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Important Note About Train Service in Astoria

As if it weren't sad enough that this afternoon's episode of Line Break is our last, the MTA has decided to make it harder for you to get there (as they did throughout the summer). And of course, in their inimitable fashion, they kept this information to themselves until the last possible moment.

In any case, the N train will not be running in Astoria this weekend. It will be replaced by shuttle bus service between Queensboro Plaza and Ditmars Blvd.

If you had planned to take the N train to get to Line Break tomorrow, you’ll instead need to transfer to a shuttle bus at Queensboro Plaza. (Just follow the crowd. There will be a ton of people in the same plight.) Take the shuttle bus to the end of the line at Ditmars Blvd., and you’ll be able to walk to Q.E.D. from there.

We recommend giving yourself at least an extra 30 minutes to get to Line Break on time tomorrow. We can't wait to see you there!

Just a reminder that Line Break, the eclectic monthly live literary magazine, returns this Saturday afternoon in a special Permanent Break Edition 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 December 1 lineup, featuring:

* John C. Foster will be unable to appear due to unforeseen circumstances.

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
Permanent Break Edition
Saturday, December 1, 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:

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 #25: Saturday, December 1, 2018, 3:00 p.m.


Over the course of nearly three years, 24 regular episodes, 4 special-edition field trips, and 88 different guests, the Line Break Reading Series has been my delight to host and produce.

Like all good things, however, it's time for Line Break to come to a close. Other projects are simmering on the back burner, and it's time to give them more attention.

But there's still one episode left to go! Please join us for the final Line Break this Saturday, December 1st, at 3:00 pm at Q.E.D. in Astoria, Queens. It'll be our biggest and best show ever.

Our amazing lineup will feature John Foster, Joe Okonkwo, David Mills, Emre Tetik, David Rothman, and EXO Books, not to mention an epic sci-fi poem by your host. Tickets are just $7. Don't miss it!

Line Break #25: Saturday, December 1, 2018, 3:00 p.m.


Hi, everyone! As you plan for Line Break today, please note that 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 afternoon! And stay dry.

Line Break #21: Saturday, August 4, 2018, 3:00 p.m.


Line Break has big news! Our 2016 debut season was terrific, with three regular shows at Q.E.D. and two auxiliary shows on the road. You, our wonderful audience, made all that possible.

But 2017 is poised to be much bigger. Starting with Issue #4 on Saturday, February 4, Line Break will be a monthly show! That's right. From now on, the eclectic live literary magazine you know and (we hope) love will be coming to you the first Saturday of every month, with great, diverse lineups drawn from every discipline and genre.

You like poetry? We've got it. Personal essays? Check. Cutting-edge fiction? Don't even doubt it. High-brow, low-brow, no-brow, we have it covered. The common thread is great writing, read for you live.

Stay tuned for the announcement of our spectacular February 4 lineup, then block out the first Saturday of every month to join us at Q.E.D. in Astoria, Queens. The fun gets started at 3:00 pm. Tickets are $7, in advance or at the door.

See you February 4!

Line Break Goes Monthly Starting in February 2017!


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.


GoFundMe: Surgery for Sarah Riccio
We interrupt your regularly scheduled websurfing to bring you an important request. If you've been to either of our Line Break readings, then you surely remember Sarah Riccio, who brought you terrific personal essays like "There's No Place Like Home" and "The Butterfly."

Well, Sarah needs surgery later this month, and really needs your help to fund it. If you've heard and enjoyed her work, or even if you don't know her, would you find it in your heart to toss a few dollars her way? Even a small donation would go a long way.

Thank you! We now return you to your regularly scheduled websurfing.


Line Break Wants YOU (William Shunn as Uncle Sam)
Line Break will be participating next week—Thursday, April 28—in the Queens Literary Crawl. The night-long event will feature more than a hundred writers reading at various neighborhood venues in Forest Hills, Queens, and it benefits the Queens Books Festival.

Line Break will have its own stage. We'll have our own microphone. The one thing we don't have yet is you.

We expected to have one hour of programming to fill. Instead, we've just learned that Line Break will have three hours of programming to fill—from 7:00 to 10:30 pm, with a couple of breaks thrown in.

Needless to say, this is a tall order to fill at the last minute. If you're interested in participating, we're looking for all types of prose writing, whether fiction or non-fiction. Short stories, essays, memoirs, humor, novel excerpts—it's all fair game, so long as you can hold an audience's attention.

To be considered for one of our available 12-minute slots, please email us at, following these guidelines:

  • Use "Lit Crawl Submission" as your subject line.
  • Tell us a little about yourself, about your work, and about what you'd like to read for us. Be sure to let us know if you've read live before. Include links to audio or video if you have them.
  • Include the piece or pieces that you'd like to read by pasting the text into the body of your email. (We prefer not to download attachments.) For prose, limit your submission to 2,500 words or less (which is about all you can comfortably read in 12 minutes.)
  • Please also indicate during which of the following hours you're willing to read: 7:00 to 8:00 pm, 8:15 to 9:15 pm, and 9:30 to 10:30 pm. We're trying to schedule four or five readers during each hour. Please be flexible and indicate more than one choice, if you can!
  • We're partial to writers from Queens, but you do not need to be a Queens resident to participate. We'll take writers from anywhere!

Queens Literary Crawl, Forest Hills, April 28
Remember, you must be able to commit to traveling to Forest Hills on Thursday, April 28. This only works if you're available that night.

As for content, we won't feature out-and-out pornography, but strong language and adult situations are absolutely fine (and, in fact, encouraged).

As an added bonus, everyone who reads for Line Break at the lit crawl will also be invited to read at one of our regularly scheduled shows at Q.E.D. in Astoria. And similarly, everyone who submits to us will be considered for our Q.E.D. show, whether or not we're able to fit you on the program in Forest Hills.

The Queens Literary Crawl will be an exciting, fast-moving event. We're delighted to be a part of it, but it won't work without you. Send us your submissions now! We literally cannot wait to read them.

Really. Truly. Please.

Even if you don't want to read for us, you can still enjoy the Queens Literary Crawl as an audience member. Buy your tickets here.


You know about Line Break's debut episode, which takes place this Saturday, March 5, at Q.E.D. in Astoria, Queens.

But what about the episode after that, or the one after that? To stay up-to-date on all the latest announcements, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, but most importantly sign up for our mailing list, using the handy form below.

We promise not to overwhelm your inbox, but we'll be sure to let you know about all our upcoming shows and special events. Sign up now! And we'll see you at Q.E.D. on Saturday.

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Greetings, New York! We're very pleased to announce the new Line Break reading series, a showcase for the vibrant literary scene of Astoria, Queens, and beyond!

In prose writing, a line break indicates the start of a new thought or scene, and that's what we hope each new episode of Line Break will bring you—new thoughts, new perspectives. A new scene.

Our thanks to Q.E.D.: A Place to Show & Tell for giving Line Break a home. Our producer and host will be author and poet William Shunn, a veteran of the "live-lit" scene in Chicago, where he hosted the acclaimed Tuesday Funk reading series for three years.

Line Break is, for now, a quarterly series. Join us for our first show at Q.E.D. on Saturday, March 5, at 5:30 pm. Watch this space for more updates, including how you can participate. We hope to see you there!

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