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Skyler McCurine reads at The Foundry on 9/9

The Foundry is our literary reading and education series, bringing a host of new voices, both emerging and well acclaimed, to our fair city. Our upcoming reading, on Saturday September 9th, features Amelia Gray, Jac Jemc, Emma Smith-Stevens, Nicholas Bredie, and today’s spotlight, Skyler McCurine.

Skyler’s essay, “Black. Woman.,” which debuted on our VAMP stage in 2016, is featured in the brand new issue of The Radvocate Fifteen, our literary journal. Skyler’s writing richly touches on selflessness and the ways we struggle to understand our ourselves, our families, and the (sometimes awful) people around us.

Every time we went to the Beauty Supply store, to re-up on my natural hair care products, I whined over the Just For Me Box, a relaxer designed for young girls. I thought, “if only I too could have a side pony tail, Surely Zack Morris would fall in love with me then.” My mother fought me daily, a battle of which I am grateful for. She fought to keep me black, she made me grapple with myself until I saw my features for what they are, beautiful. I learned to not shy away from environments in which I was different and come my sophomore year of high school, she found another opportunity for me to harness my TOKEN power. She became drawn to the whitest sport in the world, threading our love of water within it: rowing.

from The Radvocate Fifteen.

Skyler is one of our hardest working and inspirational coaches and producers for VAMP and our education outreach projects. We can’t wait to feature her work on a new stage, and can’t wait for you to meet her at The Rose on Saturday the 9th! Skyler will read alongside Amelia Gray, Jac Jemc, Emma Smith-Stevens, and Nicholas Bredie. The Rose is located at 2219 30th Street in South Park. Doors: 7, Show: 7:30. 21+. 


 Skyler McCurine is redefining the look of leadership as a personal stylist, public speaker, wonder woman and founder of Le Red Balloon.  Driven by the lackluster stereotypical portrayal of women in the media, she leads workshops for teenage girls and professional women around conscious media consumption, leadership, self­ acceptance, personal branding, and of course, style. Skyler’s passion for fostering leadership, audacity, selflessness, gratitude and courage in young women led her to invitation to TEDx, SD Business Journal “Emerging Generation Award” and her recent invitation to attend the Forbes Under 30 Summit as Swiss Luxury watch brand’ Baume & Mercier’s guest of distinction.  She was a finalist for the 2016 Forbes 30 Under 30 list in the social entrepreneurship category. She is a native San Diegan and received her BA in Communication Studies from Loyola Marymount University and MA in Organizational Management from Ashford University.  Her fervent belief in inclusion, red balloons, and champagne are her personal North Stars.

Skyler as Saint Sugar Hill by Alanna Airitam


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The Radvocate #15 is here!

It’s here. The Radvocate #15.

purchase it on Amazon right here!

The newest issue of our literary magazine, featuring art, fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, is here, and, on a bittersweet: it’s the last issue with founding editor Matt E. Lewis at the helm. Here’s what Matt has to say about this issue and his move:

This latest issue is filled with the kind of expression we believe in, a bold vision in a field where it is so difficult to stand out from the crowd. As the founder, I can think of no better time to step away from The Radvocate and pass on the duties to the phenomenal editor, writer, and person, Julia Dixon Evans. Far from being disinterested or tired of creating The Radvocate, I rather feel it is the most responsible option to allow a thing to grow when it is strong enough to stand on its own. …To have a project survive beyond my involvement is something I am extremely proud of.

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What you hold in your hands now is a result of the support of you, the reader, and people like you who believe in things that shouldn’t work, but do. I dedicate this issue to you, and all those that would fly in the face of convention, one goofy Xerox at a time. Stay rad.

The Radvocate Issue Fifteen features poetry, short fiction, and essay from Marisa Crane, Amanda Tumminaro, Philip Kuan, CL Bledsoe, Nicole Martinez, Kevin McCoy, Cat Dixon, Brett Morris, Kathleen Langstroth*, Toni Martin*, David Henson* (winner of the 2017 So Say We All Literary Prize in Fiction), Linda M. Crate, Donna Zephrine, Elaine Gingery, Steve Tague, Nolan Hutton, Gerardo de Jesus Gurrola Jr.*, Pat Douglas McNeill II, Craig Evenson, Pouya Razavi*, Lucy Palmer, Yvonne Higgins Leach, Alex Bosworth, Jed Wyman, and Skyler McCurine.

(* indicates a finalist for the 2017 So Say We All Literary Prize in Fiction)

The issue features art by Laura Gwynne, a very rad cover by Matthew Revert, design by Keith McCleary, and the editorial guidance of Matt E. Lewis, Julia Dixon Evans, Marco Cerda, Anthony Martin, Ryan Bradford, and Leesa Cross-Smith (judge of the 2017 So Say We All Literary Prize in Fiction).

You can buy your copy right here or find us at our tent at the San Diego Festival of Books in Liberty Station on Saturday, August 26th (10-6) or at VAMP: Happy Meals on August 31st at Whistle Stop Bar (8:30 PM). Stay tuned for an official release party!


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Our next Foundry reading series is September 9th!

Featuring Amelia Gray, Jac Jemc, Emma Smith-Stevens, Nicholas Bredie, and Skyler McCurine!

The Foundry is our literary reading series, featuring writers near and far, both established and emerging, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, anything. Our next reading is Saturday, September 9th at The Rose in South Park. Join us for readings by Amelia Gray, Jac Jemc, Emma Smith-Stevens, Nicholas Bredie, and Skyler McCurine.

Jac Jemc will also teach an accompanying Master Class earlier that day, “Fooling Yourself Into Writing.” Details here.

