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Rolf Yngve

Rolf Yngve served thirty-five years active duty in the US Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer. He published short fiction in the 1970’s and 80’s in Quarterly West, The Greensboro Review, Best American Short Stories, 1979, and others. More recent fiction and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in a number of journals including Glimmer Train, Chattahoochee Review, The Journal of War Literature and the Arts, The Common, Kenyon Review and others. His stories and essays have been recognized through a third in a Glimmer Train Family Affairs contest, the 2009 Indiana Review Fiction Prize, and honorable mention in numerous contests. He holds an MFA from the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers, was a 2012 MacDowell Colony Fellow and a 2014 Bread Loaf Bakeless Camargo Residency Fellow. He recently completed his first novel, Any Watch They Keep.

Invitation to Submit to Sunshine Noir II


Attention san diego writers: San Diego City Works Press is currently accepting submissions of poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction for our 10-year anniversary anthology of San Diego writing,Sunshine/Noir II, due out in 2015.

If you have a poem, story, creative non-fiction, or piece of art that captures the realities of San Diego that lurk beneath the booster and Baywatch stereotypes of “America’s Finest City,” please submit.  We want work that maps the endangered natural landscape, sniffs out grit, ecstasy, and irony in the midst of the theme-park city.  We seek writing that deals with the border, work, race, class, gender, urban and natural environments, decadence, tragedy, sex, death, beauty, ugly beauty, and, yes, alienation under the sun.  Everything from traditional realism to formal innovation is welcome in fiction and our tastes in poetry and non-fiction are equally eclectic.

Submit your best poem, fiction or non-fiction of ten pages or less and an SASE for a reply to: City Works Press, San Diego City College, 1313 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101. If you have questions, please email us at cityworkspress@earthlink.


Now accepting applications to the Veteran Writers Program

So Say We All’s 2014 Veteran Writers Program is sponsored by a grant from Cal Humanities, “California Reads” program and The Center for the Book, in partnership with San Diego’s Downtown Central and Oceanside Libraries.

6-week creative writing courses will be made available to active-duty and military veterans through social service partnerships, and open enrollment in Oceanside and San Diego. Works created through these workshops will be published in an anthology available in the fall, to debut with a series of public performances, masterclasses by visiting veteran authors, and a keynote reading by Karl Marlantes (Matternhorn, What It Is Like To Go To War.)

This year’s writings and workshops will revolve around the theme of, “Homecoming.” If you would like to be a part of the Veterans Writing Program, just fill out the intake survey and you will be contacted by a program administrator about upcoming workshop availability.

Schedule of events

Reading by Karl Marlantes (Matterhorn, What it is Like to Go to War)
November 21st, 2014
Mira Costa College
Details TBA


Come Celebrate the Publication of Giving the Finger

Giving the Finger Poster

Capt. Scott Campbell, Jr., Star of Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch comes to San Diego Friday, April 11 at 7:30 Join Capt. Scott Campbell, Jr., star of Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch and San Diego author Jim Ruland for a book singing and Q&A at 3rdSpace (4610 Park Blvd San Diego, CA 92116) to celebrate the release of their new book, Giving the Finger: Risking It All to Fish the World’s Deadliest Sea (Lyons Press, April 2), Ruland and Campbell (who goes by Junior) will engage in a spirited conversation full of salty tales about his life as an Alaska crab fisherman. Books will be available for purchase and a signing will follow.

This event is just one of two scheduled appearances, anticipates the April 22 premiere of the new season of Deadliest Catch, and is free and open to the public. Giving the Finger tells the story of Junior’s adventures at sea before he joined the cast of Deadliest Catch. The son of a crab fisherman, Junior had to work extra hard to convince his taskmaster father that he had what it took to brave the long hours and brutal conditions of the Bering Sea. Then he learned the hard way that his father wasn’t kidding: during the course of his career he’s run his boat aground, decapitated part of his finger, and lost a member of his crew during a freak accident. But Giving the Finger is more than a seafaring saga. The book explores the storms he faced at home both as a child growing up poor in the Alaska wilderness and in his rocky relationship with his wife, whom he married and divorced multiple times. Whether he’s describing his successes at sea or his failures at home, Junior tells his stories with surprising earnestness. Foreword Reviews, writes “To fish the Bering Sea in January is scarcely short of suicide—equal parts insanity, courage, and incurable love of the water. A Deadliest Catch star, Campbell Jr. writes as well as he fishes, and that’s saying something.” Giving the Finger will appeal not only to fans of Deadliest Catch but to anyone who draws inspiration from stories of ordinary people who overcome incredible hardship to become successful. Scott Campbell, Jr. aka Junior grew up in Walla Walla, Washington. Junior first started salmon tendering with his dad when he was four years old and has been crab fishing since he was sixteen. The captain of the F/V Seabrooke has been a member of Deadliest Catch 2010.

Jim Ruland is a veteran of the Navy, author of the short story collection Big Lonesome, and host of the reading series Vermin on the Mount, now in its tenth year. Ruland is the recipient of an NEA fellowship and was the grand prize winner of Reader’s Digest 2012 Life Stories Contest. Tyrus Books will publish his debut novel, Forest of Fortune, later this year. 3rdSpace is a modular, dynamic hub of creativity and connectivity, where the coworking experience is complimented by unique events, workshops, and discussions in a relaxed, conductive and fun environment that will redefine how you work, play and find your inspiration. 3rdSpace has been the San Diego home of Jim Ruland’s irregular, irreverent reading series Vermin on the Mount since 2012.

