Interview with Captain Megan Kahn in the latest volume of War, Literature & the Arts

Interview with Captain Megan Kahn in the latest volume of War, Literature & the Arts

I’m deeply honored to have an interview published in the latest volume of War, Literature and the Arts alongside such amazing voices as Elliot Ackerman, Colin Halloran, and Brandon Lingle. Thanks so much to all the great and tireless minds who run the Journal and who have been so supportive of our work at Incoming, especially Jesse Goolsby, Megan Kahn, and Donald Anderson. One can read it here and I hope that you do.
Citybeat Best People of San Diego Award

Citybeat Best People of San Diego Award

I’m beyond flattered to be named among the amazing artists and leaders who received this award from San Diego CityBeat, but it’s shared woth everyone who has ever participated in So Say We All–all the Board members who have mentored and guided us, all the writers who have trusted us with their voice, all the volunteers that have given us their time–who carried us from a cafe’s backroom into what we are today and what we’re becoming. These last almost-eight years were buoyed by the belief our collective efforts were adding years and quality to the lives we met along the way, and I hope it’s only the beginning. Here’s to all of you who choose vulnerability and laughter over cynicism, we owe you more than words can express. I look forward to doing even greater things together.

AM Radio Debut on Military Mondays on AM1170 KCBQ!

AM Radio Debut on Military Mondays on AM1170 KCBQ!

Today I broke into AM radio at long last, my favorite listening device when driving cross-country, thanks to AJ Brooks facilitating our arrival on AM 1170 KCBQ alongside my stalwart partner Julia Dixon Evans. Give a listen here! Without a doubt one of the most fun interviews I’ve ever done.

We also had some fun with the juxtaposition of the sponsors on a banner in the lobby, because trolls gonna troll.

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Light for the Lonely: SSWA / Thumbprint Gallery crossover

Light for the Lonely: SSWA / Thumbprint Gallery crossover

It was an honor to be a part of the So Say We All / Thumbprint Gallery crossover show, “Manufacturing Significance,” in earlier this April. My visual arts better half, RBST, snagged this video of me reading the story I wrote in response to his piece, The Offfice…, which I ended up after way too much deliberation titling, “Light for the Lonely.” Check it out and more of his awesome work here.

“The Meek,” a short radio drama

“The Meek,” a short radio drama

I love radio plays, ever since I first listened to “War of the Worlds” as a retro gas, and was caught totally unprepared by how brilliant it was. My first chance to work on one was as a voice actor on the Clydestown project by my dudes Ryan Bradford and Jay Wertzler. Spending a summer collaborating with audiophile Margaret Noble was the last straw. Ever since then, the form has been on my mind, inspiring more than one failed attempt.

This one I like though, an adaptation of a story I contributed to the 2012 horror anthology, Black Candies: Post-Apocalyptia. The idea came from the years I had an office in San Diego’s East Village, known colloquially as, “The Bottoms,” by the police, social workers, and hordes of homeless who frequent it after being driven from the recently renovated Gas Lamp quarter of downtown. The idea was, you couldn’t sink any lower once you hit The Bottoms.

But even while homelessness in the wake of The Great Recession was soaring, with tent cities springing up for weeks at a time around empty lots or abandoned buildings before the SDPD moved them along to another spot, the days of The Bottoms were numbered. Downtown had become monied, and all around and above the soup kitchen lines, the tent encampments, and the shelters, the skeletons of new luxury condos were rising. Where the city would drive the homeless off to next, nobody knew, and the developers, so quick to tell you about their benevolent intentions in reclaiming that forgotten corner of the city, were uniformly mum on the subject.

Put all that against the backdrop of a culture increasingly obsessed with its own termination in the face of Global Warming and the Mayan Calendar hysteria and blammo: I got a story out of it. Small consolation in the social scheme of things, but so it goes.

I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I did making it. My buddy Brian Simpson kills it in the narration.

Black Candies can be purchased here.

– J.