Quiet Lightning / Better Ancestors book launch

Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts

2868 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

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Thu, December 14th, 2023 @ 6:30PM PST

Join us on December 14 to launch the new Better Ancestors book, featuring writing by devorah major, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Norman Antonio Zelaya, soledad con carne, Duane Horton, james-amutabi connie haines, ayodele nzinga, Briana Grogan, Dazié Grego Sykes, Mimi Tempestt, Rebecca Samuelson, Dr. Jeanne Powell, Gabriel Cortez, Charles Orgbon III, J. Miakoda Taylor & griffin jing, with cover art by Fred Marque Dewitt!

We will be celebrating 3 years of the quarterly series, a showcase of writers of color made possible with support from California Humanities, with readings by authors who have participated in the series.

The first Quiet Lightning was December 14, 2009! So we will be celebrating 14 years of Quiet Lightning, too. Join us for a special evening at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts. Tickets are limited for this one night only event. Tickets include a copy of the book and a free back issue of your choice (while supplies last – see our books here). No one turned away for lack of funds. Write [email protected] with any questions or accessibility requests.

Better Ancestors was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit www.calhum.org.


Now in its 14th year, Quiet Lightning is a literary movement to create and foster community around the written and spoken word. QL aims to democratize public space by offering performances, curation opportunities, and programming with no barriers to entry, providing a launchpad for new and emerging artists, a reliable platform for professional writers, and an inclusive, accessible gathering place for the public. QL is committed to care-taking and progressing the rich threads of literary culture that exist in the San Francisco Bay Area. Recognized by the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts as one of the 100 “people, organizations, and movements who are shaping the future of culture”, Quiet Lightning has now produced 155 events featuring 1,835 readings by 1,006 local authors. QL has appeared in 98 venues, ranging from dive bars and art galleries to state parks and national landmarks, and has published 122 books and produced two films, all selected by 77 different curators. In 2019, Quiet Lightning pioneered an application process for limited-term board-membership, called Disruptors, to regularly bring new ideas and energy into the organization, and in 2021 established Better Ancestors, a quarterly series showcasing writers of color. In 2024 they will revive their partnership with California State Parks to produce the 8th annual Poetry in Parks.


Quiet Lightning is a 501c3 literary nonprofit. Please consider investing in an equitable arts ecosystem. 100% of donations are tax deductible and go directly to Bay Area artists, community partners and local, independent businesses. Find out more at quietlightning.org/donate

Featured images: Above, right: art by Fred Marque Dewitt, cover artist for sPARKLE & bLINK #116; Above, clockwise from top left: Dazié Grego-Sykes, Briana Grogan, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Duane Horton, ayodele nzinga, soledad con carne, Mimi Tempestt, Terry Taplin, devorah major, Gabriel Cortez, Norman Antonio Zelaya, Rebecca Samuelson, griffin jing, Charles Orgbon III, J. Miakoda Taylor, Dr. Jeanne Powell and James-Amutabi Connie Haines – credits and bios can be found on the artist pages here. Background via The Vendry.


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Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts
2868 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
415-967-8376 (organizer)