Tag Archives: So Say We All

VAMP: Wedding Season

Deadline for submissions: Sunday, May 31

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

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

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.


KPBS Contact: Claudine Casillas – (619) 594-4266 – ccasillas@kpbs.org


5200 Campanile Drive

San Diego, CA 92182


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


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)

Incoming Begins May 15th on KPBS

Together with KPBS radio, So Say We All would like you to meet INCOMING.

You may start hearing our short promos, like this one, on the radio today:

Each Incoming episode will feature a single story told by an American veteran. We’ve worked with many veterans, not only in San Diego, but across the country. So Say We All has always prioritized hearing stories written by and told by the people those stories matter to, so we are thrilled to present this format. You’ll hear their own stories, told in their own words, directly from their own mouths.

Our first episodes will air on Fridays starting May 15th, on KPBS and KPBS.org. Stay tuned for the timing. And if you like what you hear on Incoming, and would like us to make a whole bunch of episodes, please donate.

We can’t wait to share these stories with you.

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.

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