Turns out 111 Minna Gallery is an amazing place for Quiet Lightning! We’re very thankful to them for having us, to you for coming, to all the readers from our first 12 shows, particularly our Neighborhood Heroes in June and those this week, to everyone who has shown us support and love. “You have created such a beautiful thing.” So many people said this to me and to Raja Tuesday night. “No,” I would say. “We created a place for beautiful things.” It just so happens that our place moves around every month. Our place is together.

Not going to share a picture of each reader this month. The lightning wasn’t perfect for that. I mean the lightning. Woops. I try to type lightning and you see what happens. Lighting! I had to use backspace. Ergo, I don’t think I’m going to put quotes up, either. See for yourself: the entire show can be read here. You can also watch the entire thing here. And you can buy it, perfectly bound and with beautiful artwork by Matty Byloos, here.

(Actually, some of the things we published are different from the readings this month, which is not usual but then we break the rules for the sake of our artists, so if you want to see what was actually performed you should check out the videos. That also means if you were at the show and didn’t pick up a copy of sPARKLE & bLINK you can read bonus stories here, including Nightfishing by Alia Volz, which was nominated for a Pushcart, a flash piece by Peg Alford Pursell called Magpies, an entire chapter from Andrew O. Dugas’ novel Sleepwalking in Paradise that takes place in Cole Valley, and one of my favorite poems by Charlie Getter — in which he “oo oos for yes and oo oos for no.”)

12 months. 12 shows. Holy annus! Here’s to 2.0, starting:

January 3 2011 | Public Works | 161 Erie St

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Birthday Heroes!

Hi everyone! Hope you’re getting excited, because one week from tomorrow (on Tuesday, November 30th) some of our favorite writers are going to help us celebrate one full year of Quiet Lightning. This is show numb 12, people:


for links to the readers or here for videos


Don’t trust us. SF Weekly says we “combine some of the best literary talent to come out of San Francisco in the past 20 years.”

This is an exciting time for lit lovers to be in the Bay Area. If we were the founders of something relegated to the internet you would see a big banner at the top of this page with our solemn faces looking directly at you and giant tasteful text that reads “An appeal from Quiet Lightning founders Evan Karp and Rajshree Chauhan” and if you clicked on the banner it would take you to a block of text far lengthier than this one appealing to your core beliefs and deep-rooted desires—something to the effect of, if you knew what was good for you, as we do, you would come to this show and both support the things you believe in and satisfy your need for them. So here are the details:

Tuesday Nov 30

111 Minna Gallery

111 Minna St @ 2nd St

7-9pm | $5

Hot potatoes! We cannot wait to see you there!


evan + rajshree

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.