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Forum’s Open Mic: Recap and Pictures

Last Wednesday evening we had a blast at Forum’s Open Mic and Sneak Peek Fundraiser. We had the honor of hearing from our always impressive and always talented community of readers, some of whom read from their pieces being published in Forum’s next issue! Thank you to all our readers for sharing and to all of those who helped make this a wonderful night. Team work makes the dream work!

Missed it? Come to the Forum Launch Party on December 18th, 6-9pm at Alley Cat Book Store!

Catch a few action shots of our readers, and one of the Forum team!

Photos ©Tigran Demurjian





We have the immense honor of hosting Tommy Orange, Pulitzer Prize Finalist and author of There, There, at CCSF’s Ocean Campus. Come join Forum for the unique opportunity to hear a local author speak about this beautiful novel, on Wednesday Novemeber 20th, from 10:30 to 12:30, @ the Diego Rivera Theater at the Ocean Campus.

From the City College website:

“Tommy Orange is the author of There There, a multi-generational, relentlessly paced story about a side of America few of us have ever seen: the lives of urban Native Americans. Pulitzer Prize Nominee and one of The New York Times’ top books of 2018, There There shows us violence and recovery, hope and loss, identity and power, dislocation and communion, and the beauty and despair woven into the history of a nation and its people. Orange talks about his craft, the writing process, and Native American history and culture, often meticulously researched visual presentations.”

Members of the Forum team will be there! Stay tuned for a recap and pictures!

The event is free and open to the public.


Big News: Now Accepting Video Submissions!

The Forum team is excited to announce that we’re embarking on a new chapter in the life of the magazine, and we want you to be part of it!

In addition to the visual art and writing being published in print, Forum magazine is now accepting video submissions to be published on our blog.

Videos are dynamic pieces of visual art that add another dimension to the artistic and literary discussions that Forum helps foster in the greater CCSF community. The submission form and guidelines can be found at []

Deadline: Tuesday, November 26th, 2019

Anyone can submit one (1) video entry about any subject of their choosing, at a maximum length of 10 minutes.

If your entry is selected, you will receive the following:
(1) Acknowledgment inside of Forum’s print publication
(2) Acknowledgment on Forum’s official blog at []
(3) A complimentary issue of Forum magazine
(4) The opportunity to screen your video at Forum’s Launch Party on Wednesday, December 18th

For any questions, please contact Forum’s Editors, Francesca Bavaro [] and Loretta Bonifacio [].

Thank you for supporting Forum and letting us have the honor of featuring your voices! We look forward to viewing your work!

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Forum Open Mic and Fundraiser

Hey guys!! Our official fundraiser and open mic event is happening next wednesday from 6:30-8:30 on the City College Mission Campus in room 109. The open mic is on a first-come-first-serve basis and has a 4-minute limit, so plan wisely. Everyone and anyone is welcome to join us! Come share your work with us and have a great evening! Food and drinks will be served 🙂 Hope to see you there!

Forum Open Mic - November 13

Author Reading: Carolina de Robertis

Join us at for a reading from Carolina De Robertis’ new novel Cantoras and a discussion about writing and its relationship with social change.

Monday, Novemeber 4th, from 1-2:30pm @ the Rosenberg Library at Ocean Campus, room 305.

Free and open to the public!

More about De Robertis:

A writer of Uruguayan origins, Carolina De Robertis is the author of the novels Cantoras, The Gods of Tango, Perla, and the international bestseller The Invisible Mountain. She is also an award-winning translator of Latin American and Spanish literature, and editor of the anthology Radical Hope: Letters of Love and Dissent in Dangerous Times, which features essays by leading thinkers and writers in response to the shifting political atmosphere in the U.S. In 2017, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts named De Robertis on its 100 List of “people, organizations, and movements that are shaping the future of culture.” She teaches fiction and literary translation at San Francisco State University, and lives in Oakland, California, with her wife and two children. Untitled-design-2-1

Poetry Reading: Joseph Lease

Join us tomorrow night at the Mission Campus at 6pm for a reading featuring Joseph Lease.

His critically acclaimed books of poetry include The Body Ghost (Coffee House Press, 2018), Testify (Coffee House Press, 2011), and Broken World (Coffee House Press, 2007). Lease’s poems “‘Broken World’ (For James Assatly)” and “Send My Roots Rain” were anthologized in Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology. Lease’s poem “‘Broken World’ (For James Assatly)” was anthologized in The Best American Poetry (Robert Creeley, Guest Editor). His poem “Free Again (Why don’t people)” was published in The New York Times.

Of The Body Ghost, David Shapiro wrote: “When I was very young, my father a ‘skin doctor’ would show gleaming models of body parts at medical fairs. They frightened my sisters but they were also illuminations of a whole world. Joseph’s poems are like these terrifying wholes/holes. They travel into us. Joseph has been 2 making an American Buddhist poetry, and he is as maximalist as flesh and bone. He gives me the sensation that poetry is in gleaming hands, healing and grasping and letting go. He is the future of poetry.”

CCSF’s Mission Campus, 1125 Valencia St., Room109
October 17, 2019 6:00-8:00 PM


Lit Night!

Come to Ocean Ale House on October 21st for another Lit Night! Event runs from 7:30-9:00. Open to all ages!

Theme: Secrets are sometimes necessary to protect ourselves or others. Sometimes secrets are used to hide something that should be told. Tell us about a time you or your characters shared a secret they never expected to share or kept a secret they never intended to hold so close.


Author Reading Tonight: Sehba Sarwar, Fan Wu, and liz gonzález

Come to the San Francisco Library’s Main Branch tonight for readings and book signings from three female authors with diverse cultural backgrounds: Sehba Sarwar, Fan Wu, and liz gonzález.

The event is happening at the Chinese Room at the Main library tonight, Thursday 10/10 from 5:30-7:00. The Main Library is in downtown San Francisco, right off Market street and next to Civic Center BART.

From the SFPL’s website:

“This literary event celebrates women of color authors, who will be reading from and talking about their writing and how their various backgrounds influence their creative works. Award-winning Pakistani writer and artist, Sehba Sarwar, will read from her recently-published debut novel Black Wings. This book is about a story of a mother and daughter who struggle to meet across the generations, cultures and secrets that separate them. Bay Area-based writer Fan Wu will read from her critically acclaimed novels including Beautiful as Yesterday, a book about two sisters who were born and brought up in China and now reside in the United States. Her writing explores the impact of history and memories on one’s life. And fourth-generation Southern Californian liz gonzález will share from her multi-genre collection Dancing in the Santa Ana Winds. Her book explores memories, pivotal experiences and cultural influences that shaped her when growing up as a nontraditional Catholic Mexican American in San Bernardino.

A book sale and signing will follow the event.”

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