Kristin LaTour has selected Donna Pucciani as winner, and Tricia Marcella Cimera, Jim Lewis, Lucinda Marshall and Barbara Ungar as honorable mention poets to kick off a series of climate-related readings, gallery shows, featured speakers, workshops and other opportunities this spring at Water Street Studios. The poets will have their first opportunity to read, joining a full lineup of selected writers (TBA) and Open Mic participants at Waterline Writers on Sunday March 15th at 7 PM. Luis Mejico will also perform an interdisciplinary piece based on the poems. Luis and the winning poets will share their work again on Friday March 20th at the gallery opening of the Climate Crisis art show. Both events: Water Street Studios, 160 S. Water Street, Batavia IL.
Feb 1st is the deadline for submissions to Climate Crisis: Solutions, our March 15th event. Common ???’s: Are we REALLY expecting writers to envision solutions? Or just depictions of what the future might be like? It’s a tall order, but it’s the former. Before you give up, consider a couple of things, writers! Remember the precedent set by science fiction writers. Think of the technology we take for granted today that made its first appearance at the end of someone’s pen. When a poet withdrew a submission because “I’ve never been one for solutions, only asking questions and/or thinking about life on this planet”, I replied that the fact that your poetry has “no answers” shouldn’t deter you from writing (and sharing!) your careful observations, keen fears, wild schemes or “I-have-a-dreams” about our planet and our future. Whether your poems contain precise roadmaps and checklists which will lead us onto a clear path out of the acid-rain-soaked woods, or whether they just cause listeners and readers to pause to look at the world more closely, reflect on the intricacies of ecosystems, or think more critically about our global realities, please think about life on this planet, please ask the questions, please write about it as only a poet/writer can! Yes, we know you don’t have The Solution. But you have the heightened perceptions and the vision to ask really good questions and the words to ask them really well. You have the ability to phrase them in ways that people will notice and maybe remember. You may even have little solutions and medium solutions, and if you all try, and we all try, we are going to build up better questions and a lot of awareness and, I predict, a lot of solutions. Building blocks. Tipping points. A-ha moments. Everyone has a say in our future. Give it your best shot. -Anne Veague
Krista and Eric Anderson of FreshGround Roasting, Geneva IL. have been providing coffee for Waterline Writers events since Oct. 2014. They brew it, drop it off hot with cream and sugars, supply the cups and pick up the empty carafes the next day. All complimentary to us, and allowing us to offer this fantastic coffee free to our audience each month. Thank you, Krista and Eric!
From the Kane County Chronicle:
Taste of the Town: FreshGround Roasting aims to educate its customers
Last call: Deadline for submissions for poetry and prose: Feb 1st! For art: Feb 15th.
From Waterline Writers and Water Street Studios: Artists and writers are often first to create awareness and envision solutions for the most important issues we face. This spring, Water Street Studios will host the 1st annual Artists As Visionaries, inviting artists of every media to research and respond to an issue that affects all of us. The focus of AAV 2015 is Climate Crisis: Solutions. In conjunction with the art show at Water Street Studios from March 20th-May 2nd 2015, Waterline Writers seeks writing on this topic, and will devote its March 15th 2015, 7 PM reading event to it. Look for additional events featuring expert speakers, workshops, and classes to increase dialogue and foster connections as we seek solutions.
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.
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
“Take My Word For It!” is looking for instructors to teach Chicago area classes!
“Take My Word For It!’ offers one-of-a-kind creative writing classes to students, grades 2 – 6. Since 2005, our after-school, in-school and community-based classes have been getting rave reviews from parents, enrichment coordinators and of course, from kids! Currently we run more than 25 programs in several locations, including the San Francisco Bay area, northern Virginia, Cambridge, MA, Portland, and beginning in January 2015, Chicago.
“Take My Word For It!” programs are a launch pad for kids to learn about the craft elements of writing and a way for them to leap into self-expression. Our curricula uses themes as a way to explore a variety of elements including story arc, metaphor, simile, onomatopoeia, alliteration, point of view, personification, writing through the senses, and more!
Our instructors are enthusiastic about their craft and bring knowledge and enthusiasm to the classroom. Our goal is to spark students’ imaginations, expose them to a wide range of craft elements and to reach enthusiastic and reluctant writers alike. Our instructors also spend time each class working one-on-one with each young writer and focus on creating a safe and supportive environment where each child can thrive. Every session culminates in a final reading – a special event designed to showcase each child’s work for family and friends. Typically, classes meet once a week for an hour for 8-10 weeks. Some of the classes in our kid-tested curricula engage children with themes such as Shh! Secrets, Found Treasures, What a Mystery!, and Take Flight!
Interested in learning more? Attached in an Instructor Recruitment Announcement for the Chicago area. Please review for more details and contact information.
“Take My Word For It!”
creative writing for kids & adults
in-school, after school & community based programs
Website and blog! takemywordforit.net
M.L. (Maria) Roble grew up in the Fox Valley area. She recently self-published a novella, Encounter Way: A Novella of Supernatural Suspense, and a novel, The Magician’s Doll, a story for middle graders and up, which just received Gold for Pre-teen Fantasy from the 2014 Literary Classics Book Awards.
Before she took up novel writing, she was an ensemble member and writer for the sketch comedy group Stir-Friday Night!
David is a journalist, broadcaster, writer, and teacher. His first book, Accidental Lessons, was awarded the Royal Dragonfly Grand Prize for Literature. His stories have been published in a number of literary magazines and journals, and his broadcast reporting and audio documentaries have aired on the CBS Radio Network and dozens of public radio stations across America.
Any Road Will Take You There was originally released by David in 2013, and was named Book of the Year by the Chicago Writers Association. In this new edition from Dream of Things, David takes you with him on a five-thousand-mile road trip, the one he always wished he’d taken as a young man. Recently divorced and uncertain of the future, he rereads the iconic road story — Jack Kerouac’s On the Road — and along with his two sons and his best friend, heads for the highway to rekindle his spirit. However, a family secret turns the cross-country journey into an unexpected examination of his role as a father, and compels him to look to the past and the fathers who came before him to find contentment and clarity, and celebrate the struggles and triumphs of being a dad.
The cover price of Any Road Will Take You There is $14, but you can get it from Dream of Things for $10.50 using coupon code “dream.” The formal launch of Any Road Will Take You There (including release of the Kindle edition) will take place later this month.
She’s Not Herself by Linda Appleman Shapiro, just released earlier this week, has received a “Recommended” review from the U.S. Review of Books, which described the book as “a revelatory account of someone who grew up with a mentally ill parent and survived to become an effective, loving mother, and a successful professional healer.” Read the full review HERE.
Harry Mark Petrakis is an American novelist and writer of short stories best known for depicting the life of Greek-American immigrants in the Greektown neighborhood of Chicago. He was twice a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction.
The CLHOF plans to present its Fuller Award to Petrakis in Chicago on October 4. The event is open to the public. For more information, click HERE.