Writers Artists Night

IN A TIME repressed emotions and heavy social expectation, we are rarely provided healthy avenues of personal expression.

Writers Artists Night is an opportunity for people to exercise their creativity in collaboration with each other as a form of self-expression.

“Soul-baring,” “profound,” “cathartic,” and “healing” are just some of the words used to describe StateoftheOzarks’ longest-running art event.

Writers Artists Night

2020 Writers Artists Night

Winners & Special Mentions:

Best Writer: Dalton Quick, Over the Scottish Sea
Special Mention: Rachel & Leah Riutzel, The System of Friction

Best Collaboration: Quynn Kent with Lydia Hoskins, The Water
Special Mention: Estella Padgett with Vashon Borich-Leach, What A Family Should Be
Special Mention: Vashon Borich-Leach with Jared Houle, The Crow

Best Presentation: Rachel & Leah Riutzel, The System of Friction
Special Mention: Freeman Payne with Dustin Burkett, To Hell and Back

Best Artist: Savannah Richardson with Phantom Pain by Anthony Cirilla
Special Mention: Kaitlynn Robinson with The Village Under the Scarlett Kings by Marshall Howden
Special Mention: Jared Houle with The Crow by Vashon Borich-Leach

7-10PM, Friday, JULY 17, 2020, Chad A. Fuqua Memorial Park, Hollister, MO

Artist and Writer Check-in: 6PM at the SOTO Headquarters Tent at the Chad A. Fuqua Memorial Park, 312 Esplanade Street, Hollister, MO 65672.

Event begins promptly at 7PM, weather permitting. Dress code is casual. Event is free and open to the public. We recommend bringing comfortable lawn chairs and/or blankets. Also bug spray. A number of folding chairs will also be available for use (first come, first served). The park is an ideal place to allow for “social distancing.”

Please see schedule below for order of presentation —

1 Margie Kay w Curtis Copeland
The Ozark Spooklights

2 Erin Fox w Jenny Judlin
I Walk These Hills and Wonder

3 Dennis Gallemore w Sophie McAdara
Jake Stanton Goes Home

4 Damian Costello w Jeffrey Nanney
Quicker Bicker

5 Lynnette Horn w Freeman

6 Cassidy Hunter w Mickey Ragain
Civil War Era Romance

7 Josh Huxtable w Freeman
Cry of Her Heart

8 Jessica Farmer w Shelby Winzenreid
A Daisy Amongst the Roses

9 Lauri Lemke Thompson w Savannah Richardson
The Ant Chronicles

10 Dalton Quick w Lacey Finchum
Over the Scottish Sea

11 Marshall Howden w Kaitlynn Robinson
The Village Under the Scarlett Kings

12 Michelle Waters w Tammy Morton
Frost Flowers

13 Special Reading: Lisa Livingston-Martin w Borderlands

— Intermission —

14 Edwin Woolsey w Janelle Patterson
Springfield Bound

15 Rachel & Leah Riutzel w Kim Cooper
The System of Friction

16 Freeman w Dustin Burkett
To Hell and Back

17 Mona Menezes w Lynnette Horn
The Kitten Garden

18 Michelle Waters w Mary Arneson
Such A Gift

19 Josh Huxtable w James Beaumont
The Winds Blow

20 Estella Padgett w Vashon Borich-Leach
What A Family Should Be

21 Vashon Borich-Leach with Jared Houle
The Crow

22 Camarie Cirilla w Matt Farmer

23 Mary Arneson w Trygve Arneson
Into the Forest

24 Clint Unruh w Freeman
Death’s Lonely Journey

25 Quynn Kent w Lydia Hoskins
The Water

26 Edwin Woolsey w Chris Boyd
Leaving Hattie

27 Jenn Parks w Bob Bell and w Freeman
Charles Winslow’s Body

28 Anthony Cirilla w Savannah Richardson
Phantom Pain

Writers Artists Night Press Release

7-10PM, Friday, JULY 17, 2020, Chad A. Fuqua Park

Hollister, MO (February 27, 2020) — Online publication StateoftheOzarks.net will again host an annual “Writers Artists Night” competition at Chad A. Fuqua Park in downtown Hollister at 7-10PM, Friday, July 17.

“Our historic Downing District is becoming an artistic gathering spot,” says StateoftheOzarks publisher Dale Grubaugh. “We deeply appreciate the opportunity to work with the City of Hollister.”

Editor-in-chief Joshua Heston is calling for local writers and artists to participate. “The goal is to give our community a voice. We’ve been doing this event since 2015 and it is a constantly evolving event.”

The event’s concept is simple. Local writers submit works to StateoftheOzarks through May 15. In April, writers’ works are distributed to participating artists. Artists are asked to create original work “inspired in some way by the written word.”

“The collaborative aspects of the process are the most important,” shares Heston. “We get some really exciting works. Artists and writers get to work together. Get to meet one another. Get to inspire each other. There is so much hidden talent in our Ozark communities and this is a way of celebrating that.”

Gift-bag prizes will be awarded to top writer, top artist, and best of presentation by an independent panel of judges assembled by StateoftheOzarks. Many additional contestants will also vie for publication in the StateoftheOzarks.net magazine over the coming year.

“It’s part spoken-word night, part pop-up art gallery. We always get a good crowd. I’m just humbled to have a platform that gives everyday Ozarkers of all ages a voice,” says Heston.

2020 Artist Submissions closed except through editor’s board permission. Email Josh@StateoftheOzarks.net for more information.

2020 Writer Submissions closed except through editor’s board permission. Email Josh@StateoftheOzarks.net for more information.

2019 Participants

Writers Artists Night 2019 Winners

Top Artist of the Evening — Mary Arneson, Country Rain

Top Writer of the Evening — Deborah Haggard, The Dust

Best Presentation of the Evening — Rachel Riutzel, Water to Red

Best Writer Artist Collaboration — Dennis Gallemore with Vashon Borich-Leach, The Awful Tower

1 Dave Loftin w Shelby Hutton Winzenried
December Afternoon Feeding the Hay

2 Betsey Mae Graves (in absentia) w Mary Arneson
Country Rain

3 AJ Blanton w Lillian Berry
Prologue to the Three Spheres

4 Michelle Waters w Heath Copper
Dr M

5 Candice Gage w Mikki Sale
Them Hills

6 Deborah Haggard w Savannah Richardson
The Dust

7 Kristina Gilbert w James Shipley
I Am

8 Anthony Cirilla w Janelle Pattterson
No Wine for Ismenos

9 Dustin Snavely w Chris Boyd
American Spirit

10 Paul Thompson w Azalie Baumann
The Watermelon Fairy

11 Jenn Parks w Melody Courley

12 Jody Godrey w Sarah Hebert
PTSD The Father of Many Diseases

• Joshua Heston

– Intermission –

13 Matt Farmer w Jenny Judlin
A Modern Marvel

14 Trygve Arneson w Savannah Crawford
The Other

15 Josh Huxtable w Heath Copper
Hey There, Grandpa

16 Dave Loftin w Katie Rodick
The Gate Test

17 Rachel Riutzel w Carla Davidson
Water to Red

18 Laurie Lemke Thompson w Mary Arneson

19 T’iana Sage w Kaitlynn Robinson

20 Ron Davidson w Shelby Moore
The Great Disconnect

21 Dalton Quick w Freeman
Beneath the Willow

22 Kim Danzer w Steffie B

23 Dennis Gallemore w Vashon Borich-Leach
The Awful Tower

24 Grace Gage w Shannon Bacon
Evadora’s Temptation

25 Lisa Martin with Lacey Finchum

26 Noah Bray w Heath Copper


For questions, email josh@stateoftheozarks.net