Saturday, January 16, 2016

Feb. 16: David Spear | Charlotte Pence

Join us at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb 16, for poetry by Charlotte Pence and an art talk and a viewing of paintings by David Spear.


Charlotte Pence’s poetry merges the personal with the scientific. Her first book, Many Small Fires (Black Lawrence Press, 2015) explores her father’s chronic homelessness while simultaneously detailing the physiological changes that enabled humans to form cities, communities and households. A professor of English and creative writing at Eastern Illinois University, she is also the author of two award-winning poetry chapbooks and the editor of The Poetics of American Song Lyrics (University Press of Mississippi, 2012). Pence is the recipient of awards and fellowships from the Tennessee Arts Commission, the Redden Fund, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Alvin H. Nielson Memorial Fund, the Discovered Voices Award, New Millennium Writing Award, and many others. New poems have recently been published in Epoch, Harvard Review and The Southern Review.


David Spear earned a BFA from the University of Missouri-St.Louis in 1999 and an MFA in painting from University of Missouri in 2012.

His work can be seen throughout Columbia at venues such as Addison's Restaurant, the Wabash Bus Station, Memorial Union, Boone Hospital, Jefferson Middle School, the traffic box on the corner of Ninth Street and Broadway and the ROTC Cannon fired on Faurot Field after a Tigers score.

Spear currently works on private and public commissions for a variety of patrons and teaches drawing and painting at the University of Missouri.

Temporal Auxiliaries


Dec. 28, 2015 - March 6, 2016

Orr Street Studios

This collection of works by David Spear considers and weighs the transient nature of time in terms of antecedent appropriations, historical recollections and artist as individual.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Dec. 15: Lise Saffran | Dareth Goettemoeller

Join us at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15, for essays by Lise Saffran and art therapy with Dareth Goettemoeller.


Lise Saffran’s novel Juno's Daughters was published by Penguin/Plume in 2011, and her fiction and nonfiction works have appeared in a variety of literary and academic journals, including Poets and Writers, Orion, Academic Medicine and Medical Humanities. Saffran is a graduate of both the School of Public Health at UNC (now the Gillings School of Global Public Health) and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her creative work explores the essential question at the heart of public health: How do we balance our need for autonomy with the responsibilities of community life?

She will read an excerpt from a collection of essays-in-progress titled Safe in These Bodies.


Dareth Ann Goettemoeller is a resident artist at Orr Street Studios and an art therapist with a master's degree in art therapy from Emporia State University in Kansas. 
Goettemoeller has been running art therapy groups in Columbia for the 10 years. She specializes in working with adults and loves watching childlike joy bubble up from a room of stressed adults as she guides them in healing art activities. 

All art activities are healing, but there is a special magic that happens when working with a trained art therapist. As we enter the winter holiday season, she will guide us in developing skills for coping and healing through art.

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, November 12, 2015


Hearing Voices/Seeing Visions will not convene in November. Join us at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15, for our next event.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Svetlana Grobman

Join us at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, for memoir by Svetlana Grobman + local art.


Svetlana Grobman is a Jewish immigrant from Russia who was born in Moscow in 1951. She moved to the United States in 1990. While living in Russia, Grobman was an engineer and an editor for the Soviet Encyclopedia. Now, she is a librarian and freelance writer living in Columbia, Missouri.

Grobman has published articles and personal stories in a variety of places, including the Christian Science Monitor, the St. Louis Post Dispatch, Rural Missouri, and Chicken Soup for the Soul. The Education of a Traitor: A Memoir of Growing Up in Cold War Russia is Grobman’s first book, and she is currently working on her second. To learn more about Svetlana’s experiences in Russia and the U.S., subscribe to her blog at

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 13, 2015

Chris Teeter | Jennifer Wiggs | Brett Cottrell

Join us at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22, for fiction by Brett Cotrell and paintings by Chris Teeter and Jennifer Wiggs.

About Abstraction, featuring work by Chris Teeter and Jennifer Wiggs, is showing in the Mildred M. Cox Gallery at William Woods University, through Sept. 27.

Chris Teeter began his career as a visual artist with representational drawing and plein air painting. Afterward, for 10 years, he was involved almost completely with creating sculpture in steel or various media, including the doors at Orr Street Studios and many other sculptures. During the past three years he has returned to painting. This change in media is a change in form only, since the content of his artistic  pursuits has always revolved around his interest in abstraction.

“I love how abstraction is, in varying degrees, without reference to representation and the external world and therefore presents itself somewhat enigmatically. The viewer is asked to think and perceive non-verbally, in effect, to jump from the familiar to the unfamiliar and participate in the final act of perception and understanding internally.”


Jennifer Ann Wiggs has a BFA from Indiana University and an MFA from Washington University, and she has taught art at the Art Department of the University of Missouri.

She is a member of the Watercolor USA Honor Society, and her award-winning work has been shown in Watercolor USA, the Living Artist’s Magazine, the Missouri Watercolor National, the National Exhibition of American Watercolor at the Taos New Mexico Museum, and the River Market Regional Exhibition in Kansas City.

Artist statement: The channel between realism and abstraction is rich territory for invention. These latest gouache paintings explore abstraction using sophisticated color relationships and simple shapes.


Brett Cottrell was born and bred in Las Vegas. His writings blend religious and political satire with whimsical, action-packed absurdity. He’s been a bartender, a drummer in a rock-and-roll band, a legislative intern and an attorney. He studied political theory at Boise State University and graduated from the George Washington University Law School. Cottrell lives in Columbia, Missouri, with his wife and their opinionated dog, Tico.

The End of the World Is Rye
What would you do for the perfect sandwich? Kill? Die? Well, if you were a rogue angel, you might just cause the Apocalypse. And it looks like that's just what he's about to do when he lands in a polygamist cult in Utah. So, now it's up to the rest of God's divine posse, including Jesus and Lucifer, to save all of existence from certain destruction. In his debut novel, Brett Cottrell takes you on a provocative, celestial roller coaster ride that will have you laughing on the edge of your seat all the way to the gates of Hell.

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, April 9, 2015

Keija Parssinen | Ann Breidenbach

Join us at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, for fiction by Keija Parssinen and creative nonfiction by Ann Breidenbach.


Keija Parssinen attended Princeton University and the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was a Truman Capote fellow. Her debut novel, The Ruins of Us, was published in the US, the UK, Ireland, Australia, South Africa, Italy and around the Middle East, and it was long-listed for the Chautauqua Prize. Her second novel, The Unraveling of Mercy Louis, was just released by Harper Books and was named a Must-Read by Ploughshares, Bustle, Bookish, Pop Sugar, Style Bistro and more. Her work has appeared in the Lonely Planet travel-writing anthologies, Five Chapters, the New Delta Review, Salon, Marie Claire and elsewhere.


Ann Breidenbach earned her MFA from the Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College. Her memoir-in-progress, I Love You, Is That Okay?, is the story of motherhood lost and motherhood found. She takes her readers through her experience as a 19-year-old facing the heartbreaking decision of whether to give her baby up for adoption or to raise him on her own. Her personal story of motherhood and adoption is published in the newly released book Listen to Your Mother: What She Said Then, What We’re Saying Now

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 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.