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:

Susie has had the honor of being invited as a keynote speaker at events as diverse as Berlin’s Burlesque Week to GoDaddy Europe’s Annual EMEA Women In Tech Conference. Her talks are informative and inclusive, and are guaranteed to engage audiences with original thinking, innovative narratives and a healthy dose of laughter.

You probably were told this several times already….but I wanted to say it myself: THANK YOU very much for the amazing presentation yesterday! The way you’ve told your story was very charismatic, authentic and inspiring!

Alexandra Neyman, Head of Brand Marketing Germany, GoDaddy

Susie teaches the art of storytelling to brand ambassadors, workshop facilitators and performers. She has volunteered for WriteGirl LA in Los Angeles, and currently works with brand ambassadors, artists, and workshop facilitators, helping professionals win audiences, supporters and investors over through engaging, charismatic stories that are uniquely their own.

Bombay Sapphire Event am 05.08.2019 in München. Foto: Andreas Gebert

Susie writes opinion pieces and editorials published on, and has worked as a journalist interviewing special guests in English for German and French outlets.

Der Tagespiegel

Merck Future Talk

WRP Turning Points

Susie also works as a voice artist for film, television, radio and video games, helping other creatives tell their stories, too.

The Meaningful Life with Andrew G. Marshal


Cold Waters

Early in 2020, Susie and creative partner Chris Ward launched Stories About People, a short fiction podcast.