LIT NIGHT IS BACK!

Greetings Lit Night Friends,

Monday, May 17, 2021 7:30 PM  9:00 PM

Lit Night will find its way back home to Ocean Ale House!!! Please join us for a refreshing three-dimensional experience!

The theme is Guilt. More details can be found below:

https://www.litnight.org/themes

The sign-up sheet to be a featured reader or to read for the open mic portion will be up soon on the litnight.org website, but if you are eager to stake your spot you can email Chante McCormick (cmmccormi@ccsf.edu).

We will also have Lit Night Anthologies to give to contributors and to sell to anyone who wants one!

Hope to see you next week!

Chanté McCormick
English Faculty
City College of San Francisco

Poetry Reading with Judy Halebsky!

Set your calendar for

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 3:00 PM-4:30 PM PDT!

With a poetry reading from Judy Halebsky, presented to you by The Creative Writing Program at City College of San Francisco!
Attend this poetry reading from the comfort of your own home by accessing the link below!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/poetry-reading-with-judy-halebsky-tickets-142309713183

Who is Judy Halebsky?

Judy Halebsky is the author of three poetry collections—Sky=Empty, Tree Line,and Spring and a Thousand Years (Unabridged)—and the chapbook Space/Gap/Interval/Distance.

 Sky=Empty won the New Issues Poetry Prize, and Space/Gap/Interval/Distance won the Poets-Under-Forty Award from Sixteen Rivers Press. Tree Line was shortlisted for five awards including the Believer Poetry Award and the California Book Award,

Where is she from?

Born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia, she holds an M.F.A. in English & Creative Writing from Mills College and a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from the University of California, Davis.

Has she lived anywhere else?

Judy was on fellowships from the Japanese Ministry of Culture, she spent five years living in Japan, where she trained in Butoh dance and Noh theatre!

How can I receive access to the zoom event?

You can obtain access by clicking on the link below and registering for a ticket, its free! The sale ends April 27, 2021!

More of Judy’s work can be found at: https://judyhalebsky.com/

Where did Kelly wake up and why is there a cat named “Moocher”? Come find out by reading “The Oul Dear” by Wess Phillipson in Forum’s Fall 2020 Fiction!

Kelly blinked her eyes awake, but saw no difference in her vision. The room was absent of light, but she could tell this wasn’t her bed. Being a blackout drunk, she had become accustomed to waking up in strange places; but when she felt the flannel bedding, that’s when she knew she’d hit bottom. Kelly hadn’t slept on wool since she was a child. In fact, from the day she left Ireland and landed in San Francisco, she vowed that she would only ever lay on the finest feathers and softest satins for the rest of her life. Shunning her old rural lifestyle and her “culchie” farm mother who wielded Catholic guilt with all the wrath of the Old Testament. The “Oul Dear.”

……

When she tried to sit up, her head smashed against a low hanging flannel ceiling just above her head and an odd sense of detached relief washed over her. Thank God, she thought, at least I’m in a ……

To find out where Kelly woke up, head on over to Forum’s Fall 2020 Fiction and check out some amazing stories. The “Oul Dear” by Wess Phillipson can be found on page 2, accessed by clicking the picture below

Artwork: Cara Pademica by Vilma M. Ronzon

*Featured photo by Annaleah Gregoire

CCSF’s Creative Writing Program Visiting Writer Series, presents Poet Michael Leong!

Poet Michael Leong

Reading plus Q&A

Thursday, April 8th, 2021

6:00 PM

Free and open to the public

Michael Leong is the author of the critical study Contested Records: The Turn to Documents in Contemporary North American Poetry (University of Iowa Press, 2020) and the poetry books e.s.p. (Silenced Press, 2009), Cutting Time with a Knife (Black Square Editions, 2012), Who Unfolded My Origami Brain? (Fence Digital, 2017), and Words on Edge (Black Square Editions, 2018). His creative work has been anthologized in THE &NOW AWARDS 2: The Best Innovative Writing (Lake Forest College Press, 2013), Best American Experimental Writing 2018 (Wesleyan University Press, 2018), and Bettering American Poetry, Volume 3 (Bettering Books, 2019). His co-translation, with Ignacio Infante, of Vicente Huidobro’s long poem Sky-Quake: Tremor of Heaven was published by co•im•press in 2020. He has received grants from the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Join us on Zoom through Eventbrite

University and College Poetry Prizes with the Academy Of American Poets!

ACADEMY OF AMERICAN POETS

UNIVERSITY AND COLLEGE POETRY PRIZES

Established in 1955, the University and College Poetry Prize program began with ten schools. Today, the Academy of American Poets sponsors over two hundred annual poetry prizes at colleges and universities across the U.S, and has awarded cash prizes to nearly ten thousand student poets since the program’s inception. The recognition winning student poets receive provides important validation. As one student poet, Emily, shared, “As a young poet the prize not only made me feel as if my work had something of value, it made me feel connected with the broader poetic community. It increased my confidence in my writing and encouraged me to continue working at my craft.”

Submissions are accepted March 9- April 20

$100 Prize and National Recognition!

Guidelines:

If you are a currently enrolled City College of San Francisco student, please submit three previously unpublished poems of the highest quality and no more than a page each in length.

Group your submission in a single, typed document with your name, phone number, and email on each page. Include a filled out cover sheet listing your name, address, email address and/or telephone number and titles of your poems and proof that you are enrolled at City College of Spring 2021. See sample cover sheet below.

Also, include your age if you are 23 and under because you will be considered for the Aliki Perroti and Seth Frank Most Promising Young Poet Award.

