“This is the kinda nothing that folks retire early for.” (Lelonnie Taylor)

Best Interest by Lelonnie Taylor (an excerpt) This is the first story in my creative non-fiction anthology, “Child Who Hurt You?” The full story will be released on my blog, this Christmas. I saw the back of his head and fell in love. It was the only thing I could see when I cocked mine over …

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Screenplay: Out With Italians [Excerpt] by Tony Bianco

OUT WITH ITALIANS FADE IN: EXT. SANTA REY - DAY - ESTABLISHING A small fishing town in the San Francisco Bay Area. December 7, 1941. INT. LINO'S APARTMENT - PARLOR - NIGHT A small, simple apartment. LINO NOCCI, 35, wiry, handsome, a scar along the left half of his jawline, stands staring at his radio. …

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Nonfiction: Mary Szybist, Critically Acclaimed Poet, Graces City College’s Mission Campus by Adina Pernell

Critically Acclaimed Poet Graces City College’s Mission Campus By Adina Pernell Mary Szybist, the second guest in the City College Visiting Writers Series, is a critically acclaimed poet whose numerous awards and accolades include being a Pushcart Prize winner, and whose most recent book “Incarnadine” won the National Book Award for Poetry. “Incarnadine” is a …

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Nonfiction: The Almighty Dollar, by Howard Tharsing

The Almighty Dollar; an essay by Howard Tharsing Yesterday afternoon I walked a block or so to the Dollars and Cents store on Eddy Street between Leavenworth and Jones. I had passed it many times but had not gone in.  It looked small and dark, and the merchandise had been jammed onto the shelves, some …

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Nonfiction: The Moderating Influence of the Other Gender, by Howard Isaac Williams

The Moderating Influence of the Other Gender by Howard Isaac Williams Responding with an anger to exceed that of his adversary, the youth yelled and leaned his taut body toward his foe. The other young man stood his ground and yelled back. If either felt any fear, he showed none and both ignored the earnest …

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An Interview and Novel Excerpt by Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist and Author Jonathan Freedman

Jonathan Freedman is a Pulitzer prize-winning journalist, author, and writing mentor.  His novel, THE LAST BRAZIL of BENJAMIN EAST is being published by Bright Lights Press of Palo Alto.  He graduated from Columbia University, traveled overland from America to Bolivia, and lived in Brazil, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland.  He is married to a physician who conducts …

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Editors Write: Craving IV

Forum Magazine is proud to present to you our fourth installment of "Editors Write," this time Forum's Non-Fiction Editor and Visual Arts Co-Editor, the wonderful Elise Stewart. This piece was inspired by the prompt "craving."  Please take a look, and always feel free to post your own work in the comments section below, or send …

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An Interview with Angie Chau

Interviewed by Katerina Argyres Angie Chau's daring 2010 short story collection, Quiet As They Come, has been adopted for classroom curriculum at universities and high schools across the country--including at our own City College of San Francisco. Finalist for both the Commonwealth Club Book of the Year and the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association Book …

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“Contemplation” by Kaylo X.

Contemplation by Kaylo X. Nic Alea, published in the Fall issue of Forum, wanted to readdress an issue briefly mentioned in our interview. Nic casually responded “Hopefully not for committing suicide” to my question “What do you want to be known for?” I appreciated the candid answer and felt it should be brought to the …

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