“All Lit Up” is a collaborative effort lovingly orchestrated under the aegis of our owners, Bert Deixler and Darryl Holter, in tandem with host-authors Rich Ferguson and Stephanie Barbé Hammer, and Chevalier’s Liz Newstat. Every month we offer delectable morsels from literary artists and musicians, served between convivial mixing, and garnished with a light selection of open mic surprises. Help us blaze away with Dana Johnson, Ana Maria Spagna, and musician Amilia K. Spicer on Thursday, May 5 at 7 p.m.
Dana Johnson is the author of the short story collection In the Not Quite Dark, forthcoming from Counterpoint in August 2016. She is also the author of Break Any Woman Down, winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, and the novel Elsewhere, California. Her work has appeared in the Paris Review, Calalloo,The Iowa Review, and Huizache, among others. She is a professor of English at the University of Southern California.
Ana Maria Spagna was born in Bogota, Colombia and raised in So Cal, but has lived most of her adult life in a remote community in the North Cascades. She is the author of five books: Reclaimers, the story of people reclaiming sacred land and water, 100 Skills You’ll Need for the End of the World (as We Know It), the memoir Test Ride on the Sunnyland Bus: A Daughter’s Civil Rights Journey, winner of the River Teeth literary nonfiction prize, and two collections of essays, Potluck: Community on the Edge of Wilderness, finalist for the Washington State Book Award, and Now Go Home, a Seattle Times Best Book of 2004.
Los Angeles singer/songwriter Amilia K. Spicer hails from rural Pennsylvania and spends half her time in Austin. Her musical topography covers languid farm landscapes, red dirt Americana, and an occasional turn down a dark alley with flickering neon. Or, as she might say with a slight drawl: “water, wine, and whiskey.” Many songs from Spicer’s first two releases (Like an Engine, and Seamless) have been featured in films and TV. She is a 3-time Kennedy Center performer, and an award-winning producer.