Thursday, May 4th at 7:00 p.m.
All Lit Up is a collaborative effort with host-author Rich Ferguson 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 celebrate the launch of Judy Kronenfeld’s fourth collection of poetry Bird Flying Through the Banquet, in flight with her fellow poet Michelle Bitting, joined with vérité tales from author/psychoanalyst Nina Savelle-Rocklin and music to warm our feathers by Bliss Bowen. Performance, music, reading and signing.
Judy Kronenfeld invokes and searches for her swiftly receding first-generation urban past, particularly the lives of her working-class immigrant parents, with love, terror, realism, and humor. Childhood memories illuminate puzzles, almost heal, tantalize with mystery. They recast themselves in imagination and dreams: her dead parents play Scrabble in their Bronx kitchen, though neither can spell.
Bird Flying through the Banquet is Judy Kronenfeld’s fourth poetry collection. Her most recent books of poetry are Shimmer and Light Lowering in Diminished Sevenths, 2nd edition, winner of the 2007 Litchfield Review Poetry Book Prize. Her poems have previously appeared in Avatar, American Poetry Journal, Calyx, Cider Press Review, Cimarron Review, DMQ Review, Hiram Poetry Review, Innisfree Poetry Journal, Louisville Review, Natural Bridge, The Pedestal, Portland Review, Sequestrum, Spoon River Poetry Review, Stirring, Valparaiso Poetry Review and other print and online journals, and in twenty anthologies. She is Lecturer Emerita, Creative Writing Department, University of California, Riverside, and an Associate Editor of the online poetry journal, Poemeleon.
Michelle Bitting‘s latest collection is The Couple Who Fell to Earth, one of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2016. She has poems forthcoming or published in The American Poetry Review, AJP, Prairie Schooner, Narrative, Diode, The New York Times among many others. Poems have appeared in numerous anthologies including Wide Awake: Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond. Her book Good Friday Kiss, chosen by Thomas Lux won the DeNovo First Book Award and Notes to the Beloved won the Sacramento Poetry Center Book Award and also earned a starred review from Kirkus. Her poems have been nominated for Pushcart and Best of the Net prizes, and most recently, The Pablo Neruda, American Literary Review and Tupelo Quarterly Poetry contests.
Dr. Nina Savelle-Rocklin is a psychoanalyst, author, speaker and internationally-recognized expert in weight, food and body image issues. She reads short memoir-like pieces, about different people who struggle with the same issue, and their triumph over trauma. She has written chapters for two books on psychoanalysis, The Couch & The Cushion and Mistrust. Her book, Food For Thought, on the understanding and treatment of eating disorders, was published in December. She has been featured in publications including the Los Angeles Times, Prevention, Real Simple, Redbook, and Huffington Post and is a frequent guest expert at summits, podcasts, and on the radio.
Bliss Bowen is a singer-songwriter, writer, editor, picture-maker, cook, gardener, and Springsteen-loving South Jersey-turned-California gal who lives in a converted mountain cabin in Sierra Madre with her animal companions, guitar, and a ridiculously large library of books and music. She is still — sloooooowly — working on her album Ghost Trees, and promises that she is finally going to release some part of it this year. Really. And some Christmas songs.