Sunday, April 2, 2017

April 18: Jordi Alonso | Madeleine Le Mieux

Join us at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, for poetry by Jordi Alonso and art with Madeleine LeMieux.


Jordi Alonso is a poet and University of Missouri PhD candidate. Alonso graduated with an AB in English from Kenyon College in 2014 and was the first Turner Fellow in Poetry at Stony Brook University, where he earned an MFA. He is a Gus T. Ridgel Fellow in English at the University of Missouri, where he is earning a PhD in creative writing. His work has been published or is forthcoming in Kenyon Review Online, Noble/Gas Qtrly, Roanoke Review, Fulcrum, and other journals. Honeyvoiced, his first book, was published by XOXOX Press in 2014, and his chapbook, The Lovers’ Phrasebook, was published by Red Flag Poetry Press in 2017.


Madeleine Marie LeMieux is an artist and arts administrator. She earned a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2007 and an MA in visual arts administration from New York University in 2011. In Chicago LeMieux owned and managed the OAO Galleria, cataloged a collection of 18th and 19th century works for a private athletics club, designed youth arts programs from scratch, and developed fundraising strategies for a Chicago community center. In New York she worked with No Longer Empty (NLE)Momenta ArtGroundswell, and Brooklyn Metal Works (BKMW) and served on New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs Non-Performing Arts Selection Panel. 

LeMieux founded and runs Resident Arts in Columbia’s North Village Arts District. She received the 2016 20 Under 40 award for outstanding young business people and was an Office of Cultural Affairs Traffic Box artist. She will pursue a second master’s degree in the the University of Missouri's MFA program in 2017. She has been exhibiting her artwork nationally since 2004.

Founded by Madeleine LeMieux in 2014, Resident Arts pilots and runs programming to help young, emerging, and professional artists build careers in Mid-Missouri. Programs provide mentoring and art-making opportunities for teens; an emerging artist residency that aids artists in the creation of a large-scale work or body of small works; and a professional development workshop series to help artists solve practical business problems

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.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Feb. 21: Anand Prahlad and the Cornelius Eady Trio

Join us at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, for a special edition of Hearing Voices/Seeing Visions at Orr Street Studios. Writer and musician Anand Prahlad will read from his memoir. Writer and musician Cornelius Eady will perform with his trio.


In 1954 a black boy is born on a plantation in rural Virginia. He inhabits a liminal inner world where sensory experiences blur together and memory is fluid. For the first four years of his life, he doesn't speak. Then he finds his voice. Slowly entering the outside world, he evolves into an artist and educator whose extraordinary literary and musical gifts emerge through unspoken neurological challenges. Anand Prahlad’s distinctly American journey takes readers from school desegregation in the South, to New Age enclaves in the West, to higher education in the Midwest, deepening our understanding of autism, race and gender along the way.

The Secret Life of a Black Aspie is the winner of the 2016 Permafrost Prize for Nonfiction.


Poet, folklorist and musician Anand Prahlad is professor of English and director of creative writing at the University of Missouri. He is the author of the books poetry As Good as Mango and Hear My Story and Other Poems and the academic books African American Proverbs in Context and Reggae Wisdom: Proverbs in Jamaican Music as well as editor of the 2005 three-volume and the 2016 one-volume editions of the Greenwood Encyclopedia of African American Folklore.

Prahlad's teaching awards including the Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence and the University of Missouri Faculty-Alumni Award.


National Book Award winner and Pulitzer prize nominated poet Cornelius Eady has set his poetry to song with the Cornelius Eady Trio. Eady's songs tell the story of passing time, the black American experience and the blues in the style of Folk & Americana music. Guitarists Charlie Rauh & Lisa Liu join Eady to create layered and graceful arrangements to bolster Eady's adept craftsmanship as a songwriter, lyricist and poet. The Cornelius Eady Trio's debut album, "Field Recordings," was released by Kattywompus Press on vinyl in February 2017.


