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Meet our readers: William Shunn

            

Pinch hitter William Shunn was born in Los Angeles, raised in Utah, run out of Canada on a rail, and now lives in Astoria, Queens. He is the author, most recently, of the memoir The Accidental Terrorist: Confessions of a Reluctant Missionary. He hosts and produces the Line Break Reading Series.

Bill's short fiction has appeared in Salon, Storyteller, Bloodstone Review, Newtown Literary, Asimov's Science Fiction, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Science Fiction Age, Realms of Fantasy, Electric Velocipede, and various anthologies, including year's-best collections. His work has been nominated for the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award, the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award, and (despite his atheism) the Association for Mormon Letters Award. He served three years as a national juror for the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and for another three years he hosted and produced the acclaimed Tuesday Funk literary reading series in Chicago. Visit him online at shunn.net.

Please join Bill and all our tremendous readers for Line Break #8, Saturday, June 3, 3:00 p.m. at Q.E.D. in Astoria. Tickets are only 7 bucks!


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Meet our readers: Sarah Riccio

            

Sarah Riccio lives, writes, and slings beer in Astoria. She is a Line Break regular who always brings the house down, and she recently slew at Taboo Tales NYC. You're sorry you missed it.

Please join Sarah and all our talented readers for Line Break #8, Saturday, June 3, 3:00 p.m. at Q.E.D. in Astoria. Tickets are only 7 bucks!

            

Vanessa Golenia is a Southern California transplant who has often wondered how long it would take her to become a real New Yorker. Is it seven years? Ten years? One day she fell into the gutter of the G train, which automatically granted her true New Yorker status. Soon you might be able to read about this story and her other precarious experiences in New York as she's currently working on a collection of personal essays.

Vanessa also produces and hosts the NYC edition of Taboo Tales, a live storytelling show that believes the more we talk about how fucked up we are, the more normal we all feel.

Please join Vanessa and all our tremendous readers for Line Break #8, Saturday, June 3, 3:00 p.m. at Q.E.D. in Astoria. Tickets are only 7 bucks!

Meet our readers: Daniel Braum

            

Daniel Braum is the author of The Night Marchers and Other Strange Tales, his 2016 debut collection full of stories that mix and transcend genre. His writing has been described as full of sadness, beauty, and unprecedented wonder; two cups of literary dark fiction, a heaping scoop of magical realism and urban fantasy, a tablespoon of horror. His 2016 sold-out Yeti. Tiger. Dragon., from Dim Shores Press, is being reprinted by Necon E-Books in 2017. His second collection, The Wish Mechanics: Stories of the Strange and Fantastic, is coming in 2017 and contains stories with his unique blend of speculative fiction that effortlessly blends fantasy, science fiction, mysticism and horror in every verse.

Braum's characters explore the multi-dimensional vistas and dark worlds of spiritualism, and struggle with concepts of advanced science that collide with magical realism in an effort to explain the unexplainable. His short stories have appeared in publications ranging from Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet and Electric Velocipede to Cemetery Dance Magazine. Lucius Shepard, Kelly Link, Robert Aickman, and Tanith Lee are among his favorite authors. He is the host of the Night Time Logic reading series in New York.

Please join Daniel and all our accomplished readers for Line Break #8, Saturday, June 3, 3:00 p.m. at Q.E.D. in Astoria. Tickets are only 7 bucks!

Meet our readers: Bengt Washburn

            

UPDATE: We regret that Bengt will be unable to appear due to a scheduling conflict.

For over 20 years Bengt Washburn has been a comic for over 20 years. He has entertained audiences in 46 states and 12 countries, on four continents, and in several bowling alleys. He was the winner of the San Francisco Comedy Competition and has appeared on Comedy Central, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and Conan. He has been heard on The Bob & Tom Show, NPR, and almost every day on SiriusXM Radio.

Bengt's four CDs and two DVDs are evidence that his show is constantly evolving while he isn't. In real life Bengt is ditzy, naive, and logistically impaired, but his comedy has been described as intelligent, original, and hilarious. Come to a show and find out why the Monterey Weekly said, "Washburn is a truly hilarious comedian."

Please join Bengt and all our accomplished readers for Line Break #8, Saturday, June 3, 3:00 p.m. at Q.E.D. in Astoria. Tickets are only 7 bucks!


