Mar 192017
 

Gint Aras, Julie Brandon, Donna Wise Coombs, Laura Knapp & R.G. Ziemer will be featured at Waterline Writers on Sunday, March 19th at 7 pm, sharing fiction and poetry that shapeshift listener perceptions of identity, relationship and reality.

Gint Aras will share one chapter from The Fugue, of which Dimitry Samarov of the The Chicago Tribune says “the story loops in on itself, episodes echo over decades, different people often seem to trade thoughts and threads of conversation as if picking them out of the ether and … dreams described by one person are overtaken by another”. Buy a signed copy for $15 or sign up for the 8-week Gint Aras Prose Writing Workshop!

Julie Brandon’s “The Last One In” is her first foray into science fiction but it keeps you on the edge of your seat, or her character’s seat or wait … who is in that seat?

No matter what Donna Wise Coombs is writing about, her poetry seems steeped in the beauty of the states she’s called home — Colorado and Oregon. She’ll share some of that distilled beauty with us on Sunday night!

Laura Knapp’s Pushcart-nominated story should be kept handy for those days when your co-workers make you wild and you long for a little “Natural Selection” in the workplace.

Ray Ziemer blends his Chicago South Sider’s voice with a Southern-writer gravitas, evident in his story The Shiner, which packs a left hook you won’t see coming, and his poem The Hobby Shop, which will have you thinking more deeply about vocations and avocations.

Other writers can join the 5-minute-limit Open Mic at 8:30. Admission is $5/$3 students. Join us in the art gallery at Water Street Studios 160 S. Water Street, Batavia, and enjoy the evening with wine and beer from Solemn Oath Brewery and Bright Angel Wines ($5), and artisanal meats and cheeses from The Market at Gaetano’s!

Wooden Writers will be on hand with beautiful, hand-tooled pens for sale, $15-$75, cash/check or orders accepted.

No event will be held on April 16th due to Easter. There will be one more event on May 21st before our June-August hiatus. The 2017-2018 season will begin on September 17th. 

Find Submission FAQs, our Video Library and more at WaterlineWriters.org. For more information, contact Anne Veague or Kevin Moriarity at waterlinewriters@gmail.com or Like us on Facebook!

Mar 152017
 

Reading slots for our May 21st event have been filled and we’ll announce our lineup soon! We are not accepting or reading submissions again until August 1st, 2017. To stay informed, Like Waterline Writers on Facebook or subscribe to our website. Remember that no events are held in June, July or August due to our summer hiatus. Our 2017-2018 event dates are: Sept 17, Oct 15, Nov 19, Dec  17, Jan 21, Feb 18, Mar 18, Apr 15, May 20. See you on May 21st!

Mar 052017
 

Gint Aras, Julie Brandon, Donna Wise Coombs, Laura Knapp & R. G. Ziemer will be featured at Waterline Writers on Sunday, March 19th at 7 pm!

Gint Aras reads from The Fugue, which The Chicago Tribune called “a magisterial novel that plays for all the marbles” and will hold “many a reader under its spell.” Laura Knapp explores “Natural Selection” in the workplace in a short story nominated for a Pushcart Prize by the editors of Rum Punch Press. Julie Brandon, R. G. Ziemer and Donna Wise Coombs share more fiction and poetry that shapeshift listener perceptions of identity, relationship and reality.

Other writers can join the 5-minute-limit Open Mic at 8:30. Admission is $5/$3 students. Join us in the art gallery at Water Street Studios 160 S. Water Street, Batavia, and enjoy the evening with wine and beer from Solemn Oath Brewery and Bright Angel Wines ($5), and artisanal meats and cheeses from The Market at Gaetano’s!

No event will be held on April 16th due to Easter. There will be one more event on May 21st before our June-August hiatus. The 2017-2018 season will begin on September 17th. 

Find Submission FAQs, our Video Library and more at WaterlineWriters.org. For more information, contact Anne Veague or Kevin Moriarity at waterlinewriters@gmail.com or Like us on Facebook!

