Apr 152018

April 15th, 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:

Donna Pucciani, a long-time fan of Waterline Writers and frequent reader, has published poetry on four continents. Her work has been translated into Japanese, Chinese, German and Italian. Her seventh and most recent book of poetry is Edges, available tonight for  $15. She’s reading from her chapbook, Ghost Garden (available tonight for $10), which traces her genealogical adventures finding her roots in Italy. For more about Donna: donnapuccianipoet.wordpress.com

Christopher Kuhl is a frequently published poet and an active reader of his work.  Recently, he has begun to explore short fiction: he has published all his stories, and in 2016 won Editor’s Choice for his story, “Wade,” in Inscape. He is trained in all the arts except for literature, but has always written, and continues to improve. His new poetry collection, Night Travels, was released in August. When not writing, Christopher is either doing visual art or studying Hebrew. He is never bored. Christopher will have Blood and Bone, River and Stone available for $6 and Night Travels  for $6. For more about Christopher: christopherkuhlpoet.com.       

David W. Berner is a journalist, broadcaster, teacher and author of four memoirs and two novels. Of A Well-Respected Man, The San Francisco Review of Books says, “Impressive…writing with an enormous sense of humanity.” His broadcast reporting and documentaries air on WBBM, the CBS Radio Network, and on NPR. David is a former Writer-in-Residence at the Hemingway Birthplace in Oak Park and the Jack Kerouac Project in Orlando. His writing appears in Eunoia Review, Under the Gum Tree, PERIGEE, Tiny Lights Journal and others. David will have A Well-Respected Man or October Song available for $12 tonight. For more about David: davidwberner.com


John Arends is a poet, author, playwright and screenwriter. He participated in the early days of Marc Smith’s poetry slams at the Green Mill in Chicago, and more recently is writing scripts for Hollywood and television. Tonight, he’ll read a scene from his full-length play, Of Sorrow Songs and Treason. It’s a work in progress, inspired by the life of civil rights activist Paul Robeson. His collection of poetry, SINEW – Muscle Poems and Mantras, Bar Rants and Bliss, is available on Amazon or  he’ll have copies tonight for $5.

Frank Rutledge is an author of poetry and short fiction, a musician, and popular host of 3 Open Mics: Modest Mic (3rd Wed, Sugar Grove Library), Harmonious Howl (Graham’s 318, 4th Thurs, summer), and Waterline’s (3rd Sundays). He’s a co-founder of Open Sky Poets and Early Risers Writers, and a pillar of Waterline Writers. He’s been published in A Café in Space: an Anais Nin literary magazine, Arts Beat, the Downtown Auroran and Foxtales Anthologies. Frank will have copies of Clothed in August Skin and Eat the Punchline–This Joke Is Over for $6 each tonight. His haiku, Voice in a Whisper, is $5 tonight. Frank’s books are also available on Amazon.

Sat. April 21st marks the 1st Fox River Arts Ramble, a 1-day, self-guided art tour of 40 locations from Elgin to Aurora. Info & maps on Facebook or FoxRiverArts.com!

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. The Book Shop Batavia is now open! Find them 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:

Let The Blues Be Your Muse, our special May 20th blues-themed literary event, is designed to kick off June’s Art of the Blues exhibit 6/8,  Blues & Roots on Water Street 6/9, and the 22nd Annual Blues on the Fox Festival 6/15-16 with poetry, essays and fiction evoking and celebrating The Blues. Scott Tipping & Dave Nelson will help curate this event, which will also feature live blues! Find the event on Facebook, at WaterlineWriters.org or contact Paula Garrett at waterlinewriters@gmail.com.

Friends of the Fox are looking for poets and storytellers to share their work on Love Our River Clean Up Day (5/12 in Elgin, 5/19 in Batavia). The clean-up will end with live music, stories, poetry, contests, picnic, treasure hunt and environmental exhibits. Contact Gary at gbmechanic@gmail.com.

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.

Teens: attend T-WAAP Wordplay workshops! To support Teen Writers & Artists Project and their vital writing programs, contact Shayne Phillips at sphillips@twaap.org,  go to twaap.org or Smile.Amazon.

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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