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Veteran Writers: Homecoming @ The New Downtown 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
November 15th @ 7pm
SDPL Central Library
330 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 236-5800
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October VAMP: “Scared Sh*tless! (vol.5)

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Monday October 5th.

So many things divide the human race and make us different, but at our core we all sleep, eat, and–unless we live in a bubble paid for by a trust fund of helicopter parenting shelter–fill our pants from terror at least a couple times in our lives. It’s good for us. Puts life in perspective. If we survive.

For 5 years in a row now, stories of thrill-seeking, mortal danger, adrenaline rushes, terror, pranks, and other varied and open interpretations of the theme make everyone’s October feel really really Octobery down at the VAMP Showcase.

October VAMP Showcase: Scared Sh*itless (vol.5)
Oct 30th, 2014
8:30pm – 10:30pm
Whistle Stop Bar (21+)
2236 Fern St. (30th& Juniper)
San Diego, CA 92104
$5 suggested donation


Veteran Writers Masterclass Series: Rolf Ynvge

SSWA offers free Masterclasses this fall with a variety of accomplished writers and teaching artists through our Veteran Writers Program. These sessions are FREE and open to all who share a love of the written word, civilian and veteran alike.

Friday, October 24th’s Masterclass features accomplished author and retired Naval officer Rolf Yngve, who will be leading a workshop on compression, squeezing the most out of your words and saying the most with as few of them as possible. Reading and conversation to follow. Take advantage of this awesome series and we hope to see you there!

Rolf Yngve served thirty-five years active duty in the US Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer. He published short fiction in the 1970’s and 80’s in Quarterly West, The Greensboro Review, Best American Short Stories, 1979, and others. More recent fiction and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in a number of journals including Glimmer Train, Chattahoochee Review, The Journal of War Literature and the Arts, The Common, Kenyon Review and others. His stories and essays have been recognized through a third in a Glimmer Train Family Affairs contest, the 2009 Indiana Review Fiction Prize, and honorable mention in numerous contests. He holds an MFA from the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers, was a 2012 MacDowell Colony Fellow and a 2014 Bread Loaf Bakeless Camargo Residency Fellow. He recently completed his first novel, Any Watch They Keep.


Veteran Writers Masterclass Series: Gill Sotu

SSWA offers free Masterclasses this fall with a variety of accomplished writers and teaching artists through our Veteran Writers Program. These sessions are free and open to all who share a love of the written word.

Friday October 17th is in the capable hands of Gill Sotu, veteran USN and one of the most talented performance poets / musicians / community arts leaders in all of San Diego. His long running open mic turned podcast, Train of Thought, held down the title as best arts incubator around, and continues to highlight important voices relevant to our lives and expression. His class will focus on a variety of techniques and exercises anyone calling themselves, “artist” should know, and he’s a hell of a lot of fun to boot. Reading / performance and conversation to follow.

Bio: Gill Sotu isn’t strictly one thing. He isn’t strictly a poet, a musician, a writer, a DJ or host. Effortlessly combining the artistic elements of himself, Gill weaves poetry into musical performances and improvisational songs into hosting gigs. Ever present is a forceful undercurrent of soulful, comedic, thought-provoking passion that engages and inspires his
audiences throughout California.Today’s modern advertising focuses on what you don’t have enough of, he is the balance reminding people of what they do. Recently, Gill has opened for Grammy-nominated legend Sheila E, partnered and performed with the San Diego Symphony, has been commissioned to create numerous poetry pieces for the United Way of San Diego and performed for TEDx San Diego in December 2013. The San Diego community continues to take notice of Gill’s talent and charisma, as he’s been featured on NBC 7’s Art Pulse TV and was named the 2012 & 2013 San Diego Raw Performing Artist of the Year.


City College VAMP Showcase: “Borderlines”

The multimedia storytelling VAMP Showcase comes to the students of San Diego City College on Thursday, October 16th, featuring ten phenomenal students performing original works and their varied interpretations of the theme, “Borderlines.” Come see the next generation cut their jib!


Brenda Barajas
Saman Biglari
Stoney Billedeaux
Michael Billingsley
Brandi Carver
Elmi Hufane
Marisa Mancillas
Halima Mohamed
Adam Stone
Zenia Torres

City College VAMP Showcase: “Borderlines”
Thursday, October 16th 2014 @ 6pm
SDPL Central Library
330 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 236-5800


Schedule of 2014’s Veteran Writers Program Events

The fall marks the debut performances of So Say We All’s Veteran Writers Program, curating veteran voices from Oceanside to San Diego writing on the 2014 anthology, “Homecoming.” Each showcase features different performers so come often and check back as more performances are added, including Masterclass series open to everyone.

