Line Break #: Saturday, September 1, 2018, 3:00 p.m.

Meet our readers: Robert J. Howe


Robert J. Howe has published short fiction in, the magazines Analog, Electric Velocipede, and Black Gate, and the anthologies Newer York and Happily Ever After, among other venues. His novelette, “The Cartographer of Dreamland,” took first place in the InterGalactic Medicine Show Reader’s Choice Awards. He published a series of haiku, “Bury My Heart at Olduvai Gorge,” as part of the digital print collaboration Knowing Limits, a traveling exhibition shown in U.S. national parks, 1997-1999. He has never been arrested. Luck was a factor.

Please join Bob and all our accomplished readers for Line Break #2, Saturday, July 2, 5:30 pm at Q.E.D. in Astoria!.

How can you miss this at only 5 bucks? Get your tickets now.

Robert J. Howe

Meet our readers: James Gordon


James Gordon a/k/a G.P.A. (Greatest Poet Alive)
James Gordon, better known as G.P.A. (Greatest Poet Alive), is an international award-winning author and poet, and was recently named UBAWA's Children's Author of the Year. He can be seen on episodes of Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Chicago Med, Empire, and Shameless, as well as the movies Animals and A Slice of Life.

Please join G.P.A. and all our accomplished readers for Line Break #2, Saturday, July 2, 5:30 pm at Q.E.D. in Astoria!.

How can you pass this up for only 5 bucks? Get your tickets now.

Meet our readers: Nancy Hightower


Nancy Hightower has published short fiction and poetry in journals such as The New York Quarterly, storySouth, Sundog Lit, Gargoyle, Bop Dead City, and Word Riot. Her debut novel, Elementarí Rising (2013), received a starred review in Library Journal, and her first collection of poetry, The Acolyte (2015), has been nominated for an Elgin Award by the Science Fiction Poetry Association.

Currently, she reviews science fiction and fantasy for The Washington Post and is working on a book about digital fictions with Paul D. Miller (a/k/a DJ Spooky). Nancy also co-hosts the Liars’ League NYC Reading Series with Andrew Lloyd Jones.

Please join Nancy and all our accomplished readers for Line Break #2, Saturday, July 2, 5:30 pm at Q.E.D. in Astoria!.

A steal at only 5 bucks! Get your tickets now.

Nancy Hightower


Gregory A. Wilson
Gregory A. Wilson is a published author of both speculative fiction and academic writing and Professor of English at St. John’s University in New York, where he teaches creative writing, speculative fiction, and other literature courses. His first novel, The Third Sign, was published a few years ago; his second, Icarus, just appeared as a graphic novel from Silence in the Library Publishing; and his third, Grayshade, will be published in September by the Ed Greenwood Group.

Greg has short stories in various anthologies and is co-host of the critically acclaimed podcast Speculate! The Podcast for Writers, Readers and Fans. He is also the host of a channel focused on story and narrative. He lives with his family in Riverdale, NY.

Please join Greg and all our accomplished readers for Line Break #2, Saturday, July 2, 5:30 pm at Q.E.D. in Astoria.

A bargain at 5 bucks! Get your tickets now.

Meet our readers: Mark de Silva


Mark de Silva
Mark de Silva is the author of the debut novel Square Wave, which was released by Two Dollar Radio in February of 2016. He holds degrees in philosophy from Brown (AB) and Cambridge (PhD). After several years on the editorial staff of the New York Times’s opinion pages, he now freelances for the paper’s Sunday magazine, while also serving as a contributing editor for 3:AM Magazine.

Please join Mark and all our accomplished readers for Line Break #2, Saturday, July 2, 5:30 pm at Q.E.D. in Astoria.

Only 5 bucks! Get your tickets now.


Clarion West Write-A-Thon

This summer, Line Break invites you to help support one of the very best writing programs in the speculative fiction field!

The Clarion West Writers Workshop kicks off its summer session for 2016 in Seattle this week, bringing students from around the world together with accomplished professionals in the field for an intensive six-week workshop in science fiction and fantasy writing.

Clarion West (together with the original Clarion Workshop on which it was modeled) does important work in the field, giving new writers the technical and critical tools they need to succeed commercially and artistically. Our Line Break host and producer William Shunn knows. He attended Clarion in 1985, and he says it's no exaggeration that the experience changed his life.

Line Break host and producer William Shunn
But Clarion West can't do what it does without community support. How can you help? Every year the Clarion West Write-A-Thon runs concurrently with the workshop itself, encouraging participating writers to set and pursue their own summer writing agendas.

If you're a writer, you can participate in the Write-A-Thon by signing up here. Set a six-week writing goal, upload a sample from your work-in-progress, and start finding sponsors!

Additionally, if you're a writer in New York City, you can join William Shunn for his weekly Write-A-Thon meetups in Astoria, Queens. Every Wednesday night, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm, Bill will hang out with his laptop at New York City Bagel & Coffee House, writing. If you need a supportive, quiet environment for writing every week, come meet up with the group. There's great coffee, great bagels, and plenty of wi-fi, and it's close to the N/Q stop at Ditmars Boulevard. Find NYCBCH at 29-08 23rd Avenue, Astoria, Queens, NY 11105.

Of course, you can also support the Write-A-Thon with a donation, by sponsoring William Shunn or one of the many other writers participating. For more information about that option, click here.

But however you choose to help Clarion West, please do it now! Every little bit helps.


Line Break is the eclectic 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 July 2 lineup, featuring:

  • Mark de Silva
  • James Gordon a/k/a G.P.A.
  • Nancy Hightower
  • Robert J. Howe
  • Gregory A. Wilson

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, July 2, 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, July 2, 2016, 5:30 pm


GoFundMe: Surgery for Sarah Riccio
We interrupt your regularly scheduled websurfing to bring you an important request. If you've been to either of our Line Break readings, then you surely remember Sarah Riccio, who brought you terrific personal essays like "There's No Place Like Home" and "The Butterfly."

Well, Sarah needs surgery later this month, and really needs your help to fund it. If you've heard and enjoyed her work, or even if you don't know her, would you find it in your heart to toss a few dollars her way? Even a small donation would go a long way.

Thank you! We now return you to your regularly scheduled websurfing.


A big thank you to everyone who turned out for our special Queens Literary Crawl episode of Line Break this past Thursday night at the lovely Aged Restaurant in Forest Hills, Queens. You made us bring our A game, and you helped support the very worthy Queens Book Festival!

A huge shout-out to all our readers also, too numerous to name, but who are pictured in flagrante below.

If you couldn't make it out on Thursday, please join us for Line Break #2 on Saturday, July 2, in our regular space at Q.E.D. in Astoria, Queens. Our guests will include Nancy Hightower, Gregory A. Wilson, Robert J. Howe, G.P.A., 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.

Barbara Krasnoff

Rajan Khanna

Alex DiFrancesco

Carey Bernstein

Ilana C. Myer

Robert J. Howe

Richard Taylor Pearson

Nancy Hightower

Keith R.A. DeCandido

Malcolm Chang

Jeremy Blutstein

Sarah Riccio

Jacob M. Appel

William Shunn


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 tonight!

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 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 tonight 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 in advance, $20 at the door. 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. Ticketholders must check in first to pick up a wristband at Twist and Smash'd, 72-06 Austin Street, Forest HIlls, NY 11375.

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

Line Break

About Us

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

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