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“POETRY LIVES IN THE SPACE BETWEEN OUR DREAMS AND REALITIES”
The event is free and open to the public.
Time: Wednesday, April 15, 6:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Location: Nichols Library at 200 West Jefferson Ave. Naperville, IL 60540.
For more information, take a look at their flyer.
Cultural Creatives, Inc., the non-profit group responsible for bringing you the Aurora ArtWalk, is pleased to announce its latest endeavor: A Celebration of Poetry in Public Spaces, in recognition of National Poetry Month (April). To celebrate, the City of Aurora, Aurora Downtown, and the Cultural Creatives have collaborated to produce a display of poetry in public spaces — specifically four city-owned kiosks located in downtown Aurora and at the Route 59 and Route 25 train stations, as well as additional locations strategically located throughout the city center including: The Terminal Building (Galena and Broadway), The Silverplate Building (Downer and Stolp), the former Waubonsee Community College building (Galena and Stolp), 28 Downer Place and 28 West New York Street. All buildings selected are part of the Vacant Window Project sponsored by Aurora Downtown. Poetry placement was designed to be readily accessible to pedestrians.
The project was inspired by Poems on the Underground in London. The Cultural Creatives group and A-Town Poetics agreed that the project would be well received in Aurora.
A call to writers was made, work was selected by a team of jurors, and nine over-sized, stylized, posters were produced. All writers currently residing in the Fox Valley region were eligible to submit original poetry.
What’s the connection? Two special Galleries Are For Writers Too! workshops will focus on climate-related writing. Waterline Writers received some interesting feedback during the months leading up to Climate Crisis: Solutions. Many people said they’d like to write about climate issues, but didn’t think they had any solutions, or didn’t know how to start.
We encouraged them to try anyway, because we think that as people write about something, as they do research and think deeply, they’ll find insights and connections—and maybe even solutions—in surprising places. Right now, one of those surprising places is Water Street Studios, a gallery full of art inspired by the earth and its climate issues. Whether you want to write a heavily-footnoted piece of hard science, or a poem that makes the science accessible to a larger audience; whether you write an essay about how we might move past polarization and paralysis, and towards rational dialogue and consensus, or a novel in which those possibilities are modeled for us to emulate; whether you write a heavy tome or a tiny haiku….we have the perfect opportunity to find out what roles art can play in these processes.
Anne Veague, Artistic Director of Waterline Writers, will host two special workshops for those who want to write about climate issues. Join us in the gallery. Find insights, make connections, and learn to trust the importance of your words and what they can create in the world.
When: Sunday March 22nd and Sunday April 12th, 7-9 PM. (No sessions on March 29th or April 5th. Attend Waterline Writers on April 19th!)
Where: WaterStreetStudios, 160 S. Water St., Batavia.
Cost: Free to Water Street Studios members. We appreciate donations from others!
Facilitator: Anne Veague. Watch the video to see Anne talk about the March Climate Crisis event and Galleries Are For Writers Too!
March 15 2015 Welcome to Waterline Writers! Our lineup for Climate Crisis: Solutions includes:
Ray Ziemer writes prose and poetry, teaches writing at C.O.D. and is a member of the Batavia Writers Group. One of his poems won 1st prize in Poets & Patrons Poetry Contest and “Riding With Gary” was just published in Prairie Light Review. Ray recently read at Waterline Writers: vimeo.com/120104001
Donald J. Bingle is a man so committed to the environment he arranged to be born on Earth Day, 16 years before it was even invented. He’s written GREENSWORD, the world’s only darkly comedic eco-thriller about global warming, Forced Conversion, Net Impact, and Frame Shop, a semi-finalist in the Soon to be Famous IL Author Project! He’s reading steampunk, a branch of science fiction set in the 19th century which imagines present day technology powered by steam, not electricity. donaldjbingle.com
Joe Pisciotto thought he was going to be a proper writer but somehow stumbled into farming, which he’s been doing for nine years now. He runs a small, sustainable vegetable farm with his business partner, Carolyn, in Winfield, called Three Plaid Farmers. threeplaid.com.
Lucinda Marshall is an artist, activist and writer who started the first recycling center in Phoenix in her parents’ garage in the ‘60s, served as teen consultant on a bicycle trail study with Sandra Day O’Connor, built a solar cooker from recycled materials, then illustrated Building Your Own Solar Greenhouse (1980). She is Director of the Feminist Peace Network and has published environmental pieces and also poetry (in Common Dreams, Stepping Stones, Poetica, and ISLE). Reclaiming Medusa: lucindamarshall.com
Jim Lewis is a poet, musician, and nurse practitioner. His poetry and music reflect the difficulty and joy of human interactions, and draw inspiration from his decades of experience in healthcare. When he is not writing, composing, or diagnosing, he’s on a kayak, exploring and photographing the waterways near his home in California. jlewisweb.com or Jim Lewis – Poetry on Tap on Facebook.
Barbara Ungar’s fourth book of poems, Immortal Medusa, is forthcoming from The Word Works. Prior books include Charlotte Bronte, You Ruined My Life; Thrift; and The Origin of the Milky Way, which won the Gival Press poetry award, a silver IPPY award, a Hoffer award, and Adirondack Center for Writing’s poetry award. She directs the MFA program at the College of St. Rose in Albany, NY. barbaraungar.net
Tricia Marcella Cimera’s poetry has been published in Prairie Light Review. “The Poem That Waits Across the Street” won the 2009 Prairie Poetry Award and a Judges’ Merit Award by the CCHA. Volunteering at Fabyan Villa, Garfield Farm Museums and WSS has reinforced the ideology of Think Globally, Act Locally in her life. Tricia was recently featured at Waterline Writers: vimeo.com/120089428
Donna Pucciani’s poems have appeared on four continents, translated into Italian, Chinese and Japanese. Tonight’s winning poem, “Noncommittal,” appears on Shutterverse2.wordpress.com, with a photo taken by X Woods, who’s translated the poem into German. Donna is a five-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize and was VP of the Poets Club of Chicago for over a decade. Her sixth book, A Light Dusting of Breath, is available tonight. donnapuccianipoet.wordpress.com Lineup continued on page 2.
Luis Mejico, a School of the Art Institute BFA candidate, works in performance, sculpture, and new media. He’s exhibited at the MCA Chicago, Links Hall & Zhou Brothers. “For You: Songs for a Mute Field” translates imagery from tonight’s poems into live performance. To access his special effects, you can download LAYAR from App Store for iPhone or Play Store for Android, and follow directions given during his performance. Find more about Luis at behance.net/LuisMejico or support his kickstarter.com event!
A 5-minute-limit Open Mic follows at 8:30! Your host for tonight is Frank Rutledge! Sign up on the clipboard at the counter. No racist, sexist, homophobic or otherwise hateful content. Open Mic material has not been screened. We reserve the right to stop a reading.
Tonight: if you buy a signed book to add to the special bookshelf reserved for authors you’ve met in person, we’ll refund your $5 donation. Ditto if you purchase art, or become a ($30 level) member of Water Street Studios–home to galleries, art & writing classes, free after-school and family art programs, and artist access to PrintLab, CeramicLab & MetalLab equipment.
Climate Crisis: Solutions includes the WSS art exhibit opening Mar 20 6-9 PM (with Luis Mejico at 7). Steve Apfelbaum presents Harnessing Nature To Address Climate Crisis on Fri. April 1 at 7; Lisa Albrecht presents Solar Energy on Fri. April 17 at 7, and Dr. G.P. Yeh presents World Energy Transformation Fri. April 24 at 7. All events held at Water Street Studios. Free to members; donations gratefully accepted.
From frustration to fruition: Many writers wanted to write about climate issues, but didn’t think they had solutions, or didn’t know how to begin. We encouraged them to try anyway, because as you write about something, do research and think deeply, you find insights and connections, maybe even solutions, in surprising places. One of those surprising places is right here, in a gallery full of art inspired by the earth and its climate issues. Come write about what you care about! Join Anne Veague for Galleries Are For Writers Too! workshops on Sunday March 22 and Sunday April 12, 7-9 PM at WaterStreetStudios. Find insights, make connections, and learn to trust the importance of your words and what they can create in the world. Free to WSS members; we gratefully accept donations.
March 20, 7:30 PM: Poetry Springs Eternal: Teen and adult poets from Chicagoland at The Albright Theatre, 100 N. Island Ave. Batavia. $10 adults, $5 teens/seniors at the door or at 630.406.8838. We suggest making an early appearance at the WSS opening before strolling over to The Albright.
Take My Word For It! New creative writing classes at Water Street Studios for kids, Thursdays 4-5 pm (ages 8-11) and 5:15-6:15 pm (ages 12-14). Sign up or contact Trish Kredell at email@example.com.
WaterlineWriters.org has info on 20 area writers’ groups, 3 Wordplay writing workshops for teens, as well as Open Mics like Paul LaTour’s Lit By The Bridge, at Culture Stock in Aurora, March 19th at 6:30; limited to first ten people so come by 6:15. Or come just to listen! The Fox Valley Writers Group will hold a reading of works from their latest anthology, Foxtales 3, on Saturday, April 18, from 2 to 4 p.m., at Messenger Library (113 Oak St, North Aurora).
You can find tonight’s readings again this week on BATV and forever in our Video Library! Thanks to the writers; to volunteers Frank Rutledge, Nik Markevicius, Ginny Klespitz, Brandon Fink, Mary McHugh, Kristin LaTour, Paula Garrett, Barbara Barrows, Chuck Bennorth; and to all of you for coming! Your hosts, Anne Veague and Kevin Moriarity
Announcing two special Galleries Are For Writers Too! workshops: At Waterline Writers, we received some interesting feedback during the months leading up to Climate Crisis: Solutions. Many people said they’d like to write about climate issues, but didn’t think they had any solutions, or didn’t know how to start. We encouraged them to try anyway, because we think that as people write about something, as they do research and think deeply, they’ll find insights and connections—and maybe even solutions—in surprising places. Right now, one of those surprising places is Water Street Studios, a gallery full of art inspired by the earth, our home, and its climate issues. Whether you want to write a heavily-footnoted piece of hard science, or a poem that makes the science accessible to a larger audience; whether you write an essay about how we might move past polarization and paralysis, and towards rational dialogue and consensus, or a novel in which those possibilities are modeled for us to emulate; whether you write a heavy tome or a tiny haiku….we have the perfect opportunity to find out what roles art can play in these processes. Anne Veague, Artistic Director of Waterline Writers, will be hosting two special Galleries Are For Writers Too! workshops as launching pads for those who want to write about climate issues. Join us on Sunday, March 22nd or Sunday April 12th from 7-9 PM to write in the Water Street Studios gallery, 160 S. Water Street in Batavia, IL. Find insights, make connections, and learn to trust the importance of your words and what they can create in the world. Free to WSS members; donations gratefully accepted! More info at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, March 15th at 7 PM: As part of the Water Street Studios Climate Crisis exhibit and event series, Waterline Writers will feature the winners of the climate poetry contest, as selected by poet Kristin LaTour. Winner Donna Pucciani and honorable mentions Tricia Marcella Cimera, Jim Lewis, Lucinda Marshall and Barbara Ungar will be joined by performance artist Luis Mejico with an interdisciplinary piece based on the poems. Essays and fiction from Donald J. Bingle, Joe Pisciotto of Three Plaid Farmers, and Ray Ziemer will offer perspectives on past, present, and future climate issues. A 5-minute-limit Open Mic begins at 8:30 PM. Waterline Writers: experience writers reading their own work—poetry, spoken word, fiction, non-fiction, scenes and more—3rd Sundays from September through May at Water Street Studios, 160 S. Water St. Batavia, IL. $5 donation.
Come back on March 20th 6-9 pm for the opening reception for the Climate Crisis art exhibit, which will be on display through May 2nd. Luis Mejico will also perform on March 20th. Our venue, Water Street Studios, is also home to two beautiful art galleries, twenty-six artist studios, School of Art classes for all ages, free Awesome Art Afternoons, Art Flow enrichment programs, and artist access to PrintLab, CeramicLab or MetalLab equipment.
Only 3 more Waterline Writers events before our summer hiatus! Plan to join us at 7 pm on March 15th, April 19th and May 17th! We’ll return in the fall!
Open Mic: Thurs. March 19th, 6:30 PM: Paul LaTour hosts Lit By The Bridge with this month’s feature, Rich Le Cropane. To participate, sign up early—limited to first 10 people! Culture Stock 43 E. Galena Blvd, Aurora.
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You don’t have to be a spoken word poet, a poet, or even a writer to be a judge at Slammin’ The Sun Down. What qualifies you is an open heart and an interest in writing and young people and how they see the world they are inheriting and trying to negotiate. Come experience the teen spoken word poetry competitions where “The points are not the point; the poetry is the point” (but judges get to assign points anyway–after a full 5 minutes of training). Last year’s judges said “I’d love to help out again next year! I have been telling everyone–there is no shortage of young talent on the literary scene! I wasn’t expecting it to be such an inspiring 2 hours!”
This event’s hosts and teaching artists include: Adam Gottlieb, Robbie Q. Telfer, and Corey Davis Dillard. “Y’all don’t even KNOW the magic that can happen here!” says Diana Zwinak of Teen Writers and Artists Project, the organization that makes this great event a reality. Anne Veague of Waterline Writers adds, “The opportunity to experience STSD as a judge really is one of the best opportunities we can send your way–don’t miss it!”
SO, if YOU will be available on Sat, Jan 17, from 9:30-3 (or just from 9:30-12), email us at email@example.com. There is no cost to judges for admission and participation in the workshops. If you want to come just to watch (and maybe participate in the workshops), admission is $7. This year STSD will be held at a new location: JOHN F KENNEDY MIDDLE SCHOOL, 12350 ESSINGTON ROAD, PLAINFIELD, IL 60585 (815) 254-4005. Here’s a rough schedule:
Thanks to Stepanie Rose for sharing Girl Canon with us. The site publishes women’s “secret canons” or lists of beloved, formative books. Women writers and readers, consider adding yours! And I’d love to know if there is a similar place for men to do the same. Guys?
New Lyceum Lecture Series: Pondering Paper-2,000 Years Young
Event Type: Adult Program, Batavia Public Library
Date: 11/12/2014, 7:00 PM
Nicholas A. Basbanes will examine how paper has influenced and revolutionized civilization since its invention during the Han Dynasty in China (206 BC-220 AD). Basbanes will share interesting stories about paper, such as how NSA’s secret documents are pulped by cryptologists and recycled into pizza boxes, and the story of the paper mill that has been the exclusive supplier of paper for American currency since 1879. Registration required online or by calling 630-879-8138 x200. Please tell them you heard about it from Waterline Writers!