THE FOUNDRY: A READING SERIES
SATURDAY, SEPT 9th
THE ROSE
Doors: 7:00 PM
Readings: 7:30 PM
$5 suggested donation

The Rose (21+) serves beer, wine, and food. Come for dinner! https://www.therosewinebar.com/menus

Here’s a little bit about our readers:

AMELIA GRAY is the author of five books, most recently Isadora (FSG). Her fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Tin House, and VICE. She is winner of the NYPL Young Lion, of FC2’s Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize, and a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. She writes for television and lives in Los Angeles.

JAC JEMC is the author of THE GRIP OF IT forthcoming from FSG Originals, MY ONLY WIFE and A DIFFERENT BED EVERY TIME. She has been the recipient of two Illinois Arts Council Professional Development Grants, and was named as one of 25 Writers to Watch by the Guild Literary Complex and one of New City’s Lit 50 in Chicago. She teaches English and Creative Writing and currently serves as a web nonfiction editor for Hobart.

EMMA SMITH-STEVENS is the author of a novel, THE AUSTRALIAN (Dzanc Books), and a short story collection, GREYHOUNDS (Dzanc Books), forthcoming in early 2018. She currently serves as fiction editor of The Mondegreen and lives in New York.

SKYLER McCURINE is a personal stylist, public speaker, VAMP producer, writer, and founder of Le Red Balloon. She has performed with TEDx, and received an SD Business Journal “Emerging Generation Award” and a recent invitation to attend the Forbes Under 30 Summit as Swiss Luxury watch brand’ Baume & Mercier’s guest of distinction. She was a finalist for the 2016 Forbes 30 Under 30 list in the social entrepreneurship category. She is a native San Diegan.

NICHOLAS BREDIE is the author of the novel NOT CONSTANTINOPLE, forthcoming from Dzanc Books, Spring 2017. With Joanna Howard, he is the co-translator of Frédéric Boyer’s novella COWS, published by Noemi Press, Summer 2014. His writing has appeared in The Believer, The Brooklyn Rail, The Fairy Tale Review, Opium, Puerto del Sol, and elsewhere. He is a doctoral fellow in the Creative Writing and Literature Program at USC.


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Power/Full: Meet our performers!

Power/Full: A VAMP Showcase kicks off tonight at 7 PM at The Industry, 871 Harold Place Bldg. 1, Chula Vista, CA 91914.

We’ve met the adult storytellers already: Lizz Huerta, Francisco Martinezcuello, Josh Cole, and Skyler McCurine. Now it’s time to get to know the three high school seniors, selected from our collaboration with High Tech High Chula Vista last year.

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artwork from left: Kyleen Ojeda, Trenece Fearon, Julio Lopez

In the project, the students examined their power from both a biological and literary perspective. They wrote personal narratives on the theme of power, and created stunning artwork about the scientific roots of power.

Meet our high school students featured in tonight’s show!

Trenece Fearon
Trenece is a 17 year old social justice activist who has recently discovered her voice in her community. She is an advocate for the Black Lives Matter Movement, Feminism, and LGBTQ rights. She has a puppy named Nala whom she loves more than anything. Her favorite activities include (but are not limited to), rollerskating, cleaning her glasses (it’s just really satisfying), watching bad horror movies, and eating sugar cookies (not the regular ones, the ones with frosting on them and little sprinkles, yeah those are the best). She is currently on season three of Game of thrones and never wears matching socks.

From her inspiring story, “Boy Cousins”:

The problem with my “tomboy phase” isn’t that I did it to be accepted, it’s that I started associating “Girly things” and “Girly behavior” with weakness.

Kyleen Ojeda
Kyleen became the person her parents wanted her to be because as long as they are happy shouldn’t she be too? It took her a while to realize that her happiness comes before anyone else’s. In her artwork, she replaced the girl’s head with the brain because that is where our personality comes from. That is where we store our memories and thoughts about ourselves. The female figure is only wearing undergarments to represent how vulnerable she felt during a challenging time in her life. Her power comes from her realizing who she is and becoming independent.

And a tiny tease from her heart-wrenching story:

I thought my parents would be the ones to teach me how to tie my shoes.

Julio Lopez
Julio is a senior at High Tech High Chula Vista, and this project has given him one of the most honest and emotionally truthful experiences of his life.

The calm before the storm in his harrowing story, “Futbolito”:

I still clearly remember getting ready for the party. Putting on my Spain jersey my uncle had bought me right after the World Cup, running down the old wooden stairs to go play soccer in the backyard. And the sound of my grandma’s loud and desperate voice yelling at my brother and I from upstairs to stop playing due to the countless flower pots and windows we had completely shattered with our ball over the years.

We hope you’ll join us for tonight’s showcase. See you at The Industry at 7:00 PM. All ages!

VAMP: Sports! is Thursday March 24th

Some of us are better at sporting than others. Some of us are better at watching other people doing their sporting. And there’s just something vaguely naughty about dressing up in shiny, tight costumes and peacocking around for televised national enjoyment. Sports!

Come listen to stories about athletics going well for us and, of course, the times when our feats of supposed strength didn’t go so well.

**Note: March has 5 Thursdays this year, so this happens to not be the last Thursday of the month. Mark your calendars! Tell your friends!**

Featuring:
Chris Onderdonk
Dallas McLaughlin
Dick Cummins
Ed Farragut
Jennifer Stiff
Jessica Hilt
Maggie Thach
Skyler McCurine

Produced by Lauren Cusitello and Jonathan Hammond

VAMP Showcase: “Sports!”
Thursday, March 24th
8:30pm – 10:00pm
Whistle Stop Bar
2236 Fern St, San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 284-6784
$5 suggested donation
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Go team. Rah.