Line Break : Readers

Meet our readers: Monica Wendel

            

Monica Wendel's first book, No Apocalypse, was selected by Bob Hicok as the winner of the Georgetown Review Press Poetry Manuscript Contest. She is also the author of three chapbooks, most recently English Kills, which won the Autumn House Press Coal Hill Review Chapbook Contest.

She holds an MFA from New York University, where she was awarded Goldwater and Starworks teaching fellowships, and is an assistant professor of composition and creative writing at St. Thomas Aquinas College. She has served as the writer in residence at the Jack Kerouac Project of Orlando, Florida, and Fire Island National Seashore.

Please join Monica and all our spectacular readers for Line Break #11, Saturday, September 2, 3:00 p.m. at Q.E.D. in Astoria. Tickets are only 7 bucks!

            

Amanda Claire Buckley is a self-described Troubadour. Her writing, music, and theatrical adventures have taken her to Vermont, Chicago, Italy, DC, Philadelphia and New York City. She was a company member with Off-Color Comedy and produced readings, workshops, and talks for the Chicago Writers Conference. She was awarded the National Storytelling Network's Next Generation Scholarship in 2015. She's currently pursuing her MFA at Sarah Lawrence College. More of her work can be found at AmandaClaireBuckley.com.

Please join Amanda and all our talented readers for Line Break #11, Saturday, September 2, 3:00 p.m. at Q.E.D. in Astoria. Tickets are only 7 bucks!

Meet our readers: David Keck

            

David Keck is a New York based writer, teacher, and cartoonist from Winnipeg, Canada. He is the author of the Tales of Durand series, which includes In the Eye of Heaven, In a Time of Treason, and the forthcoming A King in Cobwebs.

Growing up on the prairies, he filled pads of newsprint with drawings and stories. After completing degrees in English Literature/History and Education in Winnipeg, he travelled to England's University of Sussex where he earned an MA in creative writing.

He likes nothing better than clambering around castles, cathedrals, and bits of Neolithic stonework—and has managed to drag friends and relations from the South of France all the way up to the Orkney Islands in pursuit of them.

In 2004, he moved to the United States to marry a New Yorker. For twelve years, he has been teaching middle school English Language Arts in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York.

Please join Dave and all our tremendous readers for Line Break #10, Saturday, August 5, 3:00 p.m. at Q.E.D. in Astoria. Tickets are only 7 bucks!

Meet our readers: Rajan Khanna

            

Rajan Khanna is a fiction writer, blogger, reviewer and narrator. His third novel, Raining Fire, a post-apocalyptic adventure with airships, appeared this month from Pyr. It completes the trilogy begun in Falling Sky and continued in Rising Tide.

His short fiction has appeared in Lightspeed Magazine, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Shimmer, and several anthologies. His articles and reviews have appeared at Tor.com and LitReactor.com, and his podcast narrations can be heard at Podcastle, Escape Pod, PseudoPod, Beneath Ceaseless Skies and Lightspeed Magazine. Rajan lives in New York, where he's a member of the Altered Fluid writing group.

Please join Raj and all our tremendous readers for Line Break #10, Saturday, August 5, 3:00 p.m. at Q.E.D. in Astoria. Tickets are only 7 bucks!

Meet our readers: Olena Jennings

            

Olena Jennings's collection of poetry, Songs from an Apartment, was released in January by Underground Books. Her translations of poetry from Ukrainian can be found in Chelsea, Poetry International, and Wolf. She has published fiction in Joyland, Pioneertown, and Projecttile, and her novel Shut Mouth will appear in 2018 from Underground Books. She completed her M.F.A. in writing at Columbia and her M.A. focusing in Ukrainian literature at the University of Alberta.

Please join Olena and all our accomplished readers for Line Break #10, Saturday, August 5, 3:00 p.m. at Q.E.D. in Astoria. Tickets are only 7 bucks!

            

Nicholas Kaufmann is the author of eight books, including Walk in Shadows, General Slocum's Gold, Hunt at World's End, Chasing the Dragon, Dying Is My Business, Die and Stay Dead, Still Life: Nine Stories, and In the Shadow of the Axe. His work has been nominated for the Bram Stoker Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the Thriller Award. His wife Alexa used to live in Astoria, home of the Line Break Reading Series, but he successfully lured her away to Brooklyn, where they live now with two terrible cats.

Please join Nick and all our amazing readers for Line Break #10, Saturday, August 5, 3:00 p.m. at Q.E.D. in Astoria. Tickets are only 7 bucks!


Photo Credit: Jeff McCrum

Meet our readers: Oscar Sanders

            

Oscar Sanders was born and raised in the Bronx, NY. The former jazz/funk/rock guitarist has garnered awards for shorts, features, documentary films, and a political crime novel, Final Hearing. His creative writing led to seething political spoken word poetry and performances, and to his latest award, 2017 Indie Author Legacy Poet of the Year.

His most recent documentary, Michael Carvin: No Excuses, appeared in June at the People's Film Festival. His one-man play, Exposing Politics, will run this August in the New York Theater Festival.

Learn more at malcolmentertainment.com,
facebook.com/oscar.sanders.3192, and @oscarsanders.

Please join Oscar and all our amazing readers for Line Break #9a, Saturday, July 29, 12:30 p.m. at the New York City Poetry Festival on Governors Island. Admission is free!

Meet our readers: William Shunn

            

William Shunn hosts and produces the Line Break Reading Series. His newest short story will appear August 16th in the online science fiction anthology Seat 14C, presented by XPRIZE (where he serves on the Science Fiction Advisory Council).

When not hosting shows or writing about the future, Bill enjoys sneaking onto other people's television specials.

Please join Bill and all our tremendous readers for Line Break #9a, Saturday, July 29, 12:30 p.m. at the New York City Poetry Festival on Governors Island. Admission is free!

            

Emily Alta Hockaday is author of Ophelia: A Botanist's Guide, What We Love & Will Not Give Up, and Starting a Life. Her work has appeared in the North American Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, Amazon's Day One, and Newtown Literary, among other publications. She can be found on the web at www.emilyhockaday.com and @E_Hockaday.

Please join Emily and all our outstanding readers for Line Break #9a, Saturday, July 29, 12:30 p.m. at the New York City Poetry Festival on Governors Island. Admission is free!

Meet our readers: Libba Bray

            

Libba Bray is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Gemma Doyle trilogy (A Great and Terrible Beauty, Rebel Angels, The Sweet Far Thing), the Michael L. Printz Award-winning Going Bovine, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist Beauty Queens, and the Diviners series (The Diviners, Lair of Dreams, and the forthcoming Before the Devil Breaks You). She is 1/4 of the all YA-author rock band, TIGER BEAT, whose seminal debut album, Where's the F*%ing Food Court?, has been certified gold(leaf) in Arkansas.

Please join Libba and all our spectacular readers for Line Break #9, Saturday, July 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 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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