Line Break : Readers

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 manuscript, Locked Gray/Linked Blue, was selected as a finalist for the 2016 New American Fiction Prize. The same collection is forthcoming from Brain Mill Press in February 2018. 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 accomplished readers for Line Break #13, Saturday, November 4, 3:00 p.m. at Q.E.D. in Astoria. Tickets are only 7 bucks!

Meet our readers: Matthew Kressel

            

Matthew Kressel is a multiple Nebula Award finalist and World Fantasy Award finalist. His first novel, King of Shards, was hailed as "majestic, resonant, reality-twisting madness" by NPR Books. His fiction has or will appear in Lightspeed, Tor.com, Clarkesworld, Nightmare, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Apex Magazine, io9.com, Interzone, and the anthologies Mad Hatters and March Hares, After, Naked City, Cyber World, The People of the Book, and many other places. His work has been translated into seven languages.

Matt co-hosts the Fantastic Fiction at KGB reading series with Ellen Datlow, and he is a member of the Altered Fluid writers group. By day he's a full-stack software developer. Find him online at www.matthewkressel.net or @mattkressel.

Please join Matt and all our outstanding readers for Line Break #13, Saturday, November 4, 3:00 p.m. at Q.E.D. in Astoria. Tickets are only 7 bucks!

Meet our readers: Dennis Pahl

            

Dennis Pahl is Professor of English at LIU Post, where he teaches nineteenth century American literature. He is the author of the book Architects of the Abyss: The Indeterminate Fictions of Poe, Hawthorne, and Melville (U. of Missouri Press, 1989) and has published numerous scholarly articles on American literature in academic journals. His scholarship also has appeared in books of critical essays on Henry James and Edgar Allan Poe. He has received a grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities and was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to teach American literature at Haifa University, Israel.

Aside from his academic scholarship, Mr. Pahl writes fiction, with an eye toward discovering the strange and absurd inside of the ordinary. Most recently his story "Touring" was published in the journal Confrontation. He is also the author of several chapbooks for Feral Press, including the collections Orlov & Friends, Tales of Hope and Melancholy, and the upcoming Falling Man and Other Stories. His story "Evening Class" was adapted to the screen and shown in three international film festivals, including the Big Apple Film Festival; and his story "Foot in the Door" was made into a short movie directed by Gregory Cioffi, who also directed the upcoming film "The Museum of Lost Things," based on Mr. Pahl's story of that name. Working with his wife, the artist Luda Pahl, who has illustrated the stories published by Feral Press, Mr. Pahl has also published a collection of absurdist cartoons called Shall We Go and Ruin It?

Please join Dennis and all our talented readers for Line Break #12, Saturday, October 7, 3:00 p.m. at Q.E.D. in Astoria. Tickets are only 7 bucks!

Meet our readers: Julia Wertz

            

Julia Wertz is a professional cartoonist and amateur historian. She has published five graphic novels and does monthly history comics for The New Yorker and Harper's Magazine.

Through "then and now" drawings and tales of New Yorkers past, her latest book, Tenements, Towers & Trash: An Unconventional Illustrated History of New York City, paints a raw, unconventional, and often hilarious portrait of New York in all its neurotic glory. From an extensive underground pneumatic tube system build by the New York Postal System in the late 1800's to the pizzeria that fronted for mafia activity; from beloved bookstores to outlaw abolitionists to a bottle-filled beach where horse carcasses were once sent to rot, Wertz illuminates the stories behind some of the city's most famous and infamous mainstays and provides little-known backstories to its not-so-secret gems. It's a New York you won't find in any guidebook, one where the bustling bodegas, crumbling corners, and hideaway hotspots are not just part of its charm but integral to its character. In Tenements, Towers & Trash we come to see how the city's dirtiest, ugliest, most eccentric areas are ultimately what make it so beautiful and extraordinary.

Please join Julia and all our talented readers for Line Break #12, Saturday, October 7, 3:00 p.m. at Q.E.D. in Astoria. Tickets are only 7 bucks!

