Lip Service West: Everyone Has a Story

Lip Service West at Beast Crawl 2014
Saturday, July 12
25th Street Collective
477 25th Street, Oakland
8 p.m. to 9 p.m.
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Joe Clifford is editor for Gutter Books, and the author of four books: Choice Cuts, Wake the Undertaker, and Junkie Love. His latest, Lamentation, is out in October. Joe’s writing can be found at

Patrick O’Neil is a former junkie bank robber and the author of the memoir Gun, Needle, Spoon. For more information on his music, writing, and films, go to:

Tom Pitts received his education on the streets of San Francisco. He remains there, working, writing, and trying to survive. Find him at

Claudia “Miriam” Reed is the owner of Tell Your Story, a writing and editing service, and teaches memoir writing through various adult education venues. She is currently at work on a memoir about the ’60s.

Xiao Xiao, born and raised in China, came to the US in her twenties. Educated in medicine and accounting, she now writes and shares her personal stories to search for universal truths from within.