Kelechi Ubozoh is a Nigerian-American writer and mental health advocate who blends the reality of trauma, race, and mental health into her writing. Kelechi co-hosts the Bay Area submission-based reading series MoonDrop Productions with Cassandra Dallett. She has performed at the Berkeley Poetry Festival (2019), Oakland’s Beast Crawl (2016-2017) and San Francisco’s Litquake (2018-2019). For the past three years she has performed at Litcrawl with Cocoa Fly, an all-Black women troupe. Her work is published in Endangered Species, Enduring Values edited by Shizue Seigel. In 2019, she published her anthology with L.D. Green, We’ve Been Too Patient: Voices from Radical Mental Health. She is currently working on a collection of poetry through memoir.
The 5th Annual Poetry in Parks / Ayala Cove on Angel Island
Sunday, Sept 15, 2019, 11:30a – 4pm
A free, family-friendly arts festival
presented by Quiet Lightning, California State Parks, and Kearny Street Workshop
Rough schedule for the day:
11:45: Youth readings
12:00: Music by Cindy Z
12:30: Literary mixtape
1:45: Music by Cindy Z
2:05: Neighborhood Heroes
3:45: Closing remarks
A literary mixtape *
curated by Katie Tandy and July Westhale
Norma Smith » David S. Maduli » Kate Hoyle » Syche Phillips » Abigail Licad » Julia Halprin Jackson » Johnny Alvarez » Glenn Ingersoll » Linette Escobar | Maddy Raskulinecz » Donna Laemmlen » Peter Bullen » Christina Newhard » Cassandra Dallett » Eric Darby » C.E. Shue » Kevin Dublin
curated by KSW
by Cindy Z
>> RSVP <<
* For the literary mixtape, we received 85 submissions and accepted 17 (20%). Of those:
- 8 have never read at Quiet Lightning before (47%)
- 7 are returning (53%):
- Norma Smith (2)
- Julia Halprin Jackson (5)
- Johnny Alvarez (1)
- Glenn Ingersoll (2)
- Linette Escobar (4)
- Donna Laemmlen (2)
- Peter Bullen (20)
- Cassandra Dallett (20)
- C.E. Shue (2)
About California State Parks
The mission of CA State Parks is to provide for the health, inspiration and education of the people of California by helping to preserve the state’s extraordinary biological diversity, protecting its most valued natural and cultural resources, and creating opportunities for high-quality outdoor recreation.
About Kearny Street Workshop
Founded in 1972, during the height of the Asian American cultural movement, Kearny Street Workshop (KSW) is the oldest Asian Pacific American multidisciplinary arts organization in the country. We offer classes and workshops, salons, and student presentations, as well as professionally curated and produced exhibitions, performances, readings, and screenings. KSW makes artists out of community members and community members out of artists. For the past 45 years, KSW has nurtured the creative spirit, offered an important platform for new voices to be heard, and connected artists with community.
ArtSpan believes in the power of art to enrich lives. For 20-plus years we’ve championed an inclusive art experience and provided diverse audiences with an authentic connection to local art and artists. We support emerging and established artists who contribute to San Francisco’s inimitable creative energy, while bolstering the next generation of artists and encouraging the public to engage in preserving and furthering our vibrant art community.
With crucial support from SOMArts Cultural Center
SOMArts leverages the power of art as a tool for social change through multi-disciplinary events and exhibitions. Equipping artists with the space, mentorship and support they need to shift perspectives and innovate solutions, SOMArts fosters access to arts and culture for collective liberation and self-determination.
Ferry information / to get to the event
- There are two ferries departing for Angel Island: from San Francisco at Pier 41, starting at 9:45am ($19.5 round trip, takes about 25 min); from Tiburon, starting at 10am ($15 round trip, takes about 15 min).
- It’s suggested you arrive at least 20 minutes early.
- Tiburon accepts cash and checks only, though you can purchase the SF tickets in advance.
- Once you arrive on Angel Island, you will see signs and Quiet Lightning greeters, but to get to the event site you simply take a right when you disembark from the ferry, and walk around the cove until you get to the picnic tables. It’s about a quarter of a mile walk on a flat surface.
- Accessibility is important to us! If you have any special needs, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do our absolute best to accommodate you.
Other possibly helpful information
- You are welcome to bring snacks, though there is a cafe on the island and we will have draft beer, wine, and sparkling water available for purchase. There are water fountains with potable water at the event site.
- Seating consists of wooden picnic tables, so if you have a cushion, a folding chair, or a blanket you’d like to bring, there’s plenty of space for it. If you need a seat, please email email@example.com no later than 48 hours before the event and we will do our absolute best to accommodate you.
- Dogs are not allowed on the island, service animals excepted. This does not include the use of emotional support animals which are not covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
- More information to be added here, but if you have any questions at all please direct them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
photo: Angel Island by Evan Karp
André Le Mont Wilson
March 4 @ The Bar at Hotel Kabuki, 1625 Post St., San Francisco
Drinks + eats @ 6:30pm / Readings at 7:30
- 9/15 (60%) are appearing at Quiet Lightning for the first time.
- 6/15 (40%) have read/performed @ QL before:
- Fernando Meisenhalter (4x)
- Sarah Kobrinsky (2x)
- Matt Carney (2x)
- André Le Mont Wilson (1x)
- Cassandra Dallett (19x)
- Donna Laemmlen (1x)
Admission is free, with a suggested $5-20 donation to help pay all of the artists, support the venue, and help publish sPARKLE & bLINK 98 featuring all of the writing performed at the show — the first 100 people will receive a free copy (regardless of donation or not) featuring letterpressed cover art by Amos Klausner!
On November 5, Quiet Lightning returns for a series of 9 surprises:
This is a FREE, all-ages show!
But come early, bring some dinner or a drink if you want, it’s turn back the clock the night before so sunset will be just after 5pm … let’s take in the sky, the Bay Lights, and this mixtape together!
From 2016-17, beginning with Quiet Lightning’s 100th show, Turk & Divis (QL’s founding director Evan Karp and his brother Miles) created a track of original music featuring excerpts of the previous month’s Quiet Lightning, posting them online and starting the next show by playing a rough cut—kind of a last time on QL kind of thing. Due out on vinyl, cassette, and digital formats Summer 2018, the album Quiet Lightning features 50 authors performing live at QL—in order of track/show/appearance below.
Pre-orders for vinyl will be available and a release date + party are to be announced soon. The album was recently mixed by Jay Rodgers @ Full Moon Studio and mastered by Joel Hatstat Audio, both based in Athens, GA.
Enjoy! You can stream rough mixes of the album above or, by track, below.
All proceeds will go directly to paying Bay Area artists. Quiet Lightning pays all participating artists and all shows are free. More info soon! Thanks for your support.
Quiet Lightning 116 / sPARKLE & bLINK 92
7:30pm Monday, March 5, 2018
Dogeared Books Castro, 489 Castro St. San Francisco
Free + all ages
Michael Palmer » Peggy Schimmelman » Dani Burlison » Abe Becker » Carson Beker » Lenore Weiss » Cassandra Dallett » Jenny Qi » Andrena Zawinski » David Jacobson » Zach Goldberg » Fatima Nasiyr » Lucy Hilmer » Anna Allen » Emily Dezurick-Badran » Barb Reynolds
We received 97 submissions to this show and accepted 27 (28%).
Submit to our May 7 show?
Our dear old friends Sarah Carpenter and Gracie Malley (both of Catchlight fame) will be curating the May show! Welcome them back in style by sending your best, weirdest, most radical word combinations HERE no later than April 18.
art by Julia Barzizza
sPARKLE & bLINK 91 featuring all selected writing + art free for the first 100 ppl
( RSVP )
Quiet Lightning + California State Parks present Poetry in Parks 2017
September 9 @ Candlestick Point SRA, 10am – 5pm
*** FREE + ALL AGES EVENT: Tickets are not required ***
San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck kicks off the day with a poem and a curated series of youth readings, followed by a set of performances organized by Vasileia; a submission-based literary mixtape, curated through a blind selection process by Kelsey Schimmelman and Lisa Church; Quiet Lightning’s annual Neighborhood Heroes show; an interdisciplinary performance by LOAN; live music by Classical Revolution; live painting and an interactive art station by ArtSpan; children’s activities by Bread & Roses; a book swap; books for sale; delicious local food and drink by D’Maize Catering, Stirm Wine Co., Lagunitas Brewing Co. and House Kombucha, Jason Bayani spinning some records, and—a Quiet Lightning first: an open mic!
Poetry in Parks 2017 – schedule
10:00am – 10:30am DJ / Welcome
10:30am – 11:30am Kim Shuck + youth readings
11:30am – 12pm Live music by Classical Revolution
12 – 1pm Performances by Vasileia
1 – 2pm Literary Mixtape, Live
2 – 2:30pm DJ / Break
2:30 – 3:30pm Neighborhood Heroes
4 – 4:45pm Open Mic
Literary mixtape readings by: Gracia Mwamba, Rich Baiocco, Lisa Piazza, Kimberly Gomes, Raina J. Leòn, Linda Michel-Cassidy, Tomas Moniz, Peter Kline, William Vlach, Lenore Weiss, Abbie Jeanne Amadio, Yael Hacohen, and Jill Bronfman!
- 8/13 have never read at QL (62%)
- 5/13 are returning (38%)
- Lisa Piazza (6x)
- Raina J. León (1x)
- Linda Michel-Cassidy (1x)
- Tomas Moniz (8x, Neighborhood Hero)
- Lenore Weiss (1x)
Neighborhood Heroes 2017
Faith Adiele is author of two memoirs, The Nigerian-Nordic Girl’s Guide to Lady Problems, a humorous e- and audio- book about fibroids, and Meeting Faith, an account of becoming Thailand’s first black Buddhist nun that won the PEN Open Book Award. She is writer/narrator/subject of My Journey Home, a PBS documentary about her mixed, international family, and co-editor of Coming of Age Around the World: A Multicultural Anthology. Her essays have appeared in HuffPo, O Magazine, Yes!, Essence, and numerous anthologies. She lives in Oakland, where she runs African Book Club at Octopus Literary Salon and teaches at CCA, Esalen, VONA/Voices, Vortex/Hedgebrook and The Writers’ Grotto. The Original Obama, she is on her way to becoming huge in Finland; visit her at adiele.com before it’s too late!
Jason Bayani is the author of Amulet from Write Bloody Publishing. He’s an MFA graduate from Saint Mary’s College, a Kundiman fellow, and works as the Artistic Director for Kearny Street Workshop. Jason performs regularly around the country and recently debuted his solo show, “Locus of Control” in 2016.
Hugh Behm-Steinberg is the author of Shy Green Fields (No Tell Books, 2007) and The Opposite of Work (JackLeg Press, 2012), as well as three Dusie chapbooks, Sorcery (2007), Good Morning! (2011) and The Sound of Music (2015). The author of two libretti: Terrible Things Will Happen But It’s Going to Be Okay: A Donner Party Opera with composer Guillermo Galindo, and a children’s opera based on the Chinese folktale, The Clever Wife, which was commissioned by the Houston Grand Opera for their Opera to Go series, Behm–Steinberg collaborates on text/sound art projects with Matt Davignon under the bandname Oa. In 2015 his short story “Taylor Swift” won the Barthelme Prize for short fiction. He is a former Wallace Stegner Fellow in creative writing at Stanford University and the recipient of an NEA fellowship. During his tenure as Faculty Editor of Eleven Eleven for the past ten years, he has published close to 1200 writers, artists and translations. He teaches in the MFA Writing and BA Writing and Literature Programs at California College of the Arts, where he’s the interim chair of the Adjunct Faculty Union.
Cassandra Dallett lives in Oakland, CA. Cassandra is a two-time Pushcart nominee and Literary Death Match winner. She has been published online and in many print magazines, such as Slip Stream, Sparkle and Blink, Chiron Review, Stone Boat Review, and Great Weather for Media. Cassandra reads often around the San Francisco Bay Area, she hosts the monthly writing workshop OnTwoSix, and the quarterly reading series Moon Drop Productions. Her first full-length book of poetry Wet Reckless (Manic D Press) was released in 2014. In 2015, she authored five chapbooks one of them, On Sunday, A Finch (Nomadic Press) was nominated for a California Book Award, look for a new full-length collection Collapse from Nomadic Press in the fall of 2107.
Christine No is a writer/filmmaker who has shown work at the Sundance Film Festival and in publications including: The Rumpus, sPARKLE+bLINK, Columbia Journal, Atlas And Alice, Apogee, The Brooklyn Quarterly and various anthologies. She is a cohort of the Kearny Street Workshop Interdisciplinary Writers Lab, a VONA/Voices Fellow, a Pushcart Prize Nominee, Best of The Net 2017 Nominee, and placed First in Poetry in the 2016 Litquake Writing Contest. She believes in radical kindness, that magic exists, and that “the only way out is through”. She’s also a total dork and looks way better on paper. She lives in Oakland with her ride-or-die pit bull/bae, Brandeh.
Baruch Porras-Hernandez is a Pushcart Prize nominated writer, performer named one of the 13 Top Bay Area Writers to Watch in 2016 by 7×7 Magazine in San Francisco. You can find his writing published online at The Tusk, his poems on Drunk in a Midnight Choir, Santa Ana River Review, and several other poetry anthologies like Assaracus, Foglifter, Rio Grande Review, Divining Divas, and two anthologies with Write Bloody Publishing. He was named a Lambda Literary Poetry Fellow in 2014, and a Lambda Literary Playwriting Fellow in 2016. He’s been featured in Writers with Drinks, has performed several times with Radar Productions, LitQuake, and Quiet Lightning. He is a winner of Literary Death Match, has won The Moth, Write Club SF, and is the reigning Muni Diaries Haiku Champion. He’s working on several play commissions including a project with Detour Dance, his solo show titled Love in a Time of Piñatas which is being developed by a grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission for Individual Theatre Artists. He recently received the Creative Work Fund grant to collaborate with MACLA (Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana) in a literary multimedia project that will focus on Queer Latinx Superhero stories. He is the head organizer of ¿Donde Esta Mi Gente? Created in part by the REGEN artist grant from the Galerìa de la Raza. He is originally from Mexico, lives in San Francisco, and regularly hosts literary shows with KQED.
