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Southwestern College Fall 2015 VAMP Showcase: The Other Side

Join Southwestern College and So Say We All for our Fall 2015 VAMP Showcase: The Other Side.
We’ve all been there: On the fringes looking in or on the inside looking out. Learning the other side of a story or finding your way out of something. When have you been surprised by a new perspective or felt like an outsider, even with people who you thought you knew? The theme is loose, the stories are solid.
Dawit Begashaw
Danielle Davis
Jade Espina
Melina Huerta
Steven Lopez
Michelle Staten
Andrea Paipilla
Arie Russell
VAMP: Taking A Stand
Thursday, November 12th, 2015
7:00 PM
Field House Auditorium
(overlooking the stadium)
Southwestern College
900 Otay Lakes Rd,
Chula Vista, CA 91910
(619) 421-6700

I Fought The Law: Storytelling Pop-Up

So Say We All and San Diego’s Downtown Central Library are partnering up to present a Pop-Up Gallery storytelling showcase on the theme of “I Fought the Law.” We’re looking for a 5-10 minute true story that touches, however you choose to interpret it, on the theme (I Fought the Law), and we require you to send us an image of an artifact that relates to said story. This can, quite literally, be anything that pertains to your story: a mugshot from a high school arrest, an object that supplements or corroborates or adds to your story. That object, and the image of it, will be projected throughout your presentation, so choose wisely. Think of it as a grown-up version of show and tell. We’re looking forward to what you’ve got to bring.

Submission deadline: Sunday, October 18th, 2015 at 11:59 PM
To submit your work: http://sosayweallonline.submittable.com/submit/47925

“I Fought The Law”
Thursday, November 12th
5:00: Refreshments and pop-up browsing
6:00: Storytelling showcase

San Diego Central Library
330 Park Blvd,
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 236-5800

I Fought The Law: Storytelling and Pop-Up Museum

So Say We All and San Diego’s Downtown Central Library are partnering up to present a Pop-Up Gallery storytelling showcase on the theme of “I Fought the Law,” this Thursday, 11/12 in the library’s beautiful auditorium.

The way we interact with crime and punishment in these stories varies wildly: Getting away with it, markedly not getting away with it, being falsely accused, the decision not to press charges, the decision to turn oneself in. What forms our complicated relationships with the criminal justice system in this country? Is it a fluke? Or are other factors at play? The dichotomy of experience can be startling at best, unsettling at worst.

Featuring: Emily Price, Julia Evans, Vikki Ott, David Latham, Chris Kennison, and Paul Georgeades.

Each of our stories will have an image or an artifact that relates to the story. That object, or the image of it, forms the pop-up museum component of the event. Think of it as a grown-up version of show and tell.

Other art, provided by visual artists, will also be included in the pop-up museum. Featuring Ryan Bradford, Matthew Baldwin, Bryan Tipton, and work by New Media Rights. Come right after work: Refreshments will be served and the pop-up museum opens for browsing at 5 PM. Stories begin at 6.

“I Fought The Law”
Thursday, November 12th
5:00: Refreshments and pop-up browsing
6:00: Storytelling showcase

San Diego Central Library
330 Park Blvd,
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 236-5800


Sleeplessness. Quiet. Or maybe not quiet: maybe there’s something going bump in the night. The night is for the seedy, the shameful, the surreptitious, but also the sweet, the let-me-just-stay-ten-more-minutes, and the [redacted]. And that magical time just before the sky starts to lighten, when the bars are closed, the air is chilled, and there’s no hope for getting any sleep.

Join us for an evening of stories about the things we do beneath the cloak of night. The things we do when we can’t sleep.

Alix Sharp
Anastasia Zadeik
David Latham
Ed Farragut
Jay Anhold
Julia Evans
Tracy Jones

Your 4 AM co-producers are: Ryan Bradford and Gary Gould.

