San Francisco, CA 94105
Region: South of Market
It's been only three years since the first of the monthly submission-based reading series Quiet Lightning, but it has since become a kind of town hall of the Bay Area literary scene, where both established names and emerging writers come together for a consistently evolving, experimental show. To honor the familiar faces who help build and sustain the community, Quiet Lightning holds a special Neighborhood Heroes edition of its show once a year. Anyone can nominate Bay Area writers who have produced superior literature or contributed to the community in a significant way, as well as nominate those who have read in the show before and deserve a second run. The series has been held in nightclubs, galleries, and — our personal favorite — the Conservatory of Flowers, but this will be the first time it enters a museum space at the Contemporary Jewish Museum. In the spirit of honoring prominent members of the local literary scene, the show will run alongside the exhibit Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg. This particular reading puts Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Jane Smiley (A Thousand Acres won in 1992) in the same room as S.F. Guerilla Opera founder Tom Comitta, along with the eccentric vocal instrumentation and poetry of Chris Peck, the self-proclaimed (and community-approved) Town Crier. Enjoy a beer, readings, and QL's zine sPARKLE + bLINK while you take in the burgeoning scene and — hopefully — consider submitting to the next reading.