Line Break : Readers

Meet our readers: Peter Bryce

            

Peter Bryce is an attorney, entrepreneur and essayist. According to numerous sources, he is able to control the outcome of games of chance with his mind.

Please join Pete and all our world-class readers for Line Break #23, Saturday, October 6, 3:00 p.m. at Q.E.D. in Astoria. Tickets are only 7 bucks!

Meet our readers: Malcolm Chang

            

Malcolm Chang has been a lawyer, editor and food entrepreneur. His writing has appeared in Newtown Literary and Elle Magazine (S.A.). He has performed his work at First Tuesdays, Line Break and Queen Writers Resist. His debut story, "The Cruelty of Children," was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He is an Artist Peer Circle moderator for the Queens Council On the Arts and the current president of the board of directors of the Newtown Literary Alliance. His current project is the novel Dimitri and the Worm, the story of the assassination of South African prime minister Hendrik Verwoerd in 1966.

Please join Malcolm and all our spectacular readers for Line Break #23, Saturday, October 6, 3:00 p.m. at Q.E.D. in Astoria. Tickets are only 7 bucks!

Meet our readers: Joshua Tong

            

Joshua Tong is a mixed-race twenty-something who grew up in South Carolina, in Singapore, and on a ship, but now feels oddly normal living in New York where he graduated from NYU Gallatin with a concentration in Narrative (Re)Construction. He tells stories.

Joshua is also a writer and director of shorts and webseries including The Conduits and The Invincible Osiris Jackson. His work has been featured in the Urban Action Showcase, Super Geek Film Festival, and Los Angeles Cinefest, among others. In what little free time he has left, Joshua maintains the weekly blog Essays, Not Rants! where he rambles on about whatever pop-culture thing he wants. You can find more of his thoughts on his Twitter.

Please join Joshua and all our outstanding readers for Line Break #23, Saturday, October 6, 3:00 p.m. at Q.E.D. in Astoria. Tickets are only 7 bucks!

Meet our readers: David Lawson

            

For over ten years, David Lawson has performed one-man shows all around New York and across the nation about things such as working on the streets of Times Square (Flyer Guy), sleeplessness and outer space (Insomnia in Space), 9/11 from a Washington DC perspective (Floundering About), video games (No Oddjob), and more. For over four years he's hosted the monthly Astoria Bookshop Storytelling Show. Learn more at dtlawson.com.

Please join David and all our incredible readers for Line Break #23, Saturday, October 6, 3:00 p.m. at Q.E.D. in Astoria. Tickets are only 7 bucks!

Meet our readers: Connor Coyne

            

Connor Coyne is a writer living and working in Flint, Michigan. He has written three novels: Urbantasm, a serial novel, Hungry Rats, and Shattering Glass, as well as Atlas, a collection of short stories. His essay "Bathtime" is included in the Picador anthology Voices from the Rust Belt. Connor's work has been published in Vox, Belt Magazine, Santa Clara Review, and elsewhere.

Connor is on the planning committee for the Flint Literary Festival and represented Flint's 7th Ward for the 2013 NEA Our Town grant. Connor lives with his family in Flint's East Village, less than a mile from the house where he grew up. He is also the founder of Tuesday Funk, the long-running Chicago literary reading series that spawned Line Break.

Please join Connor and all our spectacular readers for Line Break #23, Saturday, October 6, 3:00 p.m. at Q.E.D. in Astoria. Tickets are only 7 bucks!

Meet our readers: Thomas March

            

Thomas March is a poet, performer, and critic based in New York City. Aftermath, his first poetry collection, was selected by Joan Larkin for The Word Works Hilary Tham Capital Collection and appeared in April 2018. His poetry has been published in Bellevue Literary Review, The Good Men Project, OUT, Pleiades, and RHINO, and elsewhere. His reviews and essays have appeared in The Believer, The Huffington Post, and New Letters. Appearing regularly in Lambda Literary Review, his poetry column, "Appreciations," offers appreciative close readings of excellent poems from recent collections by LGBTQ poets.

