On Sunday, February 18 at 7 pm, Waterline Writers will feature authors Rick Holinger, Kristin LaTour and Cris Mazza, as well as the teen winners of Teen Writers and Artist Project’s recent Slammin’ The Sun Down poetry competition: Nequa Valley High School’s Noah Espinoza, Malak (MJ) Jellouli, David Mullons, Sereen Omer, Alyssa Pazanin and West Aurora High School’s Sydney Williams.
Through the magic of poetry, Rick Holinger glimpses Steve Jobs falling for his mother’s princess phone, dips a toe into dangerous waters with Herman Melville as he decides on the color of his whale, and takes Emily Dickinson where she really wanted to go.
Then, as Kristin LaTour reads When Billy Collins Falls For Me, The Years My Heart Was An Aquarium and Lot’s Young Wife, you’ll agree – no one comes up with love poems as unique as hers!
Cris Mazza, whose work addresses sexual politics and identity, victimhood and personal accountability in frank and sometimes disturbing ways, will read from Charlatan, which Kirkus Review calls “an impressive compendium of an important career” that includes a PEN/Nelson Algren Award for How To Leave a Country.
Round out the evening with 3-minute slam poems from the teen poetry competition and this event promises to be very memorable indeed!
Admission is $5/$3 students. You’ll have the opportunity to purchase signed copies of authors’ books, beer from Solemn Oath Brewery, wine from Bright Angel Wines, a hand-tooled pen from Wooden Writers or a hand-constructed book from Tieri Ton. We also offer food from The Market at Gaetano’s and desserts from Limestone Coffee & Tea!
Everyone is welcome! Writers may bring a 5-minute piece to share at our 8:30 Open Mic or visit WaterlineWriters.org and follow the Submission Guidelines to be considered as a future featured writer. Note our special call for submissions, Let The Blues Be Your Muse, for a May 20th blues-themed reading!