Brighten November with All Lit Up : Natashia Deón, Kim Dower, Leon Martell and Mason Summit

Thursday, November 3rd at 7:30 p.m.

searchAll 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 bask in the warm insight of novelist Natashia Deón, enliven our spirits with the words of poet Kim Dower and performer-playwright Leon Martell and heat up the blood with music by young Mason Summit.

natashia-deonNatashia Deón is the author of the critically acclaimed debut novel, Grace, and is the recipient of a PEN Center USA Emerging Voices fellowship. Recently named one of L.A.’s “Most Fascinating People” in L.A. Weekly‘s People Issue, Deón is a lawyer, law professor, and the creator of the popular L.A.-based reading series Dirty Laundry Lit.  Her writing has appeared in American Short Fiction, Buzzfeed, The Rattling Wall, The Rumpus, The Feminist Wire, Asian American Lit Review, and other places.


City Poet Laureate of West Hollywood, Kim (Freilich) Dower has published three collections of poetry: Air Kissing on Mars,  described by the LA Times as, “seamlessly combining humor and heartache,” Slice of Moon, nominated for a Pushcart, and called, “unexpected and sublime,” by “O” magazine, and Last Train to the Missing Planet, (2016), “full of worldly, humorous insights into life as it is,” says Janet Fitch. Kim’s work has been featured in Garrison Keillor’s, “The Writer’s Almanac” as well as in Ploughshares, Barrow Street, Rattle and Eclipse. Her poems are in several anthologies, including, Wide Awake: Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond, and she teaches in the B.A. Program of Antioch University.

leon-bio-pic-3Leon Martell was co-founder of “Duck’s Breath Mystery Theater” and a writer with the Padua Hill Playwrights Festival. His plays have been performed at numerous theaters in Los Angeles and around the country. He writes shows for the “Youth Concert Series” for the L.A. Philharmonic at Disney Hall (you know, the swoopy metal building in the car commercials) and the “Summer Sounds”  World Music program at the Hollywood Bowl. He teaches Theatre History at American Academy of Dramatic Art and he has been a reader many times for “Poetry in Motion” and the “Library Girl” Series in Santa Monica.

mason-summitMason Summit is a 20-year-old singer-songwriter from Santa Monica, CA. Since age 13, he has been playing around L.A. at venues such as Molly Malone’s, The House of Blues, and Hotel Café. Mason has independently released three albums of original material: Absentee (2012), Loud Music & Soft Drinks (2014), and Gunpowder Tracks. Mason’s songs have been featured on internet and FM radio shows such as David Lynch’s Transcendental Radio and KCRW’s The Lab. Mason also produces and hosts Mason’s Noise Parlour, a quarterly series featuring the music, words, and comedy of other young performers, at Beyond Baroque, and performs as one half of The Clowns Will Eat Me.