Events

great events coming up for Forum

Poet Javier Zamora Reads at Mission Campus!

Zamora FlyerJavier 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.

Launch Party at Adobe Books

SO I know I said that I’d have this post up “soon”. A week is “soon”, right?

Anyway. We had some really great moments at the Launch Party. Many many many thanks to Adobe Books for being fabulous hosts. Thanks to the Forum Staff who came early to set up (and to Jeremy Williams, who organized the whole thing). Thanks to Jackie Davis-Martin and Saramanda Swigart for beautiful featured readings. And gigantic thanks to everyone who read, and everyone who came!

Look at all these beautiful, amazing human beings! I hope everyone who came left satisfied, and everyone who didn’t have a chance to come can come see us at the next event~!

Forum Magazine Spring 2017 Launch Party!

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Forum Spring 2017 Launch Party

Adobe Books
3130 24th St, San Francisco, California 94110
May 24, 2017 from 6 PM – 8 PM
Free and open to the public!
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The CCSF Forum Magazine invites you to the Spring 2017 launch party. The night will have readings by contributors, local poets, and an open mic. Copies of our new spring issue will be available for purchase!

Forum Magazine is a student-produced publication of the City College of San Francisco which publishes quality non-fiction, fiction, poetry, and visual arts from across the Bay Area and beyond.

Are you ready for National Poetry Month?

April is National Poetry Month!

NPM was inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996 and established by the League of Canadian Poets in 1998. Over the years, it has become the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture.

In honor of National Poetry Month, Forum Magazine will feature some of our poetry editors’ favorite submissions during April. Consider taking one with you during Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 27th!

And while you’re waiting for some fabulous Forum Magazine work, you can sign up for the Academy of American Poets’ poem-a-day digital poetry series or take a look through Button Poetry’s popular poetry slam videos

If you’re a writer, National Poetry Month (or National Poetry Writing Month) has plenty for you to do– participate in NaPoWriMo.net 30 poems in 30 daysTiferet Journal’s Poem-A-Thon (if you don’t want to write, consider sponsoring a poet), Apiary Lit presents: a 30/30 Online Writing workspace, or join 30/30 Poetry 2017 on Facebook.


And, as always, whenever you write a poem, story, take a picture, or create a piece of artwork, submit it to submissions@forumccsf.org for consideration on the Forum Magazine Blog. Please make sure to follow all submission guidelines.

Happy UN World Poetry Day!

decision to proclaim 21 March as World Poetry Day was adopted during UNESCO’s 30th session held in Paris in 1999.

One of the main objectives of the Day is to support linguistic diversity through poetic expression and to offer endangered languages the opportunity to be heard within their communities.

The observance of World Poetry Day is also meant to encourage a return to the oral tradition of poetry recitals, to promote the teaching of poetry, to restore a dialogue between poetry and the other arts such as theatre, dance, music and painting, and to support small publishers and create an attractive image of poetry in the media, so that the art of poetry will no longer be considered an outdated form of art, but one which enables society as a whole to regain and assert its identity.

The selection of poetry below is not even a scratch at the surface of poetry all over the world.  Take a moment to think about how you feel, talk and write about poetry. Poetry can be heartwarming, sublime, hilarious and political all at once.

What do you like about it? What don’t you like? What inspires you?

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CCSF’s Creative Writing Program Presents: Q.R. Hand

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Poetry Reading by Q.R. Hand

Rosenberg Library Room R305
February 21, 2017 12:40-2:00
Free and open to the public!

Q.R. Hand, Jr. Originally published in the 1968 classic, Black Fire: An Anthology of Afro American Writing, he is the author of three poetry books, i speak to the poet in manhow sweet it is and whose really blues, new & selected poems . He has recently been anthologized in The Outlaw Bible in American Poetry, An Eye For An Eye Makes the Whole World Blind, Poets on 9/11, and New American Underground Poetry.

This reading is being sponsored by the Concert and Lecture series as part of the African American History Month celebration.