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!
If you missed your chance to grab the newest issue, don’t despair! You can pick up your copy, still fresh off the press, from Alley Cat Bookstore and Gallery or the English Lab in the Rosenberg Library at the Ocean Campus.
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!
Check out some pictures from the night.
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.
We had the honor of hosting the Yucatec Mayan poet Pedro Uc Be last night at CCSF’s Mission campus. Mr. Uc Be held an illuminating conversation with us about the aggressive development in the Yucatan peninsula and its effects on the large Mayan population there. He also read three beautiful pieces of poetry in the Yucatec Mayan language and in Spanish. Dr. Steven Mayers translated the conversation and poems into English.
Mr. Uc Be cast light upon the poorly publicized struggle between the Mayan people of the Yucatan and the various forces at play looking to develop their ancestral land for economic gain. Specifically, large corporations and state actors are aggressively pursuing the development of a train that runs right through the jungle of the Yucatan, which would bring with it widespread damage to the ecosystem of these peoples’ homeland. Worse, Uc Be informed us that State actors are blatantly unwilling to investigate the ecological effects of these projects before proceeding. The Yucatec Mayans have a deep connection with the natural environment around them, relying on plants for medicinal, alimentary, and cultural purposes. Such rash development projects will surely be a crippling blow to this indigenous population’s way of life. Please take a look at Mr. Uc Be’s blog for more information and ways to help.
Pedro Uc Be’s blog.
Check him out on Facebook here.
Photos by Tigran Demurjian