Line Break : October 2017

Meet our readers: Sam J. Miller

            

Sam J. Miller is a writer and a community organizer. His debut novel, The Art of Starving (YA/SF), was published by HarperCollins in 2017, and will be followed by Blackfish City from Ecco Press in 2018.

His stories have been nominated for the Nebula, World Fantasy, and Theodore Sturgeon Awards, and have appeared in over a dozen "year's best" anthologies. He's a graduate of the Clarion Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Workshop, and a winner of the Shirley Jackson Award. He lives in New York City, and at www.samjmiller.com.

Please join Sam and all our incredible readers for Line Break #13, Saturday, November 4, 3:00 p.m. at Q.E.D. in Astoria. Tickets are only 7 bucks!

Meet our readers: David Mills

            

David Mills is the author of two books, The Dream Detective (a small-press bestseller) and The Sudden Country, a 2012 book finalist for the Main Street Rag Prize. He is the subject of the documentary Freak the Language, and has had two poems featured on ESPN. He lived for three years in Langston Hughes' landmark Harlem home and performs a one-person show of Hughes' work. He received a poetry fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts and an MFA from Warren Wilson College. His poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Jubilat, Callaloo and Brooklyn Rail, to name a few.

Please join David and all our spectacular readers for Line Break #13, Saturday, November 4, 3:00 p.m. at Q.E.D. in Astoria. Tickets are only 7 bucks!

Meet our readers: Austin Grossman

            

Austin Grossman is a novelist and game designer.

His novels include Soon I Will Be Invincible, YOU, and Crooked. Soon I Will Be Invincible was nominated for the 2007 John Sargent Sr. First Novel Prize. His writing has also appeared in Granta, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times.

His major game credits include Ultima Underworld 2, System Shock, Trespasser, Deus Ex, Epic Mickey, Dishonored, and Dishonored 2. He is currently Director of Game Design and Interactive Storytelling at the augmented reality company Magic Leap.

Please join Austin and all our amazing readers for Line Break #13, Saturday, November 4, 3:00 p.m. at Q.E.D. in Astoria. Tickets are only 7 bucks!

Meet our readers: Kem Joy Ukwu

            

Kem Joy Ukwu's fiction has appeared in PANK, BLACKBERRY: a magazine, Carve, TINGE, Blue Lake Review, Jabberwock Review, Auburn Avenue, The Brooklyn Quarterly and Day One. Her short story collection manuscript, Locked Gray/Linked Blue, was selected as a finalist for the 2016 New American Fiction Prize. The same collection is forthcoming from Brain Mill Press in February 2018. Born and raised in the Bronx, she currently lives in New Jersey with her husband. More of her work can be found at kemjoyukwu.com.

Please join Kem and all our incredible readers for Line Break #13, Saturday, November 4, 3:00 p.m. at Q.E.D. in Astoria. Tickets are only 7 bucks!

Meet our readers: Matthew Kressel

            

Matthew Kressel is a multiple Nebula Award finalist and World Fantasy Award finalist. His first novel, King of Shards, was hailed as "majestic, resonant, reality-twisting madness" by NPR Books. His fiction has or will appear in Lightspeed, Tor.com, Clarkesworld, Nightmare, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Apex Magazine, io9.com, Interzone, and the anthologies Mad Hatters and March Hares, After, Naked City, Cyber World, The People of the Book, and many other places. His work has been translated into seven languages.

Matt co-hosts the Fantastic Fiction at KGB reading series with Ellen Datlow, and he is a member of the Altered Fluid writers group. By day he's a full-stack software developer. Find him online at www.matthewkressel.net or @mattkressel.

Please join Matt and all our world-class readers for Line Break #13, Saturday, November 4, 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 November 4 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, November 4, 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/1718278274869431/

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 #13: Saturday, November 4, 2017, 3:00 p.m.

            

Julia Wertz reads at Line Break #12 - click to view - mousewheel to zoom
A gigantic thanks to everyone who turned out for our twelfth 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. Dennis Pahl brought us absurd, surreal stories and film. Susana H. Case read poems of youthful adventures in a younger New York City. Ilana C. Myer evoked a world where poets wield ultimate power. Norman Stock's dry poetry skewered and illuminated everything from hunting to religion to priapic teens to writing workshops. And Julia Wertz treated us to a dazzling series of images from her new book, Tenements, Towers & Trash: An Unconventional Illustrated History of New York City.

If you couldn't make it out on Saturday, please mark your calendar for Saturday, November 4th, when we'll we back with our thirteenth issue, featuring Austin Grossman (Crooked, You, Soon I Will Be Invincible), Sam J. Miller (The Art of Starving, Blackfish City), Kem Joy Ukwu (Locked Gray/Linked Blue), Matthew Kressel (King of Shards), and legendary poet David Mills (The Dream Detective, The Sudden Country).

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

Dennis Pahl reads at Line Break #12 - click to view - mousewheel to zoom
Susana H. Case reads at Line Break #12 - click to view - mousewheel to zoom
Ilana C. Myer reads at Line Break #12 - click to view - mousewheel to zoom
Norman Stock reads at Line Break #12 - click to view - mousewheel to zoom

            

tenements.jpg - click to view - mousewheel to zoom
Hey, kids! Q.E.D. will have copies of cartoonist Julia Wertz's brand-new book, Tenements, Towers & Trash: An Unconventional Illustrated History of New York City on hand this afternoon for purchase. Whatever you do, don't miss today's show!


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 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.

Meet our readers: Dennis Pahl

            

Dennis Pahl is Professor of English at LIU Post, where he teaches nineteenth century American literature. He is the author of the book Architects of the Abyss: The Indeterminate Fictions of Poe, Hawthorne, and Melville (U. of Missouri Press, 1989) and has published numerous scholarly articles on American literature in academic journals. His scholarship also has appeared in books of critical essays on Henry James and Edgar Allan Poe. He has received a grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities and was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to teach American literature at Haifa University, Israel.

Aside from his academic scholarship, Mr. Pahl writes fiction, with an eye toward discovering the strange and absurd inside of the ordinary. Most recently his story "Touring" was published in the journal Confrontation. He is also the author of several chapbooks for Feral Press, including the collections Orlov & Friends, Tales of Hope and Melancholy, and the upcoming Falling Man and Other Stories. His story "Evening Class" was adapted to the screen and shown in three international film festivals, including the Big Apple Film Festival; and his story "Foot in the Door" was made into a short movie directed by Gregory Cioffi, who also directed the upcoming film "The Museum of Lost Things," based on Mr. Pahl's story of that name. Working with his wife, the artist Luda Pahl, who has illustrated the stories published by Feral Press, Mr. Pahl has also published a collection of absurdist cartoons called Shall We Go and Ruin It?

Please join Dennis 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!

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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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