Quiet Lightning

is creating community and literary mixtapes: live shows + publications

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Thanks for your support—we see you! In return, we'll give you a shout-out on social media.

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Illumination! Thanks for the clarity. We'll give you a shout-out online and include you as one of our supporters in every issue of sPARKLE & bLINK we publish this year. 

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With new language comes new possibility. Your bold, generous move gives us hope: at this level, you're sponsoring 1 author to be paid each month. In return, we give you a shout-out online, in every issue of sPARKLE & bLINK we publish this year, and from the mic at our next show. Thank you!




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About Quiet Lightning

What is Quiet Lightning?
We’re a San Francisco literary nonprofit that just celebrated our 10th anniversary! Our flagship is a bi-monthly live reading series that boasts all genres of writing without introduction or banter—we call them literary mixtapes. Readers are selected through a blind curatorial process and published in a book handed out free to the first 100 people at each show. We feature local artists on each cover and hold our shows at a different venue each time: from art galleries and dive bars to state parks, movie theaters, train stations and caves.

In 10 years we've featured over 1500 performances by 800+ people in 130+ shows, 110+ publications and 90+ venues! We've been the first publication and first packed-room-audience for too many people to count, and regularly host emerging writers on stage with their heroes.

We also produce Litseen.com, a near-comprehensive calendar of Bay Area literary events, with interview profiles of local authors and thousands of readings on video. Our goal is to strengthen the literary community by providing opportunities for local artists and by cross-pollinating the many series and organizations that call the Bay home.

Why support us?
To support Quiet Lightning is to invest in a sustainable, ethical arts ecosystem, and to help build that culture into the fabric of our lives.

You want to live in a more equitable world – we know you do. All contributors involved – curators, writers, artists, small business owners, designers – everyone is paid! No one is turned away from a show for lack of funds and our online archive gives everyone a chance to freely listen, watch, and read for inspiration and enjoyment. But to keep it accessible we can't do it by ourselves.

If a sustainable, ethical art scene is important to you, donating a few dollars a month is a real action you can take that will make a quantifiable difference. Every bit of support goes a long way. 100% of the money we make goes to artists or independent businesses. It’s also 100% tax deductible. Encourage the people around you to express themselves. See if it doesn’t change your world!

Where does your money go?
Every $20 you donate pays a writer for performing.
Every $50 you donate pays a curator for putting together a show.
Every $150 you donate pays for a full update of Litseen.com.
Every $300 you donate pays for all of the books at one of our shows.
Every $1000 you donate funds an entire show.
$149.58 of $300 per month
When we reach $300 per month, the community will have funded the publishing of our books for each show and our board of directors will fund a Patrons-only party to celebrate!
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