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neighborhood heroes: june 4 @ the contemporary jewish museum

For our annual Neighborhood Heroes show, we are proud to present, on Thursday, June 4th @ the Contemporary Jewish Museum:


Brenda HillmanBrenda Hillman is the author of nine full-length collections from Wesleyan University Press, the most recent of which are Practical Water (2009), winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Award, and Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire (2013), which received  the International Griffin Poetry Prize for 2014. With Patricia Dienstfrey, she edited  The Grand Permission:  New Writings on Poetics and Motherhood  (Wesleyan, 2003), and has co-translated Poems from Above the Hill by Ashur Etwebi and Instances by Jeongrye Choi. Hillman teaches at St. Mary’s College where she is the Olivia C. Filippi Professor of Poetry; she is an activist for social and environmental justice.


Daniel AlarconDaniel Alarcón’s books include War by Candlelight, a finalist for the 2005 PEN-Hemingway Award, and Lost City Radio, named a Best Novel of the Year by the San Francisco Chronicle and the Washington Post. He is Executive Producer of Radio Ambulante, a Spanish language narrative journalism podcast. In 2010 The New Yorker named him one of the best 20 Writers Under 40, and his most recent novel, At Night We Walk in Circles, was a finalist for the 2014 PEN Faulkner Award. He teaches at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.


Gloria FrymGloria Frym is a poet and prose writer. She is the author of two short stories collections–Distance No Object (City Lights Books), and How I Learned (Coffee House Press)–as well as manyvolumes of poetry, including Mind Over Matter and Any Time Now. Her book Homeless at Home received an American Book Award. She teaches in the MFA and BA Writing and Literature programs at California College of the Arts. The True Patriot, a collection of proses, is due out from Spuyten Duyvil in Fall 2015.


Benjamin HollanderBenjamin Hollander was born in Haifa, Israel and immigrated to Jamaica, Queens (NYC) at the age of 6. Since 1978, he has lived in San Francisco. His books—featuring poetry, essays, fiction and other writings—include: In The House Un-American (Clockroot Books, 2013), Memoir American (Punctum Books, 2013), Vigilance: (Beyond Baroque Books, 2005), Rituals of Truce and the Other Israeli (Parrhesia Press, 2004), Levinas and the Police (Chax Press, 2001), The Book Of Who Are Was (Sun & Moon Press, 1997), How to Read, too (Leech Books, 1992), and (as editor) Translating Tradition: Paul Celan in France (ACTS, 1988).


Kathryn MaKathryn Ma is the author of the novel The Year She Left Us, which was selected as a New York Times Editor’s Choice and named a Best Book of 2014 by NPR and the San Francisco Chronicle. Her story collection, All That Work and Still No Boys, won the Iowa Short Fiction Award, and was chosen as an SF Chronicle Notable Book and an LA Times Discoveries Book. She received the Meyerson Prize for Fiction and has published her short fiction widely.


Katie Wheeler-Dubin by Ian Tuttle

Katie Wheeler-Dubin loves purple and sunlight and dancing. She was born and raised in San Francisco and has become a professional subletter. If you know where she can live for cheaps in the Bay come November, please write her. She loves letters. Her self-printed chapbook, I Went to Sleep Drunk and Woke up Hungry, is a collection of love letters she wrote while she lived in New Orleans. Her Neighborhood Heroes performance will be about that experience. She printed the chapbook on her Brother printer and on Tiny Splendor’s risograph. The Brother is now broken. This summer, she will be making a documentary about San Francisco with Camilla Puccini and Quiet Lightning. At the end of the day, she enjoys a whiskey, neat, and good loving. She shouts out to all indigo children and fraternal twins.


Tomas MonizTomas Moniz is the founder, editor, and writer for the award winning zine, book and magazine: Rad Dad. His novella Bellies and Buffalos is a tender, chaotic road trip about friendship, family and Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. He is co-founder and co-host of the rambunctious monthly reading series, Saturday Night Special. He’s been making zines since the late nineties, and his most current zine addition / subtraction is available, but you have to write him a postcard: PO Box 3555, Berkeley CA 94703. He promises to write back. The story submitted is part of a series of interconnected narratives that’s currently looking for a home.


Colin WinnetteColin Winnette is the author of several books, including the SPD bestseller Coyote, and Fondly, listed among Salon’s “best books of 2013.” His most recent novel is Haints Stay (Two Dollar Radio, 2015). His writing has appeared in the Believer, the American ReaderMcSweeney’s, and 9th Letter, among other places. His prizes include the NOS Book Contest (for Coyote) and Sonora Review’s Short Short Fiction Prize. He was a finalist for Gulf Coast Magazine’s Donald Barthelme Prize for short prose and the Cleveland State University Poetry Center’s First Book Award. He conducts a semi-regular interview series for Electric Literature and is an associate editor of Pank magazine. He lives in San Francisco.


