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Quiet Lightning / virtual literary mixtape curated by Tom Pyun and Mary Ann Thomas


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Quiet Lightning presents a virtual literary mixtape featuring all forms of writing, curated through a blind process by Tom Pyun and Mary Ann Thomas into a one-night only performance featuring:

Siok-Hian Tay-Kelley

Sara Post

Vanessa Cian

Tomas Moniz 

Zephyros Major 

Chardonnay Brown 

J.M. Curét 

Sarahlynn Pablo 

Yerrie Choo 

Sangita Rajan 

Tianna Bratcher 

Vivian Lawry 

Chelsea Asher

Ernest White II 

Ploi Pirapokin 

Tana Oshima

All selected authors will be paid and published in sPARKLE & bLINK 109, featuring cover art by Felicita Norris.

Please note: this show is free and all ages (with mature content), but RSVP is required.

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If you’d like to purchase the book you can do that here for $10 + shipping, or you can donate $15 or more to Quiet Lightning by Paypal or Venmo and we’ll send you sPARKLE & bLINK 109 + a surprise back issue.

A note about the books: if we don’t sell out before we print our next book, the price will go down to $5/copy. You can order most of our back issues hereYou should also know: we make all of our books available to read and watch for free. For virtual events we are printing 75 books/show. 100% of all proceeds, donations or not, go toward local artists and independent businesses.


Tom Pyun (he/him/his) is a writer and nonprofit worker living in San Francisco. His writing has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and a Best of the Net Anthology award. Tom has completed fellowships at Vermont Studio Center, VONA, and Tin House. His short fiction and creative nonfiction have appeared in The Rumpus and Joyland and placed in competitions such as The Blue Mesa Review‘s Summer Story Contest. Tom has degrees from Vassar and Columbia and an MFA from Antioch University-Los Angeles. 

Mary Ann Thomas (they/she) is the queer brown daughter of Indian immigrant parents, a travel nurse, bike tourist, and writer. They have bicycled over 10,000 miles: in 2014, she bicycled from San Diego to Montreal; in 2017, she biked across India from the Himalayas to Kerala, the state at the tip of the subcontinent where her family is from. Their writing has been featured in literary and travel platforms, such as The Rumpus, On She Goes, Panorama: The Journal of Intelligent Travel, and She Explores. They are working on a travel memoir about bicycling across her homeland towards sobriety and queerness.

Can't make it? The show will be archived in video and full text, like all of our previous readings! Find them, along with a daily calendar of Bay Area literary events + more, @ Litseen.

Missed the submission deadline but want to send in some work? We're accepting submissions for our next mixtape on 5/3, curated Kevin Dublin + a guest curator TBA soon.

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Featured image: photos of curators Tom Pyun and Mary Ann Thomas, courtesy of the authors.