may 12 film debut at the new parkway

Combustion! Our first short film, based on the story by Amy E. Glasenapp and directed by Katie Wheeler-Dubin. Starring Kat Yoas, Lauren Wheeler-Dubin, and Ryan Van Runkle and these supernovas. Here’s the trailer:

At The New Parkway!
Monday, May 12 • 6:00 show at 7pm
$10 • Get advance tix

Submit to this show! Deadline is the end of Wednesday, April 16. Here’s how you do it.


ps. thanks everyone who came to our book release party for Zack Haber and Tupelo Hassman. That felt really fantastic to see so many friends and bright attentive faces, and the books are still real and so pretty and we are really proud of them! If you didn’t get a copy you can now do that here; you’ll also be able to pick them up in other places soon… though of course the best place to get them is at the shows! Come on May 12! Please submit. And check out Tiny Splendor… we’ll be working with them again but that doesn’t mean you can’t work with them! And/or be their friends. And three cheers for Hipstamatic — especially to their Director of Fun, Mario Estrada… what a magical way to release our first books. Videos and full text coming soon… Go forth, now; go forth and make people want to make more things!

book release at the haus of hipstamatic

Join us Monday April 7th at 7pm as we celebrate the publication of our first two Quiet Lightning Books at the gorgeous headquarters of Hipstamatic.

08-hipstamatic-82We asked our authors Zack Haber (if you want to be one of them playing in the streets…) and Tupelo Hassman (Breast Milk) to curate the rest of the evening and they’ve invited Amy Berkowitz, Carrie Hunter, Stephen D. Gutierrez, and Dan Sanders to read… and they all said yes!

We made the books with Tiny Splendor, who will be set up with a print sale. There will be cheap food and free ice cold draft beer courtesy of Lagunitas… which perhaps will inspire you to participate in the livestream of image-based storytelling via Oggl. Wait! There’s more… a special performance by Stella Peach!

Monday, April 7th Haus of Hipstamatic
74 Langton St. (b/w Folsom and Howard, 7th and 8th streets)
Doors at 6:45 • Readings at 7:30

Mowers by Wesley Powell (for web)
art by Wesley Powell


$7-10 admission includes sparkle + blink
$15 for s+b plus one author book

$20 for all three

No one turned away for lack of funds

This all happened as a result of our first book contest. Are you working on a book right now? We’ll be announcing our second book contest in the beginning of May.

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  The New ParkwayMay 12 is the premiere of our first short film Combustion at The New Parkway in Oakland! Please send us some work to be a part of that show. Perform at TNP!

Major thanks to the The Leslie Scalapino – O Books Fund for a recent grant that will help make this all possible!

Quiet Lightning is also made possible in part thanks to the Zellerbach Family Foundation, and would absolutely not be so darn great without the help and consistent good work of our board, staff, and volunteers. Our ears and minds are are always open, and so are our meetings — the next one is on April 20th (no joke). Send us a line if you’d like to attend and/or get involved in some way.