History: Waterline Writers was founded in February 2012 by Anne Veague and Kevin Moriarity. Writing groups can be invaluable, but we wanted something different, a place where writers could read their work for an audience, find and share inspiration, and create a dynamic writing community. We wanted an event!

Five years later, our 50+ events have provided unique opportunities to hear 175+ diverse writers, selected by submission, reading original published and not-yet-published work. Our events are held in the main art gallery at Water Street Studios, 160 S. Water Street, Batavia IL. on 3rd Sundays (September – May) at 7 PM. A 5-minute-limit Open Mic follows at 8:30.  Read our FAQs, then come experience Waterline Writers!

Anne Veague – Artistic Director of Waterline Writers, is thrilled that over 175 different writers have had the opportunity to read to Waterline’s enthusiastic audience. Meeting and working with these writers has been very rewarding. Anne has a B.A. in Psychology from Knox College, where she won the American Colleges of the Midwest’s Nick Adams Short Story Contest. She is working on a collection of stories exploring the intricate joys and terrors we all experience while living out our deceptively long lives on this rich and beautiful planet. Watch Anne’s reading from March 2016. (Photo by Flo Kat.)

Kevin Moriarity

Kevin Moriarity – Managing Director of Waterline Writers, spent a couple of decades working in the software business. A bunch of that time was spent writing software manuals and procedures. That got a bit dull, so he decided to give fiction a try. He ended up putting some of his work up at www.fewerthan500.com and www.kevinmoriarity.com. He leads the Fox Valley Writers writing group in North Aurora. He also cofounded Waterline Writers – a community of writers and writing enthusiasts in Batavia, IL. Watch Kevin’s readings from October 2012, September 2013. (Photo by Chuck Bennorth.)

Frank Rutledge is an author of poetry and short fiction, 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 founding member of Open Sky Poets and Early Risers Writers, a pillar of Waterline Writers, and a submission reader at fewerthan500.com. He’s been published in Arts Beat, Downtown Auroran and Foxtales Anthologies. His chapbooks, Clothed in August Skin and Eat the Punchline–This Joke Is Over are available on  Kindle. Watch Frank’s readings from February 2017April 2016May 2014, October 2013, January 2013, September 2012, May 2012, February 2012.

Barbara Barrows is a poet, actor & artist living in Batavia with her kid and various pets. By day, she is a media researcher working at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. She is an integral part of both Waterline Writers and Teen Writers and Artists Project and heartily encourages you to support T-WAAP, an amazing resource for young writers and artists. Hear Barbara’s readings from February 2017May 2014, August 2013November 2012.


Ginny Klespitz was born in North Aurora, has a strong family history in the Fox Valley area, and enjoyed many summers with her family in the U.P. After many years in the insurance industry she looks forward to a time when she can return to the peace of the North Woods. Ginny wrote and produced her first plays when she was 7 years old, followed by many short stories, poetry and articles for the school paper…all before the 7th grade. Then came the hiatus. Years after raising her children, she revisited her love of writing. She looks forward to the self-discovery that occurs while writing and hopes that her work inspires others to their purpose in life.


Ray (R.G.) Ziemer regularly contributes to local journals, reads at open mics and works with several writing groups, especially enjoying the friends and contacts he’s made through Waterline Writers. He teaches composition at C.O.D. and is seeking representation for his YA novel, The Ghost of Jamie McVay. Born and bred on Chicago’s South Side, he now makes his home on the West Branch of the DuPage River with his wife Dawn, Mickey the Cat, Abby the Australian shepherd and Sparky the famous Canoe Dog. He has two grown sons who are involved in the family construction business. Ray enjoys travel, hiking, canoeing and kayaking. Watch Ray’s readings from February 2015March 2015October 2015February 2016. (Photo by Chuck Bennorth.)

ErinBellErin Bell is a class of 2013 Creative Writing major from Knox College who assists as a volunteer filmmaker for Waterline Writers. She enjoys writing about robots and aliens, and she loves to stand behind a camera. Maybe someday she’ll be a cinematographer, or a graphic novel artist, or even a guide dog trainer. For now, she counts newspapers for a living when she isn’t daydreaming. She currently resides in Chicago with fellow film buff Yvonne Keta on a street with free parking, even though neither of them have a car.


chuck-20141201-1-of-2Chuck Bennorth is a frustrated writer who discovered he is better at taking photos of writers than he is at writing. He is the staff photographer for Waterline Writers, and has thoroughly enjoyed taking photos for the art community in the Fox Valley region. Chuck and his wife Denise are co-founders of Bennorth Photography in Saint Charles.


paula_garrettPaula Garrett is a transplanted Southerner, originally from Memphis.  A research librarian and library director, Paula has also been involved in radio for several decades. Currently, her radio essays air on WNIJ / 89.5 FM as part of the Perspectives series. In addition to helping Waterline with publicity, she also has contributed poems to Aurora’s Poetry in Public Places initiative.  Other passions that inspire her include travel, blues music, and open water swimming.


Thanks to Water Street Studios for demonstrating what can happen when creative people collaborate to inspire and support each other! WSS includes 2 art galleries, juried and curated shows, artists’ studios, classes for adults and children, after-school programs and special events.