January 17th 2016: Welcome to Waterline Writers! We host curated readings on 3rd Sundays, 7 PM and a 5-minute-limit Open Mic at 8:30. You can ask questions after each reading tonight! Now, our lineup:
Donald J. Hunt grew up near Rochester, New York, where his love of writing was kindled, no pun intended, by writing contests in Mrs. Shannon’s fifth grade class. Those early explorations into the imagination sparked a nagging passion to weave tales. That insistence ebbed and flowed but never left. Don has taught at the middle school, high school and university levels and has compiled a lot of ideas, partial scraps of stories, and reams of notes. Jupiter Justice, his first novel, is available tonight for $10. His lives in the suburbs of Chicago with his wife and two children, whom he’s striving to indoctrinate into the ways of the Force and all things Geek. The dog, Indiana Jones, and the cat, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, wholeheartedly support his endeavors. donaldjhunt.com
Michelle Donfrio works as an Advertising Media Supervisor in Chicago. Before working in advertising, she wrote across genres as an intern at WGN Television, as a freelance writer for Village Profile, and as a teen board member of the Joliet Herald News. She is currently working on a Masters in Writing and Publishing at DePaul University. She’s also a poetry reader at Minerva Rising and has recently published in Silver Birch Press’s The Great Gatsby Anthology and in the online journal Crack the Spine, which included an interview with her on their website. She will be reading her Great Gatsby poetry this evening along with a medley of some of her other work.
Harold G. Walker is retired from the U.S. Marine Corps where in 1969-70, as first lieutenant, he was a CH-46 Helicopter Pilot: flying 1380 missions; accumulating 626 hours flight time and 69 air medals. He continued as a UH-1N “Huey” Helicopter pilot in HML-776, a reserve squadron which was mobilized for Desert Storm in 1991 and sent to the Philippines for rescue missions during the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo. He retired from the Reserve in 1996 as a Lt. Colonel, after his tour as Commanding Officer of HML-776. Upon retirement, he became a licensed private investigator and special investigator for the FBI. Harold has written extensively about his tour of duty in Vietnam through serialized excerpts provided to the Marine Corps History Branch and veterans from his Vietnam squadron. Those excerpts have formed the basis for his upcoming book, The Grotto, My Path to and from Vietnam. Harold’s first book, Murder on the Floodways, available tonight for $10, is the true story of a murder that took place on his family’s farm in the Bootheel of Missouri when he was twelve years old. It’s a best seller in the tri-state area of the Bootheel of Missouri, northeast Arkansas and northwest Tennessee. haroldgwalker.com
Vida Cross’s work references her ancestry as a 3rd generation Chicagoan and Bronzeville resident, as well as the art of Archibald J. Motley Jr. and poetic research of Langston Hughes. Several poems illustrate, as fictional characters, her grandparents, the people displayed in Motley’s paintings, and Hughes, and it’s important to note that these are blues poems looking at a blues history. Vida received MFAs in Writing and Filmmaking from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, an MA in English from Iowa State U. and a BA in English-writing and History from Knox College. She’s a 2007-13 Cave Canem Fellow with a 2010 Honorable Mention for her manuscript Bronzeville at Night: 1945 in their First Book Poetry Award. Her work has appeared in Tabula Poetica with Chapman U., Transitions with the WEB Institute of African American Research at Harvard, the Cave Canem Anthology XII, The Literary Review with Fairleigh Dickinson U., Reed Magazine at Reed College, and The Journal of Film and Video from U. of Illinois, Chicago. She will be reading at the Poetry Foundation’s Open Door Readings on March 15th!
Jenny Scott has published stories, poems, articles, and book reviews in newspapers, magazines and literary journals. She won a national prize in a Blue Mountain Arts poetry contest, and was poetry editor of Arts Beat Magazine. She was most recently published in BARK Magazine. She’s attended many writing retreats, including the Jackson Hole Writers Conference in Wyoming. She is currently working on a novel that has been almost finished for a very long time. This is her third appearance at Waterline Writers!
Do you have a special bookshelf for authors you’ve met here at Waterline? (PLEASE tell us you do!) Buy a book from one of tonight’s authors or become a member of Water Street Studios, and we’ll refund your $5 admission.
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.
Upcoming 2016 Waterline Writers events: Feb 21, Mar 20, Apr 17 and May 15th
Over 130 writers have been featured at Waterline Writers since February of 2012! Join them!
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- Learn about 20 area writers’ groups. Find the perfect format, day and time for you.
- Teens can attend 3 world-class Wordplay workshops in Batavia, St. Charles and Elgin.
- Attend Open Mics! Paul LaTour’s Lit By The Bridge is 3rd Thursdays at Culture Stock, 43 E. Galena in Aurora. Sign up at 6:15. Open Mic at 6:30. Limit of 10 readers. Jan 21st featured writer is John Arends!
- 4. Frank Rutledge’s Harmonious Howl will return in April with signup at 6:30, open mic at 7, and free gelato or coffee to readers! On the patio at Graham’s 318, 318 3rd in Geneva.
Our events are 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!
If you want more, check our website or Facebook page for Kevin Moriarity’s interviews with the writers. You’ll find Chuck Bennorth’s beautiful portraits of our featured writers there as well!
Our neighbors at Kiss The Sky host great musicians and sell new and vintage vinyl, turntables and eclectic gifts!
Thanks to tonight’s readers, to volunteers Frank Rutledge, Erin Bell, Nik Markevicius, Chuck Bennorth, Ginny Klespitz, Barbara Barrows and Paula Garrett, and to Carolyn Abramofsky for our new logo photo! Thanks also to our wonderful audience for supporting this community of 350+ writers! Please share our contact information with other writers! We welcome your suggestions!
Your hosts, Anne Veague & Kevin Moriarity