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.
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.
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.
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!
So 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.
So Say We All’s Executive Director, Justin Hudnall, was invited as a guest on KSDS 88.3FM’s Inside Art with Dave Drexler as a guest to discuss the doings of So Say We All. The original air date was October 20th, 2013. Listen via the player below.
SSWA’s upcoming full-length production of Righteous Exploits is covered by Lonnie Burstein Hewitt of the La Jolla Light.
Margaret Noble, who has a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from UC San Diego and an MFA in Sound Art from the Art Institute of Chicago, spent years mixing dance music in underground clubs before moving into the world of performance art.
Her latest adventure, coming to San Diego Museum of Art on Aug. 7, is “Righteous Exploits,” a multi-media piece she created with Justin Hudnall, executive director of the spoken word collective “So Say We All.” It’s a narrative duet written by Hudnall, with Noble providing the accompanying visuals and sounds. Part of SDMA’s Summer Salon series, the show can also be seen Sept. 19-22 at the White Box Theater in Liberty Station, where an earlier version appeared in April.
The tendency to award art grants to institutions rather than individuals has been prevalent since the famous “NEA Four” case in 1990, when National Endowment for the Arts chairman John Frohnmayer vetoed grants to four artists due to what he considered controversial subject matter. While the artists won their case, the NEA eventually bowed to pressure from Congress and cut off funding to individual artists. Many other grantors followed suit.