“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 Barbé Hammer, and Chevalier’s Liz Newstat. Join us Thursday, April 7th at 7 p.m. for an evening with authors Toni Ann Johnson, Conney D. Williams, Zoë Ruiz and musician Tom Rossi.
Toni Ann Johnson’s short fiction, articles and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in The Los Angeles Times, The Movement, Soundings Review, The Emerson Review, and Hunger Mountain. Her novel, Remedy For a Broken Angel, was published in 2014, and nominated for a 2015 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work by a Debut Author. As a screenwriter, Johnson has twice won The Humanitas Prize and The Christopher Award for her work on the ABC film Ruby Bridges and the Showtime film Crown Heights.
Zoë Ruiz’s writing has appeared in The Weeklings, Salon, The Rumpus, Two Serious Ladies, and the anthology California Prose Directory. She is a freelance book editor and publicist. She has worked for Kaya Press, Phoneme Media, and Writ Large Press. She curates the LA-based reading series, “Readings,” and has also curated events for The Rumpus, PEN, and McSweeney’s.
Tom Rossi is a composer, producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose musical style is a global mosaic symphony of tones, beats, and harmonies. Rossi released his world music debut record, Salma Har, in 2005. He has also collaborated with dance choreographer Jordana Che Toback, and has created soundtracks for a number of health and wellness DVD series.
Conney D. Williams is a Los Angels-based poet, actor and performance artist. He recently released two critically acclaimed CDs of his poetry accompanied by music: Unsettled Water and River&Moan. He has two collections of poetry, Leaves of Spilled Spirit from an Untamed Poet and his most recent, Blues Red Soul Falsetto. He has been published in Voices from Leimert, At the End of the Day, Drumming Between Us, and Wide Awake. As Artistic Director of the World Stage Performance Gallery, he facilitates the Anansi Writers Workshop. He is a community activist and has worked with youth for over 25 years.