poetry

Jane Underwood Poetry Prize

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The Jane Underwood Poetry Prize Open to Submissions!

Currently in its inaugural year, The Jane Underwood Poetry Prize was established to celebrate and memorialize Jane Underwood, both founder and long-time director of The Writing Salon, who passed away in 2016.

Open to all California poets, the prize is awarded for a single poem. For a fee of $15, contestants may submit one entry of up to three poems. The submission deadline is November 1, 2017 and the winner (and finalists) will be announced in January 2018. The prizewinner will receive an award of $250, publication of the winning poem at The Writing Salon’s website, and an invitation to do a featured reading at The Writing Salon in San Francisco. The judges for this year’s contest are Julie Bruck, Alison Luterman, and Kathleen McClung. To submit to the prize and for more information, visit https://www.writingsalons.com/awards-resources/jane-underwood-poetry-prize/.

The Writing Salon, founded by Jane Underwood in 1999, is a creative writing school for adults. We run creative writing courses from two locations, one in San Francisco and one in Berkeley, in addition to online classes.  With our faculty of highly skilled and knowledgeable writers, The Writing Salon offers classes across a wide range of subjects, genres, and experience levels. (The Writing Salon)

D.A. Powell Poetry Reading @ Mission Campus Thursday March 19th

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Please join Forum and City College’s Creative Writing department for a night of Poetry with D.A. Powell. The reading will be held at The Mission Campus(22nd and Valencia) Room 107/108. The reading will be followed by an Open Mic with beverages and food.

Forum Magazine Presents…Fiction and Poetry from CCSF at Lit Crawl 2013.

For the first time ever, Forum Magazine will have a presence at Lit Crawl!  Our readings will take place at the Latin American Club (3286 22nd St.) from 6pm to 7pm, and feature artists from our Fall 2012 and Spring 2013 issues including Charlotte Hull, Real Lapalme, Seth Luther, Natalie Saunders, John Silverman, and Jerome Steegmans.

If you don’t already know about it, Lit Crawl is a citywide event during which venues such as art galleries, bars, bookstores, bowling alleys, cafes, community spaces, restaurants, stores, and even police stations host simultaneous live readings around the city in just over three hours.  In some cases, artists can show up to read their fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and more at these venues to live audiences from their areas.  (Hint: Look for the ‘Open Mic’ listings!)  So whether you’re an artist, a connoisseur of art, or both you can get something out of it.  Each and every event is free, though they will be accepting donations and every little bit helps! 

For more information, please follow the above link.  We hope to see you there!  

Vicious, You Hit Me With A Flower by Natalie Saunders

VICIOUS, YOU HIT ME WITH A FLOWER
-Lou Reed. “Vicious”. Transformer

by Natalie Saunders

Poetry, like an essay or any piece of writing partaking of both literary composition and a theme of nature is green literature. Poetry differs, but only slightly in it’s presentation, from other forms of literary work. Usually, poetry incorporates rhythm and metaphor, and is both song and speