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Virtual Quiet Lightning!

July 6, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm PDT

Leah Mueller » Diana Donovan » Elizabeth Burch-Hudson » Christopher Dizon » Karisma Rodriguez » Halim Madi » Paolo Bicchieri » Grey Rosado » Rhea Dhanbhoora » Richelle Lee Slota | Jennifer Ng » Nora Boxer » Steven Hill » Steven Gray » Lilian Wang » D.S. Black » Caroline Goodwin » Noah Sanders » Kelly Gray » Amy Smith » Dawn Angelicca Barcelona

We’ll be streaming at this link (pw in link).
Doors at 7pm. Readings at 7:15pm.

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Thanks to everyone who sent in work for our virtual show on 7/6! We received 75 submissions and accepted 21 (28%).  Curators extraordinaire Edmund Zagorin & Nazelah Jamison have put together a show FEATURING ALL OF TODAY’S LAMENTABLE HITS: the novel coronavirus, systemic racism, capitalism, the patriarchy, fear, anxiety, shame, and premature, unnecessary death. Join us for community alchemy as we move together from Mississippi to Beirut, through family disconnects and isolation to the intersections of longing and belonging.

All selected authors will perform on 7/6 as part of a literary mixtape, without introductions or banter. They will also be paid and published in sPARKLE & bLINK 106, featuring cover art by nkiruka oparah! “Fuzzy Room” is pictured above.

The show is free and all ages. 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’re committed 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 21 out of 79 submissions (28%)
  • 9 authors are making their QL debut (43%)
  • 12 authors are returning (57%)
    • Diana Donovan (3x, last time was 5/4/20)
    • Christopher Dizon (1x, 5/4/15)
    • Paolo Bicchieri (1x, 11/5/18)
    • Grey Rosado (8x, last time was 7/1/19)
    • Richelle Lee Slota (2x, last time was 1/6/20)
    • Steven Hill (1x, 7/1/19)
    • Steven Gray (7x, last time was 7/2/18)
    • D.S. Black (2x, last time was 1/1/18)
    • Caroline Goodwin (1x, 11/5/12)
    • Noah Sanders (1x, 11/4/19)
    • Kelly Gray (1x, 3/2/20)
    • Amy Smith (1x, 1/6/20)
  • 25 have never attended a QL (32%)
  • 40 have read at QL before (51%)
  • 7 have never been published (9%)
  • 1 is being published for the first time
  • The largest age groups of submitters were:
    • 19-29 (19%)
    • 30-39 (33%)
    • 40-56 (19%)

Prior to this show, we have produced 133 events featuring 1,584 individual performances by 825 different authors and 113 visual artists in 91 venues, as selected by 65 curators.

About the curators

Elizeya Quate (Edmund Zagorin) is a writer dwelling mysteriously both inside and outside this exact sentence. Quate’s work has appeared in JoylandEntropyBig LucksSleepingfishsparkle + blink, the 2016 novel The Face of Our Town (Kernpunkt Press) and the 2018 chapbook cra-que-lure (Finishing Line Press). A resident of Schema, Quate hosts the monthly performance art event Make It Look Like An Accident.

Nazelah Jamison is a performance poet, actor, vocalist, and emcee. She is an East Coast transplant, former organizer of the Oakland Poetry Slam and sometimes reluctant superhero. Her first book of poetry, Evolutionary Heart, was released in Fall of 2016 on Nomadic Press. Nazelah gives the best hugs in the Bay Area.


July 6, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm PDT
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evan AT quietlightning DOT org
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