November 2020

A Virtual Literary Mixtape
Monday, November 2, 2020
Free | Doors at 7pm PT

Curated by Danielle Bero and Sage Curtis

Set 1: Anhvu Buchanan » Dena Rod » Shilpa Kamat » Amber Carpenter » Paolo Bicchieri » Peggy Schimmelman » Jacquelyn Bengfort » Karla Brundage » Paolo Bicchieri » Madeline Cash » Doug Mathewson » Joshua Berriors » M. J. Arcangelini » Diana Donovan » Madeline Cash » Sangita Rajan

Set 2: Abbie Jeanne »  Lucie Pereira » Tammy Zhu » Allyson Darling » Anhvu Buchanan » Karla Brundage » Diana Donovan » Alia Salim » Sydney Vogl » Dena Rod

All authors will be published in sPARKLE & bLINK 108, featuring art by Nancy Sayavong!
RSVP now, as we have a limited capacity of just 100 people for this event!

If you’d like to purchase the book you can do that here for $10 + shipping, or you can donate $15 or more to Quiet Lightning by Paypal or Venmo and we’ll send you sPARKLE & bLINK 108 + a surprise back issue.

A note about the books: if we don’t sell out before we print our next book, the price will go down to $5/copy. You can order most of our back issues here. You should also know: we make all of our books available to read and watch for free. For virtual events we are printing 75 books/show. 100% of all proceeds, donations or not, go toward local artists and independent businesses. Please help support us if you can!

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Stats for this show

  • We accepted 20 out of 73 submissions (27%)
  • 14 authors are making their QL debut (70%)
  • 6 authors are returning (30%)
    • Anhvu Buchanan (2x, last time was 7/9/13)
    • Paolo Bicchieri (2x, last time was 7/6/20)
    • Peggy Schimmelman (3x, last time was 7/1/19)
    • Doug Mathewson (1x, last time was 9/7/20)
    • Diana Donovan (4x, last time was 7/6/20)
    • Lucie Pereira (1x, last time was 2/4/12)
  • 26 have never attended a QL (36%)
  • 32 have read at QL before (44%)
  • 3 have never been published (4%)
  • 1 is being published for the first time (1%)
  • Age groups submitting:
    • 19-29 (15%)
    • 30-39 (34%)
    • 40-56 (19%)
    • 57-64 (14%)
    • 65+ (18%)

Prior to this show, we have produced 135 events featuring 1,630 individual performances by 853 different authors and 114 visual artists in 91 venues, as selected by 67 curators. If you have any questions about the statistics, please don’t hesitate to write

If you missed the submission deadline, take heart: we’ve just opened up for our next mixtape, on February 1 – that show will be curated by Tom Pyun and a guest curator TBA, and submissions are open through 1/6.

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About the curators

Danielle Bero was born in Queens to hippie parents, given a dose of Shel Silverstein, Tupac, Jazz and classic rock. She was the recipient of a Posse Scholarship, and nominated for the Daily News Unsung Hero in Education. Danielle taught in Indonesia on a Fulbright scholarship, the Bronx through Teach for America and co-founded a school for students in foster care. She received a master’s in English Education, Educational Leadership and completed her MFA at the University of San Francisco. She’s won slam competitions at Nuyorican’s Poets Café, Bowery Poetry Club and Ubud Writers festival. She’s a Jack Straw Cultural Center Fellow and is published in New American Writing, Sinister Wisdom, Lavender Review, Quiet Lightning, Mad Woman in the Attic, Arts by the People, Moving Words, Divine Feminist Anthology, Aunt Flo Anthology and Juked. She was previously a high school principal and is a lifelong educator. 

Sage Curtis is a Bay Area writer with work published in Tinderbox, Vinyl Poetry and Prose, Glass Poetry, The Normal School, Juked and more. She is a Shuffle Collective fellow, founder of Vulvas + Voltas collective, and has been featured in Quiet Lightning readings past. You can find her chapbook, Trashcan Funeral, from dancing girl press. Shout to University of San Francisco for co-signing her MFA.