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Incoming and VAMP Contributor Tenley Lozano in O-Dark-Thirty

We are so proud to see Incoming and VAMP contributor Tenley Lozano‘s non-fiction work featured in the women-only issue of O-Dark-Thirty, O-Dark-Thirty is a publication of the Washington, D.C.-based Veteran’s Writing Project.

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[O-Dark-Thirty cover image by Magdalena Green]

From Tenley’s story:

I am not an average-sized man, but rather a short woman. The sail is luffing at my eye line, bulging out and snapping in the wind. BM1 barks orders to his crew of willing participants. The rain falls on my hands and is so cold that it stings. The metal handrail I’m grasping tightly chills my fingers and as I reach for a handful of sail, I realize that my fingers are already stiffening up. I flex them again and again, trying to restore blood flow. I can barely reach the sail and I realize that I’ll be useless while standing on the foot line. I check the clip on my harness, yanking it against the handrail and hearing the clink of metal against metal, the clip holding.

Taking a deep breath to steady my nerves, I pull with my arms on the handrail and reach for the sail on the forward side of 43 the beam, launching my body upward to lay my midsection over the cold painted metal as my feet lift off of the line and dangle one hundred feet over the deck of the ship. Christie turns to me with a look of horror, her dark curly hair flattened against her face on one side by the wind and rain. She is much taller, her long cross-country runner’s legs placed firmly where they’re supposed to be on the black rope.

Check out the full story, and the entire issue here.  Rock on, Tenley! We love her work and we fully expect to see stories from every slice of the Pacific Crest Trail as she hikes it with her VAMP-famous pup, Elu.

January’s VAMP: Face The Music Storytelling Showcase

It’s almost time for our first VAMP storytelling showcase of 2016!

face the music (idiom)
1. to be confronted with the unpleasantness of one’s actions
2. to turn towards the audience

Yeah. That. Face the facts, face the truth, face that fine music. Stay tuned (ba da bam) for our January VAMP Showcase: stories of our soundtracks and our truths.

Featuring:
Anastasia Zadeik
Becca Karpinski
Chris Onderdonk
Emily Burke
Lauren Cusick
Tenley Lozano
Vanessa Wilde

Co-producers: Suzanne Hoyem and Emily Price

VAMP Showcase: “Face The Music.”
Thursday, January 28th
8:30pm – 10:00pm
Whistle Stop Bar
2236 Fern St, San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 284-6784
$5 suggested donation
http://www.sosayweallonline.com/

Event page: http://www.sosayweallonline.com/event/vamp-face-the-music/

Let your friends know you’ll be there on our Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1696253310608101/

 

Behold. Our 2016 VAMP Themes.

VAMP themes are the butter to our bread, the Cher to our Sonny, the Barack to our Biden.

We toiled endlessly. We laughed, we cried. We consumed endless cans of La Croix. But we’ve done it! We have finally come up with our VAMP storytelling showcase themes for 2016. Behold:

VAMP: 2016

January 28th, 2016
“Face the Music”
Submission deadline: January 3rd

February 25th, 2016
“Dirty Talk: Seven Year Itch” (happy 7th anniversary, So Say We All!)
Submission deadline: January 31st

March 24th, 2016 ***note: this is not the last Thursday***
“Sports!”
Submission deadline: February 28th

April 28th, 2016
“Minimum Wage”
Submission deadline: April 3rd

May 26th, 2016
“In Real Life (irl)”
Submission deadline: May 1st

June 30th, 2016
“Animal Control”
Submission deadline: June 5th

July 28th, 2016
“Villains”
Submission deadline: July 3rd

August 25th, 2016
“Token”
Submission deadline: July 31st

September 29th, 2016
“When I’m 64”
Submission deadline: September 4th

October 27th, 2016
“Skeletons in the Closet”
Submission deadline: October 2nd

December 29th, 2016
“To Grandmother’s House We Go”
Submission deadline: December 4th

And, if you love VAMP, please consider donating as a part of our annual year-end fundraiser. So Say We All could not exist without your help, in both financial support and your tireless support as an audience member, a volunteer, an advocate (i.e. that person who tells her coworkers the next day about the killer storytelling thing they missed) or as a performer yourself.

We are here to help you tell your stories, and to help you tell them well. Throughout 2016, we’ll have many opportunities to help you develop your stories. The month before each theme’s submission deadline, there’ll be a Greenroom writing workshop catering to the theme, where you can start writing your story, as well as a Long Story Short with a complementary theme, where you can test the waters and try out a portion of your story.

We love you, and we can’t wait to see you at these shows and, better yet, hear your stories. Write us a little something. Tell us a story, won’t you?

Southwestern College Fall 2015 VAMP Showcase: The Other Side

Join Southwestern College and So Say We All for our Fall 2015 VAMP Showcase: The Other Side.
 
We’ve all been there: On the fringes looking in or on the inside looking out. Learning the other side of a story or finding your way out of something. When have you been surprised by a new perspective or felt like an outsider, even with people who you thought you knew? The theme is loose, the stories are solid.
 
Featuring:
Dawit Begashaw
Danielle Davis
Jade Espina
Melina Huerta
Steven Lopez
Michelle Staten
Andrea Paipilla
Arie Russell
 
VAMP: Taking A Stand
Thursday, November 12th, 2015
7:00 PM
Field House Auditorium
(overlooking the stadium)
Southwestern College
900 Otay Lakes Rd,
Chula Vista, CA 91910
(619) 421-6700
www.sosayweallonline.com

VAMP: 4 AM

Sleeplessness. Quiet. Or maybe not quiet: maybe there’s something going bump in the night. The night is for the seedy, the shameful, the surreptitious, but also the sweet, the let-me-just-stay-ten-more-minutes, and the [redacted]. And that magical time just before the sky starts to lighten, when the bars are closed, the air is chilled, and there’s no hope for getting any sleep.

Join us for an evening of stories about the things we do beneath the cloak of night. The things we do when we can’t sleep.

Featuring:
Alix Sharp
Anastasia Zadeik
David Latham
Ed Farragut
Jay Anhold
Julia Evans
Tracy Jones

Your 4 AM co-producers are: Ryan Bradford and Gary Gould.

VAMP Showcase: “4 AM”
Thursday, October 29th
8:30pm – 10:00pm
Whistle Stop Bar
2236 Fern St, San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 284-6784
$5 suggested donation
http://www.sosayweallonline.com

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.

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(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.”

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

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
http://www.sosayweallonline.com/

VAMP: Wedding Season

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
http://www.sosayweallonline.com

San Diego Book Awards!

Congratulations to two of So Say We All’s storytellers, Jim Ruland and J. Dylan Yates, for winning not just one but two prizes each in the 2015 San Diego Book Awards!

Jim Ruland won the prize for Best Published Contemporary Fiction for his novel, “Forest of Fortune,” as well as a tie for Best Published Memoir for “Giving the Finger.”

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Jim, a long time, steadfast supporter of the literary arts scene in San Diego and Southern California, was most recently seen on our VAMP stage in January.

J. Dylan Yates won both the esteemed Geisel Award for Best Published Book and the award for Best Published General Fiction for her novel “The Belief in Angels.”

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Dylan most recently took the stage in our LGBTQ showcase, Outspoken, in February.

Congratulations to our fine winners. We are so proud of you!