March 2 @ Old Devil Moon, 3472 Mission St. @ Cortland, 7pm
Admission is a suggested $15 donation, with all proceeds directly benefiting Bay Area artists. No one is ever turned away for lack of funds. sPARKLE & bLINK featuring cover art by Claire Rabkin for the first 100 people!
Thanks to everyone who sent in work for our first show of 2020 — and our second decade!
a literay mixtape, starring:
Sean Taylor » Robert Pesich » Caitlyn Clark » Thea Matthews » Tony Press » Sara Biel » Peter Bullen » Carol Dorf » Jennifer Kulbeck » Lea Gulino » Abe Becker » Chelsea Davis » Tomas Moniz » Richelle Lee Slota » Chandler Rae Fitchett » Elizabeth Horner Turner » Sarah Paris » Amy Smith
After the readings (and a hearty intermission: beer, wine, and snacks are available at the concession stand), we will screen our feature-length film Water Under the Bridge (directed by Katie Wheeler-Dubin and Mila Puccini, 2016).
We never turn away anyone due to lack of funds! If you can’t afford a ticket for any reason, please send us a line at email@example.com to let us know and we’ll reserve you a seat, or simply show up and let us know at the door – tickets will be available on the night of the show.
Stats for this show:
- We received 89 submissions and accepted 18 (20%)
- Of the 18 selected, 10 have read at QL before (56%)
- Of the 18 selected, 8 are reading at QL for the first time (44%)
Join us for our Jul 1 show, which will also be the publication of sPARKLE & bLINK 100!
:: Thanks to everyone who submitted! ::
We received 64 submissions and selected 19 (30%).
Of the 19 selected, 7 have read @ QL before (37%) and 12 are reading @ QL for the first time (63%).
This show will be at The Laundry in San Francisco (3359 26th Street)!
Admission is free, with a suggested $5-20 donation if you’d like Quiet Lightning to be sustainable. Doors at 7pm; show begins at 7:30pm.
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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!
art by Julia Barzizza
sPARKLE & bLINK 91 featuring all selected writing + art free for the first 100 ppl
( RSVP )
- 8 have never read for QL before (53%)
- 7 are returning (47%)
- Kristina Ten (5x)
- Sean Taylor (4x)
- Natasha Dennerstein (2x)
- Riss Rosado (1x)
- John Panzer (5x)
- Wild Red Hawk (2x)
- Akinyele Sadiq (2x)
This will be our 113th show since December 2009. We’ve now featured 1,100+ readings by 800+ authors—as selected by 50+ curators—and produced shows in 80+ venues of all kinds. We’re proud to say that all participating artists are paid. Send us some work for our secret day 001 show! And invite someone to join you at the peacock lounge?
Because we love the challenge at the end of every year to select six of the best pieces we published—and it’s so difficult: this year we published 4 books, featuring 87 authors!—we’re thrilled to have nominated the following for the 2021 Best of Small Presses:
You can read and watch our previous nominations below:
Brynn Saito: “How to Prepare the Mind for Lightning” « [vid + text coming soon]
Monday night of the 4th of May 2015, 7pm doors
3359 Cesar Chavez St.
7/14 of the authors are readings @ QL for the first time (50%)
Matt Leibel (4x)
Suzannah Weiss (1x)
Hugh Behm-Steinberg (2x)
Peter Bullen (9x)
Alexander Peterson (3x)
Sean Taylor (3x)
Daniel Riddle Rodriguez (1x)
videos from the last Chemical Wedding
- Deadline to be a part of the next project by Quiet Lightning Films, Water Under the Bridge, is May 4
- Get your tickets for the Jun 4 Neighborhood Heroes show @ the Contemporary Jewish Museum: Daniel Alarcón, Brenda Hillman, Benjamin Hollander, Kathryn Ma, Gloria Frym, Katie Wheeler-Dubin, Tomas Moniz, and Colin Winnette [RSVP]
- Submit to Jul 11 QL Beast Crawl // Jul 18 QL Night Light by June 10 (and more info) here
We’re headed to WeWork Golden Gate on Monday, March 2nd, and hot abomunists do we have a show for you!
Monday, March 2, 7pm start « doors at 6:30
$5-10 includes free beer (courtesy Lagunitas!) + sPARKLE & bLINK to first 100 (free for WeWork members)
25 Taylor St. near Market
All ages, all forms and formulations
Do you understand? these dozen author people will converge for one evening, each speak their part in an art piece conceived from their creations—one night only—and then walk down the stairs (or take elevator) onto Market St., and make their decisions?
No one turned away for lack of funds, ever. Come make art // breathe //
- Apr 12 Chemical Wedding @ The Emerald Tablet: Jason Morris, Clara Hsu, Alejandro Murguia + more TBA
- May 4 @ Chez Poulet (will this be a book release for The Sacred Text of Rosa Who is Great, written by Marcus Lund, illustrated by Stella Peach and printed by Tiny Splendor? Maybe! We hope so! What would that even look like? Last one was cool. Oh, I meant book release.
- Jun 4 Neighborhood Heroes @ Contemporary Jewish Museum. Is it too much to say that on this date, Daniel Alarcón, Brenda Hillman, Benjamin Hollander, Kathryn Ma, Gloria Frym, Katie Wheeler-Dubin, and Tomas Moniz are all going to read for us? For only $10, with a book and cheap frosties, Lagunitas style? That lineup without introductions is like the best 70 minutes of television that will never happen. Meanwhile, you could be tickling someone’s palm, silently and clearly smiling at your inability to say but a fraction of what you think, in this moment and ever, but hot potatoes bless the moon, the earth rock and the stupid flesh. I bring this up bc you can participate:
- Bound to Be Held: you can donate a book that’s been important to you to this museum exhibition that includes only such books and will be re-arranged, based on taste, color, etc. throughout the exhibition. Truly cool! If you’re interested, follow this link.
- You can just get a ticket and go to the show. This option no losers. Last year. The year before.
vitriol. have you seen it? do you have one? we’re almost sold out! get one, if you can… we only made 300 copies, and we’re working on the next issue now. with poetry by Melissa Stein, Maw Shein Win, Alejandro Murguia, Jason Morris, Jason Jimenez, Bill Hughes, Nora Toomey, and Clara Hsu, and fiction by Benjamin Wachs and Juliana Delgado Lopera, music by Shenandoah Davis, Sean Nelson, Taylor Jacobs, AlphaDog (Kristina Dutton and Teddy Rankin-Parker), Kyle Bruckmann‘s quartet Addleds, and Mills composition faculty and pianist Chris Brown playing solo piano and electronics, with essays by Dr. Indre Viskontas, Camille Seaman, and Arnaud Martin, the second issue—out on June 14, as part of a live show—is going to be sexier than a 10-dollar bill has ever been. You can get issue 1 and reserve issue 2 both for only $16.
In case you’re just scanning (and if you’re reading, red-handed!):
By the numbers
For Mar 2, we received 45 submissions: