Category Archives: Storytelling

Performances from So Say We All’s live storytelling happenings.

So Say We All at Millennial Pink on Friday 8/18!

General: $8 / Members: $5
Event admission includes access to Millennial Pink exhibition.

So Say We All presents an evening of storytelling at San Diego Art Institute on Friday, August 18th as part of the Millennial Pink exhibit. Join us for stories of identity, queerness, sex, and reclamation: true personal narratives from San Diegans. All ages, though some stories contain mature language and themes.

So Say We All at Millennial Pink at SDAI

Millennial Pink is an exhibition dedicated to the evolution of queer aesthetics, with an emphasis on imagery that is both intrinsically beautiful, natural, fluid, and celebratory. As the millennial generation readily embraces the concept of non-binary gender identity and sexual fluidity, the aesthetic tropes of gendered colors, materials, and processes in art are slowly being dismantled and/or reclaimed as gender-neutral practices.

Performers include:

Yvonne Schmeltz is queer and a lot of other things including but not limited to fat, fluid, and living. Yvonne was hatched in the small state of Indiana in the United States. After 22 years of being surrounded by cornfields, cemeteries, and schizophrenics; they moved to San Diego, California. Yvonne has been writing ever since she can remember. Published in CityWorks, the San Diego City College Literary Journal, past performer of So Say We All, and currently working on an M.A. in English at UC Irvine, Yvonne is interested in writing as a way to mental health and social justice.

Joe Fejeran:Born and raised on the island of Guam, Joe Fejeran is a writer/podcaster living in San Diego. Themes that interest him are sexuality, visibility, representation, and identity. You can subscribe to his podcasts, the Untitled Friendship Project and FRIGHT SCHOOL, on iTunes or SoundCloud.

 

Frank DiPalermo: “I am queer. First I accepted that fact. Then I embraced it. Then I fell in love with it. Everything I’ve ever written or ever will write is a celebration of my queer self in some way.”

 

 

Hunter Gatewood is a proud Obecian who writes essays and short stories and nearly-done novels. His writing group informed him recently that all his work is about identity and place. His favorite things include drink tickets, cliffs both geographic and existential, and passion fruit from his neighbor’s vine. If that last thing sounds dirty, it’s not. He is finally getting out more to see live music.

Sage Foley came to San Diego from her native Boston by way of the US Navy where she served five years as a surgical tech. She is pursuing her BA in creative writing at SDSU, misses the woods, and will probably sleep with your girlfriend.

 

Adrian Downing-Espinal is an alcohol and drug counselor by day, and queer activist, well all the time. Adrian is involved with various movements in San Diego and especially interested in bringing visibility and voice to queer women’s issues and youth, and practicing solidarity with others. Adrian is originally from New York but a San Diegan by choice and a “Future Lesbian of America” by destiny.

Tickets available at the door and include access to the entire exhibit. For more ticket information, visit San Diego Art Institute’s website: http://www.sandiego-art.org/upcoming/sswa-mp


 

 


So Say We All is a literary nonprofit based in San Diego committed to helping people tell their stories. For more details or to become a sustaining member, visit www.sosayweallonline.com/membership

Walk N Roll: A neighborhood storytelling collaboration with Circulate SD in Barrio Logan!

Announcing a new project with our friends at Circulate San Diego: Walk N Roll. We want to hear stories about neighborhoods for an evening of storytelling in Barrio Logan. What makes your neighborhood great? What sets it apart? What definitive moments have happened to you there? What does your neighborhood mean to you? Tell us about the heartbreaks, the bad decisions, the mistakes, the meals you shared with lost friends. Tell us about your home. Tell us a story.

The show is Wednesday, August 9th from 7-9 PM at Ryan Bros Coffee (1894 Main St) in Barrio Logan.

Send us your personal narrative stories, roughly between 1000-2000 words, though we will consider shorter or longer works. Try us!

If your story is accepted into this collaborative project, you’ll receive one-on-one feedback from an editorial writing coach, participation in a group critique session, and one-on-one performance coaching from our So Say We All teaching artists, and then perform your story at a collaborative event.

Submit here: https://sosayweallonline.submittable.com/submit/89511/walk-n-roll-barrio-logan-and-elsewhere-neighborhood-storytelling-project

For our general submission guidelines, read this: www.sosayweallonline.com/submissions

We look forward to reading your work and seeing you on our stage!


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VAMP: Living With Sin is Thursday June 29th

Our next VAMP storytelling showcase is coming up on Thursday, June 29th at 8:30 PM at Whistle Stop Bar in South Park. You can always find us there the last Thursday of every month, to tell you our favorite stories based on a theme, selected blindly from a competitive field of submissions and workshopped, edited, and coached throughout the month. And this month’s theme is LIVING WITH SIN.

We all do it. Every last one of us is a sinner somehow. Some of our sins are private, some are pretty obvious, and sometimes we only sin in the eyes of a select few opinionated groups. Or maybe it’s something to do with, like, a god or something.

Whether our sin is worthy of a GOD HATES XYZ sign at a parade or whether it’s just worthy of decades of repression and quiet misery (or…pleasure?), we’re here to tell the stories.

Featuring:
Frank DiPalermo
Joe Fejeran
Hunter Gatewood
Tenley Lozano
James McCullock
Milo Schapiro
Jennifer Stiff

AND for the second time this year, we are so excited/humbled/near-fainting to have a show produced by the dream team of Skyler McCurine and Jonathan Hammond

[live show image credit: Matt Baldwin]

VAMP: Living With Sin
Thursday, June 29th
8:30 PM
Whistle Stop Bar
2236 Fern St
San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 284-6784
$5 suggested donation
http://www.sosayweallonline.com

If you like what we do at So Say We All, please consider supporting us and becoming a member. Details on our membership page here: http://www.sosayweallonline.com/membership/

[poster image: Charles, Geoff, 1941, copyright National Library of Wales]

“The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly” at Diversionary Theatre!

Long Story Short Presents: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
Saturday May 13th at Diversionary Theatre

So Say We All’s Long Story Short presents an evening of curated, live, unscripted storytelling. Stories told the old fashioned way. No notes.

These stories, on the theme of “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly,” are selected and workshopped versions of some of our favorite stories to appear on our Long Story Short stage over the years. Join us at Diversionary Theatre’s Black Box for some very fine stories!

Featuring:
Michael Billingsley
Kirk Faulkner
Paul Georgeades
Suzanne Hoyem
Chris Onderdonk
Caty Schmitter

with host: David Latham.

Tickets: $8 advance ($10 at the door)
MEMBER DISCOUNT: $5 advance ($8 door)
(Members, you should receive a discount code in your email! If you are not yet a member and you’d like to support and sustain the work we do, you can become a member here for as little as $5 per month!)

Saturday, May 13th

7:00 PM
Diversionary Theatre’s Black Box
4545 Park Blvd, #101
San Diego, CA 92116

Video: Ari Honarvar’s “When The New Normal Becomes The Law”

At VAMP: Law and Disorder last Thursday night, January 26th, 2017, San Diego writer Ari Honarvar read her piece, “When The New Normal Becomes The Law.”

It started with a murmur of worry, a tiny fracture in our boundless optimism. Whispers surfaced that opposing views wouldn’t be tolerated by our new government. Surely that was paranoid nonsense, we thought, but before we could remember former civil rights, newspapers were shut down and people of a certain religion were targeted. Women’s rights were cut in half and just like that half the population became second class citizens.

We’ve put the video online for you:

Even though I had forgotten what freedom felt like, I often revisited the fantasy that maybe nature would take care of a bad situation. Last night, my cat disposed of a deformed kitten in the litter by eating it, so maybe an invisible mother cat would eat this erratic deformed monster of a government.

Ari Honarvar was born into a family of poets and poetry lovers and raised in Shiraz, the Persian city of gardens, love and wine. She is a translator, performer and an artist who blends Persian calligraphy and painting. Her work has been featured on Huffington Post, Elephant Journal and NPR. Her Oracle Card Set and book, Rumi’s Gift is forthcoming in 2017. www.rumiwithaview.com

A version of this story was published on Elephant Journal this month.

Still photograph by Matt Baldwin
Videography and editing by David Jay and Greg Tuttle


We are committed to sharing stories, and the experiences, fears, triumphs, joys, heartbreaks inside of those stories. Sometimes the stories that are the hardest to hear or the hardest to find, are the ones that resonate with us the most. If you like what we do at So Say We All, a literary non-profit, please consider becoming a supporting member for as little as $5 per month.

Crossing the Military-Civilian Divide: Stories and Conversation

San Diego Public Library and So Say We All bring military and civilian writers together to start conversation “across the divide.”

SAN DIEGO: The San Diego Public Library, in collaboration with local nonprofit arts organization, So Say We All, will host an evening of readings and discussion aimed at helping to bridge the cultural gap that too often separates the military and civilian communities.

The event, “Crossing the Military-Civilian Divide: Stories and Conversation,” will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m on Wednesday, February 15 at the Point Loma Hervey Branch of the San Diego Public Library. The branch houses one of two veterans resource centers in the city library system.

“Our work brings us into contact daily with our veteran as well as our civilian communities,” says Christine Gonzalez, director of the Point Loma Hervey Library. “This program is an exciting way to serve them both. We understand how stories, both fiction and nonfiction, can let us all feel what it is like to be someone else for a little while. They can open the door to conversations we want to have but sometimes might find difficult.”

Dean Nelson, head of Point Loma University’s journalism program, will moderate a panel of five authors who have published work exploring war and returning home from deployment. Three veterans, Michelle Kerouac, Derrick Woodford, and Adam Stone, will read from their contributions to So Say We All’s “Incoming” series and anthology. They will be joined by two civilians, memoirist and frequent NPR contributor Sue Diaz of Encinitas (“Minefields of the Heart”/Potomac) and novelist Elizabeth Marro of San Diego (“Casualties”/Berkley Books).

“What’s exciting about this panel is that it will blend so many perspectives – a military wife, a career Marine trying to reenter civilian life after his last combat mission, a son who joins the Army after coming out to his mother, and two civilian mothers – one whose son served two tours of duty in Iraq’s “Triangle of Death,” and one whose novel centers on a fictional mother and son,” says Justin Hudnall, Executive Director of So Say We All, the publisher of Incoming and the force behind the popular KPBS series of the same name. “And we hope to hear whatever our audience wants to share – their perspectives, their questions, and their own stories.”

The program will open with a segment from “Permission To Speak Freely,” the video series coproduced by So Say We All and KPBS. Admission is free and refreshments will be served.

Crossing the Military-Civilian Divide: Stories and Conversation
Wednesday, February 15th
6:30-8:30 PM
SDPL Pt. Loma/Hervey Branch
FREE

For more information about the event contact Elizabeth Marro, (619) 751-8496 or betsymarro@gmail.com. For more information about San Diego Public Library, and its veterans resource centers, contact Christine Gonzalez at 619-531-1539 or CGonzalez@sandiego.gov

Visit the Facebook event and invite people you know: https://www.facebook.com/events/207968319671925/


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Share stories, find community this week and beyond

In this bleak weather and/or bleak world, it’s a good time to find community and create art. Here are some ways to come together (or… squirrel yourself away alone with your creative despair) to create and share stories and art this week:

As Community:

LONG STORY SHORT: Just Lust

Long Story Short is our improv, open-mic style storytelling show. Got a story? Come tell it. No notes, 5 minutes, anyone can sign up. The best approach is to think about how you’d tell your friends the story. And suddenly, a room full of strangers become your friends and hear your secrets.

Saturday, January 21st, 7 PM
San Diego Writers, Ink
Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/603679303160081/

VAMP: Law and Disorder

It’s our first VAMP of 2017 and what better way to say goodbye to 2016 and ring in a new era with stories of obedience and disobedience, law and lawlessness, and everything in between? And what happens when the good guys snap and the bad guys save the day? Sometimes law and order save us and sometimes they ruin lives, and sometimes it’s all just terribly embarrassing.

Featuring:
Ari Honarvar, Chris Onderdonk, Ed Farragut, Krisa Bruemmer, Lauren Cusitello, Liam James, and Ryan Hicks

VAMP: Law and Disorder
Thursday, January 26th, 8:30 PM
Whistle Stop Bar
Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1044032809057280/

As Writers and Artists:

SUBMIT FICTION TO OUR CONTEST

The first ever So Say We All Literary Prize in Fiction: send us your work! The winner will have their story illustrated and published online and in The Radvocate Fifteen. And also get $250. The deadline is 4/30, the entry fee is $10, and the contest judge is Leesa Cross-Smith. Details here: www.sosayweallonline.com/contest

SUBMIT FICTION, NON-FIC, POETRY, ART, WHATEVER TO THE RADVOCATE

The Radvocate, our literary journal, which is a beautiful little book showcasing poetry, fiction, non-fiction, interview, and art from a variety of emerging and established creators. Like you? Send us something. We are currently reading submissions and we want to be devastated by yours. Deadline is 4/30 and Radvocate submissions are always free. Details here: http://www.sosayweallonline.com/the-radvocate-re-opens-for-submissions-115/

WRITE WITH US

We offer two free Greenroom Writing Workshops each month, one in San Diego (the first Monday at 7 PM at Words Alive) and one in Chula Vista (the second Tuesday at 7 PM at The Industry). These are FREE, generative workshops, all levels, and totally drop-in. We’d love to see you there.

San Diego, Feb 6th: https://www.facebook.com/events/1795431407383358/

South Bay, Feb 13th: https://www.facebook.com/events/375813066114208/

Become a Member

http://www.sosayweallonline.com/membership/
The arts needs supporters and friends now more than ever. With federal funding on the chopping block, the future is frightening for creativity and public art. Join us as a sustaining member so that we can continue to do our outreach work, finding and sharing stories from and by people not being heard from. Join us as we create and celebrate the arts and literature. We are so much better with your help, and we need you more than ever. Details: http://www.sosayweallonline.com/membership/

Thank you, and we hope you’ll share stories with us soon.

VAMP: To Grandmother’s House We Go is Thursday 12/29!

Our holiday show! Naughty elves! Lost traditions! Grandmas! Come say good riddance to 2016 with us, and let’s share some stories.

The holidays mean we go home, or maybe we’re the home everyone comes to. Or maybe there’s no home, nobody to come. Sometimes there’s joy. Sometimes there’s loneliness. Sometimes there’s drunk uncles. And sometimes we wonder if we were raised by wolves (dressed in grandmother clothing).

Featuring:
Krisa Bruemmer
Jennifer Campos
Jennifer Coburn
Jessica Friis
Hunter Gatewood
Heidi Handelsman
Justin Hudnall

Produced by Jessica Ripper and Lauren Cusitello.

VAMP: To Grandmother’s House We Go
Thursday, December 29th
8:30 PM
Whistle Stop Bar
2236 Fern St
San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 284-6784
$5 suggested donation
http://www.sosayweallonline.com

If you like what we do at So Say We All, please consider supporting us and becoming a member. Details on our membership page here: http://www.sosayweallonline.com/become-a-member/

Announcing our 2017 VAMP Themes!

Dear 2017, we might not be ready for you, but here you are anyway. And here are some themes for our monthly VAMP storytelling showcases to help us survive the year (somehow). Tell your stories. Send them to us.

JANUARY – Law and Disorder
show: January 26th 2017
(submission deadline: 1/1/17)

FEBRUARY – Dirty Talk: Swipe Left
show date: February 23rd, 2017
(submission deadline: 1/29/17)

MARCH – Lost In Translation
show date: March 30th, 2017
(submission deadline: 3/5/17)

APRIL – Putting the Fun in Funeral
show date: April 27th, 2017
(submission deadline: 4/2/17)

MAY – Almost Famous
show date: May 25th, 2017
(submission deadline: 5/7/17)

JUNE – Living With Sin
show date: June 29th, 2017
(submission deadline: 6/4/17)

JULY – After the Disaster
show date: July 27th, 2017
(submission deadline: 7/2/17)

AUGUST – Happy Meals
show date: August 31st, 2017
(submission deadline: 8/6/17)

SEPTEMBER – Roommates
show date: September 28th, 2017
(submission deadline: 9/3/17)

OCTOBER – Teeth!
show date: October 26th, 2017
(submission deadline: 10/1/17)

NOVEMBER – Ride Overshare
show date: November 30th, 2017
(submission deadline: 10/29/17)

DECEMBER – Roots
show date: December 28th, 2017
(submission deadline: 12/3/17)

Send us your stories. We want to hear from you.

For submission guidelines and other tips and stuff, read our submissions page, and click on the blue SUBMIT button.


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High Tech High Chula Vista Storytelling Exhibitions!

Our project with High Tech High Chula Vista, now in its second year, is culminating in the next few weeks with a series of evenings of storytelling. The students have worked all semester on writing, storytelling, biology, art, and discovering their power within, and wil present short, powerful, beautiful personal narratives at our collaborative exhibition.

So Say We All is proud to have worked with these students, this project, and the school. We can’t wait to see the performances.

Please join us at The Industry in Chula Vista:

Friday, December 2nd, 6:30 PM
Tuesday, December 6th, 6:30 PM
Wednesday, December 7th, 6:30 PM
Thursday, December 8th, 6:30 PM
Monday, December 12th, 6:30 PM

The Industry is located at 871 Harold Place, Chula Vista, CA 91914

Each evening will feature a small group of student performances and the exhibition of their accompanying art.

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So Say We All is in the midst of our winter fundraising campaign. If you like the work we do in our education programs, performance, or publishing projects, please consider donating here, or becoming a sustaining member.