Veteran Writers Masterclass Series: Gill Sotu
October 17
5:30 PM
7:00 PM
SDPL Central Library
330 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 236-5800

Veteran Writers Masterclass Series: Rolf Ynvge
October 24
5:30 PM
7:00 PM
SDPL Central Library
330 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 236-5800

“Homecoming” at the New Downtown Library
November 15th
SDPL Central Library
330 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 236-5800
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“Homecoming” at the Oceanside Public Library
December 6th, 2014
Oceanside Library
330 N Coast Hwy
Oceanside, CA
(760) 435-5600
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Job Opening: SSWA Production Coordinator

SSWA is recruiting a part-time Production Coordinator to assist with all aspects of its performance and educational programs, including volunteer coordination and recruitment, communications, and production oversight.

  • Position is currently rated at 20 hours a week and pays $15 an hour.
  • Please e-mail resume and cover letter to info@sosayweallonline.com
  • Call for applications closes October 26th 2014.

Program Coordinator Terms of Reference

Production Coordination

  • Assistance in all aspects of meeting the production-based objectives of any grants awarded to So Say We All.
  • Support the recruitment of new Production Committee volunteer members and Production Committee Chair.
  • Support discussion of new production initiatives and workload distribution to execute them.
  • Oversee execution of paid / contracted productions.
  • When no volunteers are available (last resort), personally manage production roles.

Volunteer Coordination

  • Ensure each non-curated production has sufficient producers and that they are correctly assigning volunteer readers, performance coaches, and writing coaches to performers.
  • Encourage the SSWA community to regularly post through social media about upcoming shows and classes, and encouraging their friends to follow our page / subscribe to our mailing list.
  • Encourage the SSWA community to participate in crowd-sourced fundraisers during mass appeals (twice-yearly).
  • Ensure volunteer graphic artists create promotional materials in a timely manner prior to performance (usually around the time solicitations for written pieces go out), and printed programs by the time of performance (VAMP / Main stage only).
  • Work to scout and secure new volunteers to assist as readers, coaches, production assistants, and ambassadors.
  • Ensure each production—where appropriate–has videographer, front-of-house (donation / ticket collector), computer operator, still photographer, bartender, merch sales, and ambassador volunteers.

Public Relations and Marketing

  • Ensure that all events and submission opportunities are listed in relevant media events listings, and sufficient promotion through press releases, social media, and other approved means of advertisement occur within enough time prior to an event to reach audiences.
  • Upkeep press calendar.
  • Draft and publish of newsletter (twice a month minimum, more as needed) through Mailchimp.
  • Create newsworthy posts on website / newsletter / FB page to garner and retain interest in our news flow.

Education Coordination

  • Responsible for marketing and matriculation of courses.
  • Identifies and secures instructors.
  • Supports ED in curriculum planning.
  • Identifies and secures classroom locations.
  • Support the ED in identification and solicitation of education contracts with relevant orgs.

Performance evaluation criteria

  • Audience attendance and ticket sales for productions and workshops (highest priority).
  • Timely appearance of newsletters & social media updates for shows, classes and submission deadlines online.
  • Quality of copy for website / newsletter / Facebook page contents is compelling and reflective of the tone set for the organization by the Executive Director.
  • Production and quality of press releases.
  • Adherence to press calendar deadlines.
  • New partners, performers, venues, and collaborations achieved through efforts in support of ED.


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September VAMP Showcase: Wild Kingdom

After literally years of being asked, threatened, and begged to do a show about animals, behold. September stories are about the cute little bags of murder we call our cats, the dogs we’re never quite sure are all there, and all the other animals that have made our brief little lives on this planet so much weirder.

Lauren Marie Fleming
Leon Dekelbaum
Jen Stiff
Jessica Ripper
Becca Schuh
Ali Ernst
Andrew C. Rempt

September VAMP Showcase: Wild Kingdom
Sept 25th, 2014
8:30pm – 10:30pm
Whistle Stop Bar (21+)
2236 Fern St. (30th& Juniper)
San Diego, CA 92104


2015 VAMP Themes Announced

Ermahgerd! VERMP THERMS!

It’s that magical time again when SSWA’s Production Committee comes together to cast aspersions upon the public and one another’s ideas for future show ideas, and in defiance of all logic, we managed to agree to disagree to agree on this as our 2015 VAMP Showcase season lineup. As always, all themes are open to interpretation, so get writing now!!!

2015 VAMP Themes

January – “Crime Pays”

February – “Dirty Talk”

March – “It’s Always The Quiet Ones”

April – “Mass Transit”

May – “Parasites”

June – “Wedding Season”

July – “Fanboy-syndrome”

August – “Red Flags”

September – “The Way It Never Was”

October – “4am”

December – “Seasonal Affective Disorder”