Line Break #: Saturday, August 5, 2017, 3:00 p.m.


Line Break is the eclectic live literary magazine where poetry meets prose, fact meets fiction, and high-brow meets low-brow. We are honored to be bringing our unique blend of writers and genres to the Queens Literary Crawl in Forest Hills on Thursday, April 28.

The Queens Literary Crawl (which benefits the Queens Book Festival) is an amazing assemblage of more than a hundred literary luminaries all reading on various stages throughout Forest Hills on one magical night. One $9.99 ticket gets you access to it all, which includes the special Line Break stage at Aged Restaurant.

At every Line Break episode, live-lit veteran William Shunn brings together a wild assortment of talent on one stage, and April 28 is no exception. Don't miss our incredible super-expanded lineup, featuring:

  • Jacob M. Appel
  • Marleen S. Barr
  • Carey Bernstein
  • Jeremy Blutstein
  • Malcolm Chang
  • Keith R.A. DeCandido
  • Alex DiFrancesco
  • Nancy Hightower
  • Robert J. Howe
  • Rajan Khanna
  • Barbara Krasnoff
  • Ilana C. Myer
  • Richard Taylor Pearson
  • Sarah Riccio
  • William Shunn

No rules, no themes—just the best writers in our fair city. Line Break—it's the start of a new thought. Don't miss it!

Line Break Reading Series
Thursday, April 28, 7:00-10:30 p.m.

Aged Restaurant
107-02 70th Road
Forest Hills, NY 11375

Admission $9.99. Ticketholders get access to all literary stages, not just the Line Break stage!

More info and tickets:

Aged Restaurant, like all the Queens Literary Crawl venues, is near the Forest Hills/71st Ave stop on the E/F/M/R subway lines.

Line Break Reading Series at the Queens Literary Crawl, Thursday, April 28, 7:00-10:30 pm


Line Break Wants YOU (William Shunn as Uncle Sam)
Line Break will be participating next week—Thursday, April 28—in the Queens Literary Crawl. The night-long event will feature more than a hundred writers reading at various neighborhood venues in Forest Hills, Queens, and it benefits the Queens Books Festival.

Line Break will have its own stage. We'll have our own microphone. The one thing we don't have yet is you.

We expected to have one hour of programming to fill. Instead, we've just learned that Line Break will have three hours of programming to fill—from 7:00 to 10:30 pm, with a couple of breaks thrown in.

Needless to say, this is a tall order to fill at the last minute. If you're interested in participating, we're looking for all types of prose writing, whether fiction or non-fiction. Short stories, essays, memoirs, humor, novel excerpts—it's all fair game, so long as you can hold an audience's attention.

To be considered for one of our available 12-minute slots, please email us at, following these guidelines:

  • Use "Lit Crawl Submission" as your subject line.
  • Tell us a little about yourself, about your work, and about what you'd like to read for us. Be sure to let us know if you've read live before. Include links to audio or video if you have them.
  • Include the piece or pieces that you'd like to read by pasting the text into the body of your email. (We prefer not to download attachments.) For prose, limit your submission to 2,500 words or less (which is about all you can comfortably read in 12 minutes.)
  • Please also indicate during which of the following hours you're willing to read: 7:00 to 8:00 pm, 8:15 to 9:15 pm, and 9:30 to 10:30 pm. We're trying to schedule four or five readers during each hour. Please be flexible and indicate more than one choice, if you can!
  • We're partial to writers from Queens, but you do not need to be a Queens resident to participate. We'll take writers from anywhere!

Queens Literary Crawl, Forest Hills, April 28
Remember, you must be able to commit to traveling to Forest Hills on Thursday, April 28. This only works if you're available that night.

As for content, we won't feature out-and-out pornography, but strong language and adult situations are absolutely fine (and, in fact, encouraged).

As an added bonus, everyone who reads for Line Break at the lit crawl will also be invited to read at one of our regularly scheduled shows at Q.E.D. in Astoria. And similarly, everyone who submits to us will be considered for our Q.E.D. show, whether or not we're able to fit you on the program in Forest Hills.

The Queens Literary Crawl will be an exciting, fast-moving event. We're delighted to be a part of it, but it won't work without you. Send us your submissions now! We literally cannot wait to read them.

Really. Truly. Please.

Even if you don't want to read for us, you can still enjoy the Queens Literary Crawl as an audience member. Buy your tickets here.


The crowd at Q.E.D. before Line Break #1
A big thank you to everyone who turned out for our inaugural episode of Line Break on Saturday, at beautiful Q.E.D. in Astoria, Queens. Just by showing up and giving us the gift of your attention, you helped make the evening a bigger success than we could have imagined. We had a pretty good audience when the lights went down to start the show, but when the lights came up again we were startled to see the crowd was standing room only. It was like magic!

We also need to thank participants Malcolm Chang, Carey Bernstein, Sherese Francis, and Sarah Riccio for their varied but uniformly excellent readings, And thanks also to Q.E.D. for giving us the space and an opportunity to use it.

If you couldn't make it out on Saturday, please join us for Line Break #2 on Saturday, July 2, when our guests will include Nancy Hightower, Gregory A. Wilson, Robert J. Howe, and more. And please sign up for our mailing list so you can keep abreast of all the latest developments in the Line Break world.

