“Carrie Noel, come on up here!” belts Audrey Dimola, the co-host of Boundless Tales, a reading series in Queens. The group of writers celebrated its one-year anniversary on Thursday with a reading at Waltz Astoria, a performance cafe located at 23-14 Ditmars Blvd. in Astoria.
A teacher and artist, Noel clasps her hands together before she shuffles through her collection of work. She begins with a critical preface she wrote her last semester of school in May of 2009.
“I want to keep writing,” she reads. “I want to keep living this life where I am constantly learning to trust myself on a page.”
After writing this poem, she stopped writing for two and a half years. Noel says she finds that funny as a poet now, finishing with a story about advice she would give her “little girl self.” More of her work can be seen on her blog .
Known for his complex sarcasm, actor and writer Devin Doyle raises the microphone as he begins spewing intricate details into mockery. In his poem, The Swan Song, Doyle reads, “I am the rich white man, and I am known as well as a medieval law.”
He pauses, restacking his notes and allowing the audience time to digest. “Poetry is my poverty, but I write now that will not apologize.” Doyle proceeds with other satirical situations pertaining to his life involving cars, people and other slightly obscure stories.
More of Doyle’s work can be found at his website
After a 10-minute intermission, the second entertainment act follows. An artist from the Ophelia Theatre Group, a community theatre group in Lake Elsinore, Calif., Patrick Noyes admits that he just rewrote some of his work last night.
Combined with acting, Noyes tells the story of a soldier who remembers his wife who recently died of terminal cancer. The crowd grows respectfully silent before a finishing applause as Noyes takes a bow. He is currently working on the final stages of a full-length adventure novel.
Following a somber note, poet and administrative law judge Lisa Badner lowers the podium to place her papers and take a deep breath. She discusses her distaste for germs and strangers in her first poem, I’m on the G Train. “I see a man with terrible growths on his face,” she reads, pausing between each verse as the audience laughs. “All people have genitals.”
Badner’s poems have appeared in TriQuarterly, Mudlark, Fourteen Hills, Blip and The Cape Rock.
Aida Zilelian-Silak, the host and founder of Boundless Tales, is the last to come onstage. She reads an excerpt from a novel she is working on about experiences in Beirut relating to her family history. Some examples of Zileian-Silak’s work can be found at her website .
As the celebration concludes, Zileian-Silak reminds writers that they are still looking for submissions in the near future.
Actress and writer Jill Parshley was the first reader at the introduction of the series in September, 2011. “It was such an honor when I was asked back then,” she says. “It’s great that it’s continuing now.”