Writers Artists Night

Writers Artists Night

DATE CHANGE: 7-10PM, Friday, JULY 17, 2020, Vintage Paris Coffee Shop

Hollister, MO (February 27, 2020) — Online publication StateoftheOzarks.net will again host an annual “Writers Artists Night” competition at Vintage Paris Coffee Shop in downtown Hollister at 7-10PM, Friday, July 17. The magazine hosts this event in conjunction with Vintage Paris.

“Vintage Paris is the artistic gathering spot,” says StateoftheOzarks publisher Dale Grubaugh. “Matt and Jessica Farmer have a vision for giving back to our community. It has always been a great fit for our event.”

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 I’m really pleased with its evolution.”

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 Participation accepted through May 29.

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

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2019 Branson Tri-Lakes News Article by Tim Church:

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

Artist and Writer Check-in: 5:00-5:45PM at the SOTO Headquarters Tent on the Vintage Paris Coffee Shop courtyard (Vintage Paris Website).

Event begins promptly at 6PM, weather permitting. Dress code is casual. Event is free and open to the public. You are welcome to bring chairs (approximately 50 folding chairs will be set up).

Please see schedule below for order of presentation —

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