community College and lives in St. Louis with her husband and daughters.

Phong Nguyen is editor of Pleiades and author of Memory Sickness and Other Stories. He directs the Unsung Masters Series, for which he edited the volume Nancy Hale: On the Life and Work of a Lost American Master. Nguyen teaches fiction and American literature at the University of Central Missouri, where he lives with his wife, the artist Sarah Nguyen, and their three children.

Sarah Nguyen is a painter living and working in rural Missouri. Her work has appeared in solo and group exhibits throughout the United States, including galleries in Chicago, Philadelphia, Kansas City and New York City. She earned a BFA in illustration from Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA in painting from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She works as an art instructor at the University of Central Missouri.

Aarik Danielsen is the features editor at the Columbia Daily Tribune. There, he has the privilege of writing and assigning stories about the things which matter most to him: culture and community. A native of the Southwest, he migrated to Missouri to study music at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar. Finding that the Midwest suited him, he remained, later earning a master's degree in journalism at the University of Missouri. Since coming to the Tribune in 2009, he has enjoyed opportunities to interview regionally and nationally recognized artists and musicians who create on scales both intimate and immense. His greatest joy as a journalist has come through chances to more deeply understand the particular passions of culture-makers, then convey those concerns in thoughtful and creative ways.

Amy Wilder is a features writer at the Columbia Daily Tribune and, since July 2012, has written stories profiling local artists and arts events, as well as the occasional visiting professional or musician. Amy was born in Columbia and raised in Fayette and attended the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, where she wrote her own degree, a BFA in visual culture, graduating in 2003. In addition to writing for the Tribune, Amy occasionally composes poetry and fiction (usually under a nom de plume), sells a painting now and then, dreams up performance-art pieces, plays clarinet and piano and enjoys listening to music. She has an avid interest in physics, engineering, mathematics and aviation. She's especially intrigued by the growing intersection between the arts and sciences, and potential applications of interdisciplinary research and collaboration.

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.