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$10 includes admission to “Bound to Be Held: A Book Show
All ages | Draft beer courtesy of Lagunitas
sPARKLE & bLINK for the first 150 people featuring art by Danielle Genzel

sPARKLE & bLINK 67 art by Danielle Genzel

RSVP • Tickets

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neighborhood heroes ! call for submissions ! beast crawl

"accumulation of absences" by Tanya Hollis (created for kari edwards' no gender
“accumulation of absences” by Tanya Hollis (created for kari edwards, No Gender)

Yiyun Li
Peter Orner
Katie Crouch
Matthew Zapruder
Norma Cole
Sarah Griffin
Lauren Traetto
Peter Bullen
Moneta Goldsmith

Thursday, August 7th

Contemporary Jewish Museum
736 Mission St.
6:30 p.m. (doors at 6)

first 100 people get a copy of sPARKLE & bLINK ft. art by Tanya Hollis

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Thursday, August 9th
w/National Poetry Slam
12:30 p.m. Courtyard Marriott, Oakland
submissions open thru Wed July 23

SFCity by Maga Rinconfor webBeast Crawl

Saturday, July 12 • 8pm
Oakstop • 1721 Broadway  (@ 17th), Oakland
Free • $3 Lagunitas • sPARKLE & bLINK w/Maga Rincon



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neighborhood heroes @ the contemporary jewish museum

Thrilled to announce our next show: Thursday June 6 at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, the latest installment of our Neighborhood Heroes series and a collaboration with the exhibit Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg.

If you’re just tuning in, we’ve done shows in dive bars, classy bars, art galleries, music halls, bookstores, night clubs, a greenhouse, a ballroom, a theater, a mansion, a sporting goods store, a pirate store, a community center… and this will be our first museum show!


Jane Smiley
Glen David Gold
Lisa Brackmann
Michael David Lukas
Susan Steinberg
Kevin Killian
Joseph Lease
Tom Comitta
Karen Penley
Chris Peck the Town Crier

For only 5 dollars! Lagunitas will be in the house with cold draft beers. Don’t miss this, even for your grandparents; they would want you to be at Quiet Lightning! More info will be up shortly, but you can get tickets now — don’t sleep! Museums are pretty strict on things like capacity, you know. RSVP on the Facebook.

July 6th we’re going back to Oakland to be a part of the second annual Beast Crawl! Last year we debuted our Random Play series, which we’ll do again; more to be announced soon, but for now you can read some background on the festival and a recent interview with co-founder Paul Corman-Roberts. Also, you can see a list of confirmed events that will happen — all on that one day in Oakland’s Uptown  — right here.

It’s true! We’re teaming up with The Rumpus, too. How amazing has this Tour Through Town been? Any ideas on what we should do for our fifth year?! Hold those (better yet: send them in!) because for now, let’s talk about Tuesday, July 9th. We’re putting this show together now and would love you to send in your work. Any kind of writing at all. Deadline is Wednesday, June 9th. You know this show is going to be slamming — we’re going to have music and comedy in true Rump fashion — so be a part of it! More info soon.

August 5th we return to the Conservatory of Flowers for our third annual three-show series The Greenhouse Effect. The other dates will be Sept 2 (Labor Day, with a picnic litnic on the lawn) and October 14th as part of Litquake!

Then we’re teaming up with the Center for the Art of Translation and Why There Are Words, which will close out our year. Somewhere in there (November!) is our 50th show. Can you believe it?

in chicken's busThanks for your ongoing support. We are always accepting donations, which are entirely tax deductible and can be made here. For every $10 you donate, we will spend $10 on the greater Bay Area literary community. We’re trying to raise enough money right now to rent Chicken John’s bus to take people to Sausalito. How much fun would that be? We’ll cook a big meal for everyone and have a blast all the way to the show (see photo to the right for an idea or two). Help!

ql-logoFinally, you can now enjoy our recent show with Oakland’s Studio One Reading Series here (video and full text online).

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open door: hidden tracks: neighborhood heroes: the rumpus

Nicole  McFeely and Janey Smith, in association with Quiet Lightning productions and Casey McAlduff‘s Studio One Reading Series, are proud to present Hidden Tracks, featuring the work of Adeena Karasick and erica lewis in a one-night only live performance of literary mixtape #43 (aka sparkle + blink 39 aka the fourth stop on this year’s Tour):

click on the image for links to the readers

Art from Elizabeth Moran’s Night, Light series

Free show. Free Lagunitas. Food trucks prior — been to Studio One Art Center? It was made for grazing.

Friday, May 3 @ 7:30 • doors 7 • trucks 6
365 45th St, Oakland

Coming from BART?

