Line Break : Readers

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 tremendous 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 outstanding 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 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.

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

            

Madina Papadopoulos is a New Orleans–born, New York–based freelance writer and author of The Step-Spinsters, a fairy tale retelling of Cinderella and her stepsisters. She studied French and Italian at Tulane University and went on to pursue her MFA in Screenwriting at UCLA. After graduating, she taught French and Italian to children in early childhood and elementary school programs. Her nonfiction freelance writing focuses on food, drink, and entertainment. She will probably be friends with you if you have a dog. You can follow her at @madinapaola on Twitter or at @unspunfairytales on Instagram.

Please join Madina and all our spectacular readers for Line Break #18, Sunday, April 8, 3:00 p.m. at Q.E.D. in Astoria. Tickets are only 7 bucks!

            

Stephanie Grossman is a writer and marketing professional in New York City who has worked for publishing companies like Simon & Schuster and Penguin Random House. She currently works at JSTOR, a scholarly research library. Along with recent publications in Hobart, Paste Magazine, and Hypable, Stephanie has been a winner of Creative Nonfiction's Tiny Truths micro essay Twitter contest, and she's also appeared on stage at The Moth. In June 2017, she received a Mark Bourne Scholarship to attend the Speculative Fiction Writing Workshop at the University of Kansas. She lives in Astoria, Queens, and finally has a cat.

Find her online at anxietyofauthorship.com and follow her on Twitter at @StephMGrossman.

Please join Stephanie and all our incredible readers for Line Break #18, Sunday, April 8, 3:00 p.m. at Q.E.D. in Astoria. Tickets are only 7 bucks!

            

Justin Weinberger is a novelist and television writer. His first middle-grade novel, Reformed (Scholastic Press, 2017), is available now, and his work can also be seen in the latest season of The Americans, airing in 2018 on FX. Originally from in Easton, Pennsylvania, Weinberger now lives in Brooklyn.

Please join Justin and all our accomplished readers for Line Break #18, Sunday, April 8, 3:00 p.m. at Q.E.D. in Astoria. Tickets are only 7 bucks!


Photo Credit: Joshua Pestka

Meet our readers: Jackie Sherbow

            

Jackie Sherbow is a writer and editor living in Queens, NY. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in places like Occulum, Bad Pony, Luna Luna, Day One, and The Opiate, and have been part of the NYC-based Emotive Fruition performance series. She works as an editor for two leading mystery-fiction magazines (Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine and Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine) as well as Newtown Literary, the literary journal dedicated to the borough of Queens.

Please join Jackie and all our world-class readers for Line Break #18, Sunday, April 8, 3:00 p.m. at Q.E.D. in Astoria. Tickets are only 7 bucks!

Meet our readers: Theresa DeLucci

            

Theresa DeLucci is an alum of the Clarion West Writers Workshop. Her fiction has appeared in ChiZine and on Tor.com, where she is a regular reviewer of horror and New Weird fiction, and, as the only staffer willing to pay for HBO, Game of Thrones and Westworld. She is also a frequent guest on Wired.com's Geek's Guide to the Galaxy podcast.

Please join Theresa and all our amazing readers for Line Break #18, Sunday, April 8, 3:00 p.m. at Q.E.D. in Astoria. Tickets are only 7 bucks!

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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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