Line Break | Astoria's Eclectic Monthly Live Literary Magazine
Line Break - Astoria's Eclectic Monthly Live Literary Magazine

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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 incredible readers for Line Break #8, Saturday, June 3, 3:00 p.m. at Q.E.D. in Astoria. Tickets are only 7 bucks!

            
TRANSIT ALERT! Due to scheduled track maintenance, the N train will not be running in Queens the weekend of June 3rd. As an alternative, transfer to a shuttle bus at Queensboro Plaza and take it to Ditmars Blvd. Please leave extra time.

Line Break is here again! It's the eclectic monthly live literary magazine where poetry meets prose, fact meets fiction, and high-brow meets low-brow, at fabulous 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 our terrific June 3 lineup, featuring:

* Bengt Washburn will be unable to appear due to unforeseen circumstances.

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


Line Break Reading Series
Saturday, June 3, 2017, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Hosted by William Shunn

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

Admission $7. Beer, wine and snacks available.

More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/192991487885932/

Q.E.D. is a short trip from Manhattan on the N train to Queens. Just stay on all the way to Astoria–Ditmars Blvd at the end of the line, and walk a couple of blocks west on 23rd Avenue. (The W train does not run on weekends.)

Line Break #8: Saturday, June 3, 2017, 3:00 p.m.

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 world-class 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 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!

            

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 outstanding 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!

            

We've got a lot going on this spring and summer! Our next regularly scheduled Q.E.D. show will take place on June 3rd, but there's an exciting special edition for us to tell you about before then...


Line Break is here again! It's the eclectic monthly live literary magazine where poetry meets prose, fact meets fiction, and high-brow meets low-brow, this time in a special Queens Book Festival Edition in Long Island City, Queens.

At every show, live-lit veteran William Shunn brings a wild assortment of writers together on one stage. Don't miss our terrific May 28 lineup, featuring:

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


Line Break Reading Series
Queens Book Festival Edition
Sunday, May 28, 2017, 2:00-2:45 p.m.
Hosted by William Shunn

Queens Book Festival
Gantry Plaza Stage
LIC Landing
52-10 Center Blvd.
Long Island City, NY 11101

Admission $10. Your donation provides 2:00 pm seating access to the Gantry Plaza Stage only. Full day seating passes begin at $65 per stage. General festival access is free.

More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1386941314691094/

Line Break #7a: Sunday, May 28, 2017, 2:00 p.m.

            

A big huzzah to everyone who turned out for our seventh regular episode of Line Break this past 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 afternoon bigger and better than it would have been without you.

We also need to send out big thanks to participants Richard Taylor Pearson, Dina Laura, Malcolm Chang, John C. Foster, and Marleen S. Barr for their varied but uniformly excellent readings. And thanks as always 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 mark your calendar for Saturday, June 3, when we'll we back with our eighth issue, featuring Daniel Braum, Vanessa Golenia, David Mills, Sarah Riccio, special guest Bengt Washburn!

So sign up for our mailing list and keep abreast of all the latest developments in the Line Break world. And finally, if you're interested in participating in a future Line Break, do send us a submission.

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

Dina Laura reads at Line Break #7 - click to view - mousewheel to zoom
Malcolm Chang reads at Line Break #7 - click to view - mousewheel to zoom
John C. Foster reads at Line Break #7 - click to view - mousewheel to zoom

            

Just a reminder that Line Break, the eclectic monthly live literary magazine, returns this Saturday afternoon at fabulous 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 our terrific May 6 lineup, featuring:

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


Line Break Reading Series
Saturday, May 6, 2017, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Hosted by William Shunn

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

Admission $7. Beer, wine and snacks available.

More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/295590724211678/

Q.E.D. is a short trip from Manhattan on the N train to Queens. Just stay on all the way to Astoria–Ditmars Blvd at the end of the line, and walk a couple of blocks west on 23rd Avenue. (The W train does not run on weekends.)

Line Break #7: Saturday, May 6, 2017, 3:00 p.m.

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 talented readers for Line Break #7, Saturday, May 6, 3:00 p.m. at Q.E.D. in Astoria. Tickets are only 7 bucks!

            

Queens Lit Fest 2017
For three years now, the Queens Lit Fest has highlighted the incredible talent and diversity of writers in this greatest of New York City's boroughs. Line Break host William Shunn participated last year, and he's delighted to be doing so again this year.

William Shunn reads for Line Break at the Queens Lit Fest, LIC Landing, Long Island City, NY, July 16, 2016 - click to view - mousewheel to zoom
The Queens Lit Fest 2017 runs for two full days this weekend at LIC Landing in Long Island City. Admission for both days is free but does require an RSVP.

Bill will be reading promptly at 7:00 pm on Sunday evening, but don't come just for him. Come for an afternoon, evening, or all day to hear a wide array of Queens poets, essayists, storytellers, and more, including Line Break veterans like Emily Alta Hockaday, Jackie Sherbow, and Audrey Dimola.

It's going to be a great event. Don't miss it!

Queens Lit Fest 2017
Saturday, April 29 & Sunday, April 30

LIC Landing
52-10 Center Blvd.
Long Island City, NY 11101
Free with RSVP

LIC Landing is a leisurely walk from the 7 train at Vernon Blvd.–Jackson Av.

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