Aug 282015

John Arends, Corey Dillard, Ed Herdrich, Mary Hutchings Reed, Bruce Steinberg with Henriette Agnes.  Waterline Writers kicks off its 2015-2016 season of monthly reading events with five writers whose diverse styles and genres share one commonality: their high literary quality! John Arends will share his beautiful poetry and maybe a sneak preview of an upcoming film script; Edward Herdrich’s story takes us into a soldier’s transition from active duty to “the company”; Mary Hutchings Reed excerpts from her most recent novel, Saluting the Sun; Bruce Steinberg shares the memories of Henriette, whose house was stormed by Nazis when she was six years old, and Corey Davis Dillard uses his spoken word superpowers to cast yet another literary spell over our audience. Everyone is welcome; you don’t have to be a writer! Come to listen once a month, and let the words and work of writers from all over the Chicago area (and beyond) inspire you for days to come! 3rd Sundays from September to May at 7 PM, with open mic to follow. $5! Put these dates on your calendar now: Sept 20, Oct 18, Nov 15, Dec 20, Jan 17, Feb 21, Mar 20, Apr 17 and May 15th. The art gallery at Water Street Studios, 160 S. Water Street, Batavia IL. Like us on Facebook! Share this email with others! Submission info at

Aug 032015

As most of you know, we have recorded most of the Waterline events over the last 3+ years. You can see our readers on our website’s video library page. We’d like to be able to do this for our upcoming 2015 – 2016 season.

We need a camera operator. If you are interested in helping us air our readers on BATV and our video library, please contact us at If you know someone who might be interested, please send them the link to this post.

For those who are interested:

Don’t have any equipment? Not a problem! BATV (Batavia Access TV) has all the equipment we need to get the job done. You’re interested but don’t know how to run the camera? Again, not a problem! BATV will provide the operator all the training they need to set up and run the camera during the event. What do we need from you? We need you to attend the Waterline events (9/20/2015, 10/18/2015, 11/15/2015, 12/20/2015, 1/17/2016, 2/21/2016, 3/20/2016, 4/17/2016, 5/15/2016). Kevin Moriarity will pick up the equipment from BATV. You just show up, set it up and push the right buttons! Are you interested in film editing? If you are, you can get as deep into this as you want. BATV has excellent computers with the latest software, and most importantly, people to train you in the editing process and help as you edit and create your masterpiece.

Jul 212015

Summer moves along. Pretty soon a new season of Waterline Writers will begin. We will start reading submissions August 1st, so send us your work!

Put these dates on your calendar now:

  • 9/20/2015
  • 10/18/2015
  • 11/15/2015
  • 12/20/2015
  • 1/17/2016
  • 2/21/2016
  • 3/20/2016
  • 4/17/2016
  • 5/15/2016
Jul 162015

AASLogoAnderson Animal Shelter will celebrate their 30th Annual Gala Dinner & Auction, A Night to Paws, on November 14th at the Q Center in St. Charles. This annual premier fundraiser allows the shelter to continue to save lives and impact the community. Attendees are treated to a wonderful evening with dinner, entertainment and a chance to bid on some spectacular auction items.

That’s where you come in! This year the shelter would like to auction off a local author book basket. Please consider donating your book, preferably signed! An associate of Anderson will be more than happy to pick it up. The book does not have to be animal themed and “local” can be anywhere in Illinois. If you would like a charitable donation receipt, provide your address and Anderson will send you one.

Book baskets have been very popular in past years and I believe this local author themed basket is going to be something really incredible and desirable. Any bibliophile or writer will want to bid on it. Please consider donating – it’s for a great cause.

If you can donate, contact us at and we will coordinate with Anderson to make it happen.

Jun 252015

tmwfi“Take My Word For It!” is offering creative writing classes this July at Water Street Studios! TMWFI’s innovative curriculum is designed for young authors, and summer sessions include lots of creativity-inspiring activities.

3rd – 5th grades: July 6-10 (M-F, 10 am – 12pm); 6th – 8th grades: July 20-24 (M-F, 10 am-12 pm). Sign up online!

Learn more about TMWFI’s history and curriculum at or get more info about these new, local classes at

Jun 242015

tmwfiWe’re looking for kids who already have a passion for writing AND for those who don’t even know how much fun it can be! “Take My Word For It!” is offering creative writing classes this July at Water Street Studios! TMWFI’s innovative curriculum is designed for young authors, and summer sessions include lots of creativity-inspiring activities.

3rd – 5th grades: July 6-10 (M-F, 10 am – 12pm); 6th – 8th grades: July 20-24 (M-F, 10 am-12 pm). Sign up online!

Learn more about TMWFI’s history and curriculum at or get more info about these new, local classes at

Jun 032015

Photos from Waterline’s May 2015 event are courtesy of Chuck Bennorth. Thanks Chuck!

May 182015

Last night, the stars aligned and so did our five featured readers, Eleanor Vincent, Barbara Barrows, Laura Wilson Henrikson, Frank Rutledge and Karen Fullett-Christensen. Many people gave me credit for curating, but the most resonant events build or unfold mostly on their own. Kevin Moriarity and I, with the help of many others, till the earth a bit, but I’ve found that it works best if I step back and let events curate themselves. Only a few will have coherent threads moving back and forth through the readings, but that’s fine. I also love the events without discernible themes. (With apologies for mixed metaphors, etc.) -AV

May 152015

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

I was a reader before I was a writer. As a kid, I could spend all day reading books. Our house was filled with them and my parents were big readers as well.

My switch to writing poetry came on very suddenly after a personal crisis. The stress dealing with the crisis was overwhelming. One night, I convinced myself to forget about the future and just concentrate on what was right in front of me, which happened to be laundry steam from a dryer on a misty evening. Some thoughts came to me, I wrote them down and then I had a poem. I wrote a few more and realized the best way through the fear was contemplating various metaphors and crafting them into something tangible. The crisis receded but I still continued writing.

Something I only recently realized was how my years as an actor honed my ear for dialogue and rhythm. I had an acting teacher that used classical poetry to teach voice and diction. So it wasn’t just reading the words but speaking them over and over in such a way that it really felt as though you were eating them.

Describe your writing process.

I’m trying to get on a writing schedule but find that difficult. I journal constantly and will sometimes get poems out of that. Being in nature is also a wonderful source for material but the most consistent way I create poems is through WordPlay – the writing workshop hosted by Teen Writers and Artists Project. They have been too kind to reject me for not being a teen. I usually get a poem started there and then refine it at home. I write long hand in journals and then edit when I enter the poems in the computer. I stockpile so many blank journals, my kid has forbidden me from buying more. I ignore her.

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

My mother was such a constant, caring presence in my life. I simultaneously feared her death and couldn’t imagine her not being around. Her influences continue to ripple through my life and my work.

What are you working on now?

I have been reinterpreting Mother Goose rhymes from a grown-up perspective and will have a collection ready for publication in early 2016. [Taking the “If you build it, they will come” approach.] I will also be the featured poet at WordPlay here at Water Street Studios on Friday, June 26.