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

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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!

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 matthewthomasmeade.com. 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: lindaheuring.com

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: PhilRice.org

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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 rolnfp.org. 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 waterlinewriters@gmail.com. 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 sphillips@twaap.org, go to twaap.org 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!

Feb 212017
 

February 19, 2017: Welcome to Waterline Writers! We host curated readings on 3rd Sundays at 7 PM. (Upcoming: March 19 & May 21; no event on Easter, Apr 16). Our 5-minute-limit Open Mic starts at 8:30. This is our 5th anniversary and our 50th event! We’ve featured over 175 different writers so far!  See submissions info below. Tonight’s readers include:

D.C. Brod is the author of the “Getting Even” caper series: Getting Sassy, Getting Lucky and the just released Getting Taken. She is also the author of the Quint McCauley detective series, and Heartstone, a contemporary Arthurian thriller, and is an award-winning short story writer. A collection of three previously-published short stories featuring the Chicago Cubs is available as an ebook: A Chicago Cubs Triple Play. Town House Books is hosting an author dinner for her March 23rd. Tickets go on sale Feb. 20. Deb has books for sale tonight at a special Waterline price of $10!

Donald J. Bingle is the author or co-author of five books and about fifty published short stories in the thriller, horror, science fiction, fantasy, mystery, steampunk, romance, comedy and memoir genres, including Forced Conversion, GREENSWORD, Net Impact, Frame Shop, and (with Jean Rabe) The Love-Haight Case Files. More on Don’s writing can be found at: donaldjbingle.com.  Don has 4 titles for sale tonight. Buy the first for $15 and additional books for $10 each!

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.

Dawn Williams began her writing career as a journalist in 1981, and has written for fun and profit ever since. She worked in public relations, corporate communications, video production, freelance writing and non-profit public promotion before joining Senior News 50 and Better in 2006, where she now serves as Associate Publisher and staff writer. She also provides social media management services for small businesses, and will soon be a certified Life Transition and Business Coach. Find more of her inspirational writing at selfpoweredchange.com or on Facebook/Self-Powered Change.

Frank Rutledge is a Fox Valley author of poetry and short fiction and the popular host of 3 Open Mics: Modest Mic (3rd Wednesdays, Sugar Grove Library), Harmonious Howl (Graham’s 318, 4th Thursdays, summer), and Waterline’s (3rd Sundays). He’s a founding member of Open Sky Poets and Early Risers Writers, a Saturday morning author’s salon. He’s a pillar of Waterline Writers, and a submission reader at fewerthan500.com, a flash fiction e-zine. He’s been published in Arts Beat, Downtown Auroran and Foxtales Anthologies.  His two chapbooks, Clothed in August Skin and Eat the Punchline–This Joke Is Over are available on Kindle, or here tonight, signed by the author for $7 each or both for $12!

If YOU want to be featured at a Waterline event, read our Submission FAQs at waterlinewriters.org, and then send your best fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, memoir, or essay to waterlinewriters@gmail.com! Unpublished, self-published and traditionally-published writers welcome!

At 8:30 PM: Ray Ziemer hosts our 5-minute-limit Open Mic! Sign-up at the counter. No racist, sexist, homophobic or otherwise hateful content. Note that Open Mic material has not been screened.

Interviews with tonight’s authors are posted in the gallery. Subscribe to waterlinewriters.org  or Like Waterline Writers on Facebook to find event info, videos of past readings, Chuck Bennorth’s portraits of our writers, and more!

Are YOU writing?

  • Check out WaterlineWriters.org to learn about 20 area writers’ groups and find the perfect format, day and time for you.
  • Paul LaTour’s Lit By The Bridge Open Mic for writers is 3rd Thursdays, with sign-up at 6:30; start time is 7 PM. There is also a featured reader each month. Culture Stock, 43 E. Galena Blvd. in Aurora.
  • 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 can attend Wordplay poetry workshops in the western suburbs. Please help support Teen Writers and Artists Project (T-WAAP) at twaap.org or by designating them to receive a percentage of your purchases at Smile.Amazon.

Don’t forget to attend Water Street Studios gallery 2nd Friday opening reception Mar. 10, 6-9 PM. Meet Resident Artists, expand your art collection or sign up for School of Art classes for adults, teens and children! If you Waterline, become a member of WSS today! Memberships start at only $25! All work in the main gallery, the upstairs gallery and around the 26 resident artists’ studios is for sale!

Our neighbors at Kiss The Sky host lots of live music and offer new and vintage vinyl, audio equipment, eclectic gifts and resale items! Check out this one-of-a-kind local gem and Like them on Facebook!

This event is being filmed for future broadcast on BATV, however…YOU can catch up on missed Waterline readings or re-experience your favorites at any time. Or visit our Video Library, a treasury of over 250 10-minute readings! 

Wooden Writers will be back in March with hand-tooled pens in various colors and types of wood.    $15-$75, cash or check only, and can be ordered to your specifications! Facebook/Wooden Writers

Thanks to Water Street Studios; to Solemn Oath and Bright Angel for wine & beer ($5), and to The Market at Gaetano’s for artisanal cheeses, meats and breads!

Thanks to volunteers Frank Rutledge, Erin Bell, Chuck Bennorth, Ginny Klespitz, Barbara Barrows, Rick Veague, Ray Ziemer, Paula Garrett, and to our wonderful audience.

Your hosts are Anne Veague & Kevin Moriarity at waterlinewriters@gmail.com

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