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Press release: Incoming by SSWA & KPBS

— For Immediate Release — 

— Stories can be previewed at kpbs.org/incoming  —

New KPBS Explore Program Gives Voice to Local Vets

 Radio series to air on 89.5FM
SAN DIEGO–KPBS, in collaboration with local nonprofit arts organization, So Say We All, will present a new series featuring local veterans on KPBS Radio. As part of the KPBS Explore project, Incoming is a collection of non-fiction stories told by local veterans, in their own words. Beginning May 15, four half hour programs will air Fridays at 12:30 p.m.

Created around the theme of coming home, the stories will feature veterans sharing their experiences on transitioning back to civilian life. Each story is performed by the author, and followed by an interview with So Say We All Executive Director and Incoming Host Justin Hudnall. In addition, shorter features will be heard on KPBS Radio during afternoon and morning drive time.

The stories are the result of So Say We All’s Veteran’s Writing Workshop, a six-week creative writing course for active-duty and military veterans.

“These veteran artists range from individuals who have only begun to explore creative writing to men and women well into their literary careers,” said Hudnall. “They are from all branches of service who are writing about a multitude of experiences. The one thing they all have in common is their extreme talent and an incredible willingness to present themselves in an intimately candid and vulnerable light, without any political or personal interest beyond having their truth heard.”

Through special series like Incoming, KPBS is able to provide civilian, military, and veteran audiences with a vitally important service. The series is part of a broader station initiative to provide well-researched news and high-quality content related to the military. KPBS currently hosts the blog, Home Post: The Military Life, and covers the military within the newsroom.

“We are very excited to work with Justin and the crew at So Say We All on this important project. Veterans have powerful stories that we want to share with our community and we are happy to play a small role in bringing them forth,” said KPBS Director of Programming John Decker.

The series is the first KPBS Explore program to be featured on radio, complementing the station’s robust local news content and programs. “Incoming is just the kind of project Explore is designed to curate: independent voices, ideas and perspectives of San Diego,” Decker continued.  “We look forward to featuring more local voices and stories through the project.”

In addition to the radio broadcasts, KPBS will host the stories on kpbs.org/incoming along with transcripts, photos, and other elements. The stories will also reside on sosayweallonline.com.

About So Say We All

So Say We All is a literary and performing arts non-profit organization whose mission is to create opportunities for individuals to tell their stories, and tell them better, through three core priorities: publishing, performance, and education.

About KPBS

KPBS serves the San Diego community with news and entertainment programming that respects our audience with inspiring, intelligent and enlightening content.  KPBS delivers this content via multiple outlets, including television, radio, and digital media and will adapt and remain relevant in a rapidly changing world.

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KPBS Contact: Claudine Casillas – (619) 594-4266 – ccasillas@kpbs.org

KPBS

5200 Campanile Drive

San Diego, CA 92182

www.kpbs.org

Happy Independent Bookstore Day!

For one day only, Saturday, May 2nd, you can buy various bundles of Black Candies, our journal of literary dark fiction and horror, for super steal bargain prices, from our little online shop.  Because we love you. And we love our books. And we want you guys to hook up.

Happy Independent Bookstore Day to you.

Black Candies: Surveillance and See Through…$20

seethru-surveillance-SALE

Black Candies: Surveillance is the brand new edition of our literary horror journal, and we are selling it packaged with the prior edition, Black Candies: See Through (2013). A $28 value, but you can have BOTH for $20.

Black Candies: Surveillance, See Through, and Post-Apocalypse…$25 (limited quantities)

bc three issues-SALE

Limited quantities available of our first issue of Black Candies: Post-Apocalypse. This is the remaining stock of our first printing, which will probably translate into super high ebay values later for you. Buy ALL THREE BLACK CANDIES! Together at last! A $43 value for just $25. 

(prices do not include shipping)

Incoming Begins May 15th on KPBS

Together with KPBS radio, So Say We All would like you to meet INCOMING.

You may start hearing our short promos, like this one, on the radio today:

Each Incoming episode will feature a single story told by an American veteran. We’ve worked with many veterans, not only in San Diego, but across the country. So Say We All has always prioritized hearing stories written by and told by the people those stories matter to, so we are thrilled to present this format. You’ll hear their own stories, told in their own words, directly from their own mouths.

Our first episodes will air on Fridays starting May 15th, on KPBS and KPBS.org. Stay tuned for the timing. And if you like what you hear on Incoming, and would like us to make a whole bunch of episodes, please donate.

We can’t wait to share these stories with you.

Black Candies: Surveillance in Boing Boing

The great Cory Doctorow, editor of Boing Boing, would like you to read Black Candies. Boing Boing recently picked up Angus McIntyre’s Black Candies story, “Someone To Watch Over Me,” and we couldn’t be more proud. Maybe you should listen to Cory Doctorow when he tells you to buy a book.

We recently announced the publication of Black Candies: Surveillance from SSWA Press.

Black Candies is our literary journal dedicated to evolving and advancing the beloved horror genre. Each edition is themed, with special editorial attention paid to soliciting works from new voices, many of whom have published previously in other realms.

black candies front cover

We’re never alone. Paranoia has replaced privacy. Secrets are the new currency. The strangers who watched from the street now watch from within. For our third issue of Black Candies,  we found 11 smart, terrifying stories that explore the theme of “Surveillance” in explicit, implicit and abstract ways. These stories not only touch on the contradiction of the securities of our modern era, but unearth the deeper terror, paranoia, and anxiety that results.  

Edited by Ryan Bradford, and featuring fiction from: Angus McIntyre, Valerie E. Polichar, Julia Evans, Gabriela Santiago, Melissa Gutierrez, Berit Ellingsen, Jake Arky, Matt Lewis, Chris Curtis, Kevin Sampsell, Ron Gutierrez, and Wade Pavlick.

Purchase Black Candies: Surveillance at Amazon here.

Or here.

Visit Black Candies: Surveillance on Goodreads.

Announcing Black Candies: Surveillance

So Say We All is pleased to announce the publication of Black Candies: Surveillance.

Black Candies is our literary journal dedicated to evolving and advancing the beloved horror genre. Each edition is themed, with special editorial attention paid to soliciting works from new voices, many of whom have published previously in other realms.

black candies front cover

We’re never alone. Paranoia has replaced privacy. Secrets are the new currency. The strangers who watched from the street now watch from within. For our third issue of Black Candies,  we found 11 smart, terrifying stories that explore the theme of “Surveillance” in explicit, implicit and abstract ways. These stories not only touch on the contradiction of the securities of our modern era, but unearth the deeper terror, paranoia, and anxiety that results.  

Edited by Ryan Bradford, and featuring fiction from: Angus McIntyre, Valerie E. Polichar, Julia Evans, Gabriela Santiago, Melissa Gutierrez, Berit Ellingsen, Jake Arky, Matt Lewis, Chris Curtis, Kevin Sampsell, Ron Gutierrez, and Wade Pavlick.

Purchase Black Candies: Surveillance at Amazon here.

Or here.

Visit Black Candies: Surveillance on Goodreads.

SSWA on Midday and Evening Edition

SSWA Board member, performer, and teaching artist Marion Wilson, along with Executive Director Justin Hudnall, were invited to spread the word on NPR-affiliate station KPBS’s Midday Edition and Evening Edition on July 30th with the wonderful Maureen Cavenaugh and Peggy Pico. Thanks hugely to Producer Megan Burke for making it possible!

San Diego LGBT Weekly features our new Greenroom Writers Workshop

Writing, reading, sharing our stories

by Andrew Printer

Back in the dark ages of the 1970s and 1980s when I was plump, young and oh-so serious I used to journal a lot, put onto paper all the dark and exhilarating things I was feeling. I used to read a lot too, relishing new literary discoveries by the likes of Christopher Isherwood, Paul Monette and Dorothy Allison. No matter where I lived, paperback books and spiral-bound notebooks were stacked everywhere. I still have them all.

SSWA and Library Partners Awarded the 2014 CA Reads Grant!

For immeadiate release:

1/20/14

Oceanside Public Library and San Diego Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common in partnership with So Say We All are thrilled to announce being awarded the 2014 California Reads Grant from Cal Humanities!

California Reads is a new program of Cal Humanities developed in partnership with the California Center for the Book and the California State Library. It invites Californians from all walks of life throughout our state to participate in reading and discussion programs and related activities hosted by libraries, schools, colleges, bookstores and other community institutions. Click HERE to see descriptions of all the California Reads library projects.

The 2014 initiative will focus on the veteran experience, aiming to increase public understanding and empathy for those who have served, as well as to spark a public conversation on how best we can support the process of reincorporating  our veterans into the fabric of civilian life.

"Morality" by Elizabeth Washburn

Headlined by New York Times bestselling author Karl Marlantes (Matterhorn, What It Is Like To Go To War), SSWA in partnership with Combat Arts, the Oceanside Public Library and San Diego Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common will organize a  symposium featuring the literary and visual art of local active duty and veteran writers, gallery exhibitions, readings and discussion by notable visiting veteran authors, and more. Events are slated for Fall 2014, so stay tuned for more details as they develop!

If you or someone you know would be interested in taking a creative writing workshop for people with military  / war-time experiences–not limited to military personnel–contact SSWA’s Executive Director, Justin Hudnall.

Details about the California Reads Grant can be read here.

PEN in the Classroom comes to Braille Institute

PEN Center USA and So Say We All are thrilled to announce Julia Evans has been selected as a 2014 PEN in the Classroom Fellow! Over the course of 9 weeks, Julia will lead a class of adult students from The Braille Institute in creative writing instruction, culminating in a reading and published chapbook of student work.

Michelle Meyering, Director of Programs and Events at PEN Center USA, has been bringing creative writing programming and opportunities for local writers to San Diego for several years through collaborations with non-profit partners such as Ocean Discovery Institute and Southern California American Indian Resource Center. We’re thrilled to be able to help with the recruitment of interested writers and identifying populations who could benefit from the opportunity to tell their stories, and looking forward to seeing what Julia’s class has to say!

You can support PEN USA and all their great literary doings by popping over and picking yourself up a PEN Membership here.

The Praise and Purpose of “Black Candies”

bcseethroughcoverSo Say We All’s latest publication, “See Through,” the 2013 edition of horror anthology, “Black Candies,” was an experiment in more ways than one. The third in the series for editors Ryan Bradford and Jay Wertzler, “See Through” was crafted with a personal mandate in mind: to use the opportunity to correct a problem in the horror genre (and publishing in general) of ignoring women writers.

With more than half the contributors of “See Through” being women, the book doesn’t only make for good politics, it’s good for the genre as well, a shift away from the lifeless shock and torture porn that currently dominates into a field that still has the potential to creep under the skin and disturb.

Find below a forward by Bradford, as well as links to the book’s critical review.