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 30, 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.


Writers submissions have been closed.


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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

    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