And they came to our rescue— they came, the World: too late. My grandmother sat amongst the ruins, holding that small, salvaged piece of tile from her house— the one and only house tile. Hundreds of tiles broken as the Americans … Continue reading Tile, by Enma Leyva
#TBT that time Dan Jones from The New York Times – Modern Love was on our stage, at Lip Service. Now accepting story submissions for our May 9 show. Deadline is April 17. Give us your best, true, personal story … Continue reading Hey, are you done writing that story?
(A story by Tatiana Garcia) You might roll your eyes when people say they’re happy just because they’re in a relationship. Many are liars, but not me: I really don’t miss being single. Before Justin “got” me, I was a … Continue reading Single. Taken.
Back in November, in honor of its eight-year-anniversary, Lip Service launched Badass, Lip Service: True Stories, the Double Album (Lominy Books, 2014) edited by Andrea Askowitz. This anthology is acollection of some of the best of Lip Service’s first eight years. Lip Service is a … Continue reading South Florida, what’s your story? (We want you to send it to us!)
Listen to Katia D. Ulysse read her story “Take a Picture.” Katia D. Ulysse was born in Haiti, and moved to the United States as a teen. Her writings have been published in numerous literary journals, including the Caribbean Writer, Meridians, Calabash,Peregrine, … Continue reading Katia D. Ulysse reads “Take a Picture”
They say that in 1803 all Haitian roosters lost their ability to tell time—or at least to admit they knew how—when Toussaint L’Ouverture was betrayed at the hands of one of his own. It was the beginning of a new … Continue reading The Wee Hours, by Diane Allerdyce
Three weeks after the earthquake, Enel and I are both amazed he’s alive as we step through the sharp smell of decaying bodies coming up from under the rubble of his university. [He had been inside the university building when … Continue reading The World Crashes All the Time, by Kent Annan
Leita Kaldi’s Five Favorite Fiascos in Haiti, part 5: Lost in Translation (from Kaldi’s memoir, In the Valley of Atibon) Walking through the hospital one day I passed the isolation ward, where people with contagious diseases like TB and AIDS … Continue reading Lost in Translation, by Leita Kaldi
Leita Kaldi’s Five Favorite Fiascos in Haiti, part 4: Zombies (from Kaldi’s memoir, In the Valley of Atibon) Antoine Veus, the retired morgue attendant, told me a zombie story I’d never forget. Antoine was very tall, heavy-shouldered and slightly bent with … Continue reading Zombies, by Leita Kaldi
Obsession and betrayal. Plot twists and suspense. Vicki Hendrick‘s latest novel, Fur People, is now available on Amazon. Vicki Hendricks is renowned for her noir novels—Miami Purity, Iguana Love, Voluntary Madness, Sky Blues, and Cruel Poetry. Although Fur People doesn’t qualify … Continue reading Vicki Hendricks: Fur People
Leita Kaldi’s Five Favorite Fiascos in Haiti, part 3: Ti Moustik’s Coq (from Kaldi’s memoir, In the Valley of Atibon) My restless nights were disturbed by a rooster. He trumpeted his ko-ko-ri-co outside my bedroom window as if he served as … Continue reading Ti Moustik’s Coq, by Leita Kaldi
Leita Kaldi’s Five Favorite Fiascos in Haiti, part 2: Beware of Flatterers (from Kaldi’s memoir, In the Valley of Atibon) I had arrived in Haiti arrogantly convinced that I would make a difference. But the magnitude of poverty, the needs, the … Continue reading Beware of Flatterers, by Leita Kaldi
Leita Kaldi’s Five Favorite Fiascos in Haiti, part 1: Fano Filo (from Kaldi’s memoir, In the Valley of Atibon) My gardener, Fano Filo, advanced from the periphery of my little world into its center. His name sounded so lyrical to me … Continue reading Fano Filo, by Leita Kaldi
The leaves on the orange trees by the sides of the road were still green, even though it was already September, and the tall Oaks forming the windbreaks were showing the actual colors of the season. My father and I … Continue reading The Gathering Area, by Jorge Valdes