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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Feb 132017
 

Before each Waterline Writers event we conduct a short interview with each of our featured writers. This month Frank Rutledge shares information with us about his background, method and inspiration.

How and when did you decide, or discover, that you were to be a writer?

From first grade on I was in love with the alphabet. Interesting fact: I was able to recite the alphabet backwards. Reading vicariously came next. Magazines, books and cereal boxes were the sources but if you stood still long enough I would read your mind. To this very day I love reading. Writers are first readers. Also, from a young age I easily grew bored. Nothing seemed to interest me. Until Sophomore year HS and I discovered The Illustrated Man and Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury. The world exploded with wonder and awe for me, all was alive and connected. Even now, curiosity and wonder, delight and awe are my best attributes. I had an English teacher in HS that forced his students to purchase his little book of poems. Challenging him, I said I could do better. He said do it and I did. There is little I am more passionate about in life than poetry. Its reading and writing is my life blood. At my life’s end, park me at a window with a view of a willow tree and river in the Rest Home of Metaphor & Simile and off I’ll go into the great beyond of imagery.  (Poets love sex and deathI got that death thing covered.)

Describe your writing process.

I am staunchly a morning person. I will never be accused of wasting a sunrise. I want to write when my head is still steeped in that soup of dreamy mists from the night before. Revision is a night activity for me. After a long day of my mind’s heavy lifting my creativity craves rest. Nighttime is for lovemaking and movie watching and damn I’ve seen a lot of movies.  I can write anywhere, quiet or a room filled with the chatter of undecipherable nonsense of everyday details. A coffeehouses is my Avalon of choice. Shout out to Limestone Coffee and Tea in Batavia. I prefer to write on a laptop but the slow crawl of handwriting will do if need be. I usually start with a title or a line. That first line of any writing is your introduction and calling card for the piece and for the author. I don’t plan out a poem like say a novelist. I desire the hunt and treasure the surprise destination of the journey. If as a poet, I’m not surprised, then why would you the reader be? I don’t write daily but would like to (this is where my dream of a patron comes in). Writer’s block is for beginners and the lazy. Your life has ideas swirling around its orbit. Not only your life but this ever renewing world of fascination is rich in material. Trick is: all you have to do is show up and pay close attention. There is a miraculous path under each of your footsteps. Tread gentle, delight lives here.

What was the inspiration behind what you’ll be reading at Waterline?

Fairy dust and Muse spittle. In this group of poems I will share my way of discovering the meanings in my life events. Understanding through questions and awareness. Some of my poems question reality. The poems wonder out loud about the fiction we tell ourselves, the story in our heads that shape our identities. Our fantasies and desires tell us so much about our inner life. Just like dreams when you’re asleep, poems can be deeply revealing. Poems can speak the unsayable that lives within us all. And then that leaves us poets with humor, sex and death. It’s all starting to make sense now, isn’t it?

What are you working on now?

Like the expanding universe I want my orbits and gravity, skills and experience to continue to enlarge. I want growth in my being and art. Life is about growth, Stagnation is death. (Says the poet.) I am a project person. I think in poetry collections. Creating books is my joy. Reissuing a couple of chapbooks. The hope is to have a brand new collection out soon. I will constantly be writing and sending out my work for publication. Spend more time learning from my extremely talented poet friends in Open Sky Poets. Looking forward to hosting Harmonious Howl at Graham’s 318 this summer season. Meet more of you attendees and authors at Waterline Writers, where I volunteer. Anticipating all the fresh voices submitting to Fewerthan500.com. (Flash Fiction, yo!!!)  I will be absolutely enjoying Jen May’s “Armchair Locomotion” and “Battle Cry” debut collections of poetry. I may even do a few Poetry Workshops/Idea Harvesting this summer and autumn. So stay tuned, yo!!! (Sorry, my inner Nelly again.)