random play @ the red poppy arthouse, videos from the conservatory of flowers + winners of our first instagram contest!

Hi everyone,

Are you still buzzing from our last show at the Conservatory of Flowers? You can now watch all the videos here, including songs from Ash Reiter and Quijeremá. We’d like to thank everyone a final time before moving forward, no less the winners of our first Instagram contest! Congratulations to Jonathan Hirsch, Dominick, and Leilani Clark! These three will each get a copy of this month’s book, and we’ll feature their photos as our Facebook cover photo all month. Stay tuned for more on next month’s contest, and thanks everyone for playing.

Our next show is free! It’s the second installment of Quiet Lightning: Random Play and will feature James WarnerAlbert Flynn DeSilverBoris Glants, and July Westhale at the Red Poppy Arthouse! This is part of the ItCH mixer, so it’s a potluck; bring some food or wine and come meet other artists and enjoy a special QL Sundae. Sunday, September 30th

Also, save Monday, October 8th on your calendar: the finale of The Greenhouse Effect, a featured Litquake event curated by the entire QL board of directors, will be an absolutely stellar show! Remember last year’s? Just sayin’. Stay tuned for more information… we hope to see you there!

a thousand thrilling directions at once

Our show yesterday at the Conservatory of Flowers was even more fun than we thought it would be. Pictures, videos, and a transcript of the show will all be online soon, but we’d like to thank the many people who made yesterday what it was (and we think you should know them):

Huge thanks, first, to Morgan Davis for having us; to Viracocha and Andy P. for helping us with our tech setup; to everyone who brought food for the picnic; to Ash Reiter and Quijeremá for setting such a wonderful mood (follow those links for a good time) (help Ash with their Kickstarter campaign—only three days to go, and they’re almost there!); thanks to Todd Brown for the beautiful artwork that adorns this month’s books and j. brandon loberg for designing them so tastefully; to Lagunitas for putting so much love into their brews and, no less, into the community; to Kristen Kramer and Ceri Bevan for making literary mixtape #34; to each and every person who stepped up and helped with the execution:

Is that overwhelming? So many people made that show what it was, and we’re grateful for every single one of them!

As with each month, we just met half of last night’s readers last night (!) and hope to get to know them better. Our whole board has formed from people who first submitted to read (Charles, Chris, Josey, Kristen, and Meghan—I met every single one of them through Quiet Lightning, and now look at us: friends!).

If you’d like to get involved somehow, get in touch: volunteer [@] quietlightning.org (Josey originally volunteered to do PR and, just last month, as a result of the work she’s been doing we voted her onto the board).

Next up

Random Play: On September 30th we’re doing a free show at the Red Poppy Arthouse! This will be the second installment of our new Random Play series, and part of the monthly ItCH mixer (which means, among other things, it’s a potluck and you’ll get to meet some of the other artists behind the ItCH project—this is how we met Quijeremá, for instance).

Litquake: The final show of The Greenhouse Effect, this lovely three-show series at the Conservatory of Flowers, will be on Monday, October 8th as part of Litquake. I happen to think last year’s show was one of our greatest, and you definitely don’t want to miss this one! Go ahead: check out our readers.

Submissions: We’re accepting submissions for our November 5 show through the end of Wednesday, October 17th.

I know I’ve said it this whole time, but thank you: for coming to the shows, and – however you do it – for supporting Quiet Lightning and the generation of literature. Until very soon,

Evan Karp
(proudly) for Quiet Lightning

go green on labor day + join us on the lawn for free food a beer garden and live music by quijeremá and ash reiter, all free but the beer (only $3/ice cold draft) and all followed by a new book performed live ($5 to see it $10 to take it home)

Believe it or not, the title barely gets us there: the Conservatory of Flowers (that’s where)! Yes, on Monday, September 3 we will reconvene on the front lawn of the COF for a free potluck picnic (4:30pm), live music (5pm) and a beer garden à la La (made you sing) Lagunitas Brewing Co! Have you seen Quijeremá?

Ash Reiter? This is appropriate:

So yeah, both of those shows are free! Bring some food and let’s hang out. Bring notebooks, musical instruments, and/or toys, if you want. We might even sidewalk chalk the roads since they’re closed to autos, and if you want to meet up earlier and get into that you can send me a line.

As with last month, the first set will be in front of the Conservatory, so bring a light jacket. We will just beat the sunset to intermission, when we’ll take a 20-minute break to enjoy the building and find a place to absorb the second set, which will take place amongst the potted plants! Come one, come all; we are proud to present to you this month’s verbal acrobatics, framed by the artwork of Todd Brown! Curated by Kristen Kramer and Ceri Bevan:

click the image for links to each reader

If you’re wondering what this might all be like, and you can’t wait to find out, you can watch videos from last month’s show, and you can also peruse the wonderful photographs our friend Ian Tuttle took (all of which can be purchased—the B&W were shot on film—right this way):

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Hope to see you all on Labor Day. Tell your friends. Bring your friends. Make some friends! The Greenhouse Effect, volume 2 will be followed by the Litquake finale show on October 8th, so go ahead and load that into your iCals. We’ve got so much else to tell you; let’s talk in person.


ps. it’s $5 to get in. if you don’t have it, come anyway. (click here if you have more)

Monday, September 3rd – litnic @ 4:30, music @ 5, readings @ 7:30
San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers
100 John F. Kennedy Drive | Golden Gate Park

ps. for those of you keeping score, we received 68 submissions this month. of those (as you can see), we accepted 11—for a rate of 16%. 6 of these 11 are first-timers; 3 will read for the second time; 2 for the third time. this is the first time since our third show that we haven’t had at least one person reading for more than their 3rd time. this is our 34th show and our 30th book.