VAMP Showcase: “4 AM”
Thursday, October 29th
8:30pm – 10:00pm
Whistle Stop Bar
2236 Fern St, San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 284-6784
$5 suggested donation

I’m Pogo by Lindsay Hunter

I’m Pogo
By Lindsay Hunter
Illustration by Carabella Sands
(from Black Candies: See Through)

Most clowns paint their smiles with rounded corners to appear friendlier to children. But boys don’t think they’re afraid of anything. Better they learn. Paint your face with blood and bone…

Here is a clown’s home. The door is a drawbridge. Pom-poms for television dials. Rumpled clownsuit quiltfloor. Pointed hat topping the milk jug. Rustcolored handprints, clown had a party, where are the white gloves? In every mirror, the clown. Behind the face of the clown, a clown. Smeared face on the washcloth. Closets of funnyclothes. Sinks of sillyhair. Little boys everywhere.

Clowns and men need an audience. But it’s easy to find an audience. For clowns and men, it’s important to kill. Clowns and men are desperate to say they killed when someone asks How did it go? I killed. Clowns get away with murder…

Fear the clown, it’s okay. He’s painted a face over his face. He’s got a horrible gash where his mouth is supposed to be. But what a friendly gash. Here, he’s giving you a balloon filled with his breath. Clown giveth and clown taketh.

Tourniquet, tourniquet…

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At the Good Luck Lounge there is a trough in the men’s room. Sometimes a fat clown brushes up against a man when he is going for his turn. Being fat and friendly, he can’t help it. If the man turns, he sees a clown. He laughs or he doesn’t. The clown makes a joke about the balloon animal behind his zipper, or he doesn’t. The clown stuffs the man into his clown car, or he doesn’t.

Fear the clown. Clown has a wife as fat as he. Clown’s wife has meat breath and a gold crown. Clown’s wife looks and finds, so stops looking and finding. Clown’s wife has kissed that red mouth and tasted friendly lipstick. Pretends not to notice the smell. Can’t wipe the smear away. Clown’s wife focuses on the blue eyes painted around the blue eyes. At the block party, Clown’s wife watches Clown torment a balloon for the children. A neighbor whispers Your husband’s a fag, Dearie.

Paint your face with blood and bone…

Clowns don’t love children. Clowns thrive on children. Put on a costume. Paint another face on your face. Decide you’re someone. Then try not to crave. You will fail.

Hide and seek… hide and seek…

You know, bland Midwestern blimpos know how to tie tourniquet knots just like every other boy scout. You know, weakchinned salivating sissies can be as empty as a trench. You know, tremblefleshed wifebound line cooks jailed for sodomy learn quick how not to be jailed the next time. The word is pederast. If I paint lips on, is it a real kiss? The word is clown.

Clown of 33 flavors: salt, blood, dirt, lime, river, breath, shoelace, no breath. So many flavors I wasn’t. Think about that. Like shotgun. Or blade. Or moonlight. Or failure. My last words were Kiss my ass. That’s funny. I stand by it.


Lindsay Hunter‘s story, “I’m Pogo” appeared in Black Candies: See Through, which was published by the San Diego-based literary and performing arts non-profit So Say We All in 2013. You can purchase the book here. Black Candies: See Through features original literary horror fiction from Sarah Jean Alexander, Ken Baumann, Aaron Burch, Juliet Escoria, Sarah Rose Etter, Julia Evans, Lindsay Hunter, Jac Jemc, Rory Kelly, Cameron Pierce, Anna Prushinskaya, Natanya Ann Pulley, Jim Ruland, C.A. Schaefer, Zack Wentz, Jay Wertzler, and Adrian Van Young. Edited by Ryan Bradford and Jay Wertzler. Illustrations by Adam Vieyra, Carabella Sands, Laura Gwynne, and Andrew McGranahan. Read more about Black Candies here.


And stay tuned, because we will announce the theme for our next issue of Black Candies this Halloween. Here’s the teasingiest of teasers:

BC gross teaser

Gary Gould’s VAMP: Wedding Season Story, SPLIT

To say that volunteer Gary Gould has been our lifeline lately would be an understatement. Not only has he produced several VAMPs this year, but he is also currently producing the partnership showcase with San Diego City College, taking place October 15th at the downtown library, and co-producing this month’s VAMP: 4 AM. We love the way he empowers the storytellers he works with to get to heart of their stories.

And, AND! He wrote and performed this lovely, funny, and poignant story, “Split” in our June VAMP Showcase: “Wedding Season.” Gary’s story was recently picked up and published by SPEED. You can read it here. Were you at the Wedding Season show? It was a phenomenal night, full of vivid stories and we kind of went through the emotional ringer together, didn’t we?

