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Emerging Queens Writers to Give Reading at Kew Gardens Coffee Shop

 REZ reading series has been attracting numerous literature lovers.
REZ reading series has been attracting numerous literature lovers.
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QUEENS — Emerging writers featured in the new issue of a Queens’ literary journal will read their works next week at a Kew Gardens coffee shop, organizers said.

Seven writers who are featured in the second issue of Newtown Literary, a journal promoting local authors’ work, will read their poems and short stories at Odradeks Coffee House as part of the popular REZ reading series.

“It will be a mix of prose writers and poets,” said Tim Fredrick, the founder and editor of the journal, who will be hosting the evening.

Among writers who will read that night will be Devin Doyle, Linda Fisher, Emily Hockaday, Olumide Owoo, Andrew J. Peters, Danny Rivera and Dolores Maher Wilson.

Many of them are emerging authors who live in Eastern Queens, said Fredrick who is also an Elmhurst writer and teacher.

“We try to highlight the newer contributors,” he said.

One of the writers, Linda Fisher, 61, will read portions of her story "Igo Limo,"  about a Queens limo driver who is not getting paid and kidnaps his client.

"He is from Ozone Park and a lot of the action takes place in Flushing Meadows Park, some on the Queens Borough Bridge and some in Long Island City, so it's very Queens-oriented," she said.

Fisher, a retired court stenographer who lives in Forest Hills, said it will be her first reading.

Literature lovers will also have a chance to buy copies of Newtown Literary. Its second issue, containing the works of 27 writers, is coming out next week, Fredrick said.

Newtown Literary is a semi-annual journal, published in electronic and paper formats. It prints all literary genres, including fiction, poetry and essays. A print copy costs $10.

Sullivan Street Press, which organizes the reading, will later publish a free e-book of the night's event.

The reading will take place on Thursday, June 6 at 7 p.m. at Odradeks at 82-60 Austin Street in Kew Gardens.