vitriol, pushcarts, doc’s lab, ekphrasis + green apple books on the park, vids from the emerald tablet


vitriol cover by Akira BeardWe’re publishing a magazine called vitriol, part of a new bimonthly series that brings together musicians and authors. The release party for the first issue is Sunday, December 14th at 6:30pm at Doc’s Lab, with readings by Melissa Stein, Maw Shein Win, Benjamin Wachs, and Jason R Jimenez, music by Shenandoah Davis and Sean Nelson! 21+, $15 includes magazine

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Because we love the challenge at the end of every year to select six of the best pieces we published—in 13 books, two chapbooks, and a magazine, featuring 118 different authors!—this year we’re thrilled to have nominated the following:

When you have a chance, treat yourself and give them a watch:

You can read and watch our previous nominations below:


We’re doing a yearlong back and forth between visual art and writing, concluding with a gallery show and reading in December 2015. We’re currently open to visual art and would love you to submit, or to tell someone you know… the first two selections will launch us off on an unpredictable series! Let’s see where they take us.

@ green apple books on the park, jan. 5

And submissions are open! Through the end of Wednesday, December 17. Do it. Read in that beautiful bookstore. Get in there; sparkle + blink for the first 100 people. Curated by Sara Marinelli, Shideh Etaat + Evan Karp.

report from the emerald tablet

Our art exhibition, featuring 11 previous sPARKLE & bLINK cover artists, is up at The Emerald Tablet through the end of January. Watch and read our show, which was held there on 12/4:

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Would love to see you on December 14th!

quiet lightning @ the emerald tablet

This month, as Quiet Lightning celebrates five years, we’re proud to present a literary mixtape, an art exhibition, the kickoff to a yearlong ekphrastic project, and a chemical wedding with a magazine premiere:

art by Lana Licata
sPARKLE & bLINK #60 cover art by Lana Licata

December 4, 7:30pm (6:30)
The Emerald Tablet, 80 Fresno St.
$7-10, no one turned away for lack of funds
Readings byAlex PetersonKatie Wheeler-DubinSarah CarpenterPeter Bullen, Jeffrey Bussey, Joseph BodiePaul Corman-RobertsElise HunterJessica HahnDaniel Riddle Rodriguez + Simon Crafts

sparkle + blink for the first 100 people, featuring art by Lana Licata. Cheap ice cold draft beers courtesy of Lagunitas. First look at the art exhibition (more info below).

Curated and hosted by Evan Karp and Lapo Guzzini, we received 52 submissions for this show and accepted 11 (21%).

December 5 @ The Emerald Tablet: artist reception from 6pm to 10pm for our first full gallery exhibition, with Maga Rincon, Luis Pinto, Fuzz GrantWesley Powell, Tanya Hollis, Adam Carlin, Nigel Sussman, Cate White, Todd T. Brown, and our directors, Sidney Stretz and Laura Ceron Melo. Check out some of their work in the show:

vitriol art by Akira Beard
vitriol art by Akira Beard

December 14, 6:30pm (5:30)
Doc’s Lab124 Columbus Ave.
$15 — get tickets
Music by Shenandoah Davis and Sean Nelson
Readings by Benjamin Wachs, Melissa Stein, Maw Shein Win Jason R. Jimenez

The third in our Chemical Wedding series and the launch of our biannual magazine, vitriol; admission includes a limited copy (click the link to see contributors).

Advance tickets are recommended; between contributors and performers the 91-capacity is starting out ~ half full.

Food menu and full bar available. Come early and admire the magazine, mingle with a bunch of budding brilliant minds, and raise a glass to 5 more years of Quiet Lightning.

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Quiet Lightning is made possible in part thanks to the Zellerbach Family Foundation, the Leslie Scalapino O Books Fund, Lagunitas Brewing Company, and Vouched Books. All donations are tax deductible.