About Lip Service
Founded by Miami-based writer Andrea Askowitz in 2006, Lip Service is now produced by Miami Book Fair International. Lip Service began as an intimate gathering of storytellers and story lovers and grew into a literary happening that regularly draws more than 500 people to its shows. Lip Service joins the Miami Book Fair’s roster of ongoing year-around programs that nurture the literary community of South Florida. Lip Service is dedicated to presenting the smartest, hottest, and most honest storytelling event in South Florida: eight people, eight stories, eight minutes each. The stories are hilarious, heartbreaking, poignant, embarrassing, inspiring, and all true! Lip Service lets you become a voyeur. It’s like listening to someone reading his or her diary. Lip Service is a mix of theater and literature. The stories are edited and rehearsed, but you never really know what you’re going to get until you get it. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll cringe. And you are guaranteed to feel inspired to tell your own story. You can submit your story to Lip Service. Everyone has a story, what’s yours?
Nicholas Garnett Nicholas Garnett received his MFA in Creative Writing from Florida International University (FIU). He is an adjunct professor of creative writing at FIU, a frequent instructor for Miami Book Fair International, a freelance editor, and a nonfiction editor of the literary journal Sliver of Stone. His writing has appeared in Salon.com, Sliver of Stone, R-KV-RY Quarterly and The Florida Book Review, and anthologized in Sundress Publication’s “Best of the Net”; Tigertail, A South Florida Poetry Annual; Best Sex Writing of 2013 (Cleis Press).
Esther Martinez Esther is a writer, storyteller, and freelance editor. She studied literature-writing at Columbia University and has completed her creative writing MFA at Florida International University. Her work has appeared in various publications including The Columbia Observer, Newsday, and the Daily Beast. She grew up in Miami.