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: 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, Final Hearing, which won the 2016 NYCHA–NAACP Just READ Award. His creative writing led to seething political spoken word poetry and performances, and to his latest award, 2017 Indie Author Legacy Poet of the Year.

Oscar has performed at the Jamaica Center for the Arts and Learning, Bronx Library Center, Brownsville Heritage House, Fordham University, National Action Network Annual Convention, New York Poetry Festival, Indie Author Legacy Awards, Bowery Poetry Club, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, William Street Common, and Blazing Star Cultural Center. His most recent documentary, Michael Carvin: No Excuses, appeared last year at the People's Film Festival. Currently, as a playwright, Oscar is performing two plays, titled Exposing Politics: A Play of Acts (a NYFA fiscally sponsored project) and Diplomacy. Learn more at malcolmentertainment.com,
facebook.com/oscar.sanders.3192, and @oscarsanders.

Please join Oscar and all our spectacular readers for Line Break #20, Saturday, July 7, 3:00 p.m. at Q.E.D. in Astoria. Tickets are only 7 bucks!

Meet our readers: David Mills

            

Happy 4th of July, Line Breakers! On this auspicious day, we're delighted to announce the return of a very special guest.

David Mills is the author of two books of poetry—The Dream Detective and The Sudden Country, a book-prize finalist. His most recent manuscript is also a finalist for the Crab Orchard Review Prize. He has received fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Breadloaf, and the Queens Council on the Arts. He has an MFA from Warren Wilson College. His poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Crab Orchard Review, Fence, Colorado Review, and Vermont Literary Review. He has also recorded his poetry on RCA Records and for ESPN, and had poems displayed at the Venice Biennale.

Please join David and all our incredible readers for Line Break #20, Saturday, July 7, 3:00 p.m. at Q.E.D. in Astoria. Tickets are only 7 bucks!

Meet our readers: Michelle Meier

            

Michelle Meier is the author of Famous Geranium (Nauset Press, 2015), a full-length collection of poems. She is the recipient of a fellowship at Saltonstall and her work has appeared in The Rumpus, Radar Poetry, POOL Poetry, The Dialogist, and elsewhere. Michelle is the Art Editor and Associate Poetry Editor of Foundry Journal. She teaches in the art department of a public high school and lives in New York.

Please join Michelle and all our spectacular readers for Line Break #20, Saturday, July 7, 3:00 p.m. at Q.E.D. in Astoria. Tickets are only 7 bucks!

            

Jenny Hatchadorian was an award-winning filmmaker before turning to comedic essays. Her film Present Company Excluded is on Amazon Prime and on other streaming platforms worldwide. Her essays can be found at Story Club Magazine and on the podcast Everything Good. Her essay "New Family" won Story Club Cleveland's Audience Award in 2017. She is working on a book of essays. Follow her on Instagram at @jennyhatchadorian.

Please join Jenny and all our world-class readers for Line Break #20, Saturday, July 7, 3:00 p.m. at Q.E.D. in Astoria. Tickets are only 7 bucks!

            

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 July 7 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, July 7, 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/2443325589236517/?event_time_id=2443325599236516

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 #20: Saturday, July 7, 2018, 3:00 p.m.

            

Michael Libling reads at Line Break #19 - click to view - mousewheel to zoom
A gigantic thanks to everyone who turned out for our nineteenth 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.

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 fantastic show it turned out to be. Emily Hockaday, Sherese Francis, and Kurt Olsson brought us stunning poetry, Michael Libling delighted us with an excerpt (and intertitles!) from his forthcoming debut novel, Hollywood North. And Julie Threlkeld took us on a fascinating journey through the early days of Sigmund Freud, the paradoxes of the Winchester Mystery House, and the perils of psychotherapy.

If you couldn't make it out on Saturday, please mark your calendar for Saturday, July 7th, when we'll we back with our twentieth issue featuring Jenny Hatchadorian, Michelle Meier, Oscar Sanders, and David Mills.

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 July! Until then please check out all the terrific shows and events at Q.E.D. There is something amazing happening there literally every day.

Emily Hockaday reads at Line Break #19 - click to view - mousewheel to zoom
Sherese Francis reads at Line Break #19 - click to view - mousewheel to zoom
Kurt Olsson reads at Line Break #19 - click to view - mousewheel to zoom
Julie Threlkeld reads at Line Break #19 - click to view - mousewheel to zoom

            

Hi, everyone! As you plan for Line Break today, please remember two things:

1. Our show today is at 5:00 pm, not the normal time. Doors open at 4:30, so try to be early.

2. There is no N train service today in Astoria! You will need to transfer to an N shuttle bus at Queensboro Plaza, then ride that to the end of the line. We would recommend adding an additional 30 minutes to your expected travel time.

After winding its way through the neighborhood, the shuttle bus will drop you off a bit north of Ditmars Blvd., not right by the regular subway entrance. Walk south along 31st Street and turn right on 23rd Avenue. Q.E.D. is a little over two blocks away, on the south side of the street. Here's a neighborhood walking map:

See you this evening!

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

            
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.

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 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.

Meet our readers: Kurt Olsson

            
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.

The Kurt Olsson reading on June 2 is the same who read at Line Break on January 6, 2018, except he's a bit grayer and, one hopes, warmer. Kurt Olsson has published two collections of poetry. His most recent, Burning Down Disneyland (Gunpowder Press, 2017), was selected by Tom Lux as the winner of the 2016 Barry Spacks Poetry Prize. His first collection, What Kills What Kills Us (Silverfish Review Press, 2007), won the Gerald Cable Book Award. The book was subsequently awarded the Towson University Prize for Literature, given annually to the best book published the previous year by a Maryland writer, and named Best Poetry Book of 2008 by Peace Corps Writers.

Kurt's poems have appeared in many journals, including Poetry, FIELD, The New Republic, Southern Review, Poet Lore, and Antioch Review. He lives and works in Bethesda, Maryland.

Please join Kurt and all our spectacular readers for Line Break #19, Saturday, June 2, 5:00 p.m. at Q.E.D. in Astoria. Tickets are only 7 bucks!

            
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.

Emily Alta Hockaday is a poet and editor living in Queens. Her forthcoming chapbook, Beach Vocabulary, will be out with Red Bird Chapbooks later this year. She is author of three previous chapbooks: Ophelia: A Botanist's Guide, What We Love & Will Not Give Up, and Starting a Life. Her poetry can be found in a number of literary journals including the North American Review, Collapsar, Cosmonauts Avenue, and Newtown Literary. She can be found on the web at www.emilyhockaday.com and @E_Hockaday.

Please join Emily and all our incredible readers for Line Break #19, Saturday, June 2, 5:00 p.m. at Q.E.D. in Astoria. Tickets are only 7 bucks!

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