Virtual Quiet Lightning! Live-Stream on May 4

Virtual Quiet Lightning, Monday May 4, 2020

We’ll be streaming at this link.
Doors at 7pm. Readings at 7:15pm.

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Please note: we have a capacity of 100 people, so if you want to make sure you can join, don’t be late! We’ll be letting people in at 7pm and expect the readings to start at 7:15pm.

Free and all ages, with mature content, featuring:

Ronny Kerr » Joe Donohoe » Keith Mark Gaboury » Jon Bennett » Cynthia Darling » Leigh Lucas » Nick Martino » Sage Curtis » Diana Donovan » Daniel Lucas » Danielle Bero » Allison Landa » Minna Dubin » Jon Bennett » Leigh Lucas » Robyn Carter » Danielle Bero » Benjamin Gucciardi

All selected authors will be paid + published in sPARKLE & bLINK 105, featuring cover art by Livien Yin

Curated by Katie Tandy and Lauren Rosenfield

If you’d like a copy of the book, donate $15 or more and we’ll send you this issue plus a surprise back issue directly to your door. As always, we will post the full text and videos online shortly after the reading. But if you’re in a position to support us by making a donation please consider doing so! 100% of our proceeds go directly to local artists and independent businesses, and despite losing out on door monies we’ve decided to keep paying everyone! Thanks for doing what you can to invest in an equitable arts ecosystem. There are three easy ways to support Quiet Lightning:

Make a tax-deductible donation through Paypal or Venmo | Support us on Patreon

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Stats for this show

  • We accepted 15 out of 98 submissions (15%)
  • 7 authors are making their QL debut (47%)
  • 8 authors are returning (53%)
    • Jon Bennett (1x, 3/2/20)
    • Leigh Lucas (3x, last time was 2/3/14)
    • Sage Curtis (2x, last time was 7/1/19)
    • Diana Donovan (2x, last time was 11/4/19)
    • Danielle Bero (2x, last time was 6/16/18)
    • Allison Landa (3x, last time was 7/3/17)
    • Minna Dubin (1x, 9/12/16)
    • Benjamin Gucciardi (1x, 6/5/17)
  • 58 have never attended a QL (64%)
  • 31 have read at QL before (32%)
  • 21 have never been published (21%)
  • 1 is being published for the first time
  • The largest age groups of submitters were:
    • 19-29 (29%)
    • 30-39 (27%)
    • 40-56 (30%)

Prior to this show, we have produced 132 events featuring 1,566 individual performances by 818 different authors and 112 visual artists in 90 venues, as selected by 64 curators.

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Call for Submissions, News, Announcements

Submissions are open for our July 6 show, which will also be virtual. Curated by Edmund Zagorin + Nazelah Jamison.

We’ve been helping with We Love Bookstores, which is organizing a great series of readings to benefit local bookstores. All events can be attended at no cost, if you’re not in a position to give at the moment. Check it out!

Come to think of it, we’ve been posting all of the virtual readings we can find. If you’re organizing one or know of any we don’t have listed, please load it in (and be sure to add Virtual as one of the categories) or send a line to

Consider signing this petition for San Francisco to designate their independent bookstores as cultural institutions.

We’re revamping The Write Stuff, our series of interview profiles of local authors. If you haven’t participated but would like to, send a line to

Featured image: “Bedroom” by Livien Yin, 2015, gouache on paper, 16″ x 12″