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!
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.
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.
Wow! We had an amazing turn out at our Fall 2019 Launch Party last week. The back room of Alley Cat Books was full to the brim. We got to hear some of the amazing local voices published in print and on the blog and some spontaneous Open Mic readers from our CCSF community. All the literary fun was accompanied by delicious food and drinks. We also got a chance to see some of the impressive short films that we’ll be publishing on the blog–stay tuned!
Also, Forum magazine is an entirely student-produced magazine. The Forum class is just one of many creative writing classes offered by the English department at CCSF!
Looking for a certificate? Taking the Forum class and others like it will get you the Creative Writing Certificate. You can get more information here. Check out the Spring 2020 schedule, and register for some classes! We’ll see you in the spring!
Finally, many thanks are due to those who made this issue so beautiful, inspiring, and memorable. Thank you to the entire Forum team, our hardworking editors, our even harder working instructors, and especially our Visual Media Design partners. But most of all, thank you to all the creators out there who let us publish your work. This wouldn’t be possible without you!
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!