  1. MacArthur Station
  2. R on 40th (E) until Telegraph Ave
  3. L to Cross 40th and walk ~450 Evan paces
  4. R on 45th
  5. Walk ~550 Evan paces (Studio One is just past the Temescal pool, also on your right — you can’t miss it)

QL + Porch Light Open Door this Monday!

You can now read and watch our March show with Feast of Words right here and our April show with Porch Light right here.

Neighborhood Heroes • June 6th at the Contemporary Jewish Museum

Jane Smileypostcard_4x6_back-print
Glen David Gold
Lisa Brackmann
Michael David Lukas
Susan Steinberg
Kevin Killian
Joseph Lease
Tom Comitta
Karen Penley
Chris Peck the Town Crier

—The Rumpus

Submissions for our show with The Rumpus are now open! It’s going to be Tuesday, July 9th. More info coming soon, but if you can commit to that date now you can go ahead: submit.


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Neighborhood Heroes

Once a year, Quiet Lightning honors exceptional members of our community—our Neighborhood Heroes—for a special edition of our show (and accompanying issue of sparkle + blink). For a full list of our Heroes, and to watch them read with us, click here.

We would love to know who your heroes are, and who you’d like to see participate in Quiet Lightning. Please send any nominations, thoughts, and/or questions to evan AT quietlightning DOT org.

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the legacy of the william westerfeld mansion welcomes quiet lightning’s neighborhood heroes

It’s true: on Friday, June 8th Quiet Lightning will join the rich cultural legacy of the William Westerfeld Mansion* with the fifth installment of our Neighborhood Heroes series:

  • Isaac Fitzgerald: Editor does not begin to do justice to Fitzgerald’s role in the SF-based literary culture website/revolution The Rumpus; without Isaac there would be no Rumpus, which has lately received national attention for its innovative print subscription Letters in the Mail (The Rumpus sends subscribers near-weekly letters from esteemed authors, often handwritten and with a return address, for only $5/mo), and monthly Rumpus Book and Rumpus Poetry Book Clubs, which provide an unparalleled forum for small presses, writers of true literary fiction and poetry, and their fans. Isaac has one of the largest hearts you’re bound to experience in this life and the world experience of a man twice his age and privilege [watch].
  • Lorna Dee Cervantes: Internationally acclaimed for her poetry, Cervantes has been performing and lecturing for over 40 years. She has been an instrumental force in the emergence of many Chicana/o writers, publishing new and established voices in MANGO, the literary journal she founded in 1976, and has received many awards and honors: the American Book Award, 2 NEA Fellowships, and the Lila Wallace/Reader’s Digest Foundation Writer’s Award for Outstanding Chicana Literature (to name but a few). She is the Regents Lecturer at UC Berkeley this year [watch].
  • Jack and Adelle Foley: Jack has been doing a weekly literary radio show on KPFA since 1988, and a weekly column called Foley’s Books on The Alsop Review 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 a book of haiku and writes a column in the monthly community newsletter The MacArthur Metro. Together, they perform what they call “choral poetry” [watch].
  • A.D. Winans: A San Francisco native, Winans came to poetry “accidentally”, falling in with and taking inspiration from the North Beach crowd that included Bob Kaufman and Jack Micheline. He founded and edited Second Coming Press, publishing many writers who would go on to be influential (including a relative newcomer named Charles Bukowski, with whom he went on to enjoy a regular correspondence). Winans is the author of over 50 books and is published widely in the small press world; his poetry presents a tough exterior and everything it’s supposed to protect, and is usually based on observation. His papers are housed at Brown University [watch]
  • Toni Mirosevich: Beloved Professor of Creative Writing at San Francisco State University and former MacDowell Colony fellow, Toni is the author of five collections of poetry, including The Takeaway BinQueer StreetThe Rooms We Make Our OwnMy Oblique Strategies (which won the 2005 Frank O’Hara Chapbook Award), and a book of nonfiction stories, Pink Harvest (which won the 2007 First Series in Creative Nonfiction Award and was a finalist for that year’s Lambda Literary Award). Her pioneering multi-genre work has been anthologized in Best of the Bellevue Literary Review, Best American Travel Writing, The Gastronomica Reader, The Impossible Will Take a Little While, AutoBioDiversity: True Stories from Zyzzyva and elsewhere [watch].
  • Jarett Kobek: Author of ATTA, a theoretical fiction that posits the question: what if 9/11 was as much about architectural criticism as religious terrorism, Kobek thought people took his book too seriously and authored the forthcoming If You Won’t Read, Then Why Should I Write?, a collection of short stories that are transcriptions of the incidental scenes from celebrity sex tapes [he does not like to be filmed].
  • Cassie J. Sneider: Comic artist and author of Fine Fine Music, a collection of coming of age / rock and roll stories set in Long Island and on the road, Cassie recently toured with Sister Spit and is creator of the new storytelling series The Worst! [watch].
  • Keely Hyslop: Winner of the 2011 Michael Rubin Book Award for her debut collection of poems Things I Say to Pirates on Nights When I Miss You, Hyslop’s writing is bold, fierce and tender, experimental and accessible [watch]
  • Timothy Walker: It’s hard to tell what’s real from what’s surreal when you’re listening to or reading Timothy Walker, Fairfield Ranger, though he looks like a normal guy [watch].

Be there! It’s not every day you can hang out in The Westerfeld House; it’s not every day you can hang with all these heroes at once. Across from the Painted Ladies, the mansion is located at the northwest corner of Alamo Square.

Lagunitas will be in the house and we might have another surprise or two, so bring your wallets and leave everything else at home. Except whatever you take pictures with: every inch of this building is worthy of capture, and we hope to make every second the same. As always, admission to this show will be $5.


*Once owned and operated by Rolling Stones co-founder Charles Fraccia and experimental film genius Kenneth Anger as a studio and crash pad for the likes of The Grateful Dead and Beat artists such as Lenore KandelKen KeseyJanis JoplinThe Cockettes; Fillmore jazz legend John Handy; occultist and author of The Satanic Bible Anton LaVey… Tom Wolfe called it “a great shambling old Gothic house, a freaking decayed giant, known as The Russian Embassy” in The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test; it was home to Bobbie Beausoleil of The Manson Family, who, with Anger, is sworn to have experienced “a couple of very good flying saucer sightings” from the tower; there has been at least one murder in the house… In short, yes, there is an outrageous, even mystical energy to this place and a cultural legacy we are privileged to be a part of.

On June 8th, 2012

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footage from du nord | neighborhood heroes, v.3

this past month’s show at café du nord was stellar! click here for videos of all the performances, read and download the full text below, or purchase a copy, with beautiful artwork by Pua Logan, here.

update on nonprofit status

from the office of Debra Bowen, Secretary of the fine State of California: “As a result of budget cuts, the time to process requests has increased significantly.” applications for nonprofit incorporation received by mail on or before Feb 22 11 are currently being processed. we sent our application in on the morning of March 7th, so we should find something out fairly soon. while we await incorporation and tax exemption we’re offering a special, limited time deal: get a year’s admission to quiet lightning – including a copy of Sparkle and Blink sent to your mailbox before each show – for only $100! each book sells for $10 so you save $20 right there AND get in to all the shows for free. if you’re interested and able, send us a line (it would help considerably).

neighborhood heroes: jun 6 @ 111 minna gallery

don’t miss this. here’s what happened the first time. here’s what happened the second. this is the third:

tamim ansary

jack boulware

rob brezsny

meg day

jane ganahl

steven gray

graham gremore

caitlin myer

d.a. powell

william taylor jr.

monday, july 4 (location TBA)

we are accepting all forms of writing and art for our july 4 show. submissions are open through jun 15. please see our guidelines to submit (and please submit!).

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Neighborhood Heroes, v.2

But first! Here’s a slideshow of our Nov 3 show @ Booksmith, and here is a link to the videos and some notes.

And now! Neighborhood Heroes, v.2 ::

Tuesday, November 30th | 111 Minna Gallery

6:45 – 9pm, only $5

Kim Addonizio

» Her many books, including Ordinary Genius and Lucifer at the Starlite

» Performance at the Hemlock Tavern

Ian Tuttle

Stretchyhead: a restaurant review website like no other «

Performance at Barely Published Authors, Litquake «

Bucky Sinister

» His many books and spoken word CD, including 12 Steps and All Blacked Out & Nowhere to Go

» Performance as part of The Drums Inside Your Chest

Charlie Jane Anders

Seriously, admire her website first. Then check out her books, including Choir Boy and She’s Such a Geek «

Founder + host, Writers With Drinks «

Performance, as part of LitPunk «

Andrew O. Dugas

» Read some of his published work

» Performance, from QL3

Ali Liebegott

Books, including The IHOP Papers and The Beautifully Worthless «

Performance, from Literary Death Match «

Lauren Becker

» Founder and co-curator of East Bay on the Brain + editor-in-chief of Corium Magazine

» Performance, from QL 7

Peg Alford Pursell

Founder + curator, Why There Are Words «

Performance at Barely Published Authors, Litquake «

Gravity Goldberg

» Co-founder + Editor, Instant City

» Performance, from Why There Are Words

Jonathan Siegel

The maverick behind Viracocha «

Performance, from SF Underground «

Alia Volz

» Host, Literary Death Match

» Performance, from QL8

Charlie Getter

Founding member, glue of 16th & Mission «

Performance, from QL4 «


As always, we will publish a book of the night’s readings and sell the book at the show. They will be $10 each. Maybe you want to read Neighborhood Heroes, v.1? You could always watch the whole thing with this video playlist.


Spectacular vernaculars and trumpets of gold.

Treat yourself. Join us.