November 16th 2014: Welcome to Waterline Writers! Over 100 writers have been featured at past events. Send your submission for Dec 21, Jan 18, Feb 15, Mar 15, Apr 19 or May 17 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Now, tonight’s lineup:
John K. Manos graduated from Knox College in 1974. After four years in educational publishing, he worked in magazines from 1980 until 2001, for 14 years as the editor-in-chief of Consumers Digest magazine. Since 2001 he has earned his living as a writer and freelance editor. Kirkus says his first novel, Dialogues of a Crime, is one of the “Best Indie Books of 2013” and the S.F. Book Review called it a 5-star novel. Its free Kindle promotion resulted in 26,468 downloads, 6,000 of which paid anyway!
Joan Colby has published widely in journals such as Poetry, Atlanta Review, and South Dakota Review, and her awards include two Illinois Arts Council Literary Awards, and an IAC Fellowship. One poem recently won the 2014 Atlanta Review Int’l Poetry Contest. She’s published 14 books including Selected Poems (winner, 2013 FutureCycle Press Prize), Properties of Matter (Aldrich Press, Kelsay Books; Bittersweet (Main Street Rag Press) and The Wingback Chair (FutureCycle Press). Glass Lyre Press will publish Ribcage in 2015. Colby is associate editor of Kentucky Review and FutureCycle Press, editor of Illinois Racing News, and lives on a small horse farm. joancolby.com
David W. Berner is an award-winning journalist, broadcaster, author, and professor at Columbia College Chicago. His first book, Accidental Lessons was awarded the 2011 Royal Dragonfly Grand Prize for Literature. His second memoir, Any Road Will Take You There won the 2013 Book of the Year Award from the Chicago Writer’s Association for nontraditional nonfiction, and has been re-released by DREAM OF THINGS Book Publishing, which will also release his collection of essays, There’s a Hamster in the Dashboard, in 2015. You may have heard him on the radio too! He’s a reporter and anchor on CBS radio, WBBM Chicago, and he fills in as the morning news anchor on WXRT. Visit davidwberner.com for info on his launch party Dec 3rd at the Union League in Chicago!
Thomas Chockley is a published haiku poet. After retiring from a career as an educator, Tom began writing haiku seriously in 2010. He has had haiku and haiku-related forms published in a wide variety of print journals, notably Modern Haiku, Frogpond, and Bottle Rockets, and more recently in online journals such as the Shamrock Haiku Journal, Cattails, Haibun Today, A Hundred Gourds, and World Haiku Review. Tonight Tom will be reading and showing eight haiku triads.
Ramesh Shah is Chief Quality Officer at FONA Int’l, a leading food flavor manufacturer. His goal is to bring amicable resolution to every customer dissatisfaction. His journey from the back streets of Bombay (now Mumbai) to this position is described in his soon-to-be-published memoir, “Tomorrow Will be a Better Day,” ghost-written by his good friend, Richard Graves. Richard is a member of the Saint Charles Writers Group and performs at local Open Mics. In 2013, he hosted “Project Publish,” a BATV reality show for writers and performers. Richard grew up in England, studied engineering, and worked in four countries before settling in the Fox Valley.
5-minute-limit Open Mics follow our main events! Sign up on the clipboard at the front counter.
Your Open Mic host for tonight is Nik Markevicius!
Tonight, we suggest that you purchase a signed book to add to that special bookshelf reserved for authors you’ve met in person! We’ll refund your $5 donation if you buy a book, purchase art, or become a member of Water Street Studios–home to world-class galleries, art & writing classes, free after-school and family art programs, and artist access to PrintLab, CeramicLab & MetalLab equipment.
Call for submissions: Artists and writers are often first to create awareness and envision solutions for the most important issues we face. In alignment with the WSS spring art show, Climate Crisis: Solutions, we seek writing on this topic. How do you see it, what are you doing, or what do you think can be done to prevent or cope with the effects of climate crises? We all have something to say about our future: reach deep and send us non-fiction, fiction or poetry by Feb 15th: email@example.com
Take My Word For It! is looking for instructors to teach creative writing classes to students grades 2–6 at Water Street Studios and in the Fox Valley & Chicago area. Kids learn craft elements of writing like story arc, metaphor, simile, onomatopoeia, alliteration, point of view, personification, and more! Final sessions include a reading for family and friends. Classes with themes like Found Treasures, What a Mystery!, and Take Flight! meet once a week for 8-10 weeks. Trish Kredell firstname.lastname@example.org.
Galleries Are For Writers Too! Art allows writers to envision their work in new ways. Within paintings, photographs and sculpture, discover instructional attributes such as use of light, scope, metaphor, transparency, emotional impact, etc. 1/2 hour informal discussion + 1 hour silent writing time + 1/2 hour sharing. Open to creative writers of any genre, at any level. Bring laptop/pen/paper/clipboard. Anne Veague. Drop-in/no sign-up! $5 donation. 1st 2nd 4th 5th Sundays, 7-9 PM. WSS 160 S. Water St. Batavia.
Do you need a designated writing space where other obligations won’t intrude? The 24/7-access Writers Studio Space at Water Street Studios can be personalized with your own writing desk, chair, and inspirational paraphernalia for $125/month with 3-month minimum contract. An interview and deposit are also required. Tours are available tonight during our break, or contact email@example.com.
To find out how to sell your book, offer a workshop, participate in a panel or volunteer at the Elgin Literary Festival on Feb 6-8, Like them on Facebook or go to sidestreetstudioarts.org
WaterlineWriters.org has info on many different writers groups, Wordplay poetry writing workshops, and open mics like Paul LaTour’s Lit By The Bridge at Culture Stock in Aurora, 3rd Thurs. 6:30 (6:15 sign-up)–November feature is Anne Veague. Come just to listen, or bring a short piece to share!
Now available on Kindle: Fox Valley Writers Group’s Foxtales 3; Frank Rutledge’s poetry collections, Clothed in August Skin and Eat the Punch Line, this Joke is Over; and Nik Markevicius’ Head. Get your 500-word fiction published on FewerThan500.com (see Kevin Moriarity) or send longer pieces to online art and lit magazine Reverie Fair’s fiction contest (see Barbara Barrows for details).
Our events are filmed for BATV, broadcast on Comcast 17 (Batavia) and U-verse 99 (N.IL), and streamed during broadcast times. We’ll post broadcast times, as well as each reading, on our website this week.
Next door KissTheSky.net has LPs, CDs, turntables & concerts Saturdays at 10 am, 4th Sundays at 7 pm.
Thanks to tonight’s authors; to volunteers Frank Rutledge, Nik Markevicius, Mary McHugh, Ginny Klespitz, Brandon Fink, Kristin LaTour, Paula Garrett, Barbara Barrows; to Krista and Eric Anderson from FreshGround for tonight’s coffee; to Water Street Studios for hosting Waterline Writers; and to all of you for coming! Your hosts, Anne Veague and Kevin Moriarity