Line Break : Issue #19
            

Hi, everyone! As you plan for Line Break today, please remember two things:

1. Our show today is at 5:00 pm, not the normal time. Doors open at 4:30, so try to be early.

2. 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 evening!

Line Break #19: Saturday, June 2, 2018, 5:00 p.m.

            
TRANSIT NOTE: Q.E.D. is usually a short trip from Manhattan on the N train to Astoria–Ditmars Blvd in Queens. However, planned construction will disrupt train service the weekend of June 2nd. Shuttle buses will run from Queensboro Plaza to Astoria–Ditmars Blvd. Please leave yourself plenty of extra time for travel, at least thirty minutes to be safe.

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 June 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, June 2, 2018, 5:00-6:30 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 #19: Saturday, June 2, 2018, 5:00 p.m.

Meet our readers: Kurt Olsson

            
TRANSIT NOTE: Q.E.D. is usually a short trip from Manhattan on the N train to Astoria–Ditmars Blvd in Queens. However, planned construction will disrupt train service the weekend of June 2nd. Shuttle buses will run from Queensboro Plaza to Astoria–Ditmars Blvd. Please leave yourself plenty of extra time for travel, at least thirty minutes to be safe.

The Kurt Olsson reading on June 2 is the same who read at Line Break on January 6, 2018, except he's a bit grayer and, one hopes, warmer. Kurt Olsson has published two collections of poetry. His most recent, Burning Down Disneyland (Gunpowder Press, 2017), was selected by Tom Lux as the winner of the 2016 Barry Spacks Poetry Prize. His first collection, What Kills What Kills Us (Silverfish Review Press, 2007), won the Gerald Cable Book Award. The book was subsequently awarded the Towson University Prize for Literature, given annually to the best book published the previous year by a Maryland writer, and named Best Poetry Book of 2008 by Peace Corps Writers.

Kurt's poems have appeared in many journals, including Poetry, FIELD, The New Republic, Southern Review, Poet Lore, and Antioch Review. He lives and works in Bethesda, Maryland.

Please join Kurt and all our spectacular readers for Line Break #19, Saturday, June 2, 5:00 p.m. at Q.E.D. in Astoria. Tickets are only 7 bucks!

            
TRANSIT NOTE: Q.E.D. is usually a short trip from Manhattan on the N train to Astoria–Ditmars Blvd in Queens. However, planned construction will disrupt train service the weekend of June 2nd. Shuttle buses will run from Queensboro Plaza to Astoria–Ditmars Blvd. Please leave yourself plenty of extra time for travel, at least thirty minutes to be safe.

Emily Alta Hockaday is a poet and editor living in Queens. Her forthcoming chapbook, Beach Vocabulary, will be out with Red Bird Chapbooks later this year. She is author of three previous chapbooks: Ophelia: A Botanist's Guide, What We Love & Will Not Give Up, and Starting a Life. Her poetry can be found in a number of literary journals including the North American Review, Collapsar, Cosmonauts Avenue, and Newtown Literary. She can be found on the web at www.emilyhockaday.com and @E_Hockaday.

Please join Emily and all our world-class readers for Line Break #19, Saturday, June 2, 5:00 p.m. at Q.E.D. in Astoria. Tickets are only 7 bucks!

Meet our readers: Sherese Francis

            
TRANSIT NOTE: Q.E.D. is usually a short trip from Manhattan on the N train to Astoria–Ditmars Blvd in Queens. However, planned construction will disrupt train service the weekend of June 2nd. Shuttle buses will run from Queensboro Plaza to Astoria–Ditmars Blvd. Please leave yourself plenty of extra time for travel, at least thirty minutes to be safe.

Sherese Francis is a Southeast Queens–based poet, writer, blogger and literary curator. She has published work in journals and anthologies including Art in Odd Places, Bone Bouquet, African Voices, Newtown Literary, Blackberry Magazine, Kalyani Magazine, and Near Kin: A Collection of Words and Art Inspired by Octavia Estelle Butler. In August 2017, she published her first chapbook, Lucy's Bone Scrolls: The Black Speculative Mystery School.

Sherese has also facilitated workshops for No Longer Empty, Lewis Latimer House, New York Writer's Coalition and Newtown Literary. Additionally, she is a board member for the small press imprint Harlequin Creature. Her current projects include her Afrofuturism-inspired blog, Futuristically Ancient, and her Southeast Queens–based pop-up bookshop/mobile library, J. Expressions, which is dedicated to promoting and growing the literary community in the area and for which she received a 2017 Queens Council on the Arts grant for her Reading (W)Riting Remedy series.

Please join Sherese and all our tremendous readers for Line Break #19, Saturday, June 2, 5:00 p.m. at Q.E.D. in Astoria. Tickets are only 7 bucks!

            
TRANSIT NOTE: Q.E.D. is usually a short trip from Manhattan on the N train to Astoria–Ditmars Blvd in Queens. However, planned construction will disrupt train service the weekend of June 2nd. Shuttle buses will run from Queensboro Plaza to Astoria–Ditmars Blvd. Please leave yourself plenty of extra time for travel, at least thirty minutes to be safe.

Julie Threlkeld has been performing in storytelling shows in and around New York City since 2011. She has appeared as an invited storyteller in shows like RISK!, Talk Therapy Stories, New York Story Exchange, and The How I Learned Series, to name just a few. Podcast appearances include RISK!, A Funny Thing by Splitsider, The Whole Story, and Succotash: The Comedy Podcast Podcast. Her solo show, Generator: A Disastrous Love Story, premiered at The Tank theatre in Manhattan in 2015 and hasn't been heard from since.

Julie is also the creator and host of Modern Stories Mix, a studio-recorded podcast that turns a sonic Klieg light on one story (and one storyteller) each episode—although the show is currently on hiatus. In addition to storytelling, Julie occasionally performs standup comedy. She sometimes composes and performs music. From time to time she guests hosts a storytelling show. Or she writes a poem. Or maybe makes a short film. Even less frequently she engages in random acts of journalism, having written about anxiety for The New York Times and about the strange, obsessive world of professional distance running for Runner's World and Running Times. By day Julie works as a content strategist and writer in the user experience group of a large technology company. By night she eats and sleeps with fellow Line Break reader Jonathan Sumpter.

Upcoming summer appearances include Big Irv's Pet Detective Agency (May 26), Storytelling at Halyard's (June 10) and New York Story Exchange (July 10).

Please join Julie and all our tremendous readers for Line Break #19, Saturday, June 2, 5:00 p.m. at Q.E.D. in Astoria. Tickets are only 7 bucks!

            
TRANSIT NOTE: Q.E.D. is usually a short trip from Manhattan on the N train to Astoria–Ditmars Blvd in Queens. However, planned construction will disrupt train service the weekend of June 2nd. Shuttle buses will run from Queensboro Plaza to Astoria–Ditmars Blvd. Please leave yourself plenty of extra time for travel, at least thirty minutes to be safe.

Michael Libling's fiction has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Asimov's Science Fiction, Amazing Stories, SciFiction, Realms of Fantasy, OnSpec, and several anthologies, including Ellen Datlow's Year's Best Fantasy & Horror and Gordon Van Gelder's recent Welcome to Dystopia: 45 Visions of What Lies Ahead. His novel Hollywood North: A Six Reeler, based on his World Fantasy Award–nominated novella, is forthcoming from ChiZine Publications.

As for day jobs, Michael has been a talk radio host, a newspaper columnist, and ad agency creative director. The father of three daughters, Michael lives in Montreal with his wife, Pat. For the whole unseemly story, go to www.michaellibling.com.

Please join Michael and all our incredible readers for Line Break #19, Saturday, June 2, 5:00 p.m. at Q.E.D. in Astoria. Tickets are only 7 bucks!

            

Greetings again, Line Break fans! Continuing our month of wonderful things to read, we wanted to point out just a few of the books available from recent Line Break readers. Something on this list is sure to be just thing for you to take along on your upcoming Memorial Day travels:

And please mark your calendars for Saturday, June 2nd, when we'll return at the special time of 5:00 pm for Line Break #19, featuring World Fantasy Award nominee Michael Libling, Afrofuturist author Sherese Francis, poet and editor Emily Alta Hockaday, storyteller and essayist Julie Threlkeld, and poet Kurt Olsson. Don't miss it!

            

Analog Science Fiction and Fact, May/June 2018
We hope you're having a great spring, Line Break fans! Our month of wonderful things to read continues with a small amuse-bouche from your host, William Shunn, whose poem "Telegraph" is out on newsstands now in the May/June issue of Analog Science Fiction and Fact.

read "telegraph" at analog

In fact, Bill is currently the featured poet over at Analog this month, where Emily Hockaday is associate editor—the same Emily Hockaday who will be reading her own poetry at Line Break #19!

So please, mark your calendars! Be sure to join us Saturday, June 2nd, at the special time of 5:00 pm for a stellar lineup that will also feature World Fantasy Award nominee Michael Libling, Afrofuturist author Sherese Francis, storyteller and essayist Julie Threlkeld, and poet Kurt Olsson. Don't miss it!

            
Schedule Change Alert!  Please note that our June episode will take place at the special time of 5:00 pm.
TRANSIT NOTE: Q.E.D. is usually a short trip from Manhattan on the N train to Astoria–Ditmars Blvd in Queens. However, planned construction will disrupt train service the weekend of June 2nd. Shuttle buses will run from Queensboro Plaza to Astoria–Ditmars Blvd. Please leave yourself plenty of extra time for travel, at least thirty minutes to be safe.

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 June 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, June 2, 2018, 5:00-6:30 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 #19: Saturday, June 2, 2018, 5:00 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, October 6, 3:00 p.m. at Q.E.D., 27-16 23rd Avenue, Astoria, NY 11105. Admission is $7.

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