Maw Shein Win
Maw Shein Win is a poet and educator who lives and works in the Bay Area. Her writing has appeared in various journals, including Cimarron Review, Fanzine, Eleven Eleven, the Fabulist, and others. Her most recent poetry chapbook is Score and Bone on Nomadic Press, and Invisible Gifts, her full-length poetry collection, will be published by Manic D Press in spring 2018. She is the first poet laureate of El Cerrito.
Kim Shuck is a protein, an educator, a jester and the 7th Poet Laureate of San Francisco. Shuck is sole author of three books, one chapbook, and many poems. Her latest is Clouds Running In.
The first 200 people will ALSO RECEIVE a copy of sPARKLE & bLINK 89,
featuring writing by all of this year’s Neighborhood Heroes + artwork by Katie McCann!
Main Park Entrance: 501 Hunters Point Expressway (not Boulevard)
- By car: From Highway 101 take the Candlestick Park exit heading towards the stadium and follow the shoreline to the Candlestick Point State Recreation Area (Day Use) parking lot. CPSRA contains two parking areas and additional unmarked parking along adjacent roads. The main parking area extends along both sides of Donner Avenue, from approximately 500 feet south of the main park entrance gate to the Windsurf Circle, and provides 180 marked parking spaces, including five handicap spaces. The Last Port’s smaller, natural surface parking area accommodates 32 vehicles in unmarked parking spaces. Jamestown Avenue and Hunters Point Expressway provide additional street parking near the Windsurf Circle. On-street parking in the vicinity of CPSRA is generally unrestricted (other than weekly street cleaning) and is typically permitted on both sides of the street.
- By public transit: Transit service to and from CPSRA and vicinity is primarily provided by Muni bus and light rail lines, which can be used to access regional transit operators. Service to and from the East Bay is provided by Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), AC Transit, and ferries; service to and from the North Bay is provided by Golden Gate Transit buses and ferries; and service to and from the Peninsula and South Bay is provided by Caltrain, SamTrans, and BART.
- By bicycle: Existing bicycle facilities in the CPSRA vicinity include routes that are part of the San Francisco Bicycle Network as well as regional routes that are part of the San Francisco Bay Trail system.
Other ITEMS TO BRING AND NOT BRING
- WATER or you can purchase at the theatre
- PICNIC LUNCH or you can purchase at the theatre
- CUSHIONS or low chairs for seating
- BEVERAGES – Alcohol (NO GLASS) may be brought in or purchased at theatre
- PICNIC/BEACH BLANKET
- LAYERED, COMFORTABLE CLOTHING – weather can be unpredictable
- DIRECTIONS to theatre or shuttle parking
- CASH (some vendors will accept cards)
- HATS and SUNGLASSES
- HIKING MAPS and GEAR
- ALLERGIC TO BEES? Bring your EpiPen/Benadryl
PLEASE DO NOT BRING
- Glass Containers
We could use some extra hands! Modest but delectable compensation 🙂 If you’re interested, send a short note to evan [at] quietlightning [dot] org.
Featuring: Baruch Porras-Hernandez » Natasha Dennerstein » Sarah Arantza Amador » Cassandra Dallett » Sage Yockelson » Danielle Bero » Jennifer Barone » Jill Tydor » Claire Calderón » Riss Rosado » Tomas Moniz | Jason Ridler » William Taylor Jr. » Vanessa Wilkinson » Tony Press » Brennan DeFrisco » Natasha Dennerstein » Ari Moskowitz » Heather Bourbeau » Natasha Dennerstein » Elizaye Quate » Josiah Alderete
How much/what else: Free, all ages, and open to all—the first 100 people will receive a book featuring all of the selected writing and cover art by local artist Darlene Alvarez! Thanks to a grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission all selected artists will be paid, and will read/perform as a literary mixtape, with no introductions or banter.
thanks to everyone who submitted!
76 submissions, accepted 20 (26%)
8 first-timers (40%), 12 returning (60%)
Baruch Porras-Hernandez (2x)
Cassandra Dallett (13x)
Jennifer Barone (1x)
Jill Tydor (2x)
Tomas Moniz (7x)
William Taylor Jr. (8x)
Tony Press (1x)
Brennan DeFrisco (1x)
Ari Moskowitz (1x)
Heather Bourbeau (2x)
Elizaye Quate (1x)
Josiah Alderete (1x)
It’s going to be @ Clarion Music Performing Arts Center!
Monday, February 6 @ The Stud Bar
7:30 – 9pm // doors 9am 😉
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
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)