January Jubilee with All Lit Up: Gwen Banta, Brandon Jordan Brown, Marnie Goodfriend, and Jay Souza

Thursday, January 12th at 7:00 p.m.

images-1All 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. Get January off to a  jubilant start with funny fiction by Gwen Banta, Pushcart-nominated poetry from PEN Fellow Brandon Jordan Brown, fresh memoir from a whole other PEN Fellow, Marnie Goodfriend, and jumpin’ music from Jay Souza (of Patrolled By Radar). Reading, performance, music.

gwen-banta-photo-1Gwen Banta is a writer of novels, short-fiction and screenplays. She has received numerous awards for her fiction, including: Winner, Unpublished Fiction in the Great Northwest Book Festival, Los Angeles Book Festival, Pacific Rim Book Festival and San Francisco Book Festival;. Gwen has also written several screenplays, including Skies A Fallin,’ which is currently under option to an independent producer. Her newest novel The Fly Strip is hailed as “an extraordinary coming-of-age story.” (MidWest Book Review)

brandon-jordan-brownBrandon Jordan Brown was born in Birmingham, Alabama and raised in the South. He is a former PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellow in poetry and winner of the 2016 Orison Anthology Poetry Award. In addition, he has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and his work has been published or is forthcoming in Forklift, Ohio; Day One; Winter Tangerine Review; decomP; Cultural Weekly and more. Brandon is currently working on his first book.


Marnie Goodfriend is a 2016 PEN Emerging Voices fellow. She currently lives in Los Angeles, where she’s a writer and violence intervention speaker. Her words have been published in Jezebel, Marie Claire, The Daily Beast, and Cosmopolitan UK. Marnie is currently working on two memoirs titled Birth Marks and Chewing Gravel.

jay_souza_promoJay Souza (from Patrolled By RadarYou can trace an almost linear route from the unfiltered moments of Dylan and The Hawks through Gram Parsons, to Tom Petty. The latest extension of this musical highway is paved by Patrolled By Radar, led by singer-songwriter Jay Souza. Grammy-nominated producer Peter Curry refers to Souza’s songwriting as “flash fiction with music….his songs tell stories that are simultaneously funny, sad and ironic, and the music rocks. He’s one of those rare songwriters who crafts melodies as strong as his lyrics.”