Mar 182018

March 18th, 2018: Welcome to Waterline Writers! We host live readings on 3rd Sundays at 7 PM. At 8:30, Frank Rutledge hosts our Open Mic, limited to 6 writers. (We want to hear many different writers. Please don’t sign up more often than every other month!) Tonight’s featured readers are:

Matt Meade is a writer, freelancer, and sometimes music blogger who lives just outside Chicago with his wife and son.  His fiction has appeared in The Sun Magazine, Storyscape, Maudlin House, and elsewhere. He no longer smokes. Some of his work, as well as the one good picture he has of himself, can be found at Matthew will have copies of The Sun Magazine for $5.00.

Linda Heuring is a short story writer known for her character-driven narratives and her penchant for the overheard phrase.  She has won the Fish International Short Story Prize (Ireland), the Rash Award in Fiction, and was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize (UK).  Her 2017 short story collection was named an Editor’s Pick by New Pages, and The Irish Times wrote that “Character creation, vivid scene-setting, humour and authentic dialogue are some of the strengths of this excellent short story collection.” A Woman Walked into the Bar is available tonight for $18.00. Her website:

Phil Rice is a native Tennessean currently living in Woodstock, Illinois. His writing has appeared most recently in PBS’s Next Avenue, Ginosko Literary Journal, and The Connotation Press. He founded Canopic Jar: An Arts Journal in 1986, a venture for which he continues to serve as editor. He is reading from Winter Sun: A Memoir of Love and Hospice, available tonight for $8.00. His website:


Kate Johnson writes about misfits who can’t fit in, and misfits who won’t. For fun, she throws them into basements or beds together, then locks the door. She’s written three novels in various stages of disregard by agents. Her husband Tom keeps her sane – kind of – along with their kids and exchange student, who says, “Frau Johnson, würden Sie bitte weit weg gehen,“ which means, “Mrs. Johnson, I could listen to you read your brilliant book all night.” **

**Editor’s note, actual translation: “Mrs. Johnson, please go far away from me.”

Writer of fiction and poetry R. G. Ziemer runs a construction company and teaches composition at the College of DuPage. He makes his home in Warrenville on the West Branch of the DuPage River. Recent poetry has appeared in the journals Rivulets and Prairie Light Review and he is seeking representation for his YA novel The Ghost of Jamie McVay. He participates in the Naperville Writing Group and especially enjoys being part of the community at Waterline Writers and other area open mic venues.

READ LOCAL! BUY LOCAL! Authors are selling their books here at special Waterline prices! Supporting local writers financially & artistically enriches our entire community — and books make great gifts!

Sat. April 21st marks the 1st Fox River Arts Ramble, a 1-day, self-guided art tour of 40 locations from Elgin to Aurora. Find more info on Facebook!

Our venue! Water Street Studios makes Waterline Writers possible! Please become a member of WSS, sign up for Art Classes, attend 2nd Friday exhibit openings or 4th Friday Live Art Series, or expand your art collection – buy work from the main gallery or from one of the 26 resident artists’ studios.

Our sponsors! Solemn Oath Brewery & The Market at Gaetano’s.

Our vendors! Hand-tooled pens from Wooden Writers and handmade books & journals from Tieri Ton Books make wonderful gifts for writers, readers …  and you!

Our friends! The Republic of Letters, 1 W. State, Ste 103, Geneva offers books, classes, discussions, special events and more. Find Cathy & Ryan on Facebook or at The Book Shop Batavia’s Grand Opening is March 24! Congrats, Lizzy & James! Find them on Facebook and at 15 N. River Street!

Our neighbors! Kiss The Sky hosts live music and offers new & vintage vinyl, audio equipment and eclectic gifts! Check out this local gem, our collaborators in the May 20th Blues-themed Waterline event:

Announcing a very special Blues-themed event on May 20, designed to kick off June’s blues music festivals – Blues & Roots on Water Street, June 9th and Blues on the Fox, June 15-16th with poetry, essays and fiction on The Blues. Check out our call for Blues submissions or contact Paula Garrett at Deadline for submissions is March 30th!                                                                       

Are YOU writing? Our website contains a wealth of information!

  1. Learn about 20 nearby writers’ groups. Find the perfect format, day and time for you.
  2. Paul LaTour’s Lit By The Bridge Open Mic for writers is 3rd Thursdays, with sign-up at 6:45; start time is 7 PM. Culture Stock, 43 E. Galena Blvd. in Aurora.
  3. Frank Rutledge hosts Modest Mic for writers and musicians at The Sugar Grove Library, 125 S. Municipal Dr. on 3rd Wednesdays from 6:30-8 PM.
  4. Teens, attend T-WAAP Wordplay workshops! To support Teen Writers & Artists Project and their vital writing programs, contact Shayne Phillips at, go to or Smile.Amazon.

This event is being filmed for broadcast on BATV, plus we also post the videos on this website.

Thanks to our crew Frank Rutledge, Chuck Bennorth, Ginny Klespitz, Ray Ziemer, Paula Garrett, Barbara Barrows & Rick Veague; WSS’s Dani Hollis & Jaime Gutierrez; and to our wonderful audience!

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