Aug 282016

Waterline Writers kicks off its 2016 – 2017 season with a great literary event on Sunday, Sept 18th 2016 at 7 pm. Waterline is proud to present five featured writers: Amy Friedman, Rick Holinger, Karen Halvorsen Schreck, Christine Swanberg and Joanne Zienty.

Amy Friedman’s prose poetry captures average days just as distinctly as shattering break-up’s; columnist and teacher Rick Holinger’s essays pin controversial subjects to the page for closer examination; Karen Halvorsen Schreck reads from Broken Ground, the Depression-era novel of a tragedy which intertwines a young white woman in the lives of Mexican migrant workers; Christine Swanberg shares a few treasures from a lifetime of poetry publication; and Joanne Zienty, Soon to be Famous Illinois Author of 2014, reads from her compelling novel The Things We Save.

Admission is $5 / $3  for students! Writers can join our 5-minute-limit Open Mic at 8:30, or check out our submission FAQ’s. Events are 3rd Sundays at 7 pm, September to May, in the art gallery at Water Street Studios 160 S. Water Street, Batavia IL. Like us on  Facebook!

May 152016


May 15th 2016: Welcome to Waterline Writers! 4 years, 44 events, 142 writers, 260 readings—all available on our Video Library! We host curated readings on 3rd Sundays at 7 PM and a 5-minute-limit Open Mic at 8:30 PM. This is the last event before our summer hiatus! We return on Sept. 18th, Oct. 16th, Nov. 20th, Dec. 18th, etc. Send us fall submissions as soon as possible; we’re already scheduling! Read our Submission Guidelines, then send to  Now, tonight’s lineup:

Tasha Fouts received her BA from California State University at Long Beach, her MFA in poetry from Bowling Green State University, and is “all but dissertation” on her Ph.D. in English at The University of Illinois at Chicago.  Her work has previously appeared in Salt Hill, Little Red Leaves, Bateau, and other literary journals.  She is passionate about many things, but especially whipped cream, a good mocha, and enormous scarves.  She works and lives in suburban Illinois but still calls Alaska home because its wildness will always be in her heart.

Kate Johnson says if her life were a book, she could have used a better editor. She didn’t start writing until her 50’s, when she had a wine-facilitated epiphany at her Ladies Monthly Book Club Night, criticizing a particularly uninspired choice. After that – but before she sobered up – she found the courage to lock herself in her guest room (the only space in the house with an uncluttered desktop) and begin writing. Her husband and teen-age children have not heard from her since, but they can be found roaming the streets of St. Charles at night, searching for dinner. Feed them. They are good people.

Donna Pucciani has published poetry on four continents and her work has been translated into Chinese, Japanese, Italian and German. She has won awards from the National Federation of State Poetry Societies, the Illinois Arts Council, and many other organizations. A five-time Pushcart Prize nominee and former Vice President of the Poets’ Club of Chicago for over a decade, her  most recent collection of poetry is A Light Dusting of Breath, from which she will be reading tonight. Treasure your own signed copy for $15 tonight! (Donna dedicates her reading to friend and fellow poet Nancy Carrigan, whose art is currently featured in the WSS gallery.)

Astrid E. L. has finally accepted the fact that she is a writer. While on the journey to this realization, she attended many West Suburban Wordplays hosted by Adam Gottlieb and hosted a few herself as a teaching artist. She was also an assistant coach for Mooseheart’s first Louder Than A Bomb poetry slam team. She’s had two poems published in Waubonsee Community College’s literary magazine Horizons, and this spring she was co-editor in chief for the magazine. Being a recent graduate of Waubonsee with her Associates in Science degree, she will be furthering her craft of writing at Northern Illinois University this fall.  Free copies of Horizons available tonight while supplies last!

Born and raised in Chicago and a lifelong resident of its metro area, Ed Piotrowski survived 12 years of Catholic schools before graduating summa cum “nada” from N.I.U. with a B.S. degree from its College of Business. Tucked in the bowels of corporate America for 35 years, he emerged several years ago to retire and spend more time on the equally challenging hobbies of writing and fishing. His non-awarding winning (though funny, he’s been told) articles have appeared in Muskie magazine, Outdoor Notebook, and Musky Hunter magazine. His memoir, A Life Well Fished: “Reel” Adventures & the Stuff That Happened in Between is available on Amazon. Ed and his wife, Jo Ann, reside in Hampshire. He notes that everything else about him is in his book! $15 tonight!

At 8:30 PM: Nik Markevicius hosts our 5-minute-limit Open Mic! Sign-up at the counter. No racist, sexist, homophobic or otherwise hateful content. Note that Open Mic material has not been screened.

Tonight’s book sales:

Donna Pucciani   A Light Dusting of Breath  $15

Ed Piotrowski     A Life Well Fished: “Reel” Adventures & the Stuff That Happened in Between  $15

Jen May             Armchair Locomotion  $10  (Not yet available at the time of Jen’s April reading.)

Astrid E.L.       Waubonsee Community College’s literary magazine Horizons   FREE while supplies last!

Portraits of writers: Before events, Kevin Moriarity posts fascinating interviews with featured writers. Afterwards, we post Chuck Bennorth’s beautiful portraits! Watch our website or Like us on Facebook!

                                      Are you writing? IF NOT, CHECK OUT

  1. Learn about 20 area writers’ groups. Find the perfect format, day and time for you. 
  1. Writers and musicians, Frank Rutledge’s Harmonious Howl is 4th Thursdays, May –Sept. Sign up at 6:30, Open Mic at 7. Free gelato or coffee to participants! Graham’s 318 patio, 318 3rd St. in Geneva.
  1. Teens can attend world-class Wordplay workshops in Batavia, St. Charles and Elgin.

This summer, Water Street Studios has a lot to offer! Attend gallery opening receptions on 2nd Fridays, meet the Resident Artists, expand your art collection or take a School of Art class for adults, teens or children! We want to thank Water Street Studios for hosting us, and if you love Waterline Writers, please help make all of this possible! Donate or become a member of WSS today!

Many thanks to poet Katie Phillips for reading Nancy Carrigan’s poems at the opening of the current WSS art exhibit, Nancy Carrigan, A Retrospective. We’ll be featuring Katie again this fall!

Our neighbors at Kiss The Sky host lots of live music and offer new and vintage vinyl, turntables and eclectic gifts and resale items! Check out this one-of-a-kind local gem! 

This event is being filmed for future broadcast on BATV. HOWEVER…YOU can catch up on missed Waterline readings or re-experience your favorites at any time. Visit our Video Library, a treasury of over 225 individual readings! 

Submissions: Go ahead and send new submissions for this fall’s events to We are looking for fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, memoir, essays, etc. from traditionally-published, self-published and unpublished writers. Please read our website’s Submission Guidelines first!

Thanks to tonight’s readers, to volunteers Frank Rutledge, Erin Bell, Yvan Keta, Nik Markevicius, Chuck Bennorth, Ginny Klespitz, Paula Garrett and Rick Veague. Most of all, thanks to all of you for supporting this community of 350+ writers! Please share our contact information with other writers!

May 132016


What was the inspiration behind what you’ll be reading at Waterline?

My inspiration for this reading is the work of Nancy Jean Carrigan, a long-time friend and colleague at Poets’ Club of Chicago, a group in which we critiqued each other’s poetry at monthly meetings for at least a decade and talked of world affairs during the train rides to and from Chicago from the suburbs. Nancy was a fine poet as well as the outstanding artist whose works are displayed at Water Street right now, and this retrospective seemed the perfect opportunity to pay tribute to Nancy’s involvement in and support of all the arts. Continue reading »

May 122016

How and when did you decide or discover that you were to be a writer?

I wrote “extra credit” stories as a 1960s grade-schooler and won the “Gutenberg of the Atomic Age” award, though that appropriately acknowledged the nuns’ appreciation of my printing ability for school event signage rather than any of my creative compositions.

In high school I filled the first few pages of a notebook with some really bad poetry. Continue reading »

May 112016


How and when did you decide, or discover, that you were to be a writer?

I appreciated writing by reading. Reading about cows clacking away at a typewriter as an itty bitty child; being read, night after night, a chapter book about a boy and a tiger stranded on a tiny boat; riding in a magical, time-traveling tree house with Jack and Annie whenever I had free time in Ms. Noon’s second grade class.

The writing seed was planted in high school. There I was encouraged by my senior year English teachers the most. One of them said to keep writing no matter what I did. Continue reading »

May 102016

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How and when did you decide, or discover, that you were to be a writer?

I decided I was a writer when my kids were old enough for me to go back to work. Terrified of life beyond sweatpants, I told my husband I was a writer. He believed me, so now I’m sitting in an easy chair with a cookie beside me. He’s a trusting man who believes someday this will pay off. Writers: don’t tell him the truth. I can’t go back to real pants. Continue reading »

May 092016


How and when did you decide, or discover, that you were to be a writer?

When I was in sixth grade I came down with a really bad flu.  As I lay in bed sweating out my fever, I seriously feared death (I’ve always had a flair for the melodramatic).  So in my delirious state, I wrote a poem.  The next morning, when I had recovered, I re-read the poem and thought it was so brilliant that I couldn’t possibly have written it. I took it to my teacher and asked if I had unwittingly plagiarized it from a famous poet.  Sure enough, I hadn’t.  That might not be the moment that I discovered I was a writer, but it’s the first moment I can remember feeling pride at something I had created.  Continue reading »