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Waterline Writers announces April 15th lineup

On Sunday, April 15th at 7 pm, Waterline Writers will feature authors John Arends, David W. Berner, Christopher Kuhl, Donna Pucciani and Frank Rutledge.

John Arends often amplifies the voices of unsung African Americans, but his new play, Of Sorrow Songs and Treason, shifts emphasis from the renowned voice of Paul Robeson to the intense beliefs and struggles for which he should also be remembered.            

In David W. Berner’s A Well-Respected Man, a professor who once wrote, “The story of a young woman breaking through society’s restraints, owning her sexuality, accepting love on her terms … is also a man’s story… And a young man’s decision ultimately is to either fight it with fire or celebrate it with wine,” finds he is still experiencing the complicated ramifications of being their author.

Christopher Kuhl follows his first book of poems, Night Travels, with words from the same deep well of material, such as “The first shadowy light/Of language shines like/The sea’s black mirror,” from the imminent Blood and Bone, River and Stone.

Donna Pucciani’s fascination with her ancestry has inspired years of Italian language study and not a few transatlantic phone calls. From “Phoning Pasquale” in Ghost Garden, she describes the tenuous connection, “We play in the shadow of Babel/tracing the fragile lines of language/on the tower walls, climbing the ladder/of each other’s voices.” 

If this stretch of the Fox River Valley has an unofficial a poet laureate, we think it is Frank Rutledge, who “walk(s) across metaphorical/waters as easily/as a clown crosses a high wire.” Experience the poetry of Frank’s wit and wisdom.

Admission is $5/$3 students. You’ll have the opportunity to purchase signed copies of authors’ books, wine or beer ($5), 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. And don’t miss our May 20th event, Let The Blues Be Your Muse, with blues-themed readings and live blues!

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. To be considered as a featured writer for the 2018-19 season, follow Submission Guidelines at, contact Anne Veague or Kevin Moriarity at, or find us on Facebook or Twitter