Line Break #: Saturday, July 7, 2018, 3:00 p.m.
            
Schedule Change Alert!  Please note that our June episode will take place at the special time of 5:00 pm.
TRANSIT NOTE: Q.E.D. is usually a short trip from Manhattan on the N train to Astoria–Ditmars Blvd in Queens. However, planned construction will disrupt train service the weekend of June 2nd. Shuttle buses will run from Queensboro Plaza to Astoria–Ditmars Blvd. Please leave yourself plenty of extra time for travel, at least thirty minutes to be safe.

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 2 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, June 2, 2018, 5:00-6:30 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.

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 #19: Saturday, June 2, 2018, 5:00 p.m.

            

David Barr Kirtley reads at Line Break #15 - click to view - mousewheel to zoom
Greetings, Line Break fans! Continuing our month of wonderful things to read...

...if you were with us back in January, our friend David Barr Kirtley dropped by to read us only the first half of his sci-fi romp "Power Armor: A Love Story," a tale of alternate timelines, unlikely romance, and, of course, power armor. The audience was devastated when, for reasons of time, Dave had to stop halfway through. But don't worry! If you didn't manage track down the link to the story back then, we have it for you right here.

read "power armor: a love story" at lightspeed magazine

Give it a read!

And please mark your calendars for Saturday, June 2nd, when we'll return at the special time of 5:00 pm for Line Break #19, featuring World Fantasy Award nominee Michael Libling, Afrofuturist author Sherese Francis, poet and editor Emily Alta Hockaday, storyteller and essayist Julie Threlkeld, and poet Kurt Olsson. Don't miss it!

            

Sam J. Miller reads at Line Break #13 - click to view - mousewheel to zoom
Hello again, Line Break fans! As a reminder, we're on hiatus for the month of May, so we won't be having a show this Saturday at Q.E.D. However, we don't want to leave you high and dry for the month, so we'll be popping up from time to time to tell you about some wonderful things to read.

First up, back in November our friend Sam J. Miller stopped by to read for us from his novel The Art of Starving. Well, we're happy to report that Sam's new novel, Blackfish City, has just come out. Not only is it well worth your time to check out, but Sam appeared on NPR's "Weekend Edition" a couple of weeks ago to talk about it with host Scott Simon!

audio: talking with author sam j. miller about 'blackfish city'

It really is a charming interview, so please give it a listen. Then buy yourself a copy of Blackfish City!

And please mark your calendars for Saturday, June 2nd, when we'll return at the special time of 5:00 pm for Line Break #19, featuring World Fantasy Award nominee Michael Libling, Afrofuturist author Sherese Francis, poet and editor Emily Alta Hockaday, storyteller and essayist Julie Threlkeld, and poet Kurt Olsson. Don't miss it!

            

Justin Weinberger reads at Line Break #18 - click to view - mousewheel to zoom
The Center has an important new assignment for you, Line Break fans! Listen carefully, memorize your mission, then destroy this tape.

Last month at Line Break #18, we were treated to a chapter from Justin Weinberger's novel-in-progress. But besides being a novelist, Justin also writes for The Americans, which many regard as the best scripted drama currently on television. His episode, co-written with the legendary Stephen Schiff, airs tonight at 10:00 pm on FX.

This is Episode 6 of the sixth and final season of The Americans, and the screws are turning ever tighter for the show's titular married Russian spies. What's more, the title of the episode is "Rififi," and we're intrigued by the connection to that classic heist film. So tune in, comrades. It's your patriotic duty!

(And huge congratulations to Justin!)

            

Greetings, Line Break fans! With all this crazy weather—oppressively warm one day, freezing gales the next—we've decided to get out of town for a while. Line Break will be taking a brief hiatus for the month of May, but we'll be back on June 2nd with one of our best lineups yet! Mark your calendars, and please join us that day at the special evening time of 5:00 pm. Get your tickets early!


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 2 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, June 2, 2018, 5:00-6:30 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.

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 #19: Saturday, June 2, 2018, 5:00 p.m.