Finally, if you're interested in participating in a future Line Break, do send us a submission.

We look forward to seeing you in July, and until then please check out all the terrific shows and events at Q.E.D. There is something amazing happening there literally every day.

Malcolm Chang reads at Line Break #1 at Q.E.D. in Astoria, Queens, March 5, 2016

Carey Bernstein reads at Line Break #1 at Q.E.D. in Astoria, Queens, March 5, 2016

Sherese Francis reads at Line Break #1 at Q.E.D. in Astoria, Queens, March 5, 2016

Sarah Riccio reads at Line Break #1 at Q.E.D. in Astoria, Queens, March 5, 2016


Just a reminder that Line Break, the eclectic live literary magazine, is coming up Saturday afternoon at Q.E.D. in Astoria, Queens!

At every show, live-lit veteran William Shunn brings a wild assortment of writers together on one stage. Don't miss this stellar inaugural lineup:

  • Carey Bernstein
  • Malcolm Chang
  • Sherese Francis
  • Sarah Riccio
  • William Shunn

Be there, and be part of history.

Line Break Reading Series
Saturday, March 5, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Q.E.D.: A Place for Show & Tell
27-16 23rd Avenue
Astoria, NY 11105

Admission $5. Beer, wine and snacks available.

More info and tickets:

Q.E.D. is a short trip from Manhattan on the N train. Just stay on to Ditmars Boulevard at the end of the line. The Q train does not run to Queens on weekends.

Line Break Reading Series, Saturday, March 5, 2016, 5:30 pm

Meet our readers: William Shunn


William Shunn 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 Accidental Terrorist: Confessions of a Reluctant Missionary.

His 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. Visit him online at

Please join Bill and all our accomplished readers for Line Break #1, Saturday, March 5, 5:30 pm at Q.E.D. in Astoria!

William Shunn


You know about Line Break's debut episode, which takes place this Saturday, March 5, at Q.E.D. in Astoria, Queens.

But what about the episode after that, or the one after that? To stay up-to-date on all the latest announcements, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, but most importantly sign up for our mailing list, using the handy form below.

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Meet our readers: Carey Bernstein


Carey Bernstein
Carey "CJ" Bernstein has spent much of the past fifteen years working as a screenwriter in Los Angeles, but he's had a lifelong obsession with myth, magic, and mysterious goings-on. Now in New York City with six-year-old twins, he devotes his writing to telling the kinds of stories he loved as a kid and channeling the wit and wonder of classic fantasy literature through a modern lens, for kids and adults alike. His interactive mystery novel premieres online this summer, followed by the launch of his print novel, The Book of Briars, in 2017. Visit him online at

Please join Carey and all our accomplished readers for Line Break #1, Saturday, March 5, 5:30 pm at Q.E.D. in Astoria!

Meet our readers: Sarah Riccio


Sarah Riccio is a vile, loathsome being who refrains from spontaneous violent rampage by harboring the juvenile fantasy that her words are actually worth listening to from time to time. A squirming pile of malformed flesh since birth, Sarah used to get by on her "looks," enjoying life as a degenerate plaything in Seattle, keeping the company of strange men with Shirley Temple fetishes. After ceremoniously burning her West coast digs to the ground and with a mind sharpened by well-deserved pain, Sarah now bartends at Astoria Bier and Cheese—an escapist cocoon where her beloved regulars, for some perverse personal reasons, find her twisted self mildly amusing. She hopes you enjoy her efforts for Line Break.

Please join Sarah and all our accomplished readers for Line Break #1, Saturday, March 5, 5:30 pm at Q.E.D. in Astoria!

Sarah Riccio

Meet our readers: Malcolm Chang


Malcolm Chang
Malcolm Chang reports: "I currently reside in Jackson Heights, but I have also lived in Johannesburg, Toronto, Chicago, and Los Angeles, amongst others. I was born during the apartheid era and as a third generation Chinese-South African, have been regarded at various times in my life as more Black than White, as well as more White than Black, on that odd spectrum of racial classification that existed in South Africa. I have written essays for Elle Magazine (South Africa), and a chapter of my memoirs appeared in Newtown Literary. You can also check out my blogs at Senile Delinquent and Mal and Di's Excellent Adventure. I am currently working on my memoirs and my first novel."

Please join Malcolm and all our accomplished readers for Line Break #1, Saturday, March 5, 5:30 pm at Q.E.D. in Astoria!

Meet our readers: Sherese Francis


Sherese Francis.jpg
Sherese Francis is a Queens-based published poet, writer and blogger. Currently she runs the blog Futuristically Ancient, where she writes about the arts and cultures of the African Diaspora through an afrofuturist lens. Additionally she is the literary director of the upcoming Queens Book Festival. Besides her blog and the festival, Sherese is working on a few other projects, including a fantasy novel based in Queens called The E, a self-published chapbook called Lucy's Scroll-Bones, and a longer poetry manuscript.

Please join Sherese and all our accomplished readers for Line Break #1, Saturday, March 5, 5:30 pm at Q.E.D. in Astoria!

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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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