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I Fought The Law: Storytelling Pop-Up

So Say We All and San Diego’s Downtown Central Library are partnering up to present a Pop-Up Gallery storytelling showcase on the theme of “I Fought the Law.” We’re looking for a 5-10 minute true story that touches, however you choose to interpret it, on the theme (I Fought the Law), and we require you to send us an image of an artifact that relates to said story. This can, quite literally, be anything that pertains to your story: a mugshot from a high school arrest, an object that supplements or corroborates or adds to your story. That object, and the image of it, will be projected throughout your presentation, so choose wisely. Think of it as a grown-up version of show and tell. We’re looking forward to what you’ve got to bring.

Submission deadline: October 17th, 2015 at 11:59 PM
To submit your work: http://sosayweallonline.submittable.com/submit/47925

“I Fought The Law”
Thursday, November 12th
5:00: Refreshments and pop-up browsing
6:00: Storytelling showcase

San Diego Central Library
330 Park Blvd,
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 236-5800

Gary Gould’s VAMP: Wedding Season Story, SPLIT

To say that volunteer Gary Gould has been our lifeline lately would be an understatement. Not only has he produced several VAMPs this year, but he is also currently producing the partnership showcase with San Diego City College, taking place October 15th at the downtown library, and co-producing this month’s VAMP: 4 AM. We love the way he empowers the storytellers he works with to get to heart of their stories.

And, AND! He wrote and performed this lovely, funny, and poignant story, “Split” in our June VAMP Showcase: “Wedding Season.” Gary’s story was recently picked up and published by SPEED. You can read it here. Were you at the Wedding Season show? It was a phenomenal night, full of vivid stories and we kind of went through the emotional ringer together, didn’t we?

Banana Splits, it read, a support group and ice-cream social for students with divorced parents. That’s me, I thought, that paper is talking about me. Were there other kids who felt like me?  Who wanted to talk about their feelings and eat ice cream? Could Banana Splits be the answer to all of my problems?

Read his story, and then come and see the fruits of the work Gary has been doing with the writing community in San Diego this month. Congratulations on the publishing credit, Gary, and way to make us proud.


(image: Speed Literary Magazine)

Jen Stiff’s VAMP Story “Your Wife Has A Beautiful Pelvic Region” in XOJANE

We laughed, we cringed, and some of us had to step outside to get some fresh air, but we LOVED Jen Stiff’s story from August’s VAMP: Red Flags. And we are not alone: Her piece was picked up by XOJANE and, lucky you, you can read it here.

We are proud. So proud. Way to go, Jen!

When the nurse practitioner peered into my cervix with her spelunking headlamp, she exclaimed, “Oh my goodness. That’s the tiniest little cervix I’ve ever seen. But don’t worry. I’ll get that sucker up there.”


Jennifer Stiff, letting us all up in her business, at our August VAMP

So Say We All’s Long Story Short at The Ink Spot!

We’re moving Long Story Short indoors! Starting September 2015, come tell your stories at The Ink Spot at San Diego Writers, Ink. Long Story Short is the third Saturday of the month at 7 PM.

Long Story Short is So Say We All’s improv storytelling show. Have you ever been to a VAMP and thought, “I might have a story”? Well, Long Story Short is the perfect place to try it out.

Five minute stories, told by you, with no notes. Anyone can take the stage. You can sign up right when you get there (or you can even sign up halfway through the show). It’s casual, supportive, and pretty fun.

Our first Long Story Short at The Ink Spot will be Saturday, September 19th at 7 PM. The theme is “Euphoric Recall.”

Hope to hear from you (yes you) at The Ink Spot!

We’re crowd-sourcing next year’s VAMP themes

Got a VAMP theme suggestion for 2016?  Send it our way. We want to hear from anyone! Our writers, our volunteers, our darling audience members, ignorant trolls, anyone. Enter as many themes as tickle your fancy in the text box.

VAMP is our monthly, curated storytelling showcase, with each month’s stories prompted by a specific theme. Need some inspiration? Here’s our list of 2015 themes.

Thank you for sharing your ideas. You make VAMP great and we can’t wait to see what we can do together in 2016.

So Say We All’s Executive Director on a watchlist (but not THAT watchlist)

We’re bursting with pride to see our Executive Director, Justin Hudnall, on San Diego Magazine’s “5 People To Watch This Month” list for September.

The brief profile also mentions our work with our new literary magazine, The Radvocate. Read more about The Radvocate here.

And since we mentioned watchlists, now’s a good time to remind you about Black Candies: Surveillance, our journal of literary horror. Read it and learn how to do a top-notch job of “watching” Justin this month.

11894604_10154262135656164_2233678066641710335_o(don’t look behind you Justin)


So Say We All featured in San Diego Magazine

So Say We All is featured in this month’s San Diego Magazine story,  “The Age of Podcasting.”

Justin Hudnall’s voice is smooth and calm as he introduces San Diego war veterans telling deeply personal stories of their figurative and literal homecomings in the podcast series Incoming. The stories were recorded on stage and in the studio, but they have the closeness and clarity of two friends engaged in a tough conversation.

An outgrowth of a veterans’ writing workshop by Hudnall’s So Say We All literacy and performing arts collective, the podcasts were repackaged for the modern masses by public broadcaster KPBS.

Check out the whole story, which covers the KPBS Explore project and other local podcasting ventures, and be sure to listen to So Say We All’s Incoming here.



Incoming is a collection of non-fiction stories told by local veterans, in their own words. 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.

“It’s like the antidote to overstimulation. Someone talking directly into your ear? There’s nothing more intimate.”

-Justin Hudnall


VAMP Showcase: Red Flags

Join So Say We All this Thursday, August 27th at 8:30 pm for our August VAMP Showcase, featuring curated stories on the theme of “Red Flags.”

Red flags, red lights, red tape. These things are supposed to warn us but sometimes we don’t pay attention. Join us for an evening of stories about gut instincts, warning lights, and that one time we just.didn’t.listen.

Our blind submission process featured more brave and wonderful submissions than we’ve ever seen before. Here’s who got caught in the net this month:

Featuring VAMP first-timers:

  • Becca Karpinski, with an inspiring and, at times, difficult story of travel, risk-taking, and mothering
  • Michelle Franke, PEN USA’s Executive Director, regales us with a tale of class, privilege, period wear
  • Jean Guerrero, from the KPBS Fronteras Desk, with a heartbreaking tale about the past, family, and, naturally, about VHS
  • Rachel Peschman, another VAMP first-timer, with a story of two troubled people navigating a troubled love.


And storytellers who have been on our stage once before, or maybe a dozen times before:

  • Anastasia Zadeik, with a stunning story about loss, memory, and family
  • Long-time VAMP performer and producer Ed Farragut will tell a story about a particularly gnarly work environment
  • So Say We All’s co-founder Jake Arky rolls back into town with an unsettling story about someone he was crazy for
  • and Jennifer Stiff, who has graced our stage several times with her incredibly funny yet intimate stories, with a harrowing tale of preventive measures.

Our Red Flags showcase is produced by Whitney Roux and Matt Lewis.

VAMP Showcase: “Red Flags”
Thursday, August 27th
8:30pm – 10:00pm
Whistle Stop Bar
2236 Fern St, San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 284-6784
$5 suggested donation

Long Story Short: Super Nerd

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We’re all nerds about something. Come to Long Story Short, our monthly improv storytelling show, and tell us all about that one time you geeked out in epic proportions. Just in time for those fresh-from-Comic-Con stories.

Five minute stories, told by you, no notes. Anyone can take the stage!

Saturday, July 18th
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Evolution Fast Food
2965 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 284-6784
$5 suggested donation

Announcing The Radvocate!

So Say We All is pleased to announce that we are now publishing The Radvocate!

The Radvocate is a literary arts magazine committed to sharing the work of new writers, poets and artists. Since 2011, The Radvocate has created zines, live shows and other media to give a platform and a voice to creatives, both local and worldwide. Now, in conjunction with So Say We All, The Radvocate releases its thirteenth issue, but its first as a literary journal.

Through this collection of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, interviews and art, we are setting a new standard for ourselves. Even though this is issue thirteen, this is a new beginning, in which two forces join together to declare their intentions and plant a flag in this place, this medium, and this moment. Join us. Get rad.

Featuring literary work from: Allison Whittenberg, Brandon Marlon, Kiik A.K., Patrick Mayuyu, Grant Mason, Meg Tuite, Mason Green-Richards, Parker Tettleton, Zachary Scott Hamilton, Clay Norvell, Neil P. McDevitt, Alan Semrow, Robin Wyatt Dunn, Alex Bosworth, Ryan Hicks, Johnnie B. Baker, and an interview with Henry Rollins. Edited by Matt E. Lewis.

Purchase Issue 13 of The Radvocate here.


Also available for purchase here.

COMING UP! Join us for a release party and reading on Saturday, July 25th at James Coffee Co.



For more information, back issues, and other content, visit The Radvocate at www.theradvocateisamagazine.com