Our Story

Lip Service is true stories out loud. Every quarter, Books & Books hosts the most popular literary event in Miami. 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?

Lip service is brought to you by:

Andrea Askowitz

Andrea loves to tell stories. She’s the author of My Miserable, Lonely Lesbian Pregnancy (Cleis Press) and her work has appeared in various publications including The New York Times.  She teaches memoir writing at Miami Dade College and Lip Service Institute.  She’s a native Miamian.

Esther Martinez

Esther is a writer, storyteller and graduate student in MFA at FIU.  Her work has appeared in various publications including Newsday and the Daily Beast.  She grew up in Miami.

Books & Books

Five years ago, Andrea Askowitz was sitting in the café at Books & Books.  She’d just moved to Miami from Los Angeles where she spent many years listening to and telling stories to live audiences in bookstores, bars, theaters, wherever.  She started a conversation with a bearded man in black jeans and a button down.  Andrea asked him where someone could tell or hear live stories in South Florida.  The man turned out to be Mitchell Kaplan, the owner of Books & Books.  Mitchell suggested doing telling stories at Books & Books.  So, on November 2, 2006, Lip Service was born.

Michelle Pujals

Michelle is the woman behind our new look.  She’s our web monkey and designer.  She says this site is only temporary, so stay tuned for more beauty.

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