Stoke Your October Fire with All Lit Up : Tony DuShane, Jacqueline Suskin, Carine Topal & Michael Miller

Thursday, October 6th at 7:00 p.m.

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. This month we stoke the fire of imagination with poets Carine Topal and Jacqueline Suskin, build up a blaze with novelist Tony DuShane, and poke the white hot musical embers with Michael Miller.


Tony DuShane adapted his first novel Confessions of a Teenage Jesus Jerk to a screenplay directed by Eric Stoltz. The film is finished and set to release in 2017. He writes for the San Francisco Chronicle, Penthouse, Mother Jones, and The Rumpus. DuShane also teaches beginning and advanced novel writing classes at UCLA Extension.



photo: Shelby Duncan

Jacqueline Suskin is a writer, performance poet and artist and author of The Collected and Go Ahead & Like It. Known for her project “Poem Store,” Suskin composes on-demand poetry on her manual typewriter. Her main occupation since 2009, “Poem Store” has taken her around the country, typewriter in tow. Suskin has been featured in New York Times, T Magazine, LA Times, and has performed at events including Art Basel, Los Angeles Contemporary, Art of Elysium and SF MOMA, as well as collaborated with fashion brands. As an educator,  she works with the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities as a Turnaround Artist,  visiting many high schools and universities.


SeattlePoet Carine Topal has been twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize and is the recipient of the 2015 Briar Cliff Review Award for Poetry. Her poems have appeared in numerous anthologies and journals including The Best of the Prose Poem, Greensboro Review, Iron Horse Literary Review, Oberon, and Caliban. Her published collections include In the Heaven of Never Before and Bed of Want, winner of the 2007 Robert G. Cohen Prose Poetry Award.  Her third book, Tattooed,  is a personal history of the Holocaust, written in the voices of the perpetrators, the victims, and the survivors of Auschwitz Concentration Camp and won the 4th Biennial Chapbook Contest from Palettes and Quills. She teaches poetry and memoir workshops in Redondo Beach and the Palm Springs area.

michael-millerSoCal troubadour-misfit Michael Miller’s music has been described as “brooding acoustic ruminations and multi-layered, melancholic pop symphonies.” (OC Weekly) Americana UK says “Michael Miller’s lyrical poetic cleverness and indefinable, multi-layered, psychedelic American indie-pop is a quite splendid concoction and a pop opera extravaganza,” and that his “glorious post-psychedelia is an exhilarating creative invention.” “Miller’s voice has an otherworldly sweetness like that of Radiohead`s Thom Yorke…” ~ Miles Of Music