Writers Artists Archive

Since 2015, StateoftheOzarks has hosted Writers Artists Nights in downtown Hollister. Each year, regional writers and artists are paired and challenged to create original work through a variety of mediums. The writer / artist pairs are then invited to Hollister to present before a live audience.

Writers Artists Night

Jake Stanton Goes Home

Jake Stanton Goes Home by Dennis Gallemore (with art by Sophie McAdara) Writers Artists Night 2020 Home. That single word brought vivid images to his fevered mind, comforting scenes that had been with him since he was a child in the Missouri Ozarks. Rolling hills blanketed with an unending number of oak, hickory, and cedar…

I Walk These Hills and Wonder

I Walk These Hills and Wonder by Erin Fox (with art by Jenny Judlin) Writers Artists Night 2020 I walk these hills and wonder About the times that they have seen Times of sorrow Times of joy Times of life that once had been I walk these hills and wonder About those who walked them…

Springfield Bound

Springfield Bound by Edwin Woolsey (with art by Janelle Patterson) Writers Artists Night 2020 The train stopped at Mountain Grove and Seymour to exchange passengers before racing on to Springfield. Ivy was absolutely amazed. He had never dreamed of traveling this fast in his entire life. On some stretches, the cars were hurtling down the…

The Ozark Spooklights

The Ozark Spooklights by Margie Kay (with art by Curtis Copeland) StateoftheOzarks Writers Artists Night 2020 The state of Missouri has its share of anomalies – but the so-called Spooklights, which remain unexplained to this day, are perhaps the strangest phenomena of all. The Marley Woods is the name given to an undisclosed location in…