Flash into June with All Lit Up: Poet-writer Puma Perl, Author-Musician Keith Morris and Musician Melody Federer

Thursday, June 8th at 7:00 p.m.

flashAll 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 host the rockin’ poet, writer and performer Puma Perl,  L.A. punk paragon Keith Morris, author of My Damage, and the musical firecracker Melody Federer.

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photo by Robert Butcher

Puma Perl is a widely published poet and writer, as well as a performer and producer. She is the author of two chapbooks, Ruby True and Belinda and Her Friends, and has two published poetry collections, knuckle tattoos, and Retrograde. She is the creator and producer of Puma Perl’s Pandemonium,  in NYC, which  brings spoken word together with rock and roll. She is also a journalist, a recipient of a 2016 Acker Award in the category of writing, and of two New York Press Association Awards in recognition of her journalism.

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photo by BJ Papas

Keith Morris  is a singer and songwriter, and the author of the autobiography My Damage: The Story of a Punk Rock Survivor. He is a known for his role as frontman of the hardcore punk bands Black Flag, Circle Jerks, and Off!.  Morris has also appeared as a guest vocalist on several albums by other artists.

MelodySinger/songwriter Melody Federer became enthralled with music on account of her father, a pastor, who taught her to sing and play hymns on guitar. At the age of 20, she ran away  from Dallas to Paris, accompanied by a jazz pianist.  Eventually turning up in L.A., Melody broke from her partner and began busking, before securing a residency where she soon caught the ear of Grammy-nominated producer/songwriter Billy Mann (P!nk, Robyn, Sting), who offered her a full-time publishing deal.  Since signing, she has written songs for the likes of Kelly Rowland, Hilary Duff, and Jacob Whitesides. Her new album is When The Dogwoods Bloom.