It’s time for LitQuake , San Francisco’s nine-day literary festival from October 10-October 18th! The city is seething with literary events such as Smart Smut: A Celebration of Baghdad by the Bay Doing the Nasty . Richard Martin, one of Forum’s terrific editors for the Fall 2014 issue, is featured in this NSFW celebration of “bawdy and thoughtful perversions in the sexiest city in the world!” 8:00PM in the Make-Out Room (where else?), 3225 22nd Street.
LitQuake culminates in LitCrawl, with three sessions of readings in just about every venue possible in San Francisco’s Mission District on October 18th. Forum Magazine is thrilled to be included in this year’s festival! Come see more of Forum’s contributors and staff read their work at Mission Pie, 2901 Mission Street, from 8:30-9:30 PM and have a big helping of poetry and fiction with your pie and ice cream! What’s not to love about that?
Come join Steven Mayers to read and discuss the poetry of San Francisco’s first Latino Poet Laureate, Alejandro Murguía! The group will meet on Wednesdays 9/10, 9/17, and 9/24, from 4:30 to 5:30, in the Rosenberg Library at City College of San Francisco, R205E.
On Wednesday, October 1st, at 12:00, CCSF’s Creative Writing Program and Forum Magazine will be hosting a reading with Alejandro Murguía . The reading will be held at the main campus of the City College of San Francisco, in the Multi-Use (MUB) Building, Room 140, at 50 Phelan Ave., San Francisco, located two blocks from the Balboa Park BART station. Limited parking is available on campus. The reading will take place on Wednesday, October 1st, at noon. Seating begins at 11:30. A Q and A session will proceed the reading, with reception to follow. This event is FREE and open to the public.
Murguía’s poems weave together English and Spanish, along with themes such as history, politics, race, culture, and love. His publications include two collections of short stories, Southern Front and This War Called Love, a collection of poetry entitled Stray Poems, and a work of creative non-fiction, The Medicine of Memory. A two-time recipient of the American Book Award, Murguía is a founding member and the first director of The Mission Cultural Center, a founder of The Roque Dalton Cultural Brigade, and co-editor of Volcán: Poetry From Central America. He teaches at San Francisco State University.
The reading will be held at the main campus of the City College of San Francisco, in the Multi-Use (MUB) Building, Room 140, at 50 Phelan Ave., San Francisco, located 2 blocks from the Balboa Park BART station; limited parking is available on campus. The reading will take place on Wednesday, October 1st, at noon. Seating begins at 11:30. A Q and A session will proceed the reading, with reception to follow. This event is FREE and open to the public.
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Thank you so much to everyone who made our Forum Spring 2014 issue launch party such a success! Big thanks especially to: Bird & Beckett Books for so graciously hosting the event in their fabulous bookstore (seriously check it out, it’s amazing!), our contributors for producing all the immensely beautiful content in this issue, to our advisors and staff for putting in the long hours needed to get the work in print, CCSF’s graphics department for dedicating their talents to the layout, and to everyone who came to the launch party to show their support.
A special thank you to Bill McGuire, whose tireless efforts to raise money for the English Department social fund added up to a very generous donation to support our production costs. We still get all teary just thinking about it.
If you’d like to buy an issue of Forum’s Spring 2014 issue, please stop by Bird & Beckett or the CCSF Ocean Campus Bookstore. Each copy is $10, and all profits go toward funding future issues of the magazine.
If you’d like to work for Forum next semester, we’d love to have you! Just apply through CCSF (applications are open to everyone) and register for English 35L. Or, if you’d like to submit your work to be published, please visit our submissions page for more guidelines. The Fall 2014 submissions deadline will be in September.
Have a great summer, everyone! Before you take off to enjoy backyard BBQs and camping trips by the lake, please take a minute check out photos of our launch party over on our Facebook page. Just click the pic below:
The Forum Spring 2014 issue has been published! Please join us for our launch party at Bird & Beckett on Monday, June 9th from 7-8:30 to pick up your copy, take part in an open mic, and for a chance to win some fabulous prizes! Hope to see you all there, and thank you everyone who contributed your work to our magazine. We couldn’t put together such a great publication year after year without you!
Forum Magazine would just like to take a moment to thank the fabulous Kristen Philipkoski, Thomas Sayers Ellis, and Julia Scheeres for their wonderful talk last night on the writing and publishing process! We would also like to thank everyone who came and made the event such a great, informative event. Thank you, everyone! Such a wonderful night! Pictures from the event can be found by clicking below:
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 it to firstname.lastname@example.org, subject heading “Writing Prompt Wednesday.” Thanks, and enjoy!