Over 70 people came out on Saturday evening, July 23 at MOCA Miami, for the latest Lip Service open-mic event, Storypalooza “When Identities Collide.” Following a reception and museum tour, a dozen readers told stories ranging from coping with hearing aids to entering beauty pageants. And all those brave readers received instant feedback from Lip Service co-producers Nicholas Garnett, Esther Martinez Kenniff, and Lip Service founder (and current producer of Writing Class Radio) Andrea Askowitz. Stay tuned for details about the next Storypalooza! on September 10 at Miami Art Days in downtown Miami and the next Lip Service stage show at the Miami Book Fair in November!
Identity can bring us together. It can also pull us apart. Come out and present a personal true story about a time when your identity challenged and changed you. Twelve readers will receive feedback from an all-star panel of editors, including Lip Service co-producers Esther Martinez and Nicholas Garnett, and Lip Service founder and producer of the podcast Writing Class Radio, Andrea Askowitz.
Saturday, July 23, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Museum of Contemporary Art
770 NE 125th St, Miami, FL 33161
Storypalooza! and reception are free with $5 museum entrance fee
Want to read? Bring a printed copy of your story to drop in the hat. Stories must be 500 words or fewer.
For more info and to RSVP visit MiamiBookFair.com
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Lip Service delivered big-time. On the evening of May 7, every seat in the 300-seat Miracle Theater was filled to see the latest Lip Service, the first presented by Miami Book Fair. Co-producers Esther Martinez and Nicholas Garnett presented the show’s eight storytellers. As promised, the audience laughed, cried–even cringed little. The turnout, the audience reaction, the stories and storytellers–it was all magical. The next Lip Service show will be in November at the Miami Book Fair. But stay tuned for more Lip Service/Book Fair events and programs. We’re just getting started!
Miami Book Fair is pleased to announce that it will become the producer of Lip Service: True Stories Out Loud. Founded by Miami-based writer Andrea Askowitz in 2006, Lip Service is dedicated to presenting the smartest, hottest, and most honest storytelling event in South Florida.
Andrea has stepped aside to pursue other projects, and approached Miami Book Fair to take over her beloved program. Lip Service joins the Miami Book Fair’s roster of ongoing year-around programs that nurture the literary community of South Florida.
“Not only is Lip Service a great event,” says Delia Lopez, operations director for Miami Book Fair, “it’s a great fit for us. We’re thrilled to welcome Lip Service to our family.”
Upcoming Lip Service shows include Saturday, May 7, 2016 at the Miracle Theater in Coral Gables (as part of the Writers Institute writers’ conference); Storypalooza!, on Saturday, March 26 (7 p.m., Coral Gables), an American Idol-style open mic at Books & Books that will help writers sharpen their ideas and pieces prior to the opening of the submission period for the May; and at the 2016 Miami Book Fair in November.
“We are going to continue the tradition of presenting entertaining, smart shows that really highlight Miami’s writers, and provide a great gathering place for people who enjoy stories,” said Lissette Mendez, program director for Miami Book Fair. “And, of course, we plan some twists. Andrea is a great friend and we are really honored that she thought of us.”