Line Break : Announcements

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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About Us

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

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