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Jul 20 2016

Get “Identi-fied” at Storypalooza!, July 23, MOCA Museum of Contemporary Art


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.
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Jun 14 2016

Learn to Tell True Stories, Out Loud


Sign up for this 5-week course, offered through Miami Book Fair (Thursdays, beginning June 30). For more info:

Lip Service Course: Tell Your True Stories, Out Loud

May 11 2016

Q & A with Miamiartzine


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May 10 2016

Lip Service Brings It!


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!LS Storytellers on stage 5 16 16

Apr 25 2016

Storytellers announced for May 7 show!




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Apr 2 2016

Time to Submit for May 7!


LS submission flyer hi res001The submission period for the next Lip Service show is officially open! Next show is May 7 at the Miracle Theater in Coral Gables. Submission period ends at midnight, April 16. Check the submission guidelines and send us your story.


Mar 24 2016

Lip Service/Miami Book Fair present: Storypalooza!, the Big Read Edition


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Feb 10 2016

Miami Book Fair to produce Lip Service!


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.”

Oct 1 2015

Saying Goodbye


Dear Lip Service,
This is Andrea Askowitz. In case you didn’t know, I’ve been the engine behind Lip Service and this website for nine years. NINE YEARS!  I’m writing to tell you October 24, 2015 is my last show. 

I’ve loved Lip Service. I’ve produced 40 shows and have gotten to work with close to 300 storytellers who were willing to be open and honest and not always in a way that showed their better sides. Brave people! And I’ve told 30 of my own stories in front of the best audience in the world, which grew from 60 to 600. Beautiful people!

Whenever someone was nervous on stage, whenever I was nervous, I felt emotionally buoyed by the love and support of our audience. I am a ham and will totally miss that!

But after NINE YEARS I’m ready to move on and I’m really excited about my next venture: a podcast called Writing Class Radio. Writing Class Radio is a podcast of the writing class I’ve been teaching as an offshoot of Lip Service for six years. The podcast is one part true storytelling, one part documentary-style journalism, one part writing class, and all parts AMAZING!

Check it out at You can download it on iTunes and GooglePlay starting Oct. 24, 2015.

As for Lips, I’m not sure. We’re in negotiations with a new administrative partner and we still have Esther Martinez-Kenniff and Nicholas Garnett, plus a few others who have stepped up. I hope they keep it going forever.

Thanks for being the best community in the world. I can’t wait to see you at the show. After party at Books & Books, like always!


Jun 15 2015



The best storytelling duo in Miami, The Asia Project, was a HUGE HIT!  Thank you Asia and all the opening poets for one of those nights when you didn’t want to be anywhere else.