Poet Cornelius Eady was born in 1954 and raised in Rochester, New York. He is the author of Hardheaded Weather (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2008); Brutal Imagination (2001), which was a finalist for the 2001 National Book Award in Poetry; the autobiography of a jukebox (1997); You Don’t Miss Your Water (1995); The Gathering of My Name (1991), which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize; BOOM BOOM BOOM (1988); Victims of the Latest Dance Craze (1985), which was chosen for the 1985 Lamont Poetry Selection of The Academy of American Poets; and Kartunes (1980).

In 1996, Eady and the poet Toi Derricote founded Cave Canem, a nonprofit organization serving black poets and acting as a safe space for intellectual engagement and critical debate. In 2016, they accepted the National Book Foundation’s Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community. Eady has collaborated with jazz composer Deidre Murray in the production of several works of musical theater, including You Don’t Miss Your Water; Running Man, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama in 1999; Fangs, and Brutal Imagination, which received Newsday‘s Oppenheimer Award in 2002. Eady's honors include the Prairie Schooner Strousse Award, a Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Award, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Rockefeller Foundation. He currently holds the Miller Chair in Poetry at the University of 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.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Jan. 17: Simon Tatum and Josh Crow

Join us at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, for art talks with Simon Tatum and Josh Crow.

"In Sacred Memory" by Simon Tatum
Simon Tatum was born in 1995 in George Town, Grand Cayman. Tatum currently lives and studies in Columbia, Missouri, and was the 2014 recipient of the Cayman Islands Visual Arts and Design Scholarship from Deutsche Bank and the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands. He has shown a solo exhibition within the University of Missouri titled Discover and Rediscover. He has also been a part of numerous group exhibitions that include, Open Air Prisons: Las Antillias Para Los Antillianos at the LACE Gallery in Los Angeles, California, and the Caribbean Linked IV Exhibition in Oranjestad, Aruba.
"Looking Glass" by Simon Tatum

Tatum was honored in 2016 with an international artist grant from the Cayman National Cultural Foundation (CNCF) and with the Richard M Henessy Scholarship Award. He also has works in permanent collections throughout the U.S. and Caribbean region that include the Atelier 89 Gallery and the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands. Tatum is currently working on a new series of charcoal prints and mixed media sculptures for his next solo exhibition, Looking Back and Thinking Ahead. This exhibition will be held at the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands in May 2017.


"Devon After Rain" by Josh Crow

"Ascension" by Josh Crow
A native of central Missouri, Josh Crow works mostly in oil and watercolor, painting people, places and things that resonate with him. A large part of the significance of the paintings is how they are painted. The subject matter can vary greatly, but the accuracy and energy of the brushwork and drawing are a major part of the content or the reason to do the paintings. Much of the work Crow shows is oil on canvas and panels.

The content usually involves a mundane view of life seen in a odd perspective or a slightly odd happening in a normal place. Once such theme is deer wandering into buildings or other such places they should not be. Within these ideas Crow plays with his love of color and light. Crow's work is currently on exhibit in the gallery space at Orr Street Studios.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Oct. 18: Lynn Rossy | Nikos Karabetsos

Join us at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, for nonfiction by Lynn Rossy and art by Nikos Karabetsos.


Nikos Karabetsos is a candidate in the MFA program at the University of Missouri. He holds a master's degree in studio arts from Marshall University, a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a bachelor's degree in English literature from the University of Michigan. His work has been shown in places such as Ireland, Detroit, Chicago and Cleveland. Karabetsos has partnered with the Hotei Gallery in Chicago. He has worked as an artist for Tommy Bahama clothing company, an illustrator for the children’s book Joha’s story, and an instructor in drawing and art appreciation. His current multimedia project utilizes practices in fibers, printmaking and painting. Weathering handmade paper causes the object to undergo a manner of materialization and de-materialization. Using this concept as primary subject matter, he creates multiple versions of the same thing. His presentation discusses his current project and place in reference to art history.


