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!

Jun 242015
 

tmwfiWe’re looking for kids who already have a passion for writing AND for those who don’t even know how much fun it can be! “Take My Word For It!” is offering creative writing classes this July at Water Street Studios! TMWFI’s innovative curriculum is designed for young authors, and summer sessions include lots of creativity-inspiring activities.

3rd – 5th grades: July 6-10 (M-F, 10 am – 12pm); 6th – 8th grades: July 20-24 (M-F, 10 am-12 pm). Sign up online!

Learn more about TMWFI’s history and curriculum at takemywordforit.net or get more info about these new, local classes at tmwfichicago@gmail.com.

Mar 172015
 

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!

Contact: waterlinewriters@gmail.com

 

 

Mar 152015
 

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 tmwfichicago@gmail.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

www.waterlinewriters.org   waterlinewriters@gmail.com

Mar 152015
 

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 waterlinewriters@gmail.com.

Mar 072015
 

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!

Take My Word For It! writing classes for kids are held at Water Street Studios on Thursdays from 4-5 pm (ages 8-11) or 5:15-6:15 (ages 12-14). Sign up online. tmwfichicago@gmail.com.

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.

Do YOU want to write?

  • Join one of 13 Local Writers Groups.
  • Visit Wordplay poetry workshops for teens in one of three west suburban locations.
  • Come to Galleries Are For Writers Too! Look at art (and the world around you) with new eyes, and find new ways to approach and understand your writing through informal and creative discussions, time to write (in the gallery!), and sharing of the evening’s work or insights. No homework! Facilitated by Anne Veague and open to creative writers of any genre, at any level. Bring your laptop or notebook. Free to Water Street Studios members. We appreciate a small donation from non-members! Sundays at 7 pm at Water Street Studios.  

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HAVE FUN OUT THERE—AND WRITE!

Feb 152015
 

Tonight’s lineup features 7 diverse authors:

Tricia Marcella Cimera is an obsessed reader and lover of words. Her poetry has been published in C.O.D.’s Prairie Light Review. “The Poem That Waits Across the Street” won the 2009 Prairie Poetry Award and a Judges’ Merit Award by the Community College Humanities Association. Volunteering at Fabyan Villa Museum, Garfield Farm Museum and Water Street Studios has reinforced the ideology of Think Globally, Act Locally in her life.

Angela Smallwood is 15 and a sophomore at Plainfield East High School. She’s been interested in writing since she was a little kid, but her interest in human rights and equality led her to join the Poetry Club last year. Her main motivation is to spread knowledge of different forms of oppression and privilege through her art–both graphics and writing. She is the first of tonight’s “Use Your Words” writers! * 

Rick Holinger’s fiction, poetry and essays have appeared in The Southern Review, The Iowa Review, Boulevard, Witness, and elsewhere. He has received three Pushcart Prize nominations and has published two chapbooks of short fiction. He moved to the Fox Valley in 1979 to teach English at Marmion Academy where he’s still learning to this day. His collections of short fiction and creative nonfiction are both under consideration for publication through traditional presses. He writes River Town Chronicles, a column in the Kane County Chronicle, and is the leader of two local writers groups. Tonight, he recommends reading: dosomething.org/facts/11-facts-about-racial-discrimination. *

Hakeem Jones has been writing since age 7, and is now 13 and an 8th grader at Plank Jr. H.S. His favorite piece is “Chicago”–his first great poem in his eyes, and his emergence into the art of spoken word. He’s performed at several slams competitions including Louder Than A Bomb. This high-honor-roll student is in poetry club, wrestling, track, cross country, band, and wind ensemble; writes short stories and essays; was 1st place in the DuPage County Fair Essay Contest; and has taught himself programming languages like Python and JavaScript. His dream college is MIT, and he hopes to attend IMSA next fall.  *

Kristin LaTour’s first full-length poetry collection, What Will Keep Me Alive, is coming out late in 2015 with Sundress Publications. Her poems can be found online, in print journals, and in her three chapbooks. Her website is kristinlatour.com, where readers can find links to poems, audio of her poems, and upcoming events where she is appearing. Kristin helps select poetry for Waterline Writers and WSS.

Ray Ziemer is a lifelong writer of prose and poetry, currently finishing a Young Adult novel, The Ghost of Jamie McVay. He teaches writing part time at C.O.D. and is a member of the Batavia Writers Group. Born and bred on Chicago’s South Side, he’s made his home of 30 years on the West Branch of the DuPage River with his wife and extended family which includes a ninety-one year old father-in-law, several dogs and cats, and grown sons who also contribute to the family construction business.

Neill E. Shanahan is a partner with Ken Clark Partners, a global executive search firm, and is also a Network Playwright and Board President at Chicago Dramatists. His plays, Mandatum and Miranda’s World, have been read in Chicago Dramatist’s Saturday Series, Director’s Lab, and/or Monday Series. For tonight’s scene from Lighthouse Beach, his full-length play currently in development with their Script Lab, we welcome Jana Rae Blumberg, who performs, directs, and is the current Marketing Manager on the board at the Albright Theatre. She recently joined Galen Malick in the commedia dell’arte group Troupe Strozzi. Galen has appeared in plays at the Albright Theatre and with the Batavia Art Council.

* Angela, Rick and Hakeem are tonight’s “Use Your Words” authors. Each month we will feature writers who wield their pens to make a difference in the world!

A 5-minute-limit Open Mic follows at 8:30! Your host for tonight is Nik Markevicius! 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. 

Louder Than A Bomb (LTAB), the 15th annual, month-long spoken word poetry slam and festival begins with preliminary bouts from Feb 25-Mar 14th and ends with Indy finals on Mar 21st at the Rubloff and team finals Mar 28th at Arie Crown. Visit youngchicagoauthors.org for ticket. Why not make a trip to hear tonight’s Hakeem Jones or Angela Smallwood compete? We’ll post the dates on our website!

Enrollment is open for Take My Word For It! classes at Water Street Studios for kids ages 8-14. Beginning Thursday February 26th, 4-5 pm (for ages 8-11) and 5:15-6:15 pm (for ages 12-14). Sign up at waterstreetstudios.org or contact Chicago Area Director Trish Kredell at tmwfichicago@gmail.com.

Galleries Are For Writers Too!  A unique writers’ group meeting in the art gallery. Learn the practice of looking at art (and the world around you) with new eyes, always finding new ways to approach and understand your writing. Informal and creative discussions, gallery writing time, and optional sharing of the evening’s work or insights. No homework! Open to creative writers of any genre, at any level! When: Sundays, 7-9 PM. Where: WaterStreetStudios, 160 S. Water St., Batavia. Cost:  Free to WSS members; we appreciate a small donation from others. Facilitator: Anne Veague

WaterlineWriters.org has information on 20 area writers’ groups, 3 Wordplay poetry writing workshops for teens, and Open Mics. Try Paul LaTour’s 3rd Thursday Lit By The Bridge at Culture Stock in Aurora, Feb 19th at 6:30; limited to first 10 sign-up’s so come by 6:15. Or come just to listen!

Now on Kindle: Frank Rutledge’s Clothed in August Skin and Eat the Punch Line, this Joke is Over; F.V. Writers Group’s Foxtales 3; and Nik Markevicius’ Head. Submit your own work to FewerThan500.com (see Kevin Moriarity) or Reverie Fair (this month featuring Adrienne Novy! See Barbara Barrows).

Tonight! Purchase a signed book to add to the special bookshelf you reserve for authors you’ve met in person! We will refund your $5 donation when you buy a book, purchase art, or become a 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. 

You can find tonight’s readings again this week on BATV and forever in our Video Library! 

Thanks to tonight’s authors; to volunteers Frank Rutledge, Nik Markevicius, Ginny Klespitz, Brandon Fink, Mary McHugh, Kristin LaTour, Paula Garrett, Barbara Barrows; and to all of you for coming!

Dec 112014
 

On Sunday, December 21st  at 7 PM Waterline Writers will feature Blythe Baird, Kimberly Gotches, Wayne Johnson, Mike O’Mary and Harold Walker for readings that leap from falling Christmas trees to exploding Jewish Santas, from empowering spoken-word poetry to tales of back-country murder! You can even join in at the 5-minute-limit Open Mic after each event, Continue reading »

Nov 062014
 

“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.

Trish Kredell, Chicago Area Program Director
708-369-0376
“Take My Word For It!”
tmwfichicago@gmail.com
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