Meet our readers: Ilana C. Myer

            

Ilana C. Myer has written about books for the Globe and Mail, Huffington Post, Los Angeles Review of Books, and Salon. Previously she was a journalist in Jerusalem. Her debut epic fantasy, Last Song Before Night, was released by Tor in October 2015. The sequel, Fire Dance, will appear in April 2018.

Please join Ilana and all our outstanding readers for Line Break #12, Saturday, October 7, 3:00 p.m. at Q.E.D. in Astoria. Tickets are only 7 bucks!

Meet our readers: Susana H. Case

            

Susana H. Case is the author of five books of poetry, most recently, Drugstore Blue, from Five Oaks Press in 2017, and 4 Rms w Vu from Mayapple Press, as well as four chapbooks. One of her collections, The Scottish Café, from Slapering Hol Press, was re-released in a dual-language English-Polish version, Kawiarnia Szkocka, by Opole University Press in Poland. Her poems appear widely in magazines and anthologies. Case is a Professor and Program Coordinator at the New York Institute of Technology in New York City. Please visit her at susanahcase.com and facebook.com/susana.case.

Please join Susana and all our incredible readers for Line Break #12, Saturday, October 7, 3:00 p.m. at Q.E.D. in Astoria. Tickets are only 7 bucks!

Meet our readers: Norman Stock

            

Norman Stock is the author of two books of poetry: Buying Breakfast for My Kamikaze Pilot (Gibbs Smith, 1994), winner of the Peregrine Smith Poetry Contest, and Pickled Dreams Naked (NYQ Books, 2010). His poems have appeared in The New Republic, College English, New York Quarterly, New England Review, The New York Times, Newtown Literary, Verse, and many other magazines, as well as in anthologies and textbooks.

The recipient of awards from the Writer's Voice, Poets & Writers' Maureen Egen Writers Exchange, the Bennington Writing Workshops, and the Tanne Foundation, Norman has also been a Bread Loaf fellow, a Sewanee scholar, and a finalist for Poet Laureate of Queens. Formerly the Acquisitions Librarian at Montclair State University, from which he retired in 2005, he lives with his wife, Lydia Chang, a clinical psychotherapist, in Jackson Heights, Queens.

Please join Norman and all our amazing readers for Line Break #12, Saturday, October 7, 3:00 p.m. at Q.E.D. in Astoria. Tickets are only 7 bucks!

Meet our readers: Kyle Thiessen

            

Kyle Thiessen emerges from creative hibernation every few years to renew his "artist card" by phoning in the bare minimum. Previous endeavors include a 2011 YouTube parody—the hastily-researched Fake Month at the Museum—as well as a short film in 1999 that won him a ticket to the Golden Globe Awards, where he peed next to John Lithgow.

In addition to YouTubing and peeing, Kyle has spent his adult life as a caricature artist, an IMAX projectionist, and a corporate PowerPoint designer for a multinational conglomerate of high-tech weapons systems and golf cart manufacturers. Until he fills the hole in his resume where "zamboni driver" should be, he'll be hard at work on the perfect Die Hard screenplay and occasionally tweeting @lazycartoonist.

Please join Kyle and all our tremendous 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: William Shunn

            

William Shunn hosts and produces the Line Break Reading Series. His latest short story, "Last," recently appeared in the online science fiction anthology Seat 14C, presented by XPRIZE (where he serves on the Science Fiction Advisory Council). He is the author of the religious true-crime memoir The Accidental Terrorist, and his poetry is forthcoming in both Analog and Asimov's. 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 #11, Saturday, September 2, 3:00 p.m. at Q.E.D. in Astoria. Tickets are only 7 bucks!


Photo Credit: Laura Chavoen

Meet our readers: Robert J. Howe

            

Robert J. Howe has published poetry in 50 Haiku, and has poems forthcoming in The Dawntreader and Main Street Rag. His short fiction has appeared in Salon.com, and The Flatbush Review, the magazines Analog, Electric Velocipede, and Black Gate, and the anthologies Newer York and Happily Ever After. His haiku series, "Bury My Heart at Olduvai Gorge," was part of the traveling exhibition Knowing Limits, a traveling exhibition shown in U.S. national parks.

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


Photo Credit: Eleanor Lang

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