Tag Archives: San Diego

VAMP: Wedding Season

Deadline for submissions: Sunday, May 31
http://www.sosayweallonline.com/submissions/

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
http://www.sosayweallonline.com

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.

Featuring:
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
http://www.sosayweallonline.com

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.”

Featuring:
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

Support (storytelling by) the troops!

After months spent working on this enormous project in near-secrecy, there’s no better way to say it than this: We haz made radio. Incoming: stories from the lives of America’s veterans told in their own words, straight from their own mouths, is the proudest accomplishment we’ve had to-date as the storytelling organization of choice in San Diego. Growing from our free veteran writing workshops and forthcoming book by the same name, Incoming is the product of a collaboration with San Diego’s public broadcasting hero KPBS, bringing you true stories from American veterans beginning Friday May 15th at 12:30pm on 89.5FM in San Diego and Imperial Valley, as well as kpbs.org/incoming and our website.

But wait: we still need your help! Our goal is to put an entire season of Incoming on the air, the entire book in audio form, as well as continuing to provide Veteran Writers Workshops, and all the other programs we use to support San Diego’s literary and storytelling community (The VAMP Showcase, Greenroom Writers Workshop, Long Story Short, Black Candies, The Radvocate, and more, more, always more!) So if you love what you’ve heard so far and want to make the dream happen, please, give and get all your friends to give to So Say We All’s mid-year fundraiser! We’ll be seeking your support throughout our run on KPBS, highlighting a new episode each week for  four weeks, until our goal is met.

We want to take the time right now to thank the people who have made this incredible opportunity possible. Firstly, the multitude of veteran writers out there whom we are honored to work with and publish. Their stories, talent, and bravery both in their service and their narratives raise the bar for us all and we strive to meet it.

KPBS–and Program Director John Decker in particular–who took risk and initiative in calling upon us for this collaboration, deserves enormous praise for investing in the voices of local artists, and we are incredibly grateful for their endless support and assistance in breaking into a medium hitherto unexplored by us. Viewers like you rock, so hard.

And finally but not by any means least: the multitude of volunteers, teaching artists, and Board Members who give endlessly to keep So Say We All the machine that it is, providing any one with a story a means to tell it and tell it better.

Embrace democracy in action: support the arts non-profit that supports you and give during So Say We All’s mid-year fundraiser.

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

OUTSPOKEN: The Mamas and The Papas is next week

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.”

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

Storytellers and writers from the LGBTQ community have been welcomed and featured in So Say We All’s storytelling showcases since the organization’s inception in 2009, but after launching a successful outreach program in 2014 to the veteran community that included free writing workshops through the Oceanside and Central Libraries, the organization found greater involvement in their programs came from directly courting groups that, as our Executive Director, Justin Hudnall, puts it, “Are more often talked about than heard from in the media.”

“It’s one thing to put out a welcome mat, but if you really want to be dedicated about working with all communities, you have to put your programs where the people are.”
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

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)

VAMP: It’s Always the Quiet Ones

You know the type. Maybe you are the type. Soft-spoken, kind-hearted, and politely reserved. And so much bottled up inside. Come join our storytellers as they marvel at that moment when all hell broke loose and the quiet one snapped.

Featuring:
Eber Lambert
Hoai Vi Nguyen
Jessica Hilt
Kristin Lewis
Leah Thomas
Samuel Abel
Tenley Lozano

Produced by:
Eber Lambert
Gary Gould

The VAMP Showcase: “It’s Always the Quiet Ones”
Thursday, April 23rd
8:30pm – 10:00pm
Whistle Stop Bar
2236 Fern St, San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 284-6784
$5 suggested donation
http://www.sosayweallonline.com/

In memory of Steve Kowit

We honor a true master–the poet laureate of San Diego to those in the know–the great Steve Kowit. Steve was a ferocious and fearless advocate for peace and the oppressed, themes which appear continuously throughout his substantial and beautiful body of work. He motivated many souls to fully and better embrace the grace he saw and nurtured within them through his teaching, and left everyone–man woman child and animal–better for having known him. He departed peacefully in his sleep at his home in the rural and wild part of San Diego’s East County he loved this week, a place some of us had the privilege of visiting and where we were able to record him reading in the videos below. His life was a story he lived as well as he told. Goodnight, friend.

VAMP: Mass Transit

Planes, trains, automobiles, and that one time you did that naked midnight bike ride! Join us for stories of missed connections on the bus ride, map illiteracy, helmet hair, and whatever else can happen when people move en masse.

The VAMP Showcase: “Mass Transit”
Thursday, March 26th
8:30pm – 10:00pm
Whistle Stop Bar
2236 Fern St, San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 284-6784
$5 suggested donation
http://www.sosayweallonline.com