Giving the Finger:
Deadliest Catch:
Scott Campbell Jr. on Twitter: @CaptScottJr
Jim Ruland:
Vermin on the Mount:
For more details, contact Jim Ruland at

Rattling Wall & PEN USA Coming for a Visit


Our good friends at LA-based literary journal The Rattling Wall and PEN USA are scooting down the coast this Friday for a visit. You should totally go see them and their readers, and then later on submit so you can be one too!

The Rattling Wall
Friday, March 28th 2014
San Diego Writers Ink
2730 Historic Decatur Rd #202, San Diego, CA 92106
(619) 696-0363

Storytelling Deja Vu

One of the very first stories I ever told with So Say We All was a lil’ ditty called, “What You Don’t Have,” back when our only show was Long Story Short and we staged it out of the side room at Twiggs Coffeeshop in-between AA meetings. Five years later, I found myself performing that same story–albeit a fleshed out twice as long version–onstage and onair with RISK! this April. I really saw how much I owed to the training I received from working with San Diego’s writers over the years. Pretty funny stuff to see a before and after comparison. Also, time has not been kind to the ol’ metabolism. – Justin Hudnall.




Feb / March 2014 Artist Opts.

Radvocate call

The Radvocate, a literature & arts zine from San Diego, is now taking submissions for Issue #12! We are a non-profit, un-sponsored zine that features a variety of writing, poetry and art from contributors from all over the world. As usual, there is no theme to this issue, so we accept everything from video game reviews to paper-margin drawings, and beyond. We are looking for your stories, your memoirs, your drawings, your huddled poems yearning to breathe free…as long as you can meet our deadline of April 15th! Check out the website to learn more about it or e-mail for more information.

Kevin Allison New HS David Dietz final 8.7.13
San Diego storytellers! A storytelling master class with Kevin Allison (MTV’s The State, RISK! podcast creator) is coming to your town on March 9th at Finest City Improv.

In this workshop, you’ll learn how to select compelling story topics, use the “five beat” structure to build suspense, and tap into the larger thematic meaning of your ideas.

This class encourages participation: everyone will be given the opportunity to apply storytelling techniques to one of their own stories. A few students will be given the opportunity to share aspects of their story live on stage, and receive criticism so that we all can learn together.

Each participant will leave with a 3-minute story that builds upon the principles taught during the class.

RISK! Show link:

A new storytelling night is starting up: Third Sundays at Ken Club on Adams Avenue. This small group of literary renegades meets on the third Sunday of every month at 8 p.m. Each reader has 3-5 minutes to tell a story in any form about any topic. Poetry, short fiction, creative non-fiction, spoken word, a cappella lyrical dissertation — whatever you’re into, we want to hear it. Contact Natalie Jacobs at for more info. See you March 16!

Eliza Jane Schneider

Eliza Jane Schneider is an actor, playwright, songstress, dialectologist, and fiddler. She is most widely known for voicing most of the female characters on Comedy Central’s SOUTH PARK, including Wendy, Shelly, Principal Victoria, Mrs. Marsh, Mrs. Cartman, Mrs. McCormick, Ms. Crabtree, and the Mayor.

Her one-woman, 34-character show, FREEDOM OF SPEECH, directed by Sal Romeo, won the “Best Solo Show” award at the New York International Fringe Festival, then ran Off-Broadway at P.S. 122, and was ultimately moved to Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater. MOXIE Theatre in San Diego produced a run of the show in 2013, directed by Delicia Turner-Sonnenberg, and that production has been nominated for a Craig Noel Award. On camera, Eliza Jane guest starred on UPN’s GIRLFRIENDS as a white girl surprisingly fluent in “Ebonics,” and she was profiled on the International BRAVO! Network’s “Arts & Minds” program for her research. She is also known in over 60 countries as series regular “Liza,” on CBS’ BEAKMAN’S WORLD, and less known as “Sheila” on CBS’s THE AMAZING LIVE SEA MONKEYS with Howie Mandel.

Her gaming fans know her as Rebecca Crane in the ASSASSIN’S CREED game franchise, Elizabeth Swann in PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN, and Arwen and Eowyn in the LORD OF THE RINGS games. She has voiced dozens of other characters and creatures for the gaming world, from Scottish trolls to Jamaican dragons. She specializes in voice matching, and recently worked ADR with Oliver Stone on the role of “Ophelia” for his film SAVAGES. For MTV, she voiced animated versions of Oprah Winfrey, Tori Spelling, Beyonce, Giselle Bundchen, Michelle Obama, a Cyborg Brittany Spears, and a Ugandan adoption agent who wouldn’t give Angelina Jolie a baby (among others), on Dave Thomas’s POPZILLA! As a dialect coach, she recently worked with Chinese actor Jim Lau to sound Thai for HANGOVER 3, and regularly helps kid actors sound like real live starving Ethiopians, Cambodians, and Haitians for charity.

Carolyn Budd

Carolyn Budd tends to shun the spotlight except at wedding parties where she’s known for butchering disco dance routines.
She ditched her career as a psychotherapist to run a non-profit theatre in Seattle when her acting students started making more progress than her therapy clients.
She returned to the Spring Valley home where she grew up to care for her elderly mother and stayed to study creative writing at Grossmont College.
Her poetry has appeared in A Year in Ink and The Far East.  She enjoys cooking for a crowd and fermenting her own sauerkraut.

Phoenix Gomex

After years in the Northwest wetlands Phoenix has returned to the San Diego desert and is studying to be a teacher. She’s believed in the power of stories ever since her grandfather did his Gollum voice when reading The Hobbit, while all the children and all the adults sat mesmerized. When not fiddling about in her journal she can be found somewhere huffing along on her bike on University Ave or trying to cajole her housemates into playing cribbage with her.