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QL returns for the Beast Crawl hat trick: for one and two we did a lil’ something called Random Play… but not this year! Full steam ahead, with sparkle + blink, Lagunitas and everything. The show, curated by Lapo Guzzini, Emma Smith, and Evan Karp, will be at Oakstop, in the third and final leg of the festival. We are proud to be hosting this lineup:

SFCity by Maga Rinconfor web

art by Maga Rincon!

Siamak Vossoughi
Kelly Egan
Kate Folk
Kara Vernor
Ivan Hernandez
David Wesley Green
Jill Tydor
Ashley Warren

Show starts at 8pm sharp!
Check out the rest of the fest — other legs start at 5pm and 6:30 (schedule here)
Oakstop: 1721 Broadway St near 17th St., Oakland
First 100 people get a copy of sparkle + blink

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oakstop! as seen from m'iphone

oakstop! as seen from m’iphone

Social Media Book Contest

Think about it. We’re going to make at least one beautiful book out of this. What will it look like?

Neighborhood Heroes

Save the date! Thursday, August 7th @ the Contemporary Jewish Museum

National Poetry Slam

We’re doing 2 shows in 3 days again!*** Saturday August 9th we’ll be a part of the closing day of this year’s NPS! Submissions open as soon as we figure out what we want to do… any ideas? (Seriously, we’re open.)


We received 60 submissions to this show and accepted 8 (13%). 5 are first-timers (62.5%). The vets:

  • Siamak Vossoughi (14x)
  • Kelly Egan (2x)
  • Kara Vernor (1x)

***Recent videos + photos

Check out videos/photos from our last two shows: El Rio here, and Modern Eden w/ArtSpan here.


We’re taking over the patio at El Rio on Tuesday, June 3rd! Come hang out with us. We’ll have typewriters so you can request poems on demand from some of the evening’s readers and perhaps a special guest or two; you’ll also be able to use Quiet Lightning stationary to write your own words (we’re creating stationary just for this show!)… perhaps you’ll come up with some rough gems for our book contest?

We are proud to introduce to you our authors/entertainment for the evening, curated by Kristen Kramer + Sarah Carpenter!

sparkle + blink 53 cover art by Luis Pinto

sparkle + blink 53 cover art by Luis Pinto

Peter Bullen
Moneta Goldsmith
Xan Roberti
Sharon Coleman
Andrena Zawinski
Emma Winsor Wood
John-vincent Grecco
Marcus Lund
Tomas Moniz
Siamak Vossoughi
Jen Sullivan Brych
Mr(s) Tisatula

Doors at 1pm
Typewriters at 5pm
Show at 8pm
Typewriters, drinking
after show hours
$7-10 sliding, NOTAFLOF
First 100 get a copy of s+b

Book Contest

get to it!

Beast Crawl

submissions for the third annual daylong festival are open through jun 11

ArtSpan + Modern Eden

so excited to be doing a show w/ArtSPan on jun 5. two QL’s in one week! featuring Lucy Tiven, Colin Winnette, Kwan Booth, Denise Benavides, Carolyn Ho and Nate Waggoner responding to Fairy Tales: The Test of Time:

  • RSVP
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  • ArtSpan is going to give out Blick sketching materials to a limited # of folks so you (and the other people at this ARTIST MIXER) can respond to the literary responses to the visual representations of FAIRY TALES

Neighborhood Heroes

save the date: Thursday, August 7th @ the Contemporary Jewish Museum