|Evan Karp, president|
The North Beach bar 15 Romolo
was packed. At the end of intermission, Quiet Lightning
, series co-founder Evan Karp stood before the microphone to make an unusual announcement.
"Today," he said, "we filed our articles for incorporation as a nonprofit." The crowd went wild. To be fair, it had been pretty generous to people in front of that microphone all night. Karp raised his arms to explain what this meant: "Soon, the money you give us will be tax deductible. But, um, you can still give us money tonight."
It was a short announcement, but it was a big one - with potential to change the SF literary landscape.
The new nonprofit Quiet Lightning will have Karp as its president and his longtime collaborator Charles Kruger as its chairman. Their exact duties ares still unknown, but Karp seems poised to continue heading Quiet Lightning's artistic efforts. He has shown a willingness to alter the event's streamlined form and get experimental. "I like what we do," he says. "But it's been a year, and I don't want us to seem stale." More »