Quiet Lightning began as a monthly, submission-based reading series on December 14, 2009, featuring all forms of writing without introductions or author banter. The series moved around to a different venue every month, appearing in bars, art galleries, a music hall and a bookstore in our first year. Since, we’ve been to night clubs, a greenhouse, a ballroom, a theater, a mansion, a sporting goods store, a pirate store, and (yes) more. We’ve produced 49 shows, and since the 3rd have published a corresponding issue of sparkle + blink… featuring, now, 601 individual readings from 338 different authors! Our books have been read over a quarter of a million times, and counting, all over the world.
We are currently in the midst of our first Tour Through Town, an initiative to collaborate with a different literary organization every month.
Quiet Lightning incorporated as a nonprofit on June 1st, 2011 and received tax exemption on January 1, 2012. We remain a submission-based series with a completely blind selection process entirely open to the public. We even acceptapplications to curate our shows. Should you be interested (and we hope you are), there are in fact many ways to get involved.
In our first serious effort to literally bridge the distances between thriving Bay Area literary communities -- separated more in thought than in reality -- we hope to provide transportation to everyone who wants to go to our show with Pints & Prose on December 4th in Fairfax, and to support a neighborhood hero and his harbor for local artists in the process.
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