Mar 152015

March 15 2015      Welcome to Waterline Writers!     Our lineup for Climate Crisis: Solutions includes:

Ray Ziemer writes prose and poetry, teaches writing at C.O.D. and is a member of the Batavia Writers Group. One of his poems won 1st prize in Poets & Patrons Poetry Contest and “Riding With Gary” was just published in Prairie Light Review. Ray recently read at Waterline Writers: 

Donald J. Bingle is a man so committed to the environment he arranged to be born on Earth Day, 16 years before it was even invented. He’s written GREENSWORD, the world’s only darkly comedic eco-thriller about global warming, Forced Conversion, Net Impact, and Frame Shop, a semi-finalist in the Soon to be Famous IL Author Project! He’s reading steampunk, a branch of science fiction set in the 19th century which imagines present day technology powered by steam, not electricity.

Joe Pisciotto thought he was going to be a proper writer but somehow stumbled into farming, which he’s been doing for nine years now. He runs a small, sustainable vegetable farm with his business partner, Carolyn, in Winfield, called Three Plaid Farmers.

Lucinda Marshall is an artist, activist and writer who started the first recycling center in Phoenix in her parents’ garage in the ‘60s, served as teen consultant on a bicycle trail study with Sandra Day O’Connor, built a solar cooker from recycled materials, then illustrated Building Your Own Solar Greenhouse (1980). She is Director of the Feminist Peace Network and has published environmental pieces and also poetry (in Common Dreams, Stepping Stones, Poetica, and ISLE). Reclaiming Medusa:

Jim Lewis is a poet, musician, and nurse practitioner. His poetry and music reflect the difficulty and joy of human interactions, and draw inspiration from his decades of experience in healthcare. When he is not writing, composing, or diagnosing, he’s on a kayak, exploring and photographing the waterways near his home in California. or Jim Lewis – Poetry on Tap on Facebook.

Barbara Ungar’s fourth book of poems, Immortal Medusa, is forthcoming from The Word Works. Prior books include Charlotte Bronte, You Ruined My Life; Thrift; and The Origin of the Milky Way, which won the Gival Press poetry award, a silver IPPY award, a Hoffer award, and Adirondack Center for Writing’s poetry award. She directs the MFA program at the College of St. Rose in Albany, NY.

Tricia Marcella Cimera’s poetry has been published in Prairie Light Review. “The Poem That Waits Across the Street” won the 2009 Prairie Poetry Award and a Judges’ Merit Award by the CCHA. Volunteering at Fabyan Villa, Garfield Farm Museums and WSS has reinforced the ideology of Think Globally, Act Locally in her life. Tricia was recently featured at Waterline Writers:

Donna Pucciani’s poems have appeared on four continents, translated into Italian, Chinese and Japanese. Tonight’s winning poem, “Noncommittal,” appears on, with a photo taken by X Woods, who’s translated the poem into German. Donna is a five-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize and was VP of the Poets Club of Chicago for over a decade. Her sixth book, A Light Dusting of Breath, is available tonight. Lineup continued on page 2.

Luis Mejico, a School of the Art Institute BFA candidate, works in performance, sculpture, and new media. He’s exhibited at the MCA Chicago, Links Hall & Zhou Brothers. “For You: Songs for a Mute Field” translates imagery from tonight’s poems into live performance. To access his special effects, you can download LAYAR from App Store for iPhone or Play Store for Android, and follow directions given during his performance. Find more about Luis at or support his event!

A 5-minute-limit Open Mic follows at 8:30! Your host for tonight is Frank Rutledge! Sign up on the clipboard at the counter. No racist, sexist, homophobic or otherwise hateful content. Open Mic material has not been screened. We reserve the right to stop a reading. 

Tonight: if you buy a signed book to add to the special bookshelf reserved for authors you’ve met in person, we’ll refund your $5 donation. Ditto if you purchase art, or become a ($30 level) member of Water Street Studios–home to galleries, art & writing classes, free after-school and family art programs, and artist access to PrintLab, CeramicLab & MetalLab equipment.

Climate Crisis: Solutions includes the WSS art exhibit opening Mar 20 6-9 PM (with Luis Mejico at 7). Steve Apfelbaum presents Harnessing Nature To Address Climate Crisis on Fri. April 1 at 7; Lisa Albrecht presents Solar Energy on Fri. April 17 at 7, and Dr. G.P. Yeh presents World Energy Transformation Fri. April 24 at 7. All events held at Water Street Studios. Free to members; donations gratefully accepted. 

From frustration to fruition: Many writers wanted to write about climate issues, but didn’t think they had solutions, or didn’t know how to begin. We encouraged them to try anyway, because as you write about something, do research and think deeply, you find insights and connections, maybe even solutions, in surprising places. One of those surprising places is right here, in a gallery full of art inspired by the earth and its climate issues. Come write about what you care about! Join Anne Veague for Galleries Are For Writers Too! workshops on Sunday March 22 and Sunday April 12, 7-9 PM at WaterStreetStudios. Find insights, make connections, and learn to trust the importance of your words and what they can create in the world. Free to WSS members; we gratefully accept donations.

March 20, 7:30 PM: Poetry Springs Eternal: Teen and adult poets from Chicagoland at The Albright Theatre, 100 N. Island Ave. Batavia. $10 adults, $5 teens/seniors at the door or at 630.406.8838. We suggest making an early appearance at the WSS opening before strolling over to The Albright.

Take My Word For It!  New creative writing classes at Water Street Studios for kids, Thursdays 4-5 pm (ages 8-11) and 5:15-6:15 pm (ages 12-14). Sign up or contact Trish Kredell at has info on 20 area writers’ groups, 3 Wordplay writing workshops for teens, as well as Open Mics like Paul LaTour’s Lit By The Bridge, at Culture Stock in Aurora, March 19th at 6:30; limited to first ten people so come by 6:15. Or come just to listen! The Fox Valley Writers Group will hold a reading of works from their latest anthology, Foxtales 3, on Saturday, April 18, from 2 to 4 p.m., at Messenger Library (113 Oak St, North Aurora). 

You can find tonight’s readings again this week on BATV and forever in our Video Library! Thanks to the writers; to volunteers Frank Rutledge, Nik Markevicius, Ginny Klespitz, Brandon Fink, Mary McHugh, Kristin LaTour, Paula Garrett, Barbara Barrows, Chuck Bennorth; and to all of you for coming! Your hosts, Anne Veague and Kevin Moriarity

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