April 19th 2015 Welcome to Waterline Writers! This season’s final event is May 17th. We’ll begin accepting submissions again on August 1st. Our first fall event is Sept. 20th! Now, tonight’s lineup:
Lynne Handy is a member of the St. Charles Writers Group, Chicago Writer’s Association, and Sisters in Crime. She has self-published a novel, In the Time of Peacocks, and her work has been published in Clementine Poetry Journal, Memoir Journal, Lark’s Fiction Magazine, and Pegasus. Her short story, Rabbit on the Moon was performed at the Vero Voce Theater. A retired library director, she lives in North Aurora, Illinois, where she is editing poems for a chapbook.
Once Carolyn Cismoski found the spark to delve into agriculture, she apprenticed under Andrea Berry of Hope Seeds in the Canadian Maritimes, and under Suzanne Ashworth in the fields of California. She returned to Illinois, working with animals and coordinating events at Mint Creek Farm while founding Three Plaid Farmers (an organic, open-pollinated, heirloom produce CSA) and running it with an iron fist of love. Her weekly newsletter adds great educational value for CSA members. Visit our Video Library to hear her partner Joe Pisciotto’s March reading about organic farming as well. Blog.ThreePlaid.com.
Sandra Marchetti is the author of Confluence, a debut full-length collection of poetry from Sundress Publications. Eating Dog Press also published an illustrated edition of her essays and poetry, A Detail in the Landscape, and her first volume, The Canopy, won Midwest Writing Center’s Mississippi Valley Chapbook Contest. Sandy won Second Prize in Prick of the Spindle’s 2014 Poetry Open and her work appears in Subtropics, The Hollins Critic, Sugar House Review, Mid-American Review, Green Mountains Review, South Dakota Review, Blackbird, Southwest Review, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. Books are available at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and through Sundress Publications. You can find her on Facebook under Sandra Marchetti’s Writing Services.
Julie Oleszek grew up the ninth child of ten in Woodridge, Illinois in the 1970s. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Education from Northern Illinois University and later earned a master’s degree in Education from National-Louis University. When not busy writing, Julie enjoys teaching elementary students in Naperville, Illinois where she has taught for 18 years. She also loves to travel to the west coast and host family parties, especially during the holiday season. Julie and her husband live in Batavia. The Fifth Floor is her debut novel. JulieOleszek.com
Mary T. Wagner, award-winning author of When the Shoe Fits…Essays of Love, Life and Second Chances; Heck on Heels, and more…is a former newspaper and magazine journalist who changed careers at forty by going to law school and becoming a criminal prosecutor. Wagner’s legal experience has ranged from handling speeding tickets to arguing and winning several cases before the Wisconsin Supreme Court…sometimes in the same week! She’s also been a truck stop waitress, office temp, and radio talk show host. She counts both wearing spike heels and learning to use a cordless drill and chainsaw among her “late blooming” discoveries, and would be hard pressed to surrender either her favorite stilettos or her power tools. A Chicago native, this mother of four and recent new grandmother now lives in rural Wisconsin. marytwagner.com, Facebook, Running with Stilettos
Our featured readings are followed by a 5-minute-limit Open Mic! Tonight’s host is Nik Markevicius! The sign-up clipboard is at the counter. No racist, sexist, homophobic or otherwise hateful content–and we reserve the right to stop a reading. Note that Open Mic material has not been screened.
Buy a book from one of tonight’s authors–add to your bookshelf reserved for authors you’ve met in person!–and we’ll refund your $5 donation. Ditto if you purchase art, purchase a full or half share of produce from Three Plaid Farmers, or become a $30 (or higher) level member of our home venue–Water Street Studios—which is also home to two galleries, art & writing* classes, free after-school and family art programs, and artist access to PrintLab, CeramicLab & MetalLab equipment.
Call for poetry with a Blues theme: Selected poems to be displayed in Aurora for Blues Month in June. Open to local writers who currently reside in the Fox Valley region. Submit one original poem in English, in Microsoft Word, as an email attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org. Do not exceed 20 lines, including spaces between stanzas. Deadline Thursday, April 30th, 5:00 p.m.
Climate Crisis: Solutions culminates on Friday, April 24th when Dr. G.P. Yeh presents World Energy Transformation at Water Street Studios. Free to members; donations gratefully accepted.
Sunday, April 26 7-9pm is the final session of Galleries Are For Writers Too with Anne Veague.
Take My Word For It! New creative writing classes* at Water Street Studios for kids in grades 3-5, Thursdays 4-5 pm. Sign up online or contact Trish Kredell at email@example.com.
What to do this summer? Don’t just read! Do what you’ve always wanted to do:
- WaterlineWriters.org features 20 area writers’ groups–easily find formats and days that fit your needs! And teens can find info on 3 monthly Wordplay workshops in Batavia, St. Charles and Elgin.
- Share your work at Open Mics like Paul LaTour’s Lit By The Bridge (at Culture Stock Used Books in Aurora on May 21, June 18, July 16 or Aug 20 at 6:30 pm) and Frank Rutledge’s Harmonious Howl (at Graham’s 318 in Geneva on May 28, June 25, July 23, August 27 at 7 pm).
- Attend one of University of Iowa’s 138 (!) weekend or week-long summer writing workshops!
- Catch up on missed Waterline readings or re-experience your favorites by visiting our Video Library!
Many thanks to tonight’s writers and to all 125 writers we’ve featured in the past 3 years; to volunteers Frank Rutledge, Nik Markevicius, Ginny Klespitz, Brandon Fink, Mary McHugh, Kristin LaTour, Paula Garrett, Barbara Barrows, and our new photographer, Chuck Bennorth. Most of all, thanks to all of you in our wonderful audience for supporting this growing community of writers!
We’d welcome suggestions from writers and audience members about how we can improve Waterline Writers and what would entice you to come more often! Send to firstname.lastname@example.org.