Thursday, December 8th, 2016, 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 are ignited by the fiction of Aimee Bender and Martin Pousson, flame onward with poems by Amy Uyematsu and build that bonfire with tunes from Simon Petty. Reading, performance and signing.
Aimee Bender is the author of five books, among these, The Girl in the Flammable Skirt, a NY Times Notable Book,The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake which won the SCIBA award for best fiction, and an Alex Award, and The Color Master, a NY Times Notable book for 2013. Her books have been translated into sixteen languages. Her short fiction has been published in Granta, GQ, Harper’s, Tin House, McSweeney’s, The Paris Review, and more, as well as heard on PRI’s “This American Life”and “Selected Shorts”.
Amy Uyematsu is a Japanese-American poet and teacher from Los Angeles. She has five published collections: Basic Vocabulary (Red Hen Press, 2016), The Yellow Door (Red Hen, 2015), Stone Bow Prayer (Copper Canyon Press, 2005), Nights of Fire, Nights of Rain (Story Line Press, 1998), and 30 Miles from J-Town (Story Line, 1992). Amy was co-editor of the widely used anthology, Roots: An Asian American Reader (UCLA, 1971). Recently retired, she was a Los Angeles Unified Schools high school math teacher for 32 years.
Martin Pousson was born and raised in Acadiana, the Cajun French bayou land of Louisiana. His new novel, Black Sheep Boy, includes stories that won a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship. Two of his stories were finalists for the Glimmer Train Fiction Awards. His collection of poetry, Sugar, was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award, and his first novel, No Place, Louisiana, was a finalist for the John Gardner Fiction Book Award. His writing has appeared in The Advocate, Antioch Review, Epoch, Five Points, New Orleans Review, StoryQuarterly, TriQuarterly, and elsewhere. He now teaches at California State University Northridge.
Simon Petty is an English singer-songwriter based in Los Angeles whose husky vocals and confessional lyrics rise from a stylistic foundation of American blues, country and soul and a lifelong love of books. Having made an album with legendary producer T Bone Burnett upon his arrival in the States as frontman with the band Minibar , Petty went on to tour the country extensively and eventually joined Pete Yorn’s band for several years. His years on the road gave him time and space to hone the unique brand of world-weary optimism and musical eclecticism that color his original songs.