Dr. Lynn Rossy recently became the director of integrated wellness at Veterans United after spending many years as the health psychologist for the University of Missouri wellness program for faculty and staff. She specializes in teaching, researching and writing about mindfulness-based interventions for stress, weight management and wellness. The successful concepts in her empirically validated mindful eating program have been translated into her book The Mindfulness-Based Eating Solution.  She is passionate about helping people have a healthier relationship with their food and their bodies while creating lives filled with joy and meaning.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

May 17: Marlene Lee

Join us at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, for an evening with novelist Marlene Lee.

Courtesy Columbia Daily Tribune

When she’s not reading, playing the piano, or talking to other writers, Marlene Lee holds down a table at the Lakota Coffee House in Columbia, Missouri, confronting blank pages during business hours and postponing the inevitable with another cup of coffee.
Before writing full-time, she carted her stenotype machine from place to place (eventual settings for her fiction) in a moveable feast of court reporting: Brookings, Oregon; Seattle, Washington; Chico, California; San Francisco; and New York City.  She now lives in Columbia, Missouri.

Before court reporting she taught high school, children’s special education, Freshman and Sophomore college English, and vocational school classes in stenotype. Always and in-between, she was writing short stories and novels.  These works of fiction have been recently revised, edited, and published by Holland House Books of England.

 Two of Marlene Lee’s books were published in 2013: The Absent Woman and a collection of short stories, Rebecca’s Road.

Scoville, a collection of three mystery novellas (“Three Blind Mice,” “Always On Thursdays,” and “Recesses of the Mind”), was published in spring of 2014 under the Grey Cells Press imprint.   Limestone Wall, a novel, came out November 1, 2014, from Holland House Books.

No Certain Home, a historical novel  based on the life of international journalist Agnes Smedley, was published by Holland House Books in April 2016.

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 13, 2016

April 19: Unbound Book Festival Preview

Join us at 7 p.m. April 19 for a special sneak preview of the Unbound Book Festival.

An insiders' guide to a new literary extravaganza! We'll talk to organizers about what goes into planning a huge, super-awesome literary event in wee Columbia, Missouri. We'll hear wonderful excerpts of fine literature by festival-featured local authors such as Eric Praschan and Laura McHugh. We'll view beautiful artwork by festival-featured author/illustrator Deborah Zemke. As always, we'll ask lots of questions, eat snacks, drink wine, make friends and chill out amid colorful Orr Street Studios artwork.

What's not to love?

See you at Orr Street April 19.

See you at the festival April 22-23. 

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, March 9, 2016

March 15: Elise Rugolo

Join us at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, for an art talk and a viewing of paintings by Elise Rugolo.

Elise Rugolo's work currently is on display at Orr Street Studios in an exhibit title "Tension + Repose."


Elise Rugolo is an abstract painter who celebrates the physicality of her artwork through an exploration of various media and layering of imagery. Her rhythmic and sometimes calligraphic style is suggestive of dance or motion borne out of a sense of urgency. She favors vivid color, energetic mark making, and intricate compositions that incorporate both geometric and organic elements. Her paintings often combine acrylic, gouache, or encaustic paint with other materials, such as drawing media, collage, fiber, and photo transfers. Her observations of nature and human behavior serve as the conceptual and/or emotional springboard for her intuitive working process, which is directed and shaped by her quest for visual balance.

Rugolo was born and raised in Columbia. She was fortunate to have an art professor father (Lawrence Rugolo), who encouraged and nurtured her creative spirit in her formative years. She left town to go to college and went on to live in a variety of places, most recently Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She moved back to Columbia in September 2015.

Rugolo earned a BFA from the University of Iowa and an MFA from Arizona State University. She has exhibited extensively in galleries and juried shows throughout the country. Her artwork is held in numerous private and public collections. She taught as an adjunct instructor at the University of Wisconsin, and currently teaches workshops and private instruction. She is represented by Concept Art Gallery in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.