Woah. Over 200 people came out to the Contemporary Jewish Museum for the sixth installment of Neighborhood Heroes. Check out these photos, courtesy of Julie Michelle:
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You can read our 40th issue of sPARKLE & bLINK right here and watch the entire show (with author links) here. You can also enjoy this photo of heroes Kevin Killian and Susan Steinberg in the restroom, taken during the afterparty at Novela by hero Kobek:
Major thanks to everyone at the museum, to our volunteers, staff and board of directors — but most of all to our heroes for coming together to create another unforgettable show, and to everyone who was there to be a part of it. You can purchase a copy of the book, with art by Amanda Cruz, right here.
A kind of town hall of the Bay Area literary scene, where both established names and emerging writers come together for a consistently evolving, experimental show – Neja Talreja
It’s Beast Crawl!
Saturday, July 6th @ Duende in Uptown Oakland
Featuring: Liana Holmberg, Pam Benjamin, Annie Avery, Matthew DeCoster, Joe Case, Amy Glasenapp, Genine Lentine, and José Luis Gutiérrez! For more info on all of the artists, check out the fancy QL // Beast Crawl page. We’re kicking off the festival – 5pm with a bang!
Our one night stand with The Rumpus is Tuesday, July 9th!
Featuring readings by Alice LaPlante, Brandon Brown, and a literary mixtape you should submit to, with music by Le fomo and comedy TBA. This will be at Balançoire — get ready to party!
On the Horizon
- Our three-show series with the Conservatory of Flowers begins on August 5th and continues on September 2nd (submissions open soon).
- Then we’re celebrating City Lights’ 60th birthday with a special Quiet Lightning in Kerouac Alley! That’s September 22nd (more info very soon).
- The Greenhouse Effect concludes with a third evening at the COF as part of Litquake on Monday, October 14th.
- Then we’re doing a special collab with the Center for the Art of Translation in November, and
- finishing off our 4th year — and our first Tour Through Town — with a show in Sausalito as part of Why There Are Words on December 12th. We could use your help with this one — we’re raising money to rent Chicken John‘s bus so we can go up there together; we’ll be serving dinner across the bridge! All donations are tax deductible and every bit helps — plan to come, and help if you can.
Thank you all so much for everything. We are overwhelmed by the year we’re having! Who said don’t get high on what you create?