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

free show @ chez poulet may 4

Begin transmission> Lapo Guzzini and Nora Toomey have put together the next literary mmmmm-ixtape >>>>

All Over You by Ryan Martin | cropped • web2
front cover of sPARKLE & bLINK 65 by Ryan Martin

Matt Leibel

Suzannah Weiss

Maggie Tokuda-Hall

Jarvis Subia

A.G. Moore

Hugh Behm-Steinberg

Peter Bullen

Alicia Franco

Alexander Peterson

Sean Taylor

Tim Donnelly

Christopher Dizon

Daniel Riddle Rodriguez

Patricia Caspers

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all appearing live and in person at Chez Poulet
HQ for the San Francisco Institute of Possibility and Radio Valencia

Monday night of the 4th of May 2015, 7pm doors
3359 Cesar Chavez St.

FREE show. All ages. Free Lagunitas draft beer.
sPARKLE & bLINK will be $5. Copies of vitriol for $7. Both for $10!

7/14 of the authors are readings @ QL for the first time (50%)


Matt Leibel (4x)
Suzannah Weiss (1x)
Hugh Behm-Steinberg (2x)
Peter Bullen (9x)
Alexander Peterson (3x)
Sean Taylor (3x)
Daniel Riddle Rodriguez (1x)

videos from the last Chemical Wedding

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“There is something sublime, an essence rare

to be found by those who won’t stop at reaching for the coin of the realm. There is a royal palace that we can travel to, and as the alchemical scholar Adam McLean has written, all of us are eternally invited to the wedding.”

– Lapo Guzzini, in his intro to vitriol

Join us as we accept the invitation on Sunday, 4/12/15.
Meet at The Emerald Tablet, 80 Fresno St. at 6:30pm and we will travel together.


Alejandro MurguiaAlejandro Murguia
Ingrid Rojas Contreras
Jason Morris
Clara Hsu w/David Wong

music Garrett Pierce

Garrett Pierce
Second Cousins (San Diego)

RSVPAdvance tickets

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Submit to the 5/4 show at Chez Poulet thru the end of Fri Apr 17

curated by Lapo Guzzini + Nora Toomey!

Contribute to the next QL Film, Water Under the Bridge

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videos and full text from our last show, with photos by Gianna Badiali

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sPARKLE & bLINK 64 by Quiet Lightning

mercury cafe on apr 6, chemical wedding apr 12

Delighted to announce our readers for April 6 @ Mercury Cafe, curated by Josey Rose and Spencer Kaidi:

cover of sPARKLE & bLINK 64 by Megan Reed
cover of sPARKLE & bLINK 64 by Megan Reed

Jenny Qi
Xiaojuan Shu
Jessica Hahn
Nova Reeves
Jill Tydor
Miguel Espinoza Jr.
Sue Mell
MK Chavez
Townsend Walker
Latif Harris
Lyndsey Ellis
Carolyn Murphy

sPARKLE & bLINK for the first 100 earthlings, no proof required! $7-10, all ages, no one turned away for lack of funds.

Cheap ice cold draft beer courtesy of Lagunitas, and Mercury Cafe will have their entire menu—including house-made, organic pies and vegetarian chili—for the gettin’. We’ll be taking over the indoors and the outdoors, so come early and get a seat.
Doors at 6:30. Show at 7:30.

Water Under the BridgeFeeling saucy? Nostalgic? Anthropological?

At the show, step in to our prompt-based confessional booth, where you can help lay the foundation for Quiet Lightning’s next film, Water Under the Bridge. Anything you’ve experienced and share with us could transform our narrative… but only if you want it to. Deadline is May 4.

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QL 74 // s+b 64 by the numbers

We received 56 submissions for this show and accepted 12 (21%). Of those:

  • 9 have never read for Quiet Lightning (75%)
  • The three returning are:
    • Jessica Hahn (3x)
    • Jill Tydor (1x)
    • Townsend Walker (1x)

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Chemical Wedding 4

The fourth in our bimonthly performance series features readings by Alejandro MurguiaIngrid Rojas ContrerasJason Morris, and Clara Hsu w/David Wong, with live music by Garrett Pierce and San Diego-based Second Cousins. As cheap as $5 for a limited time, with the chance to pay more and save on the first issue of vitriol.

RSVP | get advance tickets

Open Submissions

submissions are ooooooooooopen

is that a bridge coming out of your mouth

Water Under the Bridgelive literary mixtape mon apr 6
mercury cafe, curated by josey rose and spencer kaidi
submit by mar 18

short experimental documentary film
water under the bridge

visual art » writing » v i s u a l  a r t
submit by march 15

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QL 73 // s&b 63 @ WeWork

sPARKLE & bLINK 63 by Quiet Lightning

Chemical Wedding // Apr 12 @ The Emerald Tablet:
Jason Morris, Clara Hsu, Alejandro Murguia + Ingrid Rojas Contreras
 w/music by Second Cousins + another musical act TBA
RSVP | Advance Tickets

storm market st. march 2, free beer

We’re headed to WeWork Golden Gate on Monday, March 2nd, and hot abomunists do we have a show for you!

Misty Morning 36X24
art for sPARKLE & bLINK 63 by Paul Kalcic

Melissa Tan
Emily Kiernan
Emily Drevets
L.J. Moore
Katie Aliferis

Apollo Papafrangou
Cassandra Dallett
Annelyse Gelman
Jessica Hahn
Siamak Vossoughi
Jeffrey Kingman
Sean Taylor

curated byAlexandra Kostoulas + Evan Karp (whoever that is), this show:

Monday, March 2, 7pm start « doors at 6:30
$5-10 includes free beer (courtesy Lagunitas!) + sPARKLE & bLINK to first 100 (free for WeWork members)
25 Taylor St. near Market
All ages, all forms and formulations

Do you understand? these dozen author people will converge for one evening, each speak their part in an art piece conceived from their creations—one night only—and then walk down the stairs (or take elevator) onto Market St., and make their decisions?

No one turned away for lack of funds, ever. Come make art // breathe //

 change the world with us //
RSVP | submit to Quiet Lightning’s April 6 show at Mercury Cafecontribute to our film | send us visual art for yearlong ekphrasis project culminating in gallery show

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Other News:

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In case you’re just scanning (and if you’re reading, red-handed!):

RSVP | submit to Quiet Lightning’s April 6 show at Mercury Cafecontribute to our film | send us visual art for yearlong ekphrasis project culminating in gallery show

By the numbers

For Mar 2, we received 45 submissions:

chemical wedding on feb 15 / submissions for mar 2 / recap from viracocha / visual art + film

If you’ve missed the first three shows in our new series Chemical Wedding, now’s the time to do yourself a solid:

Chemical Wedding 7February 15th @ The Emerald Tablet:

readings by Sarah Griffin, Juliana Delgado Lopera, Bill Hughes + Nora Toomey

music by AlphaDog (Kristina Dutton and Teddy Rankin-Parker) +Taylor Jacobs!

Get advance tickets for $5-20; no one turned away, all tickets > $10 get a gift

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QL 71 // s&b 62 @ Viracocha:


sPARKLE & bLINK 62 by Quiet Lightning

viracocha + water under the bridge

Bad Handshake by Maria Guzman Capron
sPARKLE & bLINK 62 cover art by Maria Guzman Capron

Join us Monday, February 2nd at Viracocha for a literary mixtape curated by Sean Taylor and Evan Karp:

Rebecca Foust
Nayomi Munaweera
Jill Kolongowski
Pablo Baeza
Shideh Etaat
Peter Bullen
Suzannah Weiss
Alexander Peterson
Jon Sindell
Suzannah Weiss
Kristina Ten
Ari Moskowitz
Rachel Bublitz 


7:30pm, doors at 7 • Viracocha, 998 Valencia @ 21st
RSVPGet tickets

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Water Under the Bridge


Water Under the BridgeHelp us make / be a part of our second film, a narrative experiment that investigates San Francisco’s cultural identity. Directed by Katie Wheeler-Dubin and Mila Puccini, the film will be based on true accounts submitted by SF residents. These accounts will be intertwined with video interviews to enable a cross-­pollination of a variety of experiences. Read more about it, and send us your stories/memories/daydreams here. You have until March 1st.

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WeWork Golden GateMarch 2 @ WeWork

Submissions for 3/2 @ WeWork Golden Gate, curated by Alexandra Kostoulas and Evan Karp, are open through Wednesday, Feb 11. We’re cooking up something special for this one… do the same?


last month’s showsPARKLE & bLINK 61 by Quiet Lightning

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For the upcoming mix @ Viracocha, we received 47 submissions and accepted 12 (26%):

  • 5 of 12 have never read for QL before (42%)
  • Of those returning:
    • Peter Bullen, 8x
    • Pablo Baeza, 1x
    • Shideh Etaat, 5x
    • Alexander Peterson, 2x
    • Jon Sindell, 1x
    • Kristina Ten, 2x
    • Rachel Bublitz, 1x

Including this show, our 71st, we’ve presented 825 readings by 453 different authors.

vitriol cover by Akira Beard

Save the date: On Sunday, February 15th we’re throwing a Chemical Wedding w/readings by Sarah Griffin, Juliana Delgado Lopera, and Nora Toomey, and music by Alphadog (Kristina Dutton and Teddy Rankin Parker)!