Joe Wadlington
Heather Bourbeau
Peter Bullen
Stephen Guai-Wu
MK Chavez
Rae Liberto
AshleyRose Sanchez
Miah Jeffra
Siamak Vossoughi
Adam Moskowitz
Peter Max Lawrence
Paul Corman-Roberts

Kyrsten BeanNelson, Irene Time Will Tell, 2016 acrylic mixed media
Ingrid Keir
Kate Folk
Sage Curtis
Laura Zink
Kate Seifert
Kathryn Reeve
Cassandra Dallett
Isabella Borgeson


Monday, February 6 @ The Stud Bar

7:30 – 9pm // doors 9am 😉

curated by Josey RoseChristine No

art by Irene Nelson, featured artist for February’s sPARKLE & bLINK

free show! free copies of s&b for the first 100 people

we’ll have a raffle with some great swag—all proceeds to benefit the stud and transgender law center — if you have anything, large or small, you’d like to donate, please let us know: submit AT quietlightning DOT org.

hope to see u


The Stud Bar, via 48 Hills

this is our 104th show and 82nd issue of s&b

  • accepted 21 of 74 (28%)
  • 11/21 (52%) first time reading for QL
  • 10/21 (48%) returning
    • Heather Bourbeau (1x)
    • Peter Bullen (12x)
    • MK Chavez (4x)
    • Miah Jeffra (1x)
    • Siamak Vossoughi (18x)
    • Adam Moskowitz (2x)
    • Paul Corman-Roberts (16x)
    • Ingrid Keir (1x)
    • Kate Folk (2x)
    • Cassandra Dallett (12x)

Read/perform with Quiet Lightning on July 1, 2019 @ a venue TBD! All forms of writing are accepted, and all selected writers are paid! This show will be curated through a blind process by our first Quiet Lightning Disruptor and their co-curator of choice, Edmund Zagorin!!! It will also be the publication + release of our 100th issue of sPARKLE & bLINK!

 Submissions are open through end of day Wednesday, June 5, 2019.


Life! by Nathalie Fabri

This is a FREE, all-ages show, with a suggested donation of $5-20 if you'd like Quiet Lightning to be sustainable (to help pay the authors, the venue, and for the books) -- the first 100 people will receive a book featuring all of the selected writing (regardless of donation) and cover art by a local artist TBA soon (pictured is work by May's featured artist Nathalie Fabri), and authors will read/perform as a literary mixtape, with no introductions or banter.




  1. Send us any kind of writing. Any kind! Make up new kinds and send them to us.
  2. No one gets more than 8 minutes of reading time. This varies of course but don’t send us more than 1,500 words unless you’ve timed the piece(s) multiple times and your speedy performance of the text somehow enhances it. We sometimes make an exception to this rule, but rarely.
  3. You may submit more than one attachment, but the word count of your entire submission should not exceed 1,500.
  4. By submitting, you commit to be present for the date: Monday July 1, 2019.
  5. Do not put your name anywhere — neither in the submission itself nor in the subject/title/filename of your submission.
  6. We publish the accepted submissions in sparkle + blink for every mixtape show. It’s OK to submit previously published writings, but please let us know where they were published so we can give props.
  7. You may submit audio, but all submissions must include full text.
  8. We welcome and encourage submissions in any and all languages, but all submissions must also contain an English translation.

     Don't hesitate to contact us for any reason:

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  • If you’d like to submit your artwork to be featured in sparkle + blink, check out our art page.
  • If you’d like to submit an (informal) application to co-curate one of our shows, follow this link and let us know.

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