Tag Archives: San Diego

Long Story Short: Super Nerd

We’re all nerds about something. Come to Long Story Short, our monthly improv storytelling show, and tell us all about that one time you geeked out in epic proportions. Just in time for those fresh-from-Comic-Con stories.

Five minute stories, told by you, no notes. Anyone can take the stage!

Saturday, July 18th
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Evolution Fast Food
2965 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 284-6784
$5 suggested donation


A Journal of Literary Horror

Release party + readings by:
Julia Dixon Evans
Matt Lewis
Valerie E. Polichar
Chris Curtis
Ron Gutierrez
Wade Pavlick

Low Gallery is not visible from the street address. Follow Cesar Chavez to the alley behind the Ryan Bros Coffee building, and then enter Low Gallery from there. We’ll have some signage!

low gallery directions

Saturday, June 27th, 2015
7:00 pm
Low Gallery
1878 Main St
San Diego, CA 92113

Black Candies is published by So Say We All Press and is edited by Ryan Bradford.

“I Take You To Be No Other Than Yourself,” by Joel Castellaw

We get to enjoy a lot of serendipity in our jobs at So Say We All, but nothing quite so beautiful as what happened this week: at Thursday’s VAMP, the theme of which was, “Wedding Season,” we closed our show with the beautiful words of Joel Castellaw’s, “I Take You To Be No Other Than Yourself,” and then woke Friday morning  to the ruling by the Supreme Court finally legalizing, with finality, the rights of all people to wed.  We had to share the story with you as soon as possible, so here, in disembodied audio, we hope you enjoy Joel’s story as much as we did. It’s an honor to be able to do what we do. Here’s to love.

Cheers, – Justin Hudnall

VAMP: Wedding Season

Bridal party hook-ups, awkward bachelor parties, and that time drunk Uncle Steve gave a 20 minute toast, you name it. Wedding Season is upon us, and come join us for some relief from the tulle and string quartets as we regale you with our finest and cringe-worthiest stories of state-sanctioned romance.

VAMP Showcase: “Wedding Season”
Thursday, June 25th
8:30pm – 10:00pm
Whistle Stop Bar
2236 Fern St, San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 284-6784
$5 suggested donation

San Diego Book Awards!

Congratulations to two of So Say We All’s storytellers, Jim Ruland and J. Dylan Yates, for winning not just one but two prizes each in the 2015 San Diego Book Awards!

Jim Ruland won the prize for Best Published Contemporary Fiction for his novel, “Forest of Fortune,” as well as a tie for Best Published Memoir for “Giving the Finger.”


Jim, a long time, steadfast supporter of the literary arts scene in San Diego and Southern California, was most recently seen on our VAMP stage in January.

J. Dylan Yates won both the esteemed Geisel Award for Best Published Book and the award for Best Published General Fiction for her novel “The Belief in Angels.”


Dylan most recently took the stage in our LGBTQ showcase, Outspoken, in February.

Congratulations to our fine winners. We are so proud of you!


Working with Samuel Abel for INCOMING Radio

As a part of our fundraising campaign to support Incoming,  we’ve been asking our veteran writers to say a few words about their work with So Say We All. This week, however, we wanted to hear a little from one of our steadfast volunteers and teaching artists who has worked extensively with these veterans. Today’s entry is from Kym Pappas (who is so much more to us than simply a performance coach) about her work with Samuel Abel (you can hear Sam’s story today on episode 4 of Incoming on KPBS radio at 12:30). Here’s Kym:

A few sentences about working with Sam… or a lesson in showing up and staying present, even when you’re scared.

I agreed to work with Sam before I read his story. I felt honored to be asked to be a part of So Say We All’s latest adventure and any time my schedule allows me to get in the room with people brave enough to speak their truth, I am down. On January 26th, I read Sam’s story… and I almost backed out because I was afraid.

I am an actor, a director, a teaching artist, and sometimes I write things. In my own work, I am all about asking big uncomfortable questions and digging into personal histories in order to get to the emotional core of things. We all need a space to get honest… to get ugly… and I do what I can to create a safe place for people to do that. When I was entrusted with Sam’s story my fear was that I could not make a space safe enough. Here is a man telling us the reality of life during and after war. How do I ask someone who is living with PTSD to dive into the details with me, knowing full well that this could be triggering? What kind of safety is there in that?

Upon meeting Sam (and after initial pleasantries) my only choice was to be as honest with him as I was about to ask him to be with me.

I think it went something like… “I cannot say that I know your experience… I cannot even imagine… but, I was diagnosed with PTSD when I was 12 and I know what it is to live haunted. If at any point this gets to be too much or if I say something stupid, just let me know.”

Once that was on the table we jumped into who we are and where we come from. I was gifted stories about the infamous pool parties with the margarita machine.  Then we dove into the piece at hand. The conversation began with, “Why this story?”… “Why now?”… We talked about splitting the self… We talked about the air, the light, the weight… We created a scale, 1-5, “Where are you now?”

The word “moist” happened. I hate that word. Sam loved that… and he took every opportunity to use it against me. We laughed a lot. Sam has a really great laugh.

Sam and I talked about living; about the things we take for granted… or no longer take for granted. I thanked him for showing up honest, for letting us in… because although this is Sam’s story, there are many men and women… they are our friends and family… who understand this story all too well. Sam and I shared some of the things we carry in this life… we talked about how we hope the sharing helps others feel less alone.

And then he let me take a picture of his hands.

Thank you, Sam.
–Kym Pappas

To support So Say We All in continuing this work with veterans and other groups in our community, and so that we can keep making new episodes of Incoming, please visit our Fundrazr and donate.

Listen for Sam’s story on KPBS today: the episode featuring Samuel Abel and Liam Corley airs on Friday, 6/5, at 12:30pm on 89.5 FM or stream at KPBS.org, wherever you get your podcasts, or as a standalone episode on KPBS’s website.

VAMP: Parasites

Symbiosis can be a beautiful thing. Until it’s not. The flora and fauna of our blood and guts (and colons), our interpersonal relationships, and our cubicle mates all walk a delicate balance between helpfulness and sucking the life right out of us. Come join us for stories of parasites both microscopic and human-sized! It might not be THE grossest show we’ve ever done, but it’ll probably come close.

Anastasia Zadeik
Craig Oliver
Edward Deull
Esther Woodman
Lauren Cusick
Leo Dekelbaum
Sarah Mo

The VAMP Showcase: “Parasites”
Thursday, May 28th
8:30pm – 10:00pm
Whistle Stop Bar
2236 Fern St, San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 284-6784
$5 suggested donation

Brent Wingfield and So Say We All

As a part of our fundraising campaign to support Incoming,  we’ve been asking our veteran writers to say a few words about their work with So Say We All. This week, we asked Army veteran Brent Wingfield (you can hear his story this Friday on Incoming on KPBS radio). And as we like to say on Incoming, we’ll let Brent tell you the rest:

Ever since returning home from war, I have struggled with both making sense of the things that happened to me and with relating my experiences to others.

The amazing people behind So Say We All have helped me to have the courage to “show up on the page” and to overcome the simple mistakes  that were sabotaging my confidence as a writer. They brought their know-how, experience and patience to the table, and helped me hone my story into something tangible, something real.

So Say We All has helped me push through my pain by giving me a voice and a new modality of overcoming tragedy: through writing and story-telling.

This new found ability has helped me to bridge the gap between my experiences and the means to express them, which means that those experiences no longer have a stranglehold on my life.

War may have left its mark on me, but I now feel empowered to leave my mark on the world…

…thanks to So Say We All.
–Brent Wingfield

To support So Say We All in continuing this work with veterans and other groups in our community, and so that we can keep making new episodes of Incoming, please visit our Fundrazr and donate.

Listen for Brent’s story on KPBS this week: the episode featuring Brent Wingfield and Alex Flynn airs on Friday, 5/29, at 12:30pm on 89.5 FM or stream at KPBS.org.

A Message from Kurt Kalbfleisch for Memorial Day

As a part of our Incoming fundraising campaign, we asked veteran Kurt Kalbfleisch to say a few words about his work with So Say We All. Kurt is a joy to work with, and we are so honored to have helped him tell his story. And, as we like to say on Incoming, we’ll let Kurt tell you the rest:

As I sat down to write a few words at the request of Julia Evans, Program Coordinator for So Say We All, Pandora chimed in with the theme from Band of Brothers. Of course it did. It’s the perfect music for this Memorial Day weekend, and the perfect music to accompany the grateful words of this particular veteran-writer to her and her organization. It’s particularly fitting because perfect music is an important part of my experience with So Say We All.

Like every sailor before or since, I am a teller of stories. Give me an audience of one, and I’ll figure out a way to share a sea story. So I joined the SSWA Veteran Writers Workshop last summer knowing I had some stories to draw from.

That is, until Renee St. Louis, our facilitator, explained that the theme would be “Homecoming”. I didn’t think I had any good homecoming stories. I am a sailor, so of course, I have come home more than a few times, but never experienced the kind of greeting given to so many of my shipmates. Renee helped me find my homecoming story.

Since then, I’ve told that story in an auditorium and in an empty storefront. I’ve told it in a room of college students attending a lecture series. I’ve told it in a quiet room, just me and a microphone.

SSWA set that one to music, perfect music, and got it on the radio.

Every time I have interacted with So Say We All, I’ve come away feeling like a writer. Not just someone who puts words on a page, but a no-kidding writer. The kind who has reserved parking at the library. The kind who tears his hair out dealing with editors. The kind who has his name on signs at SDSU including him in that lofty group known as “living writers”. The kind who gets to have dinner with other writers and listen to their stories. The kind of writer who inspires perfect musical scores. A real frakking writer.

That’s what So Say We All means to me. I am grateful.

–Kurt Kalbfleisch
Memorial Day, 2015

To contribute to So Say We All and help support our work in the community as well as Incoming production, visit our Fundrazr.

To listen to Kurt’s story on Incoming, visit http://incomingradio.org or http://kpbs.org/incoming

OUTSPOKEN: The Mamas and The Papas

Springtime is for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day as much as it is for bunnies and tank tops. Come join our fine LGBTQ storytellers as we delve into the ultimate toast and roast for the mamas and the papas in our lives. There’s a darker side to the propagation of the species, and it’s called “parenting.”

Yvonne Schmeltz
Derrick Woodford
Leon Dekelbaum
Aries Hines
Petyr Cirino
Brian Peyton Joyner

OUTSPOKEN is our special LGBTQ outreach feature show. Submissions are open to everyone.

So Say We All presents: OUTSPOKEN
“The Mamas and The Papas”
Tuesday, May 12th, 8:00 PM
Martinis Above Fourth
3940 4th Ave
San Diego, CA 92103
$5 suggested donation