second dispatch from the conservatory of flowers

Thanks to everyone who came out to our Labor Day litnic, music and readings at the Conservatory of Flowers. What fun we’re having! With The Greenhouse Effect, volume 2 complete, how could things possibly get better? Next stop: Litquake!

Big Thanks to Julie Michelle for being a giant sweetheart with a lucid lense:

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We’d also like to thank Michael Musika and Con Brio again for two outstanding sets of music. What a delight to have such talented acts hang out with us [click their names to watch full performances]. And a big thanks to Comrades Brewery for those wonderful concoctions. Does anyone not want them back for October 10?

We met Peter Booth Lee, who also took some great photos, and Tyler Bewley, whose gorgeous artwork you can see on the latest issue of sparkle & blink.

To the Event Tent! How could we make that space as beautiful as the flower-strewn hothouse? The time is ticking, we are thinking, and you may still be working on your Golden Ticket submission. Can’t wait to see what happens!

What would you like to do now?

labor day update

Lots of fun free things to do in the city monday!

Readings start at 7:30, but we’ll have free food from 3ish until it’s gone at the picnic table on the lawn just south of the Dahlia Garden (to the East of the Conservatory, map here**). Then Michael Musika and Con Brio will play—both for free!— along with a donation-based beer garden (seriously, courtesy of Comrades Brewery) in front of the Conservatory, starting at 5pm.

Food we’re bringing (all homemade):

  • hummuses: kalamata olive, sun-dried tomato, red jalapeno
  • almond spinach pesto dip
  • corn chips and pita chips
  • guacamole and salsa
  • rosemary/kalamata loaf
  • fresh-squeezed OJ unless evan drinks it all, which he probably will
  • 2buck chuck (well, we didn’t make this one)

Feel free to bring anything or to just show up and eat, even if you can’t stay for the music and readings.

Parking and Directions
Be green and ride your bike, or take the 5, 6, 7, 21, 33, 44, 71 or N-Judah Muni lines. Parking is available in the Dahlia Garden Circle or along John F. Kennedy Drive—**BUT NOT UNTIL AFTER 6pm—the park is closed to vehicles Monday until 6pm for the holiday. Bike racks are available in the Dahlia Garden Circle, or just west of the Conservatory platform on Conservatory Way. []

We really hope to see you there—we have another beautiful sparkle that will only blink once—but have a good holiday weekend if we don’t. Love from a messy kitchen,

PS. If you aren’t familiar with the bands, do understand this and this about them. And come early and bring instruments for the picnic if you’d like. We’ll have bocce and frisbees and our own private picnic grove!

PPS. Any questions? Call or txt Evan@ 912.658.2333.

free food, live music, live literature

First of all, we would like to thank everyone who submitted to be a part of this month’s show—we received 40% more submissions than our monthly average (you can scope some statistics below). Was it The Conservatory of Flowers‘ mailing list? The collab with Litquake and their recent announcement? Leah Garchik’s awesome column mention? Ninjas tapped into the Santa Cruz Poetry Festival?

There’s a lot going on, and after spending the last several days reading, re-reading, and re-re-reading we are proud, thrilled, and overcaffeinated to announce the readers for round two of The Greenhouse Effect, to be held at the COF on Monday, September 5. This show was curated by Kristen Kramer and Evan Karp. You are sure to enjoy the art of Tyler Bewley, too:

Whether you caught our first installment of The Greenhouse Effect last month, or you missed it—click for video—this Labor Day event will be extra special. Meet up with us as early as 3pm on the front lawn**: we’ll bring some hummus, spinach dip, homemade breads and pita chips, fresh fruit and vegetables for sandwiches, and whatever drinks we can unofficially get away with clandestinely. A lot of you know the first and second times are also charms, but we’ll be more prepared for this third litnic, with tables in the garden at the foot of the conservatory. Here’s a small visual aid:

Now, just add humans and stir!

But that’s not all:

Since we think it’s going to be fun to hang out in the park, which is closed to non-pedestrians until 6pm, we have asked our friends Michael Musika and Con Brio to bring some instruments and plug in for accompaniment to our leisurely snackings! (They said yes.) For those of you who don’t know, we’ve added some extra aids below. But know this: our comrades at Comrades Brewery, who created those delicious (delicious!) micros that each had its own narrative!, will be back in the house as early as 5pm, when the conservatory closes to all but us. The amped music will begin at 5pm, and while we’re still working out  a few details in that regard, we always love acoustic music, too, and encourage you to bring your instruments… even your whole band!

Exact times for each band and more info TBA soon. But you can see why we’re excited!

We really, really hope you can join us. And not just because we hope you bring food, either.



This month

Received: 70 submissions | Accepted 14

Context: 6 have never read at QL before, 3 have read 1x, 2 have read 2x, and 3 have read 3+ times

July (last month was weird because we did Aug + Oct together for Litquake)

Received: 42 submissions | Accepted 13

Context: 10 were first-timers | 1 had read 1x, 1 2x, and 1 3 or more times


** The picnic will actually begin at the picnic table just SE of The Dahlia Garden, on the East side of the Conservatory (we have our own private grove!). We’ll then move to the front of the building for the beer garden and Michael Musika and Con Brio at around 5pm (or a little before).