            

Jackie Sherbow reads at Line Break #18 - click to view - mousewheel to zoom
A gigantic thanks to everyone who turned out for our eighteenth regular episode of Line Break this past Sunday, 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.

Thanks as always to Q.E.D. for giving us the space and an opportunity to use it. And thanks especially to our amazing readers, who made it the incredible show it turned out to be. Madina Papadopoulos brought us a backroom portrait of Cinderella's stepsisters. Stephanie Grossman delighted us with tales botched directions and random meetings gone right. Theresa DeLucci unsettled us with an enumeration of the murderers we meet in our lives. Jackie Sherbow read us her evocative poetry. Justin Weinberger took us gambling with Mark Twain on the Mississippi after the zombie apocalypse. And host William Shunn introduced us to a poetic puppy at the crossroads of racial relations.

If you couldn't make it out on Saturday, please mark your calendar for Saturday, June 2nd, when we'll be back at the special time of 5:00 pm with our nineteenth issue, featuring World Fantasy Award nominee Michael Libling, Afrofuturist author Sherese Francis, poet and editor Emily Alta Hockaday, storyteller and essayist Julie Threlkeld, and poet Kurt Olsson. (Yes, we're taking a hiatus for the month of May, but only so we can rise up bigger and stronger than ever before!)

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.

Madina Papadopoulos reads at Line Break #18 - click to view - mousewheel to zoom
Stephanie Grossman reads at Line Break #18 - click to view - mousewheel to zoom
Theresa DeLucci reads at Line Break #18 - click to view - mousewheel to zoom
Justin Weinberger reads at Line Break #18 - click to view - mousewheel to zoom

            

Just a reminder that Line Break, the eclectic monthly live literary magazine, returns this Sunday afternoon in a special Sunday Edition 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 April 8 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
Sunday Edition
Sunday, April 8, 2018, 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/161457977872429

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 #18: Sunday, April 8, 2018, 3:00 p.m.

            

Madina Papadopoulos is a New Orleans–born, New York–based freelance writer and author of The Step-Spinsters, a fairy tale retelling of Cinderella and her stepsisters. She studied French and Italian at Tulane University and went on to pursue her MFA in Screenwriting at UCLA. After graduating, she taught French and Italian to children in early childhood and elementary school programs. Her nonfiction freelance writing focuses on food, drink, and entertainment. She will probably be friends with you if you have a dog. You can follow her at @madinapaola on Twitter or at @unspunfairytales on Instagram.

Please join Madina and all our talented readers for Line Break #18, Sunday, April 8, 3:00 p.m. at Q.E.D. in Astoria. Tickets are only 7 bucks!

            

Stephanie Grossman is a writer and marketing professional in New York City who has worked for publishing companies like Simon & Schuster and Penguin Random House. She currently works at JSTOR, a scholarly research library. Along with recent publications in Hobart, Paste Magazine, and Hypable, Stephanie has been a winner of Creative Nonfiction's Tiny Truths micro essay Twitter contest, and she's also appeared on stage at The Moth. In June 2017, she received a Mark Bourne Scholarship to attend the Speculative Fiction Writing Workshop at the University of Kansas. She lives in Astoria, Queens, and finally has a cat.

Find her online at anxietyofauthorship.com and follow her on Twitter at @StephMGrossman.

Please join Stephanie and all our tremendous readers for Line Break #18, Sunday, April 8, 3:00 p.m. at Q.E.D. in Astoria. Tickets are only 7 bucks!

            

Justin Weinberger is a novelist and television writer. His first middle-grade novel, Reformed (Scholastic Press, 2017), is available now, and his work can also be seen in the latest season of The Americans, airing in 2018 on FX. Originally from in Easton, Pennsylvania, Weinberger now lives in Brooklyn.

Please join Justin and all our incredible readers for Line Break #18, Sunday, April 8, 3:00 p.m. at Q.E.D. in Astoria. Tickets are only 7 bucks!


Photo Credit: Joshua Pestka

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

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