We’re seeking writing of all forms for our next literary mixtape event, to be held virtually on 11/1. All selected writers will be paid + published in sPARKLE & bLINK 112 featuring art by JILLIAN CROCHET!

Curated by ANNA ALLEN (L) + Danny Recht (R)! submissions are open thru 10/8.

Questions? Email evan@quietlightning.org.

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Joy Lanzendorfer courtesy of the author

WHAT'S THE MOST IMPORTANT LIFE LESSON YOU'VE LEARNED? OR: WHAT WAS YOUR LAST MOMENT OF AWE?

"Moment of awe: I was watering my garden when a hummingbird flew up and hovered beside me, about a foot away, for what seemed like a long time. The evening sun was hitting the patch of raspberry-colored feathers on his throat so that they shone like metal. I gasped. He gazed at me with stern eyes, then flew away."

James Morehead courtesy of the author


WHAT'S YOUR BIGGEST STRUGGLE, WORK OR OTHERWISE?

"Managing stress, although ironically pandemic stress resulted in the best poems I’ve ever written, and convinced me to publish a book. So maybe stress is good? ”

Bob Calhoun photo by Teresa O’Brien Photography


WHEN PEOPLE ASK what do you do, YOU TELL THEM?

"I tell them, “I research rich people and figure out how to get money out of them,” because my day job is in fundraising research, or prospect research. I think my bluntness might be a little frowned upon in the industry but using all the approved lingo to describe what I do has people asking “what?” way too many times. In the end, it’s easier to let people believe I’m able to afford to live around here with my writing. Why break up the fantasy really? Their fantasy is my fantasy."