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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 Anaphora Literary Press. 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!




Crossposted from Line Break

Will you claim #Seat14C?

For those of you with an interest in science fiction, technology, and futurism—or just in life on Earth itself—I'd like to bring to your attention a new writing contest sponsored by XPRIZE.

XPRIZE, as you may know, is a non-profit organization that designs and manages public science competitions intended to encourage technological development that could benefit all of humanity. (No small goal, there.) One of their latest initiatives is a push for science fiction stories that promote a more hopeful future than the dystopian visions that seem to be so popular.

To that end, XPRIZE has launched Seat14C.com, a site that is both an online anthology and a fiction contest. Thirty well-known science fiction writers have all contributed short stories about the passengers on a transatlantic flight that departs Tokyo in 2017 but somehow lands in San Francisco in 2037. (The contributors list includes names like Margaret Atwood, Hugh Howey, Nancy Kress, Bruce Sterling, Charlie Jane Anders, Paolo Bacigalupi, and Charles Yu. My own contribution, about the passenger in 42E, will appear on the site on August 16th.) Our stories were written to highlight the amazing positive effects that twenty years of scientific advancement could have on a city like San Francisco.

As for the contest, XPRIZE invites readers to submit their own stories about the passenger in Seat 14C. The winner, to be chosen by members of the XPRIZE Science Fiction Advisory Council, will receive round-trip airfare to Tokyo, four nights in a four-star hotel, and $1,500 in spending cash, besides having his or her story published on Seat14C.com.

Find everything you need to know about entering at:

https://seat14c.com/future_ideas/new

The deadline for entries is August 25, 2017. Best of luck, and maybe I'll see you on board ANA Flight 008!

XPRIZE's Seat 14C - click to view - mousewheel to zoom



Crossposted from Inhuman Swill

Meet our readers: Nicholas Kaufmann

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 spectacular 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



Crossposted from Line Break

Line Break #10: Saturday, August 5, 2017

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 August 5 lineup, featuring:</p>



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, August 5, 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.

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 #10: Saturday, August 5, 2017, 3:00 p.m.



Crossposted from Line Break

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. His creative writing led to seething political spoken word poetry and performances.

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



Please join Oscar 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!




Crossposted from Line Break

Meet our readers: William Shunn

William Shunn is a writer and storyteller who was born in Los Angeles, raised in Utah, expelled from Canada, 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 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.

Bill's storytelling was featured most recently at the Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley, CA, he made an appearance in Michael Ian's Black newest comedy special, Noted Expert, and he'll soon be heard on the Modern Stories Mix podcast. Visit him online at shunn.net.



Please join Bill and all our talented 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!




Photo Credit: Colin Poellot



Crossposted from Line Break

Meet our readers: Emily Alta Hockaday



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 spectacular 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!




Crossposted from Line Break

Line Break #9a: Saturday, July 29, 2017

Our next regularly scheduled Q.E.D. show takes place on August 5th, but there's an exciting special edition for us to tell you about before then...




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, this time in a special New York City Poetry Festival Edition on Governors Island.



At every show, live-lit veteran William Shunn brings a wild assortment of writers together on one stage. Don't miss our terrific July 29 lineup, featuring:</p>



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

New York City Poetry Festival Edition

Saturday, July 29, 2017, 12:30-1:00 p.m.

Hosted by William Shunn



New York City Poetry Festival

Algonquin Stage
Governors Island

New York, NY 11231



Admission free. Festival open from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm, July 29 & 30.

More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1922833654616764


Line Break #9a: Saturday, July 29, 2017, 12:30 p.m.



Crossposted from Line Break
Bottomless thanks to everyone who turned out for our ninth 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 made it the incredible show it turned out to be. Stephanie Grossman read us her LARPing article from Paste Magazine, Joshua McCuen explored an unfinished hotel through a young boy's eyes, Oscar Sanders brought us political poetry from his one-man play Exposing Politics, William Cusick laid out the nuances of how to host a weekend nervous breakdown, and Libba Bray stuck the landing with her fierce and uncompromising poem "WOMANIFESTO."

If you couldn't make it out on Saturday, please mark your calendar for Saturday, August 5th, when we'll we back with our tenth issue, featuring Olena Jennings, Nicholas Kaufmann, David Keck, and Rajan Khanna.

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.

Stephanie Grossman reads at Line Break #9 - click to view - mousewheel to zoom
Joshua McCuen reads at Line Break #9 - click to view - mousewheel to zoom
Oscar Sanders reads at Line Break #9 - click to view - mousewheel to zoom


William Cusick reads at Line Break #9 - click to view - mousewheel to zoom
Libba Bray reads at Line Break #9 - click to view - mousewheel to zoom
Host William Shunn reads at Line Break #9 - click to view - mousewheel to zoom



Crossposted from Line Break

Will you answer "The Call"?

Here at Line Break, we love to feature the work of our readers when we can. So please, on this Independence Day, check out this animated short film by Jonathan Weiss, which was scored by our recent Issue #9 reader William Cusick.




Crossposted from Line Break

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