Susie Kahlich is an American writer and storyteller. She has been publishing and performing her work since 1991 in Chicago, NYC, Los Angeles, London, Paris and Berlin.
A Chicago native, Susie Kahlich attended college in New York City, where she explored and was active in the 1980s Lower East Side art and music scene, participating in the artists’ collective the Rivington School, and learning live sound directly from CBGB’s legendary soundman Ronnie Ardito. She worked boards at CBGB’s, the original Knitting Factory, The Pyramid Club and various small clubs around NYC and NJ, for gigs ranging from Guns & Roses (acoustic) to Sun Ra, before turning her attention full time to writing.
She was awarded Fiction Scholarship at the 98th Street Y / Unterberg Poetry Center in 1995, and was an active participant in the fledgling Immersionism art scene in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, participating in written work, spoken word and performance pieces at Cat’s Head, Refrigerator, and other warehouse events.
In 1997, Susie moved to Los Angeles to pursue screenwriting for independent short and feature films. Her feature screenplays enjoyed success at several international screenwriting competitions, and her commissioned work has won Best Film at AFI and Slamdance, among others. Her stage plays have been performed in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Berlin and somewhere in the Australian Outback.
In 2000, she survived a violent attack in her home in Los Angeles. Her recovery led her to Ninjutsu, which she continues to teach and practice, and became the raison d’être for developing Pretty Deadly Self Defense.
After moving to Paris in 2010, she performed her work at Shakespeare & Co., worked as Managing Editor for Vingt Paris Magazine. She relocated to Berlin 2016 and has since done work for Bombay Sapphire and Der Tagespiegel.
Susie uses storytelling in all its forms to facilitate her work: