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, ”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 creative endeavors. 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. She 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 who experienced motherloss were as deeply traumatized 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.
Brett has also added watercolor painting to her array of tools with which she interprets our vast world. Using this tricky and complex medium, she completed her first children’s book, Everything Changes Including Me, 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. This book was created solely with Apple products (iPad and desktop). It is a lively, colorful, simple book, which introduces the concept of a tube, expanding to identify and describe how the organs in the tube in your body, called the digestive tract, actually work.
Brett has completed three additional children’s picture books. Mine! A simple tale about two dogs with sibling rivalry issues. My Furry Friend about learning to accept our friends for who they are and not who we want them to be. And Lyra & Louise, a story demonstrating how each individual has something to contribute to the community no matter what they look like. All Brett’s books are published by ChickenScratch Press and are available on Amazon in softcover, hardcover and where ever you download electronic media.
Brett is proud to announce her newest endeavor as a surface pattern designer. Her debut collection,The First Mass Extinction is now available for licensing.
Brett hopes that you enjoy the creativity showcased on this site, and asks you honor the copyright on all her materials.