With painter Valerie Mendelson, he is the co-creator of A Good Mixer, a textual-visual hybrid project based on a 1933 bartender's guide of the same name; excerpts from the project have already been included in curated shows at Westbeth Gallery and the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance. He is the host and curator of Poetry/Cabaret, a new performance series that brings together the city's top poets, comedians, and cabaret performers for a hybrid evening of emotional whiplash in response to a common theme. A past recipient of the Norma Millay Ellis Fellowship in Poetry from the Millay Colony for the Arts, he has also received an Artist/Writer grant from The Vermont Studio Center. In recent years, he has written and performed monologues at a number of venues in New York City, including Ars Nova, The Duplex, Joe's Pub, The Peoples Improv Theater, and Sid Gold's Request Room. Learn more at thomasmarch.org.

Please join Tom and all our amazing readers for Line Break #22, Saturday, September 1, 3:00 p.m. at Q.E.D. in Astoria. Tickets are only 7 bucks!

Meet our readers: Bob McNeil

            

Bob McNeil, a writer and spoken word artist, received his MS in media arts and science at Indiana University. He is the author of Verses of Realness. Hal Sirowitz, former Queens Poet Laureate, described the book as "A fantastic trip through the mind of a poet who doesn't flinch at the truth."

Furthermore, Bob was published in The 35th Anniversary of Blind Beggar Press Collector's Edition Anthology, Whirlwind Magazine, The Shout It Out Anthology, Brine Rights: Stanzas and Clauses for the Causes (Volume 1), Not My President, A Lime Jewel, Year of the Poet, Writers' World Newspaper, We Cry for Peace (Swords of Words Book 2), Silkworm 9, The Annual Review of the Florence Poets Society, San Francisco Peace and Hope, and The Self-Portrait Poetry Collection.

Please join Bob and all our incredible readers for Line Break #22, Saturday, September 1, 3:00 p.m. at Q.E.D. in Astoria. Tickets are only 7 bucks!

Meet our readers: Kem Joy Ukwu

            

Kem Joy Ukwu's fiction has appeared in PANK, BLACKBERRY: a magazine, Carve, TINGE, Blue Lake Review, Jabberwock Review, Auburn Avenue, The Brooklyn Quarterly and Day One. Her short story collection Locked Gray/Linked Blue was selected as a finalist for the 2016 New American Fiction Prize, and was published earlier this year by Brain Mill Press. Born and raised in the Bronx, she currently lives in New Jersey with her husband. More of her work can be found at kemjoyukwu.com.

Please join Kem and all our amazing readers for Line Break #22, Saturday, September 1, 3:00 p.m. at Q.E.D. in Astoria. Tickets are only 7 bucks!

Meet our readers: Steven Alvarez

            

Steven Alvarez is the author of The Codex Mojaodicus, winner of the 2016 Fence Modern Poets Prize. He has also authored the novels-in-verse The Pocho Codex (2011) and The Xicano Genome (2013), both published by Editorial Paroxismo, and the chapbooks Tonalamatl: El Segundo's Dream Notes (2017, Letter [r] Press), Un/documented, Kentucky, (2016, winner of the Rusty Toque Chapbook Prize), and Six Poems from the Codex Mojaodicus (2014, winner of the Seven Kitchens Press Rane Arroyo Poetry Prize). His work has appeared in Best American Experimental Writing, Asymptote, Berkeley Poetry Review, Fence, Huizache, The Offing, and Waxwing. Follow Steven on Instagram at @stevenpaulalvarez and Twitter at @chastitellez.

Please join Steven and all our talented readers for Line Break #22, Saturday, September 1, 3:00 p.m. at Q.E.D. in Astoria. Tickets are only 7 bucks!

Meet our readers: Jared Harél

            

Jared Harél is the author of Go Because I Love You (Diode Editions, 2018) and The Body Double (Brooklyn Arts Press, 2012). He's been awarded the Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize from American Poetry Review, the William Matthews Poetry Prize from Asheville Poetry Review, and an Individual Artist Grant from the Queens Council on the Arts.

His poems have appeared in such journals as Tin House, The Threepenny Review, The Southern Review, Massachusetts Review, Poetry Daily, Bennington Review, 32 Poems, and Newtown Literary. Harél teaches writing at Nassau Community College, plays drums for the rock-band Flyin' J & The Ghostrobber, and lives in Rego Park, NY with his wife and two kids. For more information, please visit jaredharel.com.

Please join Jared and all our talented readers for Line Break #22, Saturday, September 1, 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 Sunday, November 4, 3:00 p.m. at Q.E.D., 27-16 23rd Avenue, Astoria, NY 11105. Admission is $7.

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