The Day After
by S. K. Lee
“Here you go, Cristina.” said Agatha as she handed me a cup of coffee. “Thanks, I could use some caffeine. I only got a few hours of sleep last night.” I said as I took a sip. The coffee was nice and hot, perfect for a cold and cloudy autumn day. “I don’t think my parents got any sleep at all.” I said as we began walking down the street. My parents and the millions of undocumented immigrants in the country had a rude awakening the previous night. A man who promised to round up and deport all of them, had been elected president.
“How are they?” asked Agatha. She had that familiar worried look on her face. I had seen it before when her daughter Annie had the flu. It warmed my heart to know I had such a good friend that cared about my family. “They’re scared.” I said as my voice began to tremble. “If he keeps his promise, my parents…my aunts…my uncles…they’re all going to be rounded up…and then…” I couldn’t finish the sentence. I didn’t want to even imagine what would happen to them. As I started to tear up, Agatha wrapped her arm around my shoulders to comfort me.
“Everything is going to be okay, Cristina.”
“How do you know that? You don’t know that, Agatha!”
“I know if he tries anything crazy, the people won’t stand for it.”
“The people? Are you fucking kidding me?! The people are the ones who just elected a racist, sexist, xenophobe as our next president! What the fuck is wrong with our country?!” I shouted as tears began to roll down my cheek. Agatha pulled out a tissue from her pocket and gently wiped away the tears on my eyes and cheek.
Help support the publication of Forum Magazine, City College of San Francisco’s literary journal. Members from the community will be reading poetry, and all donations are appreciated. Food and drinks are free but limited, and available for purchase.
by Cindy Powers
“I wish we’d never stepped foot in this old house.”
“You wanted to come here.”
“Well, it’s supposed to be, you know, special.”
by Robert Castellano
The face of the old
man is a mask
which his eyes are ill-
fitted to see
the holes cut for them
“The Mask,” by Robert Castellano originally published in City Scriptum ([Forum] 1989, City College of San Francisco).
We want to thank all who attended our reading on Tuesday at the Mission Campus with poet Javier Zamora! I think the students really appreciated meeting someone who they could see themselves in—young, down to earth, funny, casual, uncertain, honest—who is also an accomplished writer and educator. Thank you, Javier, for coming and we look forward to the next time!
The Jane Underwood Poetry Prize Open to Submissions!
Currently in its inaugural year, The Jane Underwood Poetry Prize was established to celebrate and memorialize Jane Underwood, both founder and long-time director of The Writing Salon, who passed away in 2016.
Open to all California poets, the prize is awarded for a single poem. For a fee of $15, contestants may submit one entry of up to three poems. The submission deadline is November 1, 2017 and the winner (and finalists) will be announced in January 2018. The prizewinner will receive an award of $250, publication of the winning poem at The Writing Salon’s website, and an invitation to do a featured reading at The Writing Salon in San Francisco. The judges for this year’s contest are Julie Bruck, Alison Luterman, and Kathleen McClung. To submit to the prize and for more information, visit https://www.writingsalons.com/awards-resources/jane-underwood-poetry-prize/.
The Writing Salon, founded by Jane Underwood in 1999, is a creative writing school for adults. We run creative writing courses from two locations, one in San Francisco and one in Berkeley, in addition to online classes. With our faculty of highly skilled and knowledgeable writers, The Writing Salon offers classes across a wide range of subjects, genres, and experience levels. (The Writing Salon)
The European Refugee Crisis: Havarie and the Art of Slow Cinema
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema (2550 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110) 6:00PM-8:45PM, October 13, 2017
Moderator: Nilgun Bayraktar
Participants: Merle Kröger, Philip Scheffner
Goethe-Institut San Francisco presents a reading with Merle Kröger (Radio Bremen Crime Novel Award 2015 / German Crime Novel Award 2016) and a film screening with Philip Scheffner in collaboration with the Litquake Festival and the Center for the Art of Translation.
Inspired by a short cellphone video of a raft of refugees, shot by a tourist from the deck of a cruise ship, Merle Kröger and Philip Scheffner created both a feature film and a novel, Havarie (Collision). Scheffner’s film loops the original clip into a haunting 90-minute “slow cinema” hallucination and meditation on the nature of refugees, while Kröger’s book unspools a crime story from the same collection of characters. Kröger reads from her book, followed by a screening of Havarie, and then an onstage discussion with both Kröger and Scheffner. Moderated by CCA film professor Nilgun Bayraktar. (LitQuake 2017)
Javier Zamora was born in El Salvador and immigrated to the United States as a boy. He earned a BA from UC Berkeley and an MFA at NYU and is a 2016-2018 Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford. Unaccompanied is Zamora’s first poetry collection. His poetry has been featured in numerous magazines and he has received multiple honors including a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship.