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Outspoken: Love Confectionals

love confectionalsStory submissions are welcome from EVERYONE until Sunday, January 4th. Spill your guts here: http://www.sosayweallonline.com/submissions/

Join OutSpoken, So Say We All‘s LGBTQ Storytelling Series, on Tuesday, Feb 3rd at Martini’s Above 4th in Hilcrest for a Valentines-inspired evening of stories about romance that looked sweeter than it tasted!

Outspoken Presents, “Love Confection: Stories About Romance That Looked Sweeter Than it Tasted.”
Tuesday, February 3rd, 8PM
Martinis Above Fourth
3940 4th Ave
San Diego, CA 92103
$5 suggested donation
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VAMP: Home for the Holidays!

The VAMP Showcase’s beloved Holiday revue features a myriad of stories that come from of our time-honored tradition of squeezing the family together in a confined space, plying on the food and the booze, and waiting for something weird to happen.

Lizz Huerta
Lisa Sacco
Ed Farragut
Esther Woodman
Caroline Henry
Tiffany Tang
Leon Dekelbaum
Ryan Bradford

The VAMP Showcase: “Home for the Holidays”
Thursday, December 18th
8:30pm – 10:00pm
Whistle Stop Bar
2236 Fern St, San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 284-6784
$5 suggested donation

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A Holiday Message from the Executive Director

Hello friends and fans of the written and performed word. If we haven’t met already, I’m Justin Hudnall, the Executive Director of So Say We All, and I’m coming to you this winter for the most important of reasons: we want presents.

One of the biggest challenges to running an arts non-profit has been learning to ask our community for financial support. However, as my Board of Directors likes to incessantly remind me, we’re suffering from a distinct lack of trust funds.

Thanks a lot for being a working single mother, mom!

But I’ve come to realize over the last five years of doing this that asking for money from our community is actually a very important part of how this non-profit arts thing works, or is supposed to work. Because besides the fact that we love presents, this exchange is one of the ways that let us know if what we’re doing is relevant to you and your happiness.

If only taxes worked the same way, am I right? That’s the extent of the political humor portion part of the pitch.

So because I believe in our mission so strongly, I’m going to make the case without the use of so much as a cute animal to manipulate your emotions. Ready? Here goes:

So Say We All is a nearly entirely volunteer-run organization, maintained by people who genuinely beleive their lives are made better by having us a part of it. That’s important, because non-profits by their very nature are supposed to serve the public interest, and while some do this better than others, this is something So Say We All does very well.

Each and every month, we’ve produced VAMP and Long Story Short storytelling showcases, Greenroom Writers Workshops–all of which ANYONE, and we mean, ANYONE can participate in and all of which are absolutely completely free–worked to help connect local writers to fellowships and publishing opportunities, and supported other organizations whose work we believe in like Combat Arts and Rising Arts Leaders.

We’ve built partnerships with San Diego Public and Oceanside Libraries to launch the Veteran Writers Program and Masterclass series, and hosted the Fillipino American Writers Showcase. We’ve cozied up to Southwestern and City Community Colleges to bring our programming to their students. And we’ve even begun talks with KPBS to try and bring more original local programming to public radio.

Which brings me to why it’s so important to support So Say We All: it’s not just about keeping us going–although my cat Lana would appreciate it if I can continue to provide her with the one specific brand of kibble numnums she’s willing to eat–it’s about what kind of city you want to live in.

We believe a truly great city doesn’t just have stuff for its residents to shell out cash to go see, it’s a place that strives to be known for making great art and supporting the people who make it. That takes a community to supports its artists and help connect them to the larger, scarier world beyond. That’s the foundation of what we provide, because good art starts with a good story and you are our partners in this venture, not just our audience.

So please donate, help spread the word, and as always, thanks for making San Diego a city we want to live in.

PS: If nothing I just said motivated you in anyway, one last thing. I’m going to keep my cat wearing a pair of plushy reindeer antlers, which she hates, until we reach our goal. So if you love animals, give to So Say We All.

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Support SSWA’s Winter Pledge Drive!

Twice a year, So Say We All reaches out to our friends to ask that you consider a donation in support of our important work. This year, we are proud to report that thanks to you and many partners, we have been able to raise our storytelling programs to a whole new level. Please consider a gift this holiday season to keep this momentum rolling.

In 2014, So Say We All partnered with San Diego Central and Oceanside Libraries to launch the Veteran Writers Program and present “Homecoming,” a year-long series of workshops, live performance, and publication of true stories from veterans throughout San Diego and the nation on the subject of their return from war. This is the first sequence of activities from the Veteran Writers Program, an initiative that with your help So Say We All will sustain long into the future. You’ll help serve those who’ve served us all.

Setting the stage for voices from all over our community is nothing new to So Say We All. As executive director Justin Hudnall puts it, “I would much rather hear from people, than about people.” So Say We All celebrates the evolving narratives of members of our LGBTQ community through regular, participant-driven showcases, and our energetic partnerships with San Diego City College, Southwestern College and Grossmont College affirm the power and diversity of student experiences from all walks of life.

Please think back to a moment this year during a So Say We All performance when you heard something you would never otherwise hear, from a member of our community you may otherwise never meet. It’s a community we’re building in San Diego, the kind of home we can be proud to share with our returning veterans, the kind of home where we can each be truly who we are, publicly and celebrated. We ask that you join us by making your gift today.

P.S. So Say We All’s Winter Pledge Drive ends the night of December 18th. Help us meet our goal and donate now!


Veteran Writers: Homecoming @ Oceanside Library

Join us for the inaugural showcase of So Say We All’s Veteran Writers Program, featuring men and women across several generations of military service detailing the poignant, surprising, and darkly funny struggles, missteps, and unforeseen pitfalls that come with transitioning from military to civilian life. Every veteran has a story, but you’ll be floored by where this troupe takes you.

Veteran Writers: Homecoming @ Oceanside Library
December 6th, 2014
Oceanside Library
330 N Coast Hwy
Oceanside, CA
(760) 435-5600