held at PianoFight on September 12, 2016, a party to launch our first crowdfunding campaign—an effort to establish a full-time staff position (wait—we have one of those! to establish our first PAID full-time staff position, for which we will soon be hiring).
for QL99 // s&b 76
We received 86 submissions for this show and accepted 9 (10%). Of those:
- 6 (67%) have never read for QL
- 3 (33%) are returning
- Kelly Egan (3x)
- Siamak Vossoughi (Neighborhood Hero, 17x*)
- E.C. Messer (2x)
* most all-time appearances @ QL
Quiet Lightning, California State Parks, and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy present: Poetry in Parks 2016
Sunday, October 9
Cushing Memorial-Mountain Theater, Mt. Tamalpais State Park
11a – 5pm
RSVP for free shuttle service to and fro | RSVP to tell your friends
Cushing Memorial-Mountain Theater, site of Quiet Lightning 100
This 3rd installation of Poetry in Parks takes place in the historic Cushing Memorial-Mountain Theater in Mount Tamalpais State Park, on the occasion of Quiet Lightning’s 100th show and as part of the Art in the Parks initiative celebrating the centennial of the National Parks and the connection between the wilderness experience and the inspiration parks provide to everyone, poets, writers, dancers, and artists of all genres.
The day begins with youth poetry readings curated by Marin County Poet LaureatePrartho Sereno, in collaboration with the Marin County Free Library, California Poets in the Schools, The Marin Poetry Out Loud Project, and the Marin Poetry Center High School Poetry Project. Musical and dance interludes punctuate the poetry readings, with a new choreographed dance by postmodern dance pioneer Anna Halprin and a special performance by Classical Revolution.
The program includes Quiet Lightning’s flagship submission-based literary mixtape, selected through a blind process and published in a book handed out to the first 200 people in attendance, to be followed by an outstanding group of poets that includes Barbara Jane Reyes, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Brynn Saito, Arisa White, Charlie Getter, and Andrew Paul Nelson, and culminates in this year’s Neighborhood Heroes, featuring readings by CA Poet Laureate Dana Gioia, Pulitzer Prize-winning US Poet Laureate Emeritus Kay Ryan, Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets Jane Hirshfield, San Francisco Poet Laureate Alejandro Murguía, sci-fi fount and Environmental Fellow Kim Stanley Robinson, and Editor of the New York Times Magazine poetry column, Matthew Zapruder.
This free event, which is part of the Litquake festival, is all-ages, with children’s activities provided by Bread & Roses, an interactive art station by ArtSpan, local food by D’Maize Catering and SUP Street Food, beer by Lagunitas Brewing Co., and House Kombucha on tap.
Poetry in Parks 2016 is made possible in part by the California Arts Council, Tamalpais Lands Collaborative, Friends of Mt. Tam, and SOMArts Cultural Center. Parking is available; a shuttle service is free but requires an RSVP.
More to be announced soon, but save the date: