Brett Aronowitz considers herself a daughter of the Beat Generation. Born the same year The Dharma Bums was published, she boasts of spending her tenth summer vacation on Allen Ginsberg’s farm in Cherry Valley, New York.
As a child, she tagged along in the shadow of her father, renowned pop music journalist, Al Aronowitz, while he befriended and subsequently wrote about the music and literary icons of the time. Her unconventional childhood was a mixture of excitement and dysfunction combining regular visits with such luminaries as George Harrison, Bob Dylan and Miles Davis with frequent trips to the hospital, where her mother was fighting metastatic breast cancer. Her mother, Ann, lost that battle when Brett was only fourteen.
Brett graduated from Western States Chiropractic College in 1983. A career choice she now regards as, “Premature and inappropriate — a reaction to early mother loss.” Instead of practicing, she got licensed in three states and spent the next twenty years paying off her student loans as a production coordinator; working alongside advertising agency producers and art directors making television commercials.
“Education is a wonderful thing,” she quips. “It’s like storing a brand new Mercedes in the garage; it only hurts when you make the payments.”
Once freed from the financial burden of her education, Brett embraced her lineage as a writer by studying with bestselling author, Natalie Goldberg. Brett has written for a variety of regional magazines and journals and won an honorable mention in the 72nd annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition for her memoir entitled, “The Night I was Brian Jones.”
Over the last ten years, Brett has immersed herself in what she believes is her true calling as a visual artist and graphic designer. Her unusual upbringing and exposure to the vast collective of creative geniuses of the sixties, has given her a visceral aesthetic that can only be described as hip.
Brett lives in Southern California and is immersed in a variety of creative endeavors including passionately, and single-handedly, creating petitebikefit.com, the definitive resource for petite woman cyclists on the internet. Recognizing that other women experiencing motherloss, were as deeply affected as she, Brett also designed a symbol for motherloss which she used to create a line of jewelry and greeting cards so that we could better reach out and find each other
in real life.
She has also added watercolor painting to her array of tools with which she interprets our vast world. Using this complex medium, she is proud to announce that her children’s book, Everything Changes Including Me, is now available on Amazon.com, and is an endeavor she spent over twenty years creating. In early 2017, Brett completed another “children’s” book entitled, You Have a Tube, for ages 4 through adult. It’s a lively, colorful, yet simple book, which first introduces the concept of a tube and then expands to identify and describe how the organs in the tube in your body, called the digestive tract, actually works.
Brett hopes that you enjoy the creativity showcased on her site, and asks that you honor the copyright on all her materials.