Thursday, February 9th, 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. So fiat lux – “let there be light” in February with a trefoil sparkling of performer-poets, Jackie Bang, Eve Wood and Christian Geo, the scintillating prose of Samantha Dunn and lucent lyric melodies from shining star songstress Celia Chavez. Reading, performance, music, signing.
Christian Geo is a writer, performer and visual artist from NYC. His kaleidoscopic poetry/theater/multimedia piece House of Me premiered in United Solo Theater Festival 2016. Excerpts widely anthologized in numerous publications from 3Rooms Press, NYSAI Press, Great Weather for Media, Levure Litteraire.
Samantha Dunn is the executive editor of Coast Magazine, and the author of several books including the novel Failing Paris and a bestselling memoir, Not By Accident: Reconstructing a Careless Life. Sam’s work is anthologized in a number of places, including the short story anthology, Women on the Edge: Writing from Los Angeles, which she co-edited. She has also written for the stage and has taken a few turns screenwriting as a member of the Writers Guild of America. Sam teaches at Chapman University, in the UCLA Extension Writers Program and at the Idyllwild Arts Center in California. She is also an adviser in the PEN USA Emerging Voices program.
Jackie Bang is a queer who’s work has appeared in ZYZZYVA and The Alaska Quarterly Review and the Los Angeles Poetry Circus Chapbook. Bang is currently at work on Dinner Bait, a book-length end-of-love story set in a New Orleans of adjunct teaching, eco-terrorism, evictions, and sex work ten years after Katrina. Bang will debut Rent Easy—a related psych, blues queer erotica record collaboration with Caspar Sonnet—this coming Valentines Day 2017. Both works engage the possibility for species transformation in the human response to climate change through high-stakes eroticism as metaphor.
Eve Wood is the author of five published books of poems, among these Love’s Funeral, Six, and Artistic Children Breathe Differently. Her work has appeared in numerous journals including The Best American Poetry 1997, The New Republic, The Denver Quarterly, Triquarterly, Poetry, Witness, The Wisconsin Review, The Massachusetts Review, The Greensboro Review, Exquisite Corpse, The Florida Review, The Antioch Review, and many others. A Jacob Javits Fellow and Brody recipient, Wood writes art criticism for publications such as ArtUS, Artillery, and Artweek. Also a visual artist, she has exhibited internationally and her work is in several collections including Eileen and Peter Norton, The Weatherspoon Museum, and the Laguna Art Museum.
The tiny but mighty Celia Chavez has traveled the world as a 20-Feet-From-Stardom style backup singer to stars such as P!nk, Brandon Flowers, Melody Gardot and Julia Fordham. She is currently a featured vocalist and duet partner in the touring band for Enrique Iglesias. Celia’s own songs retain the flavor of 1970’s Laurel Canyon, wistful lyricism tempered by a unique clarity of vocal delivery. She moves between several musical genres at once, from the sweet intimacy of a torch song, to the rueful optimism of old time Americana, to sunny Californian acoustic. She is currently recording two new releases for 2017, and her first solo record, Sailor’s Daughter, all available at www.celiachavez.com