Line Break : Issue #17
            

Jennifer Marie Brissett reads at Line Break #17 - click to view - mousewheel to zoom
A gigantic thanks to everyone who turned out for our seventeenth 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. Host William Shunn invited us into the chatroom with Mötley Crüe's Nikki Sixx and Tommy Lee. Jonathan Sumpter took us on a harrowing tour of a remote, half-built hotel. Renee Mariotti shared an anatomy of an agonizing #MeToo moment. Rachel Voss shared her vivid poetry. Nancy Hightower took us backstage with the televangelists among whom she grew up. And Jennifer Marie Brissett had us reaching for our hankies with the gut-wrenching story of a very unusual execution.

If you couldn't make it out on Saturday, please mark your calendar for our special upcoming Sunday edition on April 8, when we'll we back with our eighteenth issue featuring Justin Weinberger, Jackie Sherbow, Theresa DeLucci, 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 April! Until then please check out all the terrific shows and events at Q.E.D. There is something amazing happening there literally every day.

Jonathan Sumpter reads at Line Break #17 - click to view - mousewheel to zoom
Renee Mariotti reads at Line Break #17 - click to view - mousewheel to zoom
Rachel Voss reads at Line Break #17 - click to view - mousewheel to zoom
Nancy Hightower reads at Line Break #17 - click to view - mousewheel to zoom
Host William Shunn reads at Line Break #17 - 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 March 3 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, March 3, 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.

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 #17: Saturday, March 3, 2018, 3:00 p.m.

            

Robert J. Howe reads at Line Break #15 - click to view - mousewheel to zoom
Congratulations to Line Break reader Robert J. Howe on the publication of his poem "The Ghosts of Christmas" by Punch Drunk Press!

If you were at Line Break #15 back in January, then you were lucky enough to hear Bob perform this piece as the capper to a terrific poetry reading. If you weren't there, then please click over to Punch Drunk Press and catch the flavor of what everyone was buzzing about after the show.

This is the kind of high-quality writing you'll hear at every episode of Line Break. Join us next for Line Break #17 on March 3rd, where you'll hear deathless prose by Jennifer Marie Brissett, Nancy Hightower, Renee Mariotti, Jonathan Sumpter, and Rachel Voss. We promise you a rewarding hour of literary goodness.

Meet our readers: Jonathan Sumpter

            

Jonathan Sumpter wrote his first novel, a tale about spies, when he was 11. Since then he has been laboring to write a second one that he'll be just as happy with.

Please join Jonathan and all our incredible readers for Line Break #17, Saturday, March 3, 3:00 p.m. at Q.E.D. in Astoria. Tickets are only 7 bucks!

Meet our readers: Renee Mariotti

            

Renee Mariotti is a Chicago native who has called New York City home for over 12 years. She makes her living as a wardrobe supervisor, costume designer, and stylist on various television shows, films, theatrical productions, and fashion events around the city. She spends her free time in the basement of bars performing improv comedy and stand-up.

Renee has been writing in various capacities for as long as she can remember. Her sketch comedy has been seen on stage at the Upright Citizens Brigade, the Magnet Theater, and the Peoples Improv Theater, and her stories have been shared on stage at the Magnet Theater.

While completing her graduate degree at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Renee took a diversion from her study of Criminal Law to take a Creative Nonfiction writing class, where she fell in love with the genre. A lifelong fan of storytelling and memoir, CNF proved to be the perfect marriage between the two, and she hasn't stopped writing within the form since!

Please join Renee and all our spectacular readers for Line Break #17, Saturday, March 3, 3:00 p.m. at Q.E.D. in Astoria. Tickets are only 7 bucks!

Meet our readers: Rachel Voss

            

Rachel Voss is a high school English teacher who has lived in Astoria for the past decade. She graduated with a degree in Creative Writing and Literature from SUNY Purchase College. Her work has previously appeared in Hanging Loose Magazine, Newtown Literary, Unsplendid, The Ghazal Page, Bodega Magazine, and The New Verse News, among others, and is forthcoming in Jokes Review. She has read her work at venues throughout New York City and Long Island, and is a proud member of The Round Table, a women's arts collective dedicated to supporting and promoting female artists.

Please join Rachel and all our incredible readers for Line Break #17, Saturday, March 3, 3:00 p.m. at Q.E.D. in Astoria. Tickets are only 7 bucks!


Photo Credit: Lucrezia Alcorn

Meet our readers: Nancy Hightower

            

Nancy Hightower has published work in Entropy, Sundog Lit, Gargoyle, Flapperhouse, and Huffington Post, among other places. She is the author of The Acolyte, her first book of poetry, and Elementarí Rising. From 2014 to 2016 she was the science fiction and fantasy reviewer for The Washington Post. She is currently working on a book about digital fictions with DJ Spooky for Duke University Press, and a memoir about growing up in the evangelical South.

Please join Nancy and all our talented readers for Line Break #17, Saturday, March 3, 3:00 p.m. at Q.E.D. in Astoria. Tickets are only 7 bucks!

            

Jennifer Marie Brissett is the author of the novel Elysium, or, The World After. Her work has been shortlisted for the storySouth Million Writers Award, the Locus Award, the James Tiptree, Jr. Award, and has won the Philip K. Dick Award Special Citation. Her short stories can be found in FIYAH Magazine, Fantastic Stories of the Imagination, Lightspeed, Terraform, Uncanny, The Future Fire, APB: Artists Against Police Brutality, and other publications. And once in her life, a long time ago and for three and a half years, she owned and operated a Brooklyn indie bookstore called Indigo Café & Books. She is currently on faculty at the Gotham Writers Workshop where she teaches Science Fiction & Fantasy Writing. She lives in NYC. Her website can be found at www.jennbrissett.com.

Please join Jenn and all our incredible readers for Line Break #17, Saturday, March 3, 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 March 3 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, March 3, 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.

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 #17: Saturday, March 3, 2018, 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, July 7, 3:00 p.m. at Q.E.D., 27-16 23rd Avenue, Astoria, NY 11105. Admission is $7.

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