Feb 052018

On Sunday, February 18 at 7 pm,  Waterline Writers will feature authors Rick Holinger, Kristin LaTour and Cris Mazza, as well as the teen winners of Teen Writers and Artist Project’s recent Slammin’ The Sun Down poetry competition: Nequa Valley High School’s Noah Espinoza, Malak (MJ) Jellouli, David Mullons, Sereen Omer, Alyssa Pazanin and West Aurora High School’s Sydney Williams.

Through the magic of poetry, Rick Holinger glimpses Steve Jobs falling for his mother’s princess phone, dips a toe into dangerous waters with Herman Melville as he decides on the color of his whale, and takes Emily Dickinson where she really wanted to go.

Then, as Kristin LaTour reads When Billy Collins Falls For Me, The Years My Heart Was An Aquarium and Lot’s Young Wife, you’ll agree – no one comes up with love poems as unique as hers!

Cris Mazza, whose work addresses sexual politics and identity, victimhood and personal accountability in frank and sometimes disturbing ways, will read from Charlatan, which Kirkus Review calls “an impressive compendium of an important career” that includes a PEN/Nelson Algren Award for How To Leave a Country.

Round out the evening with 3-minute slam poems from the teen poetry competition and this event promises to be very memorable indeed!

Admission is $5/$3 students. You’ll have the opportunity to purchase signed copies of authors’ books, beer from Solemn Oath Brewery, wine from Bright Angel Wines, a hand-tooled pen from Wooden Writers or a hand-constructed book from Tieri Ton. We also offer food from The Market at Gaetano’s and desserts from Limestone Coffee & Tea!

Everyone is welcome! Writers may bring a 5-minute piece to share at our 8:30 Open Mic or visit WaterlineWriters.org and follow the Submission Guidelines to be considered as a future featured writer. Note our special call for submissions, Let The Blues Be Your Muse, for a May 20th blues-themed reading!

Waterline Writers, 3rd Sundays at 7 pm, September to May, in the newly accessible art gallery at Water Street Studios160 S. Water Street, Batavia IL.

Contact Anne Veague or Kevin Moriarity at waterlinewriters@gmail.com or find us on Facebook or Twitter.


Jan 112018

Authors Gint ArasJennifer Boyle DuBoseBruce Steinberg and Donald G. Westlake will be featured at the next Waterline Writers event on Sunday, January 21st at 7 pm. Gint Aras, author of the accomplished first novel, The Fugue, will read from his memoir-in-progress, detailing struggles with racism and identity while growing up in Cicero as a descendant of WWII refugees. Jennifer Dubose, author of Tales from the Motherhood, a long-running Kane County Chronicle column, speaks to all of us with clarity and power in ‘Talking with Children After Roy Moore’; Bruce Steinberg reveals the trauma endured by ‘Bird Woman’, one of four fascinating characters in his upcoming novel, Chasing Godot; and Donald G. Westlake, author of the poetry collection ELBURN: Forty-four Miles to Chicago, will introduce us to his memorable mother with ‘Dignity’.

Admission is $5/$3 students. You’ll have the opportunity to purchase signed copies of authors’ books, beer from Solemn Oath Brewery, wine from Bright Angel Wines, a hand-tooled pen from Wooden Writers or a hand-constructed book from Tieri Ton. We also offer food from The Market at Gaetano’s and desserts from Limestone Coffee & Tea!

Everyone is welcome! Writers may bring a 5-minute piece to share at our 8:30 Open Mic or go to  the Submission Guidelines if you want to be considered as a future featured writer. We’re also announcing a special call for submissions, Let The Blues Be Your Muse, for our May 20th blues-themed reading!

Waterline Writers, 3rd Sundays at 7 pm, September to May, in the newly accessible art gallery at Water Street Studios 160 S. Water Street, Batavia IL.

Jan 022018

Waterline Writers announces a Call for Submissions, Let The Blues Be Your Muse, for a blues-themed literary event to be held on Sunday, May 20th, 2018 at 7 PM at Water Street Studios in Batavia, IL. We welcome your submissions of poetry, prose, essays, and other written creations that evoke or celebrate blues music, this uniquely American art form with African roots.

This collaboration with the Fox Valley Music Foundation, Kiss the Sky Records and Water Street Studios sets the stage for area blues festivals on:

  • June 9, 2018:  Blues and Roots on Water Street, Batavia IL
  • June 14, 2018: Blues on Broadway, Aurora, IL
  • June 15-16, 2018: Blues on the Fox, Aurora IL

We’ll consider works of various lengths – from brief riffs on the blues to longer pieces. We seek diverse voices, styles and approaches. Here are a few ideas to consider:

  • Poems that bring to life the feel of blues music
  • Stories that feature blues music in the setting or characters
  • A fusion of blues and spoken word
  • Explorations of a blues song or a specific blues style
  • Personal perspectives on blues music
  • A portrayal of a blues musician
  • Lyrics to your own blues song
  • We’re open to writing that includes musical performances

Follow these Blues Event Submission Guidelines for writers:

  • We’ll accept submissions until 3/30/18
  • You must be available Sunday night 5/20/18
  • Length may be from 1-15 minutes
  • You may submit work previously read at Waterline or work that’s been previously published, if it doesn’t violate agreements with your publisher

Send your submission to waterlinewriters@gmail.com and:

  • Attach the work to be read
    • Maximum length for prose is about 2000 words
    • Poets, attach no more than 8 poems, all in one document
    • Spoken Word Poets & Musicians, send video or audio
  • Attach a short bio, maximum 75 words
  • Attach a photo in JPG or PNG format—a head shot works best

You’ll get a confirmation email in a few days & a decision notification after April 15th.

Questions? Contact us at waterlinewriters@gmail.com.


Dec 182017

We had a great event in December, a bit of a change of pace for us. We watched a brand new movie: Pottersville. And, we had a Q&A session with the director afterward! It was a great time. The movie was funny and the Q&A was informative and entertaining.

Our next event is January 21st. Put it on your calendar now.

Dec 092017

Seth Henrikson, on the set of Pottersville

We’ll admit it! We’d all really like to write a story that makes the magical journey to the silver screen. Come to Waterline Writers on Sunday, December 17th at 7 pm for a full screening of the newly released feature film Pottersville and a conversation with director Seth Henrikson, of Batavia, who turned his friend Dan Meyer’s script into a movie.

As its title implies, we’re not in Bedford Falls anymore! Starring Michael Shannon, Ron Perlman, Judy Greer, Tom Lennon, Christina Hendricks and Ian McShane, Pottersville pays homage to It’s A Wonderful Life even as it careens into modern-day scenarios Frank Capra could never have imagined, capturing the craziness of the present and reflecting the best of the past. After your private screening, find Pottersville on Amazon or Netflix – it’s a warm and fun-filled movie to watch with family & friends over the holidays!

Everyone is welcome and there is no admission for this month’s event! Donations to the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry will be gladly accepted. We’ll have beer from Solemn Oath Brewery, wine from Bright Angel Wines, food from The Market at Gaetano’s, desserts from Limestone Coffee & Tea, hand-tooled pens from Wooden Writers and hand-constructed books from Tieri Ton! (Think last minute gifts!) We will not have an Open Mic at this month’s event.

We are still accepting submissions for Jan 21, Feb 18, Mar 18, Apr 15 & May 20. Follow Submission Guidelines at WaterlineWriters.org to be considered. Waterline Writers, 3rd Sundays at 7 pm, September to May, in the art gallery at Water Street Studios 160 S. Water Street, Batavia IL, now with elevator access. Contact Anne Veague or Kevin Moriarity at waterlinewriters@gmail.com or find us on Facebook or Twitter.