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Authors Joan Colby, Linda Heuring, Ed Piotrowski, Christine Swanberg and Susan Van Kirk will be featured at the next Waterline Writers event on Sunday, September 17th at 7 pm, and everyone is invited to come early (anytime between 5-6:30) for the chance to hear the traditional laúd played by Cuban musician Jesús Fernández, guitar by Colombian musician Julián Norato , and the tres by American professor and ethnomusicologist William Hope. All info on both events below, but note that the new elevator may not be inspected and available for use by September 17th. We apologize for this!


Ed Piotrowski reads A Fishy Encounter in the Retail Garden of Eden from his memoir, A Life Well Fished; Susan Van Kirk reads Rockin’ Out from her memoir, The Education of a Teacher (Including Dirty Books and Pointed Looks); Linda Heuring reads Nibbling at the Bloodstains from her short story collection, A Woman Walked into a Bar; Christine Swanberg reads from her new poetry collection Wild Fruition; and Joan Colby reads Carnival and Sideshow poems from Carnival, one of her recent poetry collections.

Admission to Waterline Writers is $5/$3 students. Each event gives you the opportunity to purchase an author’s book, a hand-tooled pen from Wooden Writers, beer from Solemn Oath Brewery or wine from Bright Angel Wines. We also feature food from The Market at Gaetano’s!

Writers may bring a 5-minute piece to share at our 8:30 Open Mic or visit WaterlineWriters.org and follow our Submission Guidelines to be considered as a future featured writer, but everyone is welcome to come just to listen and enjoy Waterline Writers, 3rd Sundays at 7 pm, September to May, in the art gallery at Water Street Studios 160 S. Water Street, Batavia IL. Contact us on Facebook or at waterlinewriters@gmail.com. Find more info or let us know you’re interested in our Waterline event by going to our Facebook event page!


Jesús Fernández is director and laúdista – the laúd is a lute traditional to Spain and Cuba – of Grupo Amanecer and Quinteto La Luz in Guantánamo, Cuba. He was a featured guest artist on the Septeto Santiaguero’s album No Quiero Llanto, awarded the Latin Grammy for Best Traditional Tropical Album in 2015. He is currently a visiting artist-in-residence at Knox College in Galesburg, IL, and is in the Chicago area to perform with the Chicago Cuatro Orchestra.

Julián Norato (“el sinsonte de Bogotá”) is lead vocalist and guitarist of the group Sandunga, originally based in Urbana-Champaign, IL.

Knox College Asst. Professor of Anthopology William Hope, coordinator of this event, will play laúd and tres, a Cuban variation of the guitar.

Although the show is free, donations are appreciated and all proceeds will be given to the visiting musicians.

Kiss The Sky is located at 180 First Street, Batavia IL, on the corner of First and Water Streets. It adjoins Water StreetStudios, 160 S. Water St. in Batavia. Find more info or let us know you’re interested in our special musical event by going to Kiss The SKy’s Facebook event page!

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Thanks to Kristin LaTour for this month’s pictures!