Photo Credit: Kenneth Locke

Meet our readers: David Mills

            

David Mills is the author of two books, The Dream Detective (a small-press bestseller) and The Sudden Country, a 2012 book finalist for the Main Street Rag Prize. He is the subject of the documentary Freak the Language, and has had two poems featured on ESPN. He lived for three years in Langston Hughes' landmark Harlem home and performs a one-person show of Hughes' work. He received a poetry fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts and an MFA from Warren Wilson College. His poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Jubilat, Callaloo and Brooklyn Rail, to name a few.

Please join David and all our outstanding readers for Line Break #8, Saturday, June 3, 3:00 p.m. at Q.E.D. in Astoria. Tickets are only 7 bucks!

Meet our readers: William Shunn

            

William Shunn is a writer and storyteller who was born in Los Angeles, raised in Utah, expelled from Canada, and now lives in Astoria, Queens. He is the author, most recently, of the memoir The Accidental Terrorist: Confessions of a Reluctant Missionary. He hosts and produces the Line Break Reading Series.

Bill's short fiction has appeared in Salon, Storyteller, Bloodstone Review, Newtown Literary, Asimov's Science Fiction, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Science Fiction Age, Realms of Fantasy, Electric Velocipede, and various anthologies, including year's-best collections. His work has been nominated for the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award, the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award, and the Association for Mormon Letters Award. He served three years as a national juror for the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and for another three years he hosted and produced the acclaimed Tuesday Funk literary reading series in Chicago.

Bill's storytelling was featured most recently at the Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley, CA, he made an appearance in Michael Ian's Black newest comedy special, Noted Expert, and he'll soon be heard on the Modern Stories Mix podcast. Visit him online at shunn.net.

Please join Bill and all our amazing readers for Line Break #7a, Sunday, May 28, 2:00 p.m. at Queens Book Festival in Long Island City. Tickets are only 10 bucks!


Photo Credit: Colin Poellot

Meet our readers: Oscar Sanders

            

Oscar Sanders was born and raised in the Bronx, NY. The former jazz/funk/rock guitarist has garnered awards for shorts, features, documentary films, and a political crime novel. His creative writing led to seething political spoken word poetry and performances.

Learn more at malcolmentertainment.com,
facebook.com/oscar.sanders.3192, and @oscarsanders.

Please join Oscar and all our amazing readers for Line Break #7a, Sunday, May 28, 2:00 p.m. at Queens Book Festival in Long Island City. Tickets are only 10 bucks!

            

Nancy Hightower has published work in Entropy, Sundog Lit, Gargoyle, Flapperhouse, and Huffington Post, among other places. She is the author of The Acolyte, her first book of poetry, and Elementarí Rising. From 2014 to 2016 she was the science fiction and fantasy reviewer for The Washington Post. She is currently working on a book about digital fictions with DJ Spooky for Duke University Press, and a memoir about growing up in the evangelical South.

Please join Nancy and all our tremendous readers for Line Break #7a, Sunday, May 28, 2:00 p.m. at Queens Book Festival in Long Island City. Tickets are only 10 bucks!

Meet our readers: Dina Laura

            

Dina Laura is thrilled to be participating in Line Break! An actor as well as a writer, she has performed in productions including You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown, City of Angels and Schoolhouse Rock Live!, and also originated roles in shows including Eighty-Three Years, Jacob and Sarah, Somewhere in Texas and This Esther. Dina co-wrote her first full-length play, on the rocks, with Mina Radhakrishnan. The play won the "Best Audience" award at the 2008 Downtown Urban Theater Festival at the Cherry Lane Studio Theater, and subsequently premiered on the West Coast at Studio250 @ Off-Market Theaters in San Francisco. Other plays written by Dina include Alternate Side Street Parking (HERE Arts Center, 2009 Downtown Urban Theater Festival), and Making Moves (Theater for the New City, 2010 Downtown Urban Theater Festival).

Her latest play, Elephants and Other Worldly Dilemmas, was one of the 2012 top ten finalists in the Stage Play category of the 81st Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition. Elephants and Other Worldly Dilemmas then went on to win FringeFAVE at the 2015 New York International Fringe Festival.

Besides writing plays, Dina also has a blog, jewoppy.blogspot.com, from which she will be reading at Line Break. Her website is www.dinalaura.com.

Please join Dina and all our spectacular readers for Line Break #7, Saturday, May 6, 3:00 p.m. at Q.E.D. in Astoria. Tickets are only 7 bucks!

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Line Break is an eclectic Queens reading series, hosted by William Shunn, showcasing a monthly mix of fiction, poetry, essays and performance. Join us next on Saturday, August 5, 3:00 p.m. at Q.E.D., 27-16 23rd Avenue, Astoria, NY 11105. Admission is $7.

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