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Waterline Writers to mark milestone with anniversary event

BATAVIA – Writers and lovers of words will celebrate the fifth anniversary of Waterline Writers with readings by five talented wordsmiths at 7 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Water Street Studios gallery in Batavia.

In founding the group, Artistic Director Anne Veague and Managing Director Kevin Moriarity, both of Batavia, knew they didn’t want to replicate a typical writers workshop.

“We were talking about how writing [can be] such an isolating experience,” Veague said. “Nobody hears or sees what you do. There’s nothing exciting to keep you going.”

She said their solution was to create an event-oriented concept, set in a beautiful art gallery, and made festive with refreshments, including treats from Gaetano’s in Batavia and Geneva-made Windmill Ginger Brew, plus beer and wine at a cash bar.

Waterline Writers has become a community for authors from a broad area who appear before a crowd of 60 or more. The organizers select about five writers of diverse styles to highlight each month, and there are no critiques.

“You’re going to hear a short story, an essay, a … literary type of poet or a spoken-word poet, maybe someone’s memoir or historical fiction or nonfiction,” Veague said. “People who’ve been there more than once know that what they’re going to hear is going to be good, interesting and varied.”

Veague said the Feb. 19 event, the group’s 50th, will present D.C. Brod, “a delightful reader;” sci-fi author Donald J. Bingle, “a good writer [who’s] fun to read;” poet Barbara Barrows, who reveals spoken-word influences; poet Frank Rutledge, whose “work is insightful and funny and very real;” and Dawn Wlliams, who “can put together a little essay on life and how to navigate … life with a sense of humor.”

An open mic opportunity begins at 8:30 p.m. with five-minute slots. Veague said it’s popular because previously featured writers often return to take part.

If you go

What: Waterline Writers monthly event

Where: Water Street Studios, 160 S. Water St., Batavia

When: 7 p.m. Feb. 19

Cost: $5 for the general public, $3 for students


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