Stoked to be featured at a special fundraiser for the writers series “Lip Service West.”
I read at the series last May, a first for me. I began to rediscover my writers voice in September of 2010, when my friend Zach Clark posted a call for entries for his arts magazine Composite. When I told him I was interested, he first said, “This is not music-related, Kaitlin…” but he gave me a chance to put a narrative together for their inaugural issue. (You can read that here.)
After that, another friend demanded I write for Lip Service, convincing me I had a unique point of view to share. But I felt like I had nothing to say. Every few weeks he would nudge me. Eventually, in May 2011, I read a piece after a month of writing and deleting, called “Lessons from a Beatdown.” The piece is not for the faint of heart, but reading it gave me a sense of closure to an event in my life, and gave me the writers’ bug. Which is not a cockroach, FYI. Since January 2012, I’ve been working on a narrative/memoir, inspired by the brilliance of my friend Tony DuShane (published writer and contributor to LipService West). Until I get a draft done on my book, it will just be my exploration to enjoy and be challenged by; a true compliment to the musical journey.
Tonight I’ll perform songs at the fundraiser for LipService West. Tony will read. Joe Clifford, the founder and rockstar behind it all, will I believe read and sing. He gets it – he uses both the guitar and the pen.
See you tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Lip Service West.