Line Break #: Saturday, April 1, 2017, 3:00 p.m.

Meet our readers: Barbara Krasnoff

            

Barbara Krasnoff
Barbara Krasnoff has sold over thirty pieces of short fiction to a wide variety of publications and is working on a novel. Most recently, her story "Sabbath Wine" was called out in a starred review in Publishers Weekly for the anthology Clockwork Phoenix 5. Barbara is also the author of a YA non-fiction book, Robots: Reel to Real, and is currently Senior Reviews Editor for Computerworld. She is a member of the NYC writers group Tabula Rasa, and lives in Brooklyn. Her website is BrooklynWriter.com.

Please join Barbara and all our accomplished readers for our special Queens Literary Crawl edition of Line Break, Thursday, April 28, 7:00-10:30 pm at Aged Restaurant in Forest Hills!

Your $9.99 advance ticket gets you access to all the Queens Literary Crawl stages that night in Forest Hills, not just Line Break. Get yours now, because they'll be $20 each at the door! More info here.

            

Richard Taylor Pearson
Richard Taylor Pearson is a triple threat: author, actor, and attorney. He grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas, where he appeared in many plays and musicals. After graduating from Rhodes College, Richard went on to obtain a law degree from Rutgers School of Law. While he works as an attorney by day, his nights and weekends are spent writing novels and performing in theatrical events all over New York City. Richard lives in Jersey City with his husband, Brian, and their daughter, Natalie.

Please join Richard and all our accomplished readers for our special Queens Literary Crawl edition of Line Break, Thursday, April 28, 7:00-10:30 pm at Aged Restaurant in Forest Hills!

Your $9.99 advance ticket gets you access to all the Queens Literary Crawl stages that night in Forest Hills, not just Line Break. Get yours now, because they'll be $20 each at the door! More info here.

Meet our readers: Jeremy Blutstein

            

Jeremy Blutstein's first published writing was a lowly column in his college newspaper. Since then, Jeremy has written for CollegeHumor.com and PointsInCase.com. His scripts have made it to the semifinals and finals of the Scriptapalooza TV contest, The Hollywood Screenplay Contest, and the Austin Film Festival. He only writes comedy, because that's what's fun.

Please join Jeremy and all our accomplished readers for our special Queens Literary Crawl edition of Line Break, Thursday, April 28, 7:00-10:30 pm at Aged Restaurant in Forest Hills!

Your $9.99 advance ticket gets you access to all the Queens Literary Crawl stages that night in Forest Hills, not just Line Break. Get yours now, because they'll be $20 each at the door! More info here.

Jeremy Blutstein

Meet our readers: Nancy Hightower

            

Nancy Hightower's work has appeared in storySouth, Gargoyle, Prick of the Spindle, Sundog Lit, Literary Orphans, and Word Riot; her novel, Elementarí Rising (Pink Narcissus Press, 2013) received a starred review in Library Journal and Kinds of Leaving; her short story collection was shortlisted for the Flann O’Brien Award for Innovative Fiction in 2014; her first collection of poetry, The Acolyte, was published by Port Yonder Press in 2015 and has been nominated for a 2016 Elgin Award by the Science Fiction Poetry Association. Nancy currently co-hosts the Liars League Reading Series in NYC, reviews science fiction and fantasy for The Washington Post, and teaches at Hunter College.

Please join Nancy and all our accomplished readers for our special Queens Literary Crawl edition of Line Break, Thursday, April 28, 7:00-10:30 pm at Aged Restaurant in Forest Hills!

Your $9.99 advance ticket gets you access to all the Queens Literary Crawl stages that night in Forest Hills, not just Line Break. Get yours now, because they'll be $20 each at the door! More info here.

Nancy Hightower

Meet our readers: Alex DiFrancesco

            

Alex DiFrancesco
Alex DiFrancesco is a writer of fiction and literary nonfiction, an occasional storyteller, a queer activist, and a baker. Their debut novel, The Devils That Have Come to Stay, is a radical Acid Western that completely flips the American Western on its head. A long time resident of Queens, DiFrancesco now lives in Brooklyn with their cat, Sylvia Rivera-Katz. They wrote on a manual typewriter until they hit thirty and carpal-tunnel syndrome became a reality. They are currently at work on their second novel, a dystopian sci-fi that takes place in a future New York City.

Please join Alex and all our accomplished readers for our special Queens Literary Crawl edition of Line Break, Thursday, April 28, 7:00-10:30 pm at Aged Restaurant in Forest Hills!

Your $9.99 advance ticket gets you access to all the Queens Literary Crawl stages that night in Forest Hills, not just Line Break. Get yours now, because they'll be $20 each at the door! More info here.

            

Keith R.A. DeCandido
Keith R.A. DeCandido is a native New Yorker, born, raised, and educated in the Bronx, where he still makes his home. He is the best-selling, award-winning author of numerous novels, short stories, comic books, and more—some in various licensed universes, like Star Trek, Supernatural, Sleepy Hollow, Heroes Reborn, Stargate SG-1, and Marvel, among many others, others of his own creation. His most recent release is Marvel's Thor: Dueling with Giants, Book 1 of the Tales of Asgard trilogy. Other recent and upcoming releases include the novellas Heroes Reborn: Save the Cheerleader, Destroy the World and Super City Police Department: Avenging Amethyst, the novel Stargate SG-1: Kali's Wrath, the short story collection Without a License: The Fantastic Worlds of Keith R.A. DeCandido, the graphic novel Icarus, and short stories in Buzzy Mag, The X-Files: Trust No One, StoryOfTheMonthClub.com, The Side of Good/The Side of Evil, V-Wars: Night Terrors, Alternate Sherlocks, and Limbus Inc. Book 3.

Please join Keith and all our accomplished readers for our special Queens Literary Crawl edition of Line Break, Thursday, April 28, 7:00-10:30 pm at Aged Restaurant in Forest Hills!

Your $9.99 advance ticket gets you access to all the Queens Literary Crawl stages that night in Forest Hills, not just Line Break. Get yours now, because they'll be $20 each at the door! More info here.

Meet our readers: Marleen S. Barr

            

Marleen S. Barr
Marleen S. Barr is known for her pioneering work in feminist science fiction and teaches English at the City University of New York. She has won the Science Fiction Research Association Pilgrim Award for lifetime achievement in science fiction criticism. Barr is the author of Alien to Femininity: Speculative Fiction and Feminist Theory, Lost in Space: Probing Feminist Science Fiction and Beyond, Feminist Fabulation: Space/Postmodern Fiction, and Genre Fission: A New Discourse Practice for Cultural Studies. Barr has edited many anthologies and co-edited the science fiction issue of PMLA. She is the author of the novels Oy Pioneer! and Oy Feminist Planets: A Fake Memoir.

Please join Marleen and all our accomplished readers for our special Queens Literary Crawl edition of Line Break, Thursday, April 28, 7:00-10:30 pm at Aged Restaurant in Forest Hills!

Your $9.99 advance ticket gets you access to all the Queens Literary Crawl stages that night in Forest Hills, not just Line Break. Get yours now, because they'll be $20 each at the door! More info here.

            

BREAKING! SPECIAL QUEENS LITERARY CRAWL EDITION!

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:
http://www.queenslitcrawl.nyc

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 submissions@linebreakseries.com, 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

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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, April 1, 3:00 p.m. at Q.E.D., 27-16 23rd Avenue, Astoria, NY 11105. Admission is $7.

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