It’s true: we’re turning 100!

Quiet Lightning, California State Parks, and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy present:

Poetry in Parks 2016


This 3rd installation of Poetry in Parks takes place in the historic Cushing Memorial-Mountain Theater in Mount Tamalpais State Park, on the occasion of Quiet Lightning’s 100th show and as part of the Art in the Parks initiative celebrating the centennial of the National Parks and the connection between the wilderness experience and the inspiration parks provide to everyone, poets, writers, dancers, and artists of all genres.

The day begins with youth poetry readings curated by Marin County Poet Laureate Prartho Sereno, in collaboration with the Marin County Free Library, California Poets in the Schools, The Marin Poetry Out Loud Project, and the Marin Poetry Center High School Poetry Project. Musical and dance interludes punctuate the poetry readings, with a new choreographed dance by postmodern dance pioneer Anna Halprin and a special performance by Classical Revolution.

The program includes Quiet Lightning’s flagship submission-based literary mixtape, selected through a blind process and published in a book handed out to the first 200 people in attendance, to be followed by an outstanding group of poets that includes Barbara Jane Reyes, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Brynn Saito, Arisa White, Charlie Getter, and Andrew Paul Nelson, and culminates in this year’s Neighborhood Heroes, featuring readings by CA Poet Laureate Dana Gioia, Pulitzer Prize-winning US Poet Laureate Emeritus Kay Ryan, Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets Jane Hirshfield, San Francisco Poet Laureate Alejandro Murguía, sci-fi fount and Environmental Fellow Kim Stanley Robinson, and Editor of the New York Times Magazine poetry column, Matthew Zapruder.

This free event, which is part of the Litquake festival, is all-ages, with children’s activities provided by Bread & Roses, an interactive art station by ArtSpan, local food by D’Maize Catering and SUP Street Food, beer by Lagunitas Brewing Co., and House Kombucha on tap.

Poetry in Parks 2016 is made possible in part by the California Arts CouncilTamalpais Lands CollaborativeFriends of Mt. Tam, and SOMArts Cultural Center. Parking is available; a shuttle service is free but requires an RSVP.

More to be announced soon, but save the date:
Sunday, Oct 9 2016!
RSVP now.


And be a part of it:

  • Quiet Lightning 99 + 100!

    Quiet Lightning is accepting submissions of all forms of writing for two special upcoming shows: 
    IMPORTANT: You must specify in your submission whether you are submitting for Sept 12 or Oct 9, or both; if you don't specify, your submission will not be considered for either show. If you send in more than once piece (and do specify), it's possible we will invite you to read for both shows. 

    We will be making a separate literary mixtape for each date; each will be performed live one time only! 

    *** The deadline for submissions is the end of Wednesday, August 24. *** 

    More information below:


    1. Send us any kind of writing you've got. Any kind. Make up new kinds and send them to us. 
    2. We rarely feature work that requires more than 8 minutes of reading time (this varies of course but let's say 1,500 words). You may submit more than one attachment, but the word count of your entire submission should not exceed 1,500.
    3. By submitting, you commit to be present for the date(s) you specify: Monday September 12, 2016 and/or Sunday, October 9, 2016.
    4. Do not put your name anywhere -- neither in the submission itself nor in the subject of your submission.

    Please note:

    • We publish the accepted submissions in sparkle + blink every month. It's OK to submit previously published writings, but please let us know where they were published so we can give proper attribution.
    • You may submit audio, but all submissions must include full text.
    • The first 100 people at each show will receive a free copy of sPARKLE & bLINK.
    Any questions? Don't hesitate to contact us for any reason: // 415-967-8376. 
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