The Forum Fall 2018 Launch Event was held Thursday, December 20th at Alley Cat Books in the Mission.
Forum Faculty Advisers Chante McCormick and John Isles kicked- off the event, thanking the entire Forum Fall 2018 Staff for their dedication in producing a beautiful publication filled with fiction, non-fiction, poetry and visual art. They reminded the attendees of the upcoming Spring 2019 Creative Writing and English Department classes.
Next, Forum General Editor Vincent Calvarese walked the audience through the 4-month journey from submissions to publication. The rest of the Forum staff joined him at the microphone, introduced themselves, and shared their own experience with CCSF’s 81-year-old publication.
After a short break, City College of San Francisco’s Chancellor Mark Rocha spoke to the audience and thanked the Forum staff for their dedication to excellence. He read briefly a fiction story, The Sanctuary, from Forum Magazine. He compared it to CCSF’s policy as an institution of inclusion and safety for all.
The rest of the evening was filled with readings from Forum published authors SF Poet Laureate Kim Shuck, Forum featured poet MK Chavez and Forum published poets Cassandra Dallett, Jennifer Barone and Thea Matthews. There was a raffle held and many participants who purchased a Forum Magazine received published works from the featured guests.
Live music came alive with Forum published non-fiction writer John Paul Krause, known as AEon Flow.
Food was supplied by Morning Due Cafe and libations from Doug Salin.