Line Break : September 2017

Meet our readers: Julia Wertz

            

Julia Wertz is a professional cartoonist and amateur historian. She has published five graphic novels and does monthly history comics for The New Yorker and Harper's Magazine.

Through "then and now" drawings and tales of New Yorkers past, her latest book, Tenements, Towers & Trash: An Unconventional Illustrated History of New York City, paints a raw, unconventional, and often hilarious portrait of New York in all its neurotic glory. From an extensive underground pneumatic tube system build by the New York Postal System in the late 1800's to the pizzeria that fronted for mafia activity; from beloved bookstores to outlaw abolitionists to a bottle-filled beach where horse carcasses were once sent to rot, Wertz illuminates the stories behind some of the city's most famous and infamous mainstays and provides little-known backstories to its not-so-secret gems. It's a New York you won't find in any guidebook, one where the bustling bodegas, crumbling corners, and hideaway hotspots are not just part of its charm but integral to its character. In Tenements, Towers & Trash we come to see how the city's dirtiest, ugliest, most eccentric areas are ultimately what make it so beautiful and extraordinary.

Please join Julia and all our world-class readers for Line Break #12, Saturday, October 7, 3:00 p.m. at Q.E.D. in Astoria. Tickets are only 7 bucks!

Meet our readers: Ilana C. Myer

            

Ilana C. Myer has written about books for the Globe and Mail, Huffington Post, Los Angeles Review of Books, and Salon. Previously she was a journalist in Jerusalem. Her debut epic fantasy, Last Song Before Night, was released by Tor in October 2015. The sequel, Fire Dance, will appear in April 2018.

Please join Ilana and all our tremendous readers for Line Break #12, Saturday, October 7, 3:00 p.m. at Q.E.D. in Astoria. Tickets are only 7 bucks!

Meet our readers: Susana H. Case

            

Susana H. Case is the author of five books of poetry, most recently, Drugstore Blue, from Five Oaks Press in 2017, and 4 Rms w Vu from Mayapple Press, as well as four chapbooks. One of her collections, The Scottish Café, from Slapering Hol Press, was re-released in a dual-language English-Polish version, Kawiarnia Szkocka, by Opole University Press in Poland. Her poems appear widely in magazines and anthologies. Case is a Professor and Program Coordinator at the New York Institute of Technology in New York City. Please visit her at susanahcase.com and facebook.com/susana.case.

Please join Susana and all our talented readers for Line Break #12, Saturday, October 7, 3:00 p.m. at Q.E.D. in Astoria. Tickets are only 7 bucks!

Meet our readers: Norman Stock

            

Norman Stock is the author of two books of poetry: Buying Breakfast for My Kamikaze Pilot (Gibbs Smith, 1994), winner of the Peregrine Smith Poetry Contest, and Pickled Dreams Naked (NYQ Books, 2010). His poems have appeared in The New Republic, College English, New York Quarterly, New England Review, The New York Times, Newtown Literary, Verse, and many other magazines, as well as in anthologies and textbooks.

The recipient of awards from the Writer's Voice, Poets & Writers' Maureen Egen Writers Exchange, the Bennington Writing Workshops, and the Tanne Foundation, Norman has also been a Bread Loaf fellow, a Sewanee scholar, and a finalist for Poet Laureate of Queens. Formerly the Acquisitions Librarian at Montclair State University, from which he retired in 2005, he lives with his wife, Lydia Chang, a clinical psychotherapist, in Jackson Heights, Queens.

Please join Norman and all our tremendous readers for Line Break #12, Saturday, October 7, 3:00 p.m. at Q.E.D. in Astoria. Tickets are only 7 bucks!

Line Break #12: Saturday, October 7, 2017

            

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 October 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, October 7, 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/110378602970499/

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 #12: Saturday, October 7, 2017, 3:00 p.m.

            

Eden Robins reads at Line Break #11 - click to view - mousewheel to zoom
A huge huzzah to everyone who turned out for our eleventh 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. And you did it despite the damn shuttle buses that were trying to scare you away!

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. Amanda Claire Buckley brought us harrowing fiction of food and obsession. Kyle Thiessen took us on a hilarious journey into a zombie apocalypse with ghosts. Monica Wendel showed us the world through a grade-school detective's eyes. Robert J. Howe read us incredible poetry. And Eden Robins showed us a very peculiar automat in a very peculiar afterlife.

If you couldn't make it out on Saturday, please mark your calendar for Saturday, October 7th, when we'll we back with our twelfth issue, featuring Susana H. Case, Ilana C. Myer, Dennis Pahl, Norman Stock and Julia Wertz.

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

Amanda Claire Buckley reads at Line Break #11 - click to view - mousewheel to zoom
Kyle Thiessen reads at Line Break #11 - click to view - mousewheel to zoom
Monica Wendel reads at Line Break #11 - click to view - mousewheel to zoom
Robert J. Howe reads at Line Break #11 - click to view - mousewheel to zoom

            
TRANSIT ALERT! Due to scheduled track maintenance, the N train will not be running in Queens this weekend. As an alternative, transfer to a shuttle bus at Queensboro Plaza and take it to Ditmars Blvd. Please leave extra time for travel.

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 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.

Meet our readers: Kyle Thiessen

            

Kyle Thiessen emerges from creative hibernation every few years to renew his "artist card" by phoning in the bare minimum. Previous endeavors include a 2011 YouTube parody—the hastily-researched Fake Month at the Museum—as well as a short film in 1999 that won him a ticket to the Golden Globe Awards, where he peed next to John Lithgow.

In addition to YouTubing and peeing, Kyle has spent his adult life as a caricature artist, an IMAX projectionist, and a corporate PowerPoint designer for a multinational conglomerate of high-tech weapons systems and golf cart manufacturers. Until he fills the hole in his resume where "zamboni driver" should be, he'll be hard at work on the perfect Die Hard screenplay and occasionally tweeting @lazycartoonist.

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

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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, December 2, 3:00 p.m. at Q.E.D., 27-16 23rd Avenue, Astoria, NY 11105. Admission is $7.

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