The March edition of Chevalier’s monthly literary series features an exciting lineup of four LA-based writers and musicians: Brendan Constantine, Alex Espinoza, Heather Porcaro and Rob Roberge.
“All Lit Up” is a collaborative effort lovingly orchestrated under the aegis of our owners, Bert Deixler and Darryl Holter, in tandem with hosts and authors Rich Ferguson and Stephanie Barbe Hammer, and Chevalier’s Liz Newstat.
Please join us on Thursday, March 3 at 7pm for a wonderful evening of words spoken and sung!
Brendan Constantine’s work has appeared in Virginia Quarterly Review, Prairie Schooner, Ploughshares, FIELD, Ninth Letter, and many other journals. His most recent books are Birthday Girl With Possum (2011) and Calamity Joe (2012). A new collection of poems, Dementia, My Darling, is due out this year from Red Hen Press. Mr. Constantine has received grants and commissions from the Getty Museum, the James Irvine Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. He lives and teaches in Los Angeles.
Alex Espinoza was born in Tijuana, Mexico and raised in suburban Los Angeles. He’s the author of Still Water Saints and The Five Acts of Diego León. His non-fiction and stories have appeared in the New York Times Sunday Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, Salon, Huizache, The Southern California Review, the American Book Review, the Virginia Quarterly Review, and on NPR. A recipient of a fellowship in fiction from the NEA and an American Book Award, Alex is visiting associate professor at Cal State LA and is working on his next novel.
A Los Angeles native, Heather Porcaro is a recording artist, writer, director and actress. In 2011, she released her debut album, Heather Porcaro & the Heartstring Symphony. In 2014, she produced and directed several notable music videos, including Toto’s “Orphan” and Leah Dou’s “My Days.” She recently composed the score for the short film The Ravine. Currently, she is writing and recording new songs that will be released later this year.
Rob Roberge is the author of four books of fiction (most recently, The Cost of Living, 2013). Liar: A Memoir (2016) is his first work of non-fiction. He is core faculty at UCR/Palm Desert’s MFA in Writing Program, and his work has been widely anthologized. He also plays guitar and sings with the LA band, “The Urinals.”