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VAMP: In Real Life is this Thursday

IRL: The internet changes everything. Or does it? Do our online lives matter less than our offline lives? Is there a difference anymore? And what about the times when real people do very unreal things, no internet required? Come join us for stories about real life, about the internet, and about the ways those places intersect or the way they don’t intersect at all. IRL TMI LOL.

San Diego Reader calls it a “Best Bet” event.

Danielle Davis
Kim Eisenberg
Julia Evans
Heidi Handelsman
Natalie Hughes
Suzana Norberg
Ronald Pickett

Produced by: Gary Gould and Kurt Kalbfleisch

VAMP Showcase: “In Real Life.”
Thursday, May 26th
8:30pm – 10:00pm
Whistle Stop Bar
2236 Fern St, San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 284-6784
$5 suggested donation

Submission deadline 5/1 for VAMP: In Real Life

IRL: The internet changes everything. Or does it? Do our online lives matter less than our offline lives? Is there a difference anymore? And what about the times when real people do very unreal things, no internet required? Come join us for stories about real life, about the internet, and about the ways those places intersect or the way they don’t intersect at all. IRL TMI LOL.

Submission deadline: Sunday, May 1st
Submission guidelines: http://www.sosayweallonline.com/submissions/

VAMP Showcase: “In Real Life.”
Thursday, May 26th
8:30pm – 10:00pm
Whistle Stop Bar
2236 Fern St, San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 284-6784
$5 suggested donation

VAMP: Minimum Wage is April 28th!

Our next VAMP showcase is coming up at the Whistle Stop Bar in South Park on Thursday, April 28th! The theme is Minimum Wage.

Cubicle dwellers, burger flippers, baristas. Maybe deep down inside you’ve always wanted to be a bike messenger. VAMP: Minimum Wage features stories about those jobs we took because we had to take a job, about being underpaid and overworked or maybe overpaid and underworked, and maybe that one time you did something a little seedy. Money doesn’t grow on trees.

Allison Gauss
Annmarie Houghtailing
Cecile Estelle
Esther Woodman
Ken Grimes
Patricia Dwyer
Seth Combs

Produced by Eber Lambert and Suzanne Hoyem

VAMP Showcase: “Minimum Wage.”
Thursday, April 28th
8:30pm – 10:00pm
Whistle Stop Bar
2236 Fern St, San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 284-6784
$5 suggested donation

Southwestern College VAMP: Snap Judgment is April 27th

So Say We All and Southwestern College present:
Spring 2016 VAMP: Snap Judgment

Read more about our community college programs here.

It happens to us all. We find ourselves the target of a snap judgment based on how others perceive us: where we’re from, how we look or sound, what we wear, even how we style our hair. If we’re honest, we can think of times when we, despite our best intentions, have pigeonholed someone else. When have you found yourself being targeted by a stereotype? When have you caught yourself stereotyping someone else – even though you know better?

Talia Castellanos
Daniel Ceballos
Natasa Cordova
Lorise Diamond
Shereen Fahrai
Jeffrey Jimenez
Ruben Lam

Southwestern College Spring 2016 VAMP: Snap Judgment
Wednesday, April 27th at 7:00 PM
Field House Auditorium
Southwestern College
900 Otay Lakes Rd
Chula Vista, CA 91910

Interview with Black Candies Guest Editor Natanya Ann Pulley

Our own Julia Dixon Evans recently chatted with the remarkable Natanya Ann Pulley, guest editor of the upcoming special issue of Black Candies, our literary journal of horror and dark fiction. It’s a women-identifying only issue, and the theme is “Gross and Unlikeable.

We asked Natanya about the things she loves in stories, what drives her, what it’s like to write and publish as a woman, and lots more.

My work has been called alienating before and we are always advised not to “alienate” our readers–which is a silly idea to me. I want to be an alien reader from time to time. Sure I read for pleasure and I do read to connect (or rather to see myself in something else), but I also read to enter new terrain and breathe a new air–to worry about my safety and sense of self among a strange or peculiar system of words, sounds, ideas, and bodies. I love confusion and anxiety in writing. I’m sick of understanding or at least recognizing my understanding of life in every little thing I read. It’s boring.

Go read the interview on our Black Candies website, and get to know our darling guest editor. We think she’s pretty great. The submission deadline for stories is April 30th. Send us your finest and grossest stuff.


Veterans Coming Home: Seeking Submissions

So Say We All, in collaboration with KPBS, announces a very special VAMP Storytelling Showcase open to veteran writers is accepting submissions for an upcoming performance at the Rancho Santa Fe School on Wednesday, May 11th from 6pm-8:30pm.

Submission deadline has been extended until Saturday, April 16th at midnight.

We are seeking non-fiction stories (early drafts welcome) from veteran writers related to the general experience of returning home from deployment and transitioning from the military to civilian life, and are especially looking for stories driven by and about conflicts you experienced with civilians upon leaving the military, whether related to their stereotyping of veterans, asking wildly inappropriate questions, or otherwise causing offense or feelings of being ostracized. When you left the military, was there a period of time when you desperately wanted to go back? Did you feel like the civilian world baffled you upon leaving the military or returning from deployment, or that you had no place in it? Did people ask if you killed anyone? Did you have experiences related to post-traumatic stress that you feel other veterans or civilians could benefit from hearing? Did your friends and family not know how to connect with you? We want to hear about all of this and more, so feel free to submit narratives outside the box.

Send us a story around 5-12 pages in length, double-spaced, 12pt. font, with the title of the story on the front page. All stories accepted will receive rewrite assistance from our literary coaches, and performers receive performance coaching prior to the showcase.

Submit at: https://sosayweallonline.submittable.com/submit/29620
Visit www.sosayweallonline.com for more information.
Videos from past veteran writer showcases are available here to watch: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLLgJj1tFF9R0hVC6skahZ60DHV1NsnXlm

Mesa College VAMP: Borders

So Say We All is proud to partner with San Diego Mesa College to present their first VAMP showcase: Borders.

Please join us for a night of storytelling at Mesa College. The selected students spend nearly a month undergoing an intensive critique and coaching process. Their stories are brave and vulnerable portrayals of borders. Life is full of borders: emotional, political, geographic, sexual, cultural, family.

The students participating in this showcases were selected from a large field of student submissions, and then spent a month working intensively with faculty, So Say We All teaching artists, and their co-performers to bring their stories to the stage. They work so hard, and have such amazing stories to tell.

San Diego Mesa College VAMP: Borders
Spring 2016
April 21st at 7:00 PM
San Diego Mesa College, auditorium in room G102

Manufacturing Significance


Thumbprint Gallery is pleased to present Manufacturing Significance, a group exhibition in collaboration with selected writers of So Say We All. Provided with only the images of the artwork, writers were each tasked to produce flash fiction (300-500 words) to be displayed next to the respective pieces of original work.


Aries Tjhin
Cora Crimson
David Russell Talbot
Eric Michael Hancock
January Derilo
Lauren Siry
Matthew Steidley
Melissa Walter
Mr. Benja
Nonie Cruzado
Rachel Kim
Ricardo Ales
Victor Villa


Ed Farragut
Gary Gould
Hari Alluri
Jennifer Derilo
Jessica Hilt
Jim Ruland
Justin Hudnall
Julia Dixon Evans
Lauren Becker
Lizz Huerta
Matt E. Lewis
Matthew Baldwin
Ryan Bradford
Sara Morrison
Tiffany Tang
Valerie Polichar

About SSWA

Founded in 2009, 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.

In addition to the programs made available to the public, SSWA offers education outreach programs specifically targeting communities who have been talked about disproportionately more than heard from in mainstream media. Creative writing and storytelling courses are offered in partnership with social service organizations such as The Braille Institute, Veteran Writers Group – San Diego, PEN USA, Southern California American Indian Resource Center (SCAIR), the homeless residents of Father Joe’s Village and Toussaint Academy, San Diego Public and County Library branches, and more.

The biggest hurdle for someone with a story that needs to be told is knowing where to begin. So Say We All’s purpose is to answer that need, to be a resource that listens to all facets of its community regardless of the volume at which they speak.

About Thumbprint Gallery

Founded in 2009, Thumbprint Gallery curates monthly exhibitions featuring emerging, mid-career, and established artists with a focus on urban art and pop surrealism. The gallery seeks to provide an engaging atmosphere to view art by bringing people together in appreciation and support of local, national, and international artists.

A glowing review of INCOMING from Red Bull Rising

INCOMING, our just-published collection of true veteran stories on the theme of coming home, was reviewed by Red Bull Rising.

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Exploring themes of home, homecoming, and finding one’s place in the world, the anthology “Incoming” hits a sweet spot on the terrain of contemporary veteran-voiced literature, and is certain to expand and enrich future conversations between civilian and military populations.

The review gives a glowing account of the book’s composition: its themes, its significance, and the variety of contributors.

There is, in short, something for everyone in this book: the profane, the sublime, and the mundane.

Thank you, everyone at Red Bull Rising, for the thoughtful read and kind, insightful words. Go read the review here, and then pick up your own copy of INCOMING.

This is clear-eyed. This is heart-felt. This is the real deal.

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Meet Adrian Van Young from The Foundry No.1

The Foundry is our new reading series, launching on April 5th at Soda and Swine Liberty Station.

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Lizz, Ryan, and Lauren all live in San Diego. Our final featured reader, Adrian Van Young, however, is mostly rolling through town just to read to you. Well, I suppose he has some family here but whatever.

1929288_10153937980878879_1805713453792222922_nAdrian Van Young is the author of The Man Who Noticed Everything, a collection of stories, which won Black Lawrence Press’s St. Lawrence Book Award in 2011, and the novel, Shadows in Summerland, coming any day now in April from ChiZine Publications. His fiction and non-fiction have been published or are forthcoming in Black Warrior Review, Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading, VICE, Slate, The Believer, and The New Yorker, among others. His work has also appeared in the anthologies States of Terror II and Gigantic Worlds. He has twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and is a regular contributor to Electricliterature.com. He lives in New Orleans with his wife Darcy and son Sebastian, where he teaches creative writing at Tulane University.

Some of us here at So Say We All have had a chance to read his new book, Shadows in Summerland, and… wow. It’s an amazing piece of work: intricate and masterful, and almost cinematic in the ways we are fully placed in the setting: mid 1800s spiritualist-obsessed Boston. With flawed, charming characters, Adrian’s writing is vivid, compelling, intelligent, and always exquisite, even when it borders on the grotesque.

One of our favorite short stories of Adrian’s is “The Lady Winchester Deciphers Her Labyrinth,” which appeared in The Masters Review last fall. Have a read.

The third time she wakes and the bed-frame is shaking. It is, she thinks, the century’s end. The bed appears to levitate, arising on its own vibrations and she is a caught up in it, hostage unto it, as it floats in the maelstrom and then hunkers down. And then she springs out of her bed. She has not moved this way in years. She is running, she thinks, to the door of the room where the lintel built into the wall will protect her, but just as she presses herself to the frame the ceiling behind her comes crumbling down.

Here is the moment, she thinks in the din, where I will be buried by what I’ve constructed.

She lies on her back staring up at the beams. Flakes of cracked plaster rain down on her face. She does not need to lock and unlock the room’s door to know that she is trapped inside it.

Now come hear Adrian read an excerpt from his upcoming novel tomorrow, April 5th, at 8 PM. Adrian is reading alongside Lizz Huerta, Lauren Becker, and Ryan Bradford at The Foundry No.1 at the Liberty Station location of Soda & Swine. Find us on the lovely back patio.

(This reading’s gonna burn).