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Thanks for making Line Break #2a a success!

A big thank you to everyone who turned out for the special Queens Lit Fest episode of Line Break on Saturday, at beautiful LIC Landing in Long Island City, Queens. Our audience was attentive and enthusiastic, even as they broiled under a clear, hot sun.

We also need to thank participants Kambri Crews and Andrew Willett for their excellent readings. And thanks to Mike Geffner and everyone at the Queens Lit Fest for including us on their program.

If you couldn't make it out on Saturday, please mark your calendar now and join us for our next regular episode on Saturday, November 5, 5:30-7:00 pm at Q.E.D. in Astoria. Until then, please check out all the other terrific shows and events at Q.E.D. Something amazing happens there literally every day.

Also, please sign up for our mailing list so you can 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.

See you in November!

Kambri Crews reads for Line Break at the Queens Lit Fest, LIC Landing, Long Island City, NY, July 16, 2016
Andrew Willett reads for Line Break at the Queens Lit Fest, LIC Landing, Long Island City, NY, July 16, 2016
William Shunn reads for Line Break at the Queens Lit Fest, LIC Landing, Long Island City, NY, July 16, 2016



Crossposted from Line Break
Line Break Reading Series at the Queens Lit Fest, Saturday, July 16, 1:30-2:00 pm


Line Break is the eclectic live literary magazine where poetry meets prose, fact meets fiction, and high-brow meets low-brow. We are honored to be bringing our unique blend of writers and genres to the Queens Lit Fest in Long Island City on this afternoon at 1:30 pm.

The Queens Lit Fest is an amazing assemblage of dozens of local writers reading at LIC Landing over the course of two magical days. The festival is free, but you do need to RSVP. Do it now so you won't miss our all-star Line Break roster, which features:

  • Kambri Crews

  • William Shunn

  • Andrew Willett


We'll see you there!

Line Break Reading Series @ Queens Lit Fest
Saturday, July 16, 1:30-2:00 p.m.


Free with RSVP
More info: Queens Lit Fest, a Happy Accident

LIC Landing
52-10 Center Blvd.
Long Island City, NY 11101

LIC Landing is a leisurely walk from the 7 train at Vernon Blvd.–Jackson Av.




Crossposted from Line Break

Meet our readers: Andrew Willett

Andrew Willett
Andrew Willett was raised in the eastern suburbs of San Francisco, which felt a lot like the part of the Spielberg movie before the aliens and monsters show up. An editor at The New York Times, he’s been a New Yorker for twenty-odd years and can’t imagine living anywhere else. His fiction has appeared in the anthology Thoughtcrime Experiments and, most recently, the finalists’ anthology from this year's Saints and Sinners Literary Festival.

Please join Andy and all our accomplished readers for our special Queens Lit Fest edition of Line Break, Saturday, July 16, 1:30-2:00 pm at LIC Landing in Long Island City! Your free advance ticket gets you access to all that day's Queens Lit Fest events, not just Line Break. Get yours now, and we'll see you there!


Crossposted from Line Break

Meet our readers: Kambri Crews

Kambri Crews
Kambri Crews once lived with her deaf parents in a tin shed in Montgomery, Texas. She now owns and operates Q.E.D. – A Place to Show & Tell in Astoria, Queens. An after-school space for grown-ups, Q.E.D. is a café and co-working space by day and comedy club and learning center by night. With 80 to 100 events per month ranging from comedy and music to classes like learning to crochet or home brew beer, there is something for everyone.

Kambri is also a renowned storyteller and the author of the critically acclaimed and New York Times bestselling memoir Burn Down the Ground (Random House). She has performed on The Moth, Literary Death Match, Risk! and Mortified, and has appeared at SXSW Comedy, UCB Theatre, Gotham Comedy Club. Also a public speaker, she has given speeches at the University of Texas, Texas Book Festival, University of Oregon, SXSW, DeafHope, and many other schools, colleges, book festivals, and events. Visit her online at kambricrews.com.

Please join Kambri and all our accomplished readers for our special Queens Lit Fest edition of Line Break, Saturday, July 16, 1:30-2:00 pm at LIC Landing in Long Island City! Your free advance ticket gets you access to all that day's Queens Lit Fest events, not just Line Break. Get yours now, and we'll see you there!


Crossposted from Line Break

James Gordon's cri de cœur

James Gordon (a/k/a G.P.A.) was unable to make it to last Saturday's Line Break thanks to a cancelled flight from his native Chicago. But we still want you to sample the raw power of his work, and nothing he's done is as raw or powerful as this brand-new poem, "Police Are Bullies." Take a listen. Then listen again.




Crossposted from Line Break

Meet our readers: William Shunn

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 accomplished readers for our special Queens Lit Fest edition of Line Break, Saturday, July 16, 1:30-2:00 pm at LIC Landing in Long Island City! Your free advance ticket gets you access to all that day's Queens Lit Fest events, not just Line Break. Get yours now, and we'll see you there!


Crossposted from Line Break
Line Break Reading Series at the Queens Lit Fest, Saturday, July 16, 1:30-2:00 pm


Line Break is the eclectic live literary magazine where poetry meets prose, fact meets fiction, and high-brow meets low-brow. We are honored to be bringing our unique blend of writers and genres to the Queens Lit Fest in Long Island City on Saturday, July 16.

The Queens Lit Fest is an amazing assemblage of dozens of local writers reading at LIC Landing over the course of two magical days. The festival is free, but you do need to RSVP. Do it now so you won't miss our all-star Line Break roster, which features:

  • Kambri Crews

  • William Shunn

  • Andrew Willett


We'll see you there!

Line Break Reading Series @ Queens Lit Fest
Saturday, July 16, 1:30-2:00 p.m.


Free with RSVP
More info: Queens Lit Fest, a Happy Accident

LIC Landing
52-10 Center Blvd.
Long Island City, NY 11101

LIC Landing is a leisurely walk from the 7 train at Vernon Blvd.–Jackson Av.



NOTE: This image and post have been updated to reflect a change in the lineup. Due to circumstance beyond her control, Sarah Riccio will be unable to participate in this event.


Crossposted from Line Break
Mark de Silva reads at Line Break
A big thank you to everyone who turned out for the second regular episode of Line Break on 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 evening bigger and better than it would have been without you.

We also need to thank participants Gregory A. Wilson, Nancy Hightower, Robert J. Howe and Mark de Silva for their varied but uniformly excellent readings. And thanks to Q.E.D. for giving us the space and an opportunity to use it.

The one disappointment of the evening was that James Gordon was prevented from attending by bad travel karma, but we promise we'll have him in from Chicago at one of our upcoming events.

If you couldn't make it out on Saturday, please join us for our special Queens Lit Fest edition on Saturday, July 16, 1:30-2:00 pm at LIC Landing in Long Island City. Your free advance ticket gets you access to all that day's Queens Lit Fest events, not just Line Break. Come for us, stay for everything else!

Sign up for our mailing list so you can 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 later this month. Until then please check out all the terrific shows and events at Q.E.D. There is something amazing happening there literally every day.

Gregory A. Wilson reads at Line Break
Nancy Hightower reads at Line Break
Robert J. Howe reads at Line Break



Crossposted from Line Break

Reminder: Line Break #2 is Saturday!

Just a reminder that Line Break, the eclectic live literary magazine, is coming up Saturday afternoon at Q.E.D. in Astoria, Queens!

At every show, live-lit veteran William Shunn brings a wild assortment of writers together on one stage. Kick off your Independence Day weekend with this stellar lineup:

  • Mark de Silva

  • James Gordon a/k/a G.P.A.

  • Nancy Hightower

  • Robert J. Howe

  • Gregory A. Wilson


Be there. Do it for America.

Line Break Reading Series
Saturday, July 2, 5:30-7:00 p.m.


Q.E.D.: A Place for Show & Tell
27-16 23rd Avenue
Astoria, NY 11105

Admission $5. Beer, wine and snacks available.

More info and tickets:</em>
http://qedastoria.com/products/line-break-1
https://www.facebook.com/events/1588330181464614/

Q.E.D. is a short trip from Manhattan on the N train. Just stay on to Ditmars Boulevard at the end of the line. The Q train does not run to Queens on weekends.

Line Break Reading Series, Saturday, July 2, 2016, 5:30 pm



Crossposted from Line Break

Poem: Uh-oh! Oreo!

Oreo packet,
rip'd open and crush'd on the
subway floor. Tragic.

Oreo mayhem

—for the kid in all of us


Crossposted from Inhuman Swill

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