Boundless Tales, the longest-running reading series in the borough of Queens, is celebrating its five-year anniversary at QCA. Founder and curator Aida Zilelian began the series with the goal of providing a venue for writers who are passionate about their writing, and who would like to share their work in a public forum. Alongside Aida, Audrey Dimola and Devin Doyle are hosts of the series, whose help and support in many other areas have helped Boundless grow into what it has now become.
Boundless Tales is proud to represent writers that are progressing in various stages of their careers, whether they are emerging, mid-career or professionally established. This event celebrates writers who have been featured at Boundless and who represent a strong diversity of writing (see below for author bios). After the reading, attendees will have an opportunity to pose questions to the writers and network with their peers.
Friday, September 9th, 6:30pm
Queens Council on the Arts
37-11 35th Ave, Entrance on 37th St
Astoria, NY 11101
QCA Members: Free
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Jennifer Baker is a graduate of the New School MFA program, a production editor and has contributed to Forbes.com as well as Bustle. She is the social media director and a writing instructor at Sackett Street Writers' Workshop, long-time member of the nonprofit We Need Diverse Books, and creator/host of the Minorities in Publishing podcast. Her work has appeared in Newtown Literary (where her short story "The Pursuit of Happiness" was nominated for a 2017 Pushcart prize), Eclectic Flash, Poets & Writers magazine, Boston Literary Magazine, The Daily Worth, and in The Female Complaint from Shade Mountain Press.
Susana H. Case’s newest book is 4 Rms w Vu (Mayapple Press, 2014). Author of four full-length poetry collections and four chapbooks, including The Scottish Café which was re-released in a Polish-English version, Kawiarnia Szkocka, by Opole University Press, she is a Professor at the New York Institute of Technology. Case spent the first eighteen years of her life in Queens and lived there as well for several years in her twenties. Her new poetry manuscript in progress, Drugstore Blue, contains a number of poems which reference those times. Please visit http://iris.nyit.edu/~shcase/.
Shakira Croce is a writer in Astoria, New York. A Georgia native, after studying writing at Sarah Lawrence College and completing a Masters at Pace University, she currently works as Communications & Public Relations Manager for a not-for-profit health plan, Amida Care. Croce’s poetry translations have appeared in Babel magazine, and recently her poetry has been featured in the New Ohio Review, HIV Here & Now Project, PoetsArtists, Tansactions, Ducts.org, and the Red River Review.
Tim Fredrick is a short story writer and author of the collection WE REGRET TO INFORM YOU. His stories have been published in Pif Magazine, Burningword, Em Dash Literary Magazine, Wilde, and Circa. He is also the founding editor of Newtown Literary, a journal dedicated to publishing the work of Queens writers and poets.
M. Leona Godin is a blind writer, performer and doctor of philosophy. She received her PhD in Early Modern Literature from NYU's English department and currently lives in Astoria, Queens. She has written and produced two plays: The Star of Happiness, about Helen Keller's time on vaudeville and The Spectator & the Blind Man, about the very sexy history of the invention of braille. Her writing has recently appeared or is forthcoming in FLAPPERHOUSE, Newtown Literary, Eunoia Review, and Quail Bell Magazine, where she writes a column called Distill My Heart. Read all things Godin at DrMLGodin.com.
Stephanie Laterza is an Astoria native and the author of the legal thriller, The Boulevard Trial (2015). Her short stories have been published in Writing Raw, Literary Mama and Akashic Books’ Terrible Twosdays series. Her poetry has appeared in the Newtown Literary Journal, San Francisco Peace and Hope, Literary Mama and Meniscus Magazine. She holds a B.A. in English from Fordham College at Lincoln Center and a J.D. from New England Law School in Boston, where she studied Law and Literature. Stephanie is hard at work on her YA novel, The Wrong American, a coming-of-age story set in the early 1990's.
Matthew Thorburn is the author of six collections of poetry, including Dear Almost, which will be published in September by Louisiana State University Press. His previous books and chapbooks include A Green River in Spring and This Time Tomorrow. He’s currently working on a new collection of poems called Never Going Back Again, as well as a long poem called Midtown. He lives in the Bronx and works in corporate communications in Manhattan.