Line Break | Astoria's Eclectic Monthly Live Literary Magazine
Line Break #: Saturday, December 1, 2018, 3:00 p.m.

Meet our readers: William Shunn


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

Please join Bill and all our accomplished readers for our special Queens Lit Fest edition of Line Break, Saturday, July 16, 1:30-2:00 pm at LIC Landing in Long Island City! Your free advance ticket gets you access to all that day's Queens Lit Fest events, not just Line Break. Get yours now, and we'll see you there!


Line Break Reading Series at the Queens Lit Fest, Saturday, July 16, 1:30-2:00 pm

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 Lit Fest in Long Island City on Saturday, July 16.

The Queens Lit Fest is an amazing assemblage of dozens of local writers reading at LIC Landing over the course of two magical days. The festival is free, but you do need to RSVP. Do it now so you won't miss our all-star Line Break roster, which features:

  • Kambri Crews
  • William Shunn
  • Andrew Willett

We'll see you there!

Line Break Reading Series @ Queens Lit Fest
Saturday, July 16, 1:30-2:00 p.m.

Free with RSVP
More info: Queens Lit Fest, a Happy Accident

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

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

NOTE: This image and post have been updated to reflect a change in the lineup. Due to circumstances beyond her control, Sarah Riccio will be unable to participate in this event.


Mark de Silva reads at Line Break
A big thank you to everyone who turned out for the second regular 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 bigger and better than it would have been without you.

We also need to thank participants Gregory A. Wilson, Nancy Hightower, Robert J. Howe and Mark de Silva for their varied but uniformly excellent readings. And thanks to Q.E.D. for giving us the space and an opportunity to use it.

The one disappointment of the evening was that James Gordon was prevented from attending by bad travel karma, but we promise we'll have him in from Chicago at one of our upcoming events.

If you couldn't make it out on Saturday, please join us for our special Queens Lit Fest edition on Saturday, July 16, 1:30-2:00 pm at LIC Landing in Long Island City. Your free advance ticket gets you access to all that day's Queens Lit Fest events, not just Line Break. Come for us, stay for everything else!

Sign up for our mailing list so you can 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 later this month. Until then please check out all the terrific shows and events at Q.E.D. There is something amazing happening there literally every day.

Gregory A. Wilson reads at Line Break
Nancy Hightower reads at Line Break
Robert J. Howe reads at Line Break


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. Kick off your Independence Day weekend with this stellar lineup:

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

Be there. Do it for America.

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

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

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

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