First Event of the 2019/2020 Season


There Join us Sunday, October 20th, at 7 pm for our first Waterline Writers event of the season! Featuring writers: Alan Souter, Wilda Morris, Dan Klefstad, and Donald J. Bingle!

Doors open at 6:30pm, event starts at 7pm at Batavia's not so hidden gem, Water Street Studios. 160 S. Water Street, Batavia IL.

Everyone is welcome! Writers may bring a 5-minute piece to share at our 8:30 Open Mic. Admission is $5/$3 students. You can purchase signed copies of authors’ books, wine or Solemn Oath Brewery beer ($5), or a gorgeous, hand-constructed book from Tieri Ton Books. This event is sponsored by The Republic of Letters.

Experience Waterline Writers, on every third Sunday through the academic year, in the fully accessible, main art gallery at Water Street Studios.

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Featured Readers ::

Alan Souter aka Gerry is the author and co-author of more than 50 traditionally published U.S. histories, military histories, biographies, fine arts and auto racing titles. He graduated from the School of the Chicago Art Institute and the University of Chicago with a Bachelor Degree and graduate honors in photography. As a photojournalist he has covered assignments in most of the world from the Arctic to sailing up the Nile and crossing the Egyptian Sahara on camelback. Documented stories in the British Isles, South America, China, the Caribbean, and North America. Gerry’s articles and columns have appeared in dozens of magazines and newspapers. His background also includes the U.S. Merchant Marine, exhibiting artist and certified expert marksman. With his co-author wife, Janet he founded the Avril 1 Group, Inc. in 1997 and they have produced lectures on their books and adventures. They have three grown children in the arts and communications. Their Web site is


Wilda Morris has served as president of both the Illinois State Poetry Society and Poets & Patrons of Chicago, for which she continues to serve as Workshop Chairperson. She has led poetry workshops for children and for adults. For several years, she was on the staff of the Christian Writers’ Conference at the Green Lake Conference Center in Wisconsin. She has also led workshops in Illinois and Iowa.

Wilda fell in love with Herman Melville’s use of the language, his psychological and political insights, and his interesting characters when she listened to Moby-Dick on CD a few years ago. She took a continuing education class on Moby-Dick at The Newberry Library in Chicago and began turning her Moby-Dick-inspired poems into a full-length book entitled Pequod Poems: Gamming with Moby-Dick. It can be purchased at, or

Wilda’s first book, Szechwan Shrimp and Fortune Cookies: Poems from a Chinese Restaurant, was published by RWG Press in 2008. Another poetry manuscript, The Unapproved Uncle, will be looking for a publisher soon. Wilda has published widely in journals, websites, newspapers, and anthologies, and has won awards for formal poetry, free verse and haiku. Wilda Morris’s Poetry Challenge at wildamorris.blogspot.comprovides a contest for other poets each month.

Wilda is a graduate of American University and the University of Illinois. She also has an M.Div.


Dan Klefstad is an author, podcaster, and public radio host. His first novel, Shepherd & the Professor, sharply divided the reading public but has a 3.8 rating on Goodreads. His forthcoming novel, Fiona’s Guardians, is best described by the logline: When a vampire seduces you, death is minutes away. When she hires you, you’ll soon wish you were dead.
He was recently selected as the fiction judge for the Naperville Writers Group’s writing contest and will keynote their annual meeting this October.

Klefstad writes in DeKalb, Illinois, and Williams Bay, Wisconsin.


Not content to have written six books and more than fifty shorter works in a variety of genres, along with such other, varied writings including poetry, movie reviews, screenplays, and game products, legend-in-his-own-mind Donald J. Bingle has decided he has both the girth and the appetite to become a food critic. If you like the piece he is reading tonight, be sure to ask him for his recipe for hot dog soup, the crucial step of which is: “Add ketchup until lumpy green mixture turns brown.” More on Don and his writing, as well as his Amazon Affiliate links, please go to his website at Reviews strongly encouraged.


About the art ::

"Autumn River Scene, The Brook" by David Bates courtesy of the Art Institute.