Feb 052017

Waterline Writers is celebrating its 5th anniversary by hosting its 50th literary event on Sunday, Feb. 19th at 7 pm, with 5 featured writers. Barbara Barrows still cites Mary Oliver as an influence, but these days her M.O. is also informed by Andrea Gibson and Adam Gottlieb. The title of Donald J. Bingle’s novel is Forced Conversion, but there is nothing forced about his tight prose and his characters’ dire situation. In D.C. Brod’s Getting Taken, heroine Robyn Guthrie is in a fix when she finds a fat bag of pot stashed away in her new flat. Frank “Francois” Rutledge’s poems tackle life’s tough stuff, but also catch those slippery moments of everyday bliss. And, as happens every morning, Dawn Williams rises to face the new day and find whatever humor it has in store for her — right after some serious coffee, of course! 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 ($5), non-alcoholic Windmill Ginger Brew, and artisanal meats and cheeses from The Market at Gaetano’s!

Jan 032017

Waterline Writers will feature Teen Writers and Artists Project (TEE-wop) poets on Sunday, January 15th at 7 PM, just days before the first competitive event of their slam poetry season. If you don’t know what that means, come find out as they hone their craft, revealing hopes, fears and heartaches with enthusiasm and insight.  In addition to poets from area high schools, Director Diana Zwinak and Teaching Artists Adam GottliebCorey Dillard and Shayne Morgan Phillips will perform. Don’t miss hearing them! This unique event is being held at Water Street Studios, 160 S. Water St., Batavia, IL. Admission is $5 ($3 for students), with fantastic food from Gaetano’s Market and Solemn Oath craft beer or Bright Angel wine for $5! No Open Mic on Jan 15th.

Want to know more? T-WAAP hosts three free Wordplay writing workshops, open mics, and featured performers monthly. On January 21st, they’ll hold their annual spoken word poetry competition, Slammin’ The Sun Down, a preliminary event for poets preparing for Chicago’s Louder Than A Bomb competitions in February. T-WAAP is poised to make its programs available to many more teens in the next few years. Watch the T-WAAP video to learn more! To donate and help bring quality writing programs to area teens, visit Guidestar or come to Waterline Writers on Sunday, Jan. 15th at 7 pm!




Dec 142016

Due to the extremely cold weather forecast, Waterline Writers is cancelled for Dec. 18th. We’ll reschedule Teen Writers and Artists Project, but regret that Kimberly Gotches will return to New Mexico and we won’t have the chance to host her in person until next December. Since we know that you’re disappointed about that, you can purchase her new book of stories, Under the Branches, right now on Amazon! It is a great little collection, full of Kimberly’s warmth–just what we need at this time of year. Stay tuned for our January plans!

Dec 072016

Waterline will feature storyteller Kimberly Gotches and showcase many of Teen Writers and Artists Project‘s teen poets, plus Director Diana Zwinak and Teaching Artists Adam GottliebCorey Dillard and Shayne Morgan Phillips at our next event on Sunday, December 18th, at 7 PM. As always, the event is held at Water Street Studios, 160 S. Water St., Batavia, IL.

T-WAAP (TEE-wop) is hard at work right here in the western suburbs. In addition to 3 Wordplay writing workshops, open mics, and featured performers monthly, they offer school assemblies, mentor poetry teams, and host the annual spoken word poetry competition, Slammin’ the Sun Down, a preliminary event for poets preparing for Chicago’s famous Louder Than A Bomb competitions in February and March. Watch the T-WAAP video for a look at what they are up to!


T-WAAP is poised to make its programs available to many more teens in the next few years. We are offering you a front-row-seat experience and a look behind-the-scenes as young poets hone their craft, reveal their fears and heartaches, and share their insights, energy and enthusiasm.
Admission is $5 ($3 for students).
No Open Mic on Dec. 18th.
We’ll have craft beer from Solemn Oath Breweries for $5, wine from Bright Angel Wines for $5 and fantastic food from Gaetano’s Market!


Nov 132016

Head to Water Street Studios to hear our featured readers on Sunday, November 20th at 7 PM! William Hazelgrove reveals the untold story of Madam President, The Secret Presidency of Edith Wilson; Sandra Marchetti weaves words and images into poems of seamless beauty; Dave Abatangelo shifts the slam poetry scene a bit with his sage (read only slightly gray) perspectives; Lynne Handy folds life’s most difficult hands into her heart and mind with the grace of poetry; and Patrick Shannon gives us survival tips on “How To Pick Out a Good Pub in Dublin”!

Books will be available for signing and purchase! Beer and wine available for $5. Our Open Mic follows. Anyone may bring a 5-minute piece to share!

Sep 302016

The next Waterline Writers event is Sunday, Oct 16th 2016 at 7 pm. Everyone is welcome! Hear a chapter from Julie Oleszek’s The Fifth Floor, a powerful story of a teen’s struggle with grief and anorexia; savor fine literary poetry from three Waterline favorites, Kevin Burris, Katie Phillips and Lennart Lundh; then experience the change of tone and momentum in Hillary Kobernick’s insightful spoken word poetry. The authors’ books will be available for sale and signing. Admission is $5/$3 students. Writers, bring a 5-minute piece to share at our 8:30 Open Mic or visit WaterlineWriters.org to find submission info for future events and browse videos of past readings. We meet 3rd Sundays at 7 pm, September to May, in the beautiful art gallery at Water Street Studios 160 S. Water Street, Batavia IL. Like us on Facebook!  Contact us at waterlinewriters@gmail.com.