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

2021 Writers Artists Night

6-10PM, Saturday, June 19, Chad A. Fuqua City Park, Hollister, MO. From March 10 through April 15, StateoftheOzarks will accept original written pieces on any topic and in any genre. Accepted written pieces are then paired with artists who have completed the form below. Artists are asked to create an original art piece “inspired in some way” by the written article they received.

Participants may submit applications as both a writer and an artist. Participants may not be paired with themselves.


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      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