CCSF’s literary magazine Forum invites you to their Fall 2017 launch party! The night will feature an open mic, as well as readings by contributors and local poets, including San Francisco’s own Poet Laureate, Kim Shuck. We will also be announcing the winners of our nonfiction and visual arts contests. Jazz accompaniment will be provided by CCSF’s Jazz Musicians Club. Copies of our new Fall issue will be available for purchase.
All are welcome to enjoy refreshments, readings, and music!
Forum Magazine is a student-produced publication of the City College of San Francisco and is dedicated to providing a platform for the contemporary, urban voices of our community.
“The Mannequin” by Alex L. Combs
Alex is a queer SF based artist who enjoys drawing comics, portraits of people and animals, and does tattoos. Alex is an anime geek and cat lover and would totally like to make new friends! Find him online at twitter, tumblr, and instagram as ALEXLCOMBS.
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.”