Thanks to everyone who came to Lookout Point to watch the sunset with us, and to all of you who stuck around for our first cave show! If you missed it, enjoy these photos courtesy of Gracie Malley and our Instagram friends:

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Overlooking Sutro Baths, by Chris Cole

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by Chris Cole


by Gracie Malley

william taylor jr. by chris cole

William taylor Jr. by Chris Cole

evan karp by chris cole

Evan Karp by Chris Cole

lapo guzzini by chris cole

Lapo Guzzini by Chris Cole


Kelsey Schimmelman by Gracie Malley


by Gracie Malley

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Sutro Cave, by Chris Cole

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mouth of Sutro Cave, by Sarah Carpenter

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by Chris Cole


first Quiet Lightning?, by Gracie Malley


by Gracie Malley

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before the show, by Chris Cole

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a View from Vouched, by Lauren Traetto

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another View from Vouched, by Lauren Traetto


Steven Gray by Gracie Malley


by Gracie Malley


by Gracie Malley

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Caution, by Chris Cole


inside the cave, by Gracie Malley

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from the stage, by Chris Cole

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sparkle + blink, with art by Daniel Morales, by Sarah Carpenter


lighting, by Gracie Malley


more lighting, by Gracie Malley


the path to Quiet Lightning, by Gracie Malley


Evan Karp and Caroline Kessler, curators, by Gracie Malley


Raul Ruiz by Gracie Malley


Baruch Porras-Hernandez by Gracie Malley

Our next show is part of Litquake on Monday October 13th, and will feature the following authors:

art by sidney stretzPeter Bullen
Avren Keating
Sara Marinelli
Sally Ashton
Kate Folk
Linette Escobar
Jill Tomasetti
Kai Carlson-Wee
Chloé Veylit
Kei Griot
Pablo Baeza
Karen Penley
Rose Linke
Shideh Etaat

with art by our own Sidney Stretz!

Curated and hosted by Lauren Traetto and Evan Karp (Want to curate a show?)

We’re sort of famous for good (Litquake) shows. This is our 5th year and our 5th Litquake! Watch and/or read our first four:

This will be our 65th show, and the 58th issue of sparkle + blink. The first 150 people in attendance will receive a copy. Be there early; there will be a lot of people there, as this show is in conjunction with ArtSpan & SOMArts, whose annual SF Open Studios and Day of the Dead exhibitions—showcasing the work of over 450 local artists—will be on view at SOMArts during the event!

+ ice cold drafts by Lagunitas

Monday October 13
SOMArts, 934 Brannan Street
7:30pm start

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  • We received 75 submissions and accepted 14 (19%)
  • Return readers this month:
    • Peter Bullen (5x)
    • Kate Folk (1x)
    • Linette Escobar (1x)
    • Kai Carlson-Wee (2x)
    • Chloé Veylit (2x)
    • Karen Penley (7x)
    • Shideh Etaat (4x)
  • First Timers: 7 (50%)

On the Horizon

sPARKLE + bLINK 57 by Quiet Lightning


Join us on Monday, September 15th to watch the sunset at Lands End Lookout Point, followed by an outdoor show at a nearby location featuring readings by Raul RuizBaruch Porras-HernandezAdam MoskowitzBrielle BrilliantGinger BuswellArtie MoffaMoneta Goldsmith, and William Taylor Jr.!

This will be a free show, and the first 100 people will get a copy of sparkle + blink, with art by Daniel Morales!

Bring a warm jacket and a scarf. No refreshments will be provided.

Sunset ~7:15 pm. Meet at Lookout Point parking lot at 6:30 and we’ll walk together to the readings, which start ~8 pm.

Note: This month’s reading is not ADA accessible, though arrangements might be possible. Send us an email with any questions.


sunset over sutro baths by Sunny Wu (Eric)

Curation: readings by Caroline Kessler and Evan Karp, art by Laura Ceron Melo



  • We received 79 submissions for this show and accepted 9 (11%).
  • Return readers this month:
    • Raul Ruiz (1x)
    • Baruch Porras-Hernandez (1x)
    • Adam Moskowitz (1x)
    • Brielle Brilliant (1x)
    • Ginger Buswell (3x)
    • Moneta Goldsmith (9x)
    • William taylor Jr. (7x)

This is our 64th show and 57th issue of s+b, featuring now 759 individual readings by 422 different authors.

Coming Up