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What is the name of the series, and what is the significance or meaning of the series name?
Boundless Tales. I chose this name to convey the idea that we feature a wide range of writing genres as well as diverse writers.
Who founded the series, and who runs it now?
Aida Zilelian founded and curated the series. And still does so.
What genres or mediums does the series include?
Fiction, non-fiction, poetry, monologues
What is the format of the series?
Four readers are featured for the evening and each reader is allotted 10-15 minutes to read their work.
Where does the series take place?
The Astoria Bookshop
When and how often is the series performed (and is it seasonal)?
It is a monthly series. Readings are held the second Thursday of every month. We take a hiatus in the summer for July and August.
How long has the series been active?
We are beginning our fourth year this September.
Do you take submissions, solicit material, or a combination?
We take submissions. Writers new to the series are given first priority. Many of our past writers also ask to be featured again.
Did you set out with specific goals when the series was launched and have they changed over time?
My goal was to provide a platform for emerging writers. What has happened, which is unexpected, is that now there are mid-level and more established writers that are featured in our series.
The next Boundless Tales is scheduled for Thursday, September 10, 2015 at Astoria Bookshop and features Jacqueline Tchakalian, Yi Wu, David Kutz-Marks and Marleen Barr.