Email a copy of the poems to akashyap@ccsf.edu

For more information, click on Academy of American Poets Website

Academy of American Poets College Prize Cover Sheet

Applicant’s Full Name:______________________________________

Applicant’s Email Address:_____________________________________

Applicant’s Mailing Address:____________________________________

Applicant’s Phone Number:____________________________________

Title of Poems Submitted:

1.___________________________________________________________

2.___________________________________________________________

3.____________________________________________________________

Proof that applicant is enrolled at CCSF for Spring 2019

List of courses

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Rubber Ducky

Angela Buen Alberto

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Rubber Ducky, Angela Buen Alberto, Digital art

Angela Buen Alberto is a graphic designer and illustrator from the Bay Area. She is currently studying graphic design at CCSF to obtain a certificate. She loves creating amusing, whimsical, sometimes melancholy work, and is heavily inspired by her childhood. You can find her work and more about her on her Instagram: angela.b.alberto 

Spring Submissions Closed;

“Poetry is the shadow cast by our streetlight imaginations.”
― Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Regular submissions for Forum Magazine are closed.

Special flash call of submissions in honor of Lawrence Ferlinghetti due by March 5th, Midnight PST are now closed.

**Photo credit of Lawrence Ferlinghetti is “Happy Birthday Lawrence Ferlinghetti” by Christopher.Michel is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Fiction Reading with Mimi Lok

The Creative Writing Program at City College of San Francisco is delighted to host a reading and discussion with fiction writer Mimi Lok!

Mimi Lok is the author of the story collection Last Of Her Name, published October 2019 by Kaya Press. She is the winner of the 2020 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for debut short story collection, a California Book Award silver medal, and a Smithsonian Ingenuity Award. She is also a finalist for the 2020 National Magazine Award, Northern California Book Award, and CLMP Firecracker Award. Mimi’s work can be found in McSweeney’s, Electric Literature, Lucky Peach, Hyphen, the South China Morning Post, and elsewhere. She is currently working on a novel. Mimi is also the founding director and executive editor of Voice of Witness, an award-winning human rights & oral history nonprofit that amplifies marginalized voices through a book series and a national education program. UK-born and raised, she has lived and worked in China and is currently based in the US.

When

Tue, March 2, 2021
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM PST

Where

Register on Eventbrite to access the Zoom invitation!
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fiction-reading-with-mimi-lok-tickets-142303362187

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Lit Night is back! Have you been churning out poems and stories and essays that you are desperate to share ? Are you perhaps looking for inspiration and a regular meet up with fellow writers?

Next Lit Night fun is March 15th. The theme is PERFECT MATCH.

Visit litnight.org for themes, dates and Zoom links!

Lit Night is every third Monday from 7:30-9:00PM

Come join the fun!

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STATEMENT TO OUR COMMUNITY REGARDING ALAN CHAZARO READING

Alan Chazaro

February 16, 2021

To the CCSF and Forum Community,

The English Department and the Creative Writing program at City College wish to extend our apologies to all of you who attended Alan Chazaro’s poetry reading on Thursday, February 11th. We felt honored to have Alan read for us since, in addition to being a talented poet, he attended community college and went on to write about growing up in the Bay Area as a Mexican American. Alan received the Lawrence Ferlinghetti Scholarship at the University of San Francisco because of his focus on and commitment to social justice issues in America, and it is clear he is someone that many of us can see ourselves in and that he is a truly inspirational man.

In fact, Alan represents much of what we stand for at City College—a commitment to social equity and diversity. We are proud of our tradition of presenting writers of all races, ethnicities, and gender identities. For this reason, the attack on the reading that occurred when a group of intruders disrupted and insulted the poet and viewers, represents an assault on our values. As you may know, the group took over the Zoom screen and projected racist and pornographic images while they verbally attacked all present in the chat. This was a hate filled act that has no place at any college, let alone City College. City College’s Visiting Writers’ Series is about inclusivity and about presenting diverse voices that will help students, faculty, and Bay Area residents build a supportive and inclusive community based on love and acceptance.

We wish to extend deep and heartfelt thanks to Alan Chazaro for the generous gift of his poems and much gratitude to our audience for their patience and support. It was amazing to hear students immediately reject the intruders’ hate and turn to highlighting the connections they could make to his life and poems. It was inspiring to hear many of you mentioning favorite passages.

We strongly condemn these racial attacks on our presenter and audience members. After reflecting on the intrusion, we have made the following changes to how our online Visiting Writers’ Series events will be managed:

· All participants will be muted throughout the events and will be individually unmuted if they have raised their hand during the Q and A.

· Participants will not be able to change their screen names during an event.

· Participants will not be able to screenshare.

· At least one faculty member will manage the waiting room and settings while another hosts the event.

· All faculty hosting or cohosting a reading will be trained to manage disruptions.

· Chat may be restricted to the host only and disabled entirely if abused.

· Removed participants will not be able to rejoin the event.

· Members of the public will be required to register for the event with their full name and email address before receiving the Zoom link and password.

· Participants without first and last names in their profile will not be allowed in the meeting.

· Any attendee who attempts to disrupt the event will be reported to Zoom and our IT department as well as CCSF administrators.

We hope that all of you—and anyone who attends any of the English Department’s future events—will feel safe knowing that we have put in place measures to ensure that such intrusion will never occur again. We are dedicated to bringing a diverse range of writers—writers of all races, gender identifications, and religions—who honor inclusivity and the power of literature to bring people together in the spirit of love—and never hate.

Sincerely,

CCSF Creative Writing Program and English Department