Banana Splits, it read, a support group and ice-cream social for students with divorced parents. That’s me, I thought, that paper is talking about me. Were there other kids who felt like me?  Who wanted to talk about their feelings and eat ice cream? Could Banana Splits be the answer to all of my problems?

Read his story, and then come and see the fruits of the work Gary has been doing with the writing community in San Diego this month. Congratulations on the publishing credit, Gary, and way to make us proud.


(image: Speed Literary Magazine)

Jen Stiff’s VAMP Story “Your Wife Has A Beautiful Pelvic Region” in XOJANE

We laughed, we cringed, and some of us had to step outside to get some fresh air, but we LOVED Jen Stiff’s story from August’s VAMP: Red Flags. And we are not alone: Her piece was picked up by XOJANE and, lucky you, you can read it here.

We are proud. So proud. Way to go, Jen!

When the nurse practitioner peered into my cervix with her spelunking headlamp, she exclaimed, “Oh my goodness. That’s the tiniest little cervix I’ve ever seen. But don’t worry. I’ll get that sucker up there.”


Jennifer Stiff, letting us all up in her business, at our August VAMP

So Say We All featured in San Diego Magazine

So Say We All is featured in this month’s San Diego Magazine story,  “The Age of Podcasting.”

Justin Hudnall’s voice is smooth and calm as he introduces San Diego war veterans telling deeply personal stories of their figurative and literal homecomings in the podcast series Incoming. The stories were recorded on stage and in the studio, but they have the closeness and clarity of two friends engaged in a tough conversation.

An outgrowth of a veterans’ writing workshop by Hudnall’s So Say We All literacy and performing arts collective, the podcasts were repackaged for the modern masses by public broadcaster KPBS.

Check out the whole story, which covers the KPBS Explore project and other local podcasting ventures, and be sure to listen to So Say We All’s Incoming here.



Incoming is a collection of non-fiction stories told by local veterans, in their own words. 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.

“It’s like the antidote to overstimulation. Someone talking directly into your ear? There’s nothing more intimate.”

-Justin Hudnall


VAMP Showcase: Red Flags

Join So Say We All this Thursday, August 27th at 8:30 pm for our August VAMP Showcase, featuring curated stories on the theme of “Red Flags.”

Red flags, red lights, red tape. These things are supposed to warn us but sometimes we don’t pay attention. Join us for an evening of stories about gut instincts, warning lights, and that one time we just.didn’t.listen.

Our blind submission process featured more brave and wonderful submissions than we’ve ever seen before. Here’s who got caught in the net this month:

Featuring VAMP first-timers:

  • Becca Karpinski, with an inspiring and, at times, difficult story of travel, risk-taking, and mothering
  • Michelle Franke, PEN USA’s Executive Director, regales us with a tale of class, privilege, period wear
  • Jean Guerrero, from the KPBS Fronteras Desk, with a heartbreaking tale about the past, family, and, naturally, about VHS
  • Rachel Peschman, another VAMP first-timer, with a story of two troubled people navigating a troubled love.


And storytellers who have been on our stage once before, or maybe a dozen times before:

  • Anastasia Zadeik, with a stunning story about loss, memory, and family
  • Long-time VAMP performer and producer Ed Farragut will tell a story about a particularly gnarly work environment
  • So Say We All’s co-founder Jake Arky rolls back into town with an unsettling story about someone he was crazy for
  • and Jennifer Stiff, who has graced our stage several times with her incredibly funny yet intimate stories, with a harrowing tale of preventive measures.

Our Red Flags showcase is produced by Whitney Roux and Matt Lewis.

VAMP Showcase: “Red Flags”
Thursday, August 27th
8:30pm – 10:00pm
Whistle Stop Bar
2236 Fern St, San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 284-6784
$5 suggested donation

The Radvocate Featured in Voice of San Diego

The Voice of San Diego’s Culture Report features The Radvocate and So Say We All!

“So Say We All, the local nonprofit that produces storytelling events and projects in the city, is tackling new platforms.”

Check out Alex Zaragoza’s whole piece.

We hope you’ll join us for our launch party and reading, this Saturday, 7/25, at 7:30 pm at James Coffee Co,  2355 India St, San Diego, CA 92101.