Thanks to everyone who made it out to Chez Poulet this Monday for our first show since The Greenhouse Effect. It was exhilarating to experience the words of 11 authors who had never performed as part of our series, and I think a lot of people made new friends. You can read the entire show for free here and watch all the performances, in order, here.
We could not be more thrilled is perhaps my most-used phrase when I speak for Quiet Lightning, and I’m sorry if that irks you but we could not be more thrilled to announce our roster for the fourth installment of our Neighborhood Heroes series:
- Andrew Sean Greer: Author of the novels The Path of Minor Planets, The Story of a Marriage, and The Confessions of Max Tivoli, and the collection of stories How It Was for Me—all of which you can find more about here—and a forthcoming novel you are sure to hear from soon, Andrew’s prose is pitch-perfect. [Watch]
- Siamak Vossoughi: Chances are, if you’ve been to Quiet Lightning in the past year you’ve enjoyed one or more of Siamak’s distinctive short metaphysical ruminations. If you’ve been to most of the shows, you have really seen him blossom as a reader (and, likely, you’ve marveled at the consistent quality of his prose). [Watch]
- Jack and Adelle Foley: Jack has been doing a weekly literary radio show on KPFA since 1988, and a weekly column called Alsop’s Books since 1998. Author of several books of poetry and of criticism, he recently published a two-volume, 1,300-page chronoencyclopedia of California poets and poetry that spans 65 years (read more). Adelle, on the Poetry Flash board, is the author of the book of haiku Along the Bloodline and writes a column in the monthly community newsletter The MacArthur Metro. Together, they perform what they call “choral poetry.” [Watch]
- Cassandra Gorgeous: We are very proud to present Ms. Gorgeous, who instantly won us over with her treatise on The Castro… and then, inspired by some of our performers’ recitations, memorized her entire essay for our first Conservatory show in what was no doubt an all-time QL highlight. Cass is a unique talent and one who is just getting started. Funny, sexy, smart. [Watch]
- Chicken John: Ringleader of Circus Redickuless, pioneer of Radio Valencia, and author of the recent The Book of the IS: Fail… to Win (to mention but a few projects), Chicken is an advocate of and warrior for life as art. His 2007 bid for mayor of San Francisco was an experiment in performance art that became a serious bid for the office, and he remains actively engaged in our city’s behind the scenes scenes—both, and equally, political and cultural [Watch].
- Genine Lentine: Author of Mr. Worthington’s Experiments in Beautiful Splashes, Poses: An Essay Drawn from the Model, and co-author of Wild Braid: A Poet Reflects On A Century In The Garden, Lentine is a conceptual artist who recently curated the Nothing Is Hidden series at the SF Zen Center, where she has lived for the past 4 years. She’s doing some really interesting projects and is this month’s artist for sparkle + blink. [Watch]
- Nicole McFeely: Only recently beginning to read in public, Nicole stole the show in April by blurring the lines between performer and audience. “If I can do this, anyone can,” she said later. “I am a quiet human.” Her subsequent performance at the Emerald Tablet and then at the second of The Greenhouse Effect conveys the effects a community can have on emerging voices. [Watch]
- Kirk Read: Author of How I Learned to Snap and long-time host of Smack Dab and the just-retired K’vetch open mic series (with Tara Jepsen), Kirk fully embraces the term “performance artist.” You can watch a characteristically profound but humorous keynote speech he gave last year. He has also put together a number of solo shows and curated both the Sex Workers’ Art Show and Formerly Known As. [Watch]
- Mira Martin-Parker: Does anyone remember when Mira started off our second show timid and barely audible from that plush chair at Gestalt? We saw her again the following month (March 10) and again in July, but then went almost a year without her signature quirk. What happened? She published her first book and underwent other revolutions that were obvious when she submitted to The Greenhouse Effect: Mira was the only author who read at all three Conservatory shows, and we’re very excited—for her progress, and for her audience. [Watch]
- K.M. Soehnlein: Author of You Can Say You Knew Me When, The World of Normal Boys, and Robin and Ruby—read more here—K.M. is a teacher at USF and is all but done with another novel. His writing is some incredible combination of fierce and joyous, heartfelt and wide-eyed. [Watch]
- Mac McClelland: The human rights reporter for Mother Jones, Mac has reported from all over the world. Follow her. She is the author of For Us Surrender Is Out of the Question, an intimate account of her time amongst Burmese rebels in the thick of the world’s longest-running war (listen to her talk about the book, and her experience, here). [Watch]
This show will be at BeatBox on Monday, December 5th and will cost—like all of our shows—a suggested $5. Don’t miss this if you can help it; it’s going to be really special, and, sincerely, we could not be more thrilled. We have now had 23 shows and published 21 books, and this show highlighting some of our many Neighborhood Heroes will also mark six months of our non-profit status and cap off our wonderful first two years.
Thanks to each and all of you for all of your support, energy, and enthusiasm. RSVP and tell your friends! We look forward to seeing you in December and to the next two years and beyond.
In the meanwhile, please vote for your favorite San Francisco charity (even if it’s not us!). With love,