Line Break : August 2017

Meet our readers: William Shunn

            

William Shunn hosts and produces the Line Break Reading Series. His latest short story, "Last," recently appeared in the online science fiction anthology Seat 14C, presented by XPRIZE (where he serves on the Science Fiction Advisory Council). He is the author of the religious true-crime memoir The Accidental Terrorist, and his poetry is forthcoming in both Analog and Asimov's. When not hosting shows or writing about the future, Bill enjoys sneaking onto other people's television specials.

Please join Bill and all our outstanding readers for Line Break #11, Saturday, September 2, 3:00 p.m. at Q.E.D. in Astoria. Tickets are only 7 bucks!


Photo Credit: Laura Chavoen

Meet our readers: Robert J. Howe

            

Robert J. Howe has published poetry in 50 Haiku, and has poems forthcoming in The Dawntreader and Main Street Rag. His short fiction has appeared in Salon.com, and The Flatbush Review, the magazines Analog, Electric Velocipede, and Black Gate, and the anthologies Newer York and Happily Ever After. His haiku series, "Bury My Heart at Olduvai Gorge," was part of the traveling exhibition Knowing Limits, a traveling exhibition shown in U.S. national parks.

Please join Bob and all our incredible readers for Line Break #11, Saturday, September 2, 3:00 p.m. at Q.E.D. in Astoria. Tickets are only 7 bucks!


Photo Credit: Eleanor Lang

Meet our readers: Eden Robins

            

Eden Robins lives in Chicago and will give you a very stern look if you speak disparagingly of the Midwest. She writes short fiction, long fiction, short essays, op-eds no one wants, and comedy videos for Big Pharma. She also co-hosts Tuesday Funk, a monthly live lit show in Chicago that she inherited from William Shunn, and has read her work aloud at many other pithily named events, as well as various hotel conference rooms at sci-fi conventions. She spends too much money on plane tickets.

Please join Eden and all our accomplished readers for Line Break #11, Saturday, September 2, 3:00 p.m. at Q.E.D. in Astoria. Tickets are only 7 bucks!

            

We're delighted to announce that host William Shunn's new short story, "Last," has just appeared at Seat14C.com, an online science fiction anthology and writing competition presented by XPRIZE.

XPRIZE, as you may know, is a non-profit organization that designs and manages public science competitions intended to encourage technological development that could benefit all of humanity. (No small goal, there.) One of their latest initiatives is a push for science fiction stories that promote a more hopeful future than the dystopian visions that seem to be so popular.

To that end, XPRIZE has launched Seat14C.com, a site that is both an online anthology and a fiction contest. Thirty well-known science fiction writers have all contributed short stories about the passengers on a transatlantic flight that departs Tokyo in 2017 but somehow lands in San Francisco in 2037. The contributors list includes names like Margaret Atwood, Hugh Howey, Nancy Kress, Bruce Sterling, Charlie Jane Anders, Paolo Bacigalupi, and Charles Yu, whose stories were written to highlight the amazing positive effects that twenty years of scientific advancement could have on a city like San Francisco.

As for the contest, XPRIZE invites readers to submit their own stories about the passenger in Seat 14C. The winner, to be chosen by members of the XPRIZE Science Fiction Advisory Council, will receive round-trip airfare to Tokyo, four nights in a four-star hotel, and $1,500 in spending cash, besides having his or her story published on Seat14C.com.

Find everything you need to know about entering at:

https://seat14c.com/future_ideas/new

But hurry! The deadline for entries is August 25, 2017.

"Last" illustration by Marco Melgrati for William Shunn's story in XPRIZE's Seat 14C anthology - click to view - mousewheel to zoom

Meet our readers: Monica Wendel

            

Monica Wendel's first book, No Apocalypse, was selected by Bob Hicok as the winner of the Georgetown Review Press Poetry Manuscript Contest. She is also the author of three chapbooks, most recently English Kills, which won the Autumn House Press Coal Hill Review Chapbook Contest.

She holds an MFA from New York University, where she was awarded Goldwater and Starworks teaching fellowships, and is an assistant professor of composition and creative writing at St. Thomas Aquinas College. She has served as the writer in residence at the Jack Kerouac Project of Orlando, Florida, and Fire Island National Seashore.

Please join Monica and all our world-class readers for Line Break #11, Saturday, September 2, 3:00 p.m. at Q.E.D. in Astoria. Tickets are only 7 bucks!

            

Amanda Claire Buckley is a self-described Troubadour. Her writing, music, and theatrical adventures have taken her to Vermont, Chicago, Italy, DC, Philadelphia and New York City. She was a company member with Off-Color Comedy and produced readings, workshops, and talks for the Chicago Writers Conference. She was awarded the National Storytelling Network's Next Generation Scholarship in 2015. She's currently pursuing her MFA at Sarah Lawrence College. More of her work can be found at AmandaClaireBuckley.com.

Please join Amanda and all our incredible readers for Line Break #11, Saturday, September 2, 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 September 2nd. 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 September 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, September 2, 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/768009846711654/

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 #11: Saturday, September 2, 2017, 3:00 p.m.

            

David Keck reads at Line Break #10 - click to view - mousewheel to zoom
Heaps of praise to everyone who turned out for our tenth 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 incredible show it turned out to be. David Keck brought us palace intrigue in the form of the opening chapter from his forthcoming novel. Rajan Khanna took us airship adventuring with a scene from his new novel. Olena Jennings read us poetry written on her recent retreat to Tblisi, Georgia. And Nicholas Kaufmann read us a heartfelt tribute to Robbi Morgan, the first victim to die in the original Friday the 13th.

If you couldn't make it out on Saturday, please mark your calendar for Saturday, September 2nd, when we'll we back with our eleventh issue, featuring Eden Robins, Amanda Claire Buckley, Monica Wendel, and more.

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

Rajan Khanna reads at Line Break #10 - click to view - mousewheel to zoom
Olena Jennings reads at Line Break #10 - click to view - mousewheel to zoom
Nicholas Kaufmann reads at Line Break #10 - 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 August 5 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, August 5, 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.

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 #10: Saturday, August 5, 2017, 3:00 p.m.

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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, January 6, 3:00 p.m. at Q.E.D., 27-16 23rd Avenue, Astoria, NY 11105. Admission is $7.

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