Lip Service West: Everyone Has a Story

Friday, February 7th
Pegasus Books
2349 Shattuck Ave.
Berkeley, CA
7:30 p.m.


Deborah Janke is the author of two novels, The Spy’s Familiar and The Spy’s Daughter, as well as numerous short stories and a couple of plays. Presently she is completing a novella, Suzanne and Diane. Deborah is executive director of a non-profit in Richmond dealing with Alzheimer’s disease. She’s married to the artist, Craig Janke. Deborah’s contention that life is mostly fiction inspires her writing.

Allison Landa doesn’t believe in the Beatles. She only believes in herself. Stalk her at

From faerie princess to corporate marketing maven Justine Lewis has enjoyed an array of diverse, creative, often kid-filled careers. A former model and scream queen she has settled down to enjoy a life of motherhood, professional security, and ballroom dancing in fabulous historical costumes. Along with her handsome and talented husband Joe Clifford, she has co-produced Lip Service West for the last 4 years.

Lisa Martinovic is a long-time slam poet, improv theater actor and essayist. She has featured everywhere from the Nuyorican and City Lights to the New Orleans Lollapalooza and LitQuake.  Her writing appears in publications as diverse as the San Francisco Chronicle and The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry. Having spent most of the 70s taking drugs and tempting fate in the Bay Area and most of the 90s slamming poems and hillbillies in Hogeye, Arkansas, Lisa’s got some stories to tell.

Chris Voisard is a writing teacher at the middle school level where she also teaches art and journalism. She has a bachelor’s degree with honors in her major of Aesthetics and Learning from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a Masters of Arts degree in Education with a bilingual emphasis from San Francisco State University. She has recently finished her first book, a memoir about her experiences with her unconventional family, and is working on a second about her relationships with men.