Line Break : Issue # 8
            

Bottomless thanks to everyone who turned out for our eighth 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 really made it an incredible show. Vanessa Golenia related adventures in Mexican cosmetic surgery, Daniel Braum took us on a harrowing adventure with some unusual characters, Sarah Riccio shared the hilarious and heartbreaking story of a temporary Russian mail-order mom, and David Mills slammed it home with his playful and provocative poetry. Check out his poem "Unarmed," which we were fortunate enough to hear live:

If you couldn't make it out on Saturday, please mark your calendar for Saturday, July 1st, when we'll we back with our ninth issue, featuring filmmaker William Cusick, writer Joshua McCuen, 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 June! Until then please check out all the terrific shows and events at Q.E.D. There is something amazing happening there literally every day.

David Mills reads at Line Break #8 - click to view - mousewheel to zoom
Vanessa Golenia reads at Line Break #8 - click to view - mousewheel to zoom
Daniel Braum reads at Line Break #8 - click to view - mousewheel to zoom

            
TRANSIT ALERT! Due to scheduled track maintenance, the N train will not be running in Queens this weekend. As an alternative, transfer to a shuttle bus at Queensboro Plaza and take it to Ditmars Blvd. Please leave extra time for travel.

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 3 lineup, featuring:

* Bengt Washburn will be unable to appear due to a scheduling conflict.

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 3, 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/192991487885932/

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 #8: Saturday, June 3, 2017, 3:00 p.m.

Meet our readers: William Shunn

            

Pinch hitter William Shunn was born in Los Angeles, raised in Utah, run out of Canada on a rail, and now lives in Astoria, Queens. He is the author, most recently, of the memoir The Accidental Terrorist: Confessions of a Reluctant Missionary. He hosts and produces the Line Break Reading Series.

Bill's short fiction has appeared in Salon, Storyteller, Bloodstone Review, Newtown Literary, Asimov's Science Fiction, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Science Fiction Age, Realms of Fantasy, Electric Velocipede, and various anthologies, including year's-best collections. His work has been nominated for the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award, the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award, and (despite his atheism) the Association for Mormon Letters Award. He served three years as a national juror for the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and for another three years he hosted and produced the acclaimed Tuesday Funk literary reading series in Chicago. Visit him online at shunn.net.

Please join Bill and all our outstanding readers for Line Break #8, Saturday, June 3, 3:00 p.m. at Q.E.D. in Astoria. Tickets are only 7 bucks!


Photo Credit: Colin Poellot

Meet our readers: Sarah Riccio

            

Sarah Riccio lives, writes, and slings beer in Astoria. She is a Line Break regular who always brings the house down, and she recently slew at Taboo Tales NYC. You're sorry you missed it.

Please join Sarah and all our tremendous readers for Line Break #8, Saturday, June 3, 3:00 p.m. at Q.E.D. in Astoria. Tickets are only 7 bucks!

            

Vanessa Golenia is a Southern California transplant who has often wondered how long it would take her to become a real New Yorker. Is it seven years? Ten years? One day she fell into the gutter of the G train, which automatically granted her true New Yorker status. Soon you might be able to read about this story and her other precarious experiences in New York as she's currently working on a collection of personal essays.

Vanessa also produces and hosts the NYC edition of Taboo Tales, a live storytelling show that believes the more we talk about how fucked up we are, the more normal we all feel.

Please join Vanessa and all our tremendous readers for Line Break #8, Saturday, June 3, 3:00 p.m. at Q.E.D. in Astoria. Tickets are only 7 bucks!

Meet our readers: Daniel Braum

            

Daniel Braum is the author of The Night Marchers and Other Strange Tales, his 2016 debut collection full of stories that mix and transcend genre. His writing has been described as full of sadness, beauty, and unprecedented wonder; two cups of literary dark fiction, a heaping scoop of magical realism and urban fantasy, a tablespoon of horror. His 2016 sold-out Yeti. Tiger. Dragon., from Dim Shores Press, is being reprinted by Necon E-Books in 2017. His second collection, The Wish Mechanics: Stories of the Strange and Fantastic, is coming in 2017 and contains stories with his unique blend of speculative fiction that effortlessly blends fantasy, science fiction, mysticism and horror in every verse.

Braum's characters explore the multi-dimensional vistas and dark worlds of spiritualism, and struggle with concepts of advanced science that collide with magical realism in an effort to explain the unexplainable. His short stories have appeared in publications ranging from Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet and Electric Velocipede to Cemetery Dance Magazine. Lucius Shepard, Kelly Link, Robert Aickman, and Tanith Lee are among his favorite authors. He is the host of the Night Time Logic reading series in New York.

Please join Daniel and all our outstanding readers for Line Break #8, Saturday, June 3, 3:00 p.m. at Q.E.D. in Astoria. Tickets are only 7 bucks!

Meet our readers: Bengt Washburn

            

UPDATE: We regret that Bengt will be unable to appear due to a scheduling conflict.

For over 20 years Bengt Washburn has been a comic for over 20 years. He has entertained audiences in 46 states and 12 countries, on four continents, and in several bowling alleys. He was the winner of the San Francisco Comedy Competition and has appeared on Comedy Central, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and Conan. He has been heard on The Bob & Tom Show, NPR, and almost every day on SiriusXM Radio.

Bengt's four CDs and two DVDs are evidence that his show is constantly evolving while he isn't. In real life Bengt is ditzy, naive, and logistically impaired, but his comedy has been described as intelligent, original, and hilarious. Come to a show and find out why the Monterey Weekly said, "Washburn is a truly hilarious comedian."

Please join Bengt and all our talented readers for Line Break #8, Saturday, June 3, 3:00 p.m. at Q.E.D. in Astoria. Tickets are only 7 bucks!


Photo Credit: Kenneth Locke

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 talented readers for Line Break #8, Saturday, June 3, 3:00 p.m. at Q.E.D. in Astoria. Tickets are only 7 bucks!

            
TRANSIT ALERT! Due to scheduled track maintenance, the N train will not be running in Queens the weekend of June 3rd. As an alternative, transfer to a shuttle bus at Queensboro Plaza and take it to Ditmars Blvd. Please leave extra time.

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 3 lineup, featuring:

* Bengt Washburn will be unable to appear due to a scheduling conflict.

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 3, 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/192991487885932/

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 #8: Saturday, June 3, 2017, 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, September 2, 3:00 p.m. at Q.E.D., 27-16 23rd Avenue, Astoria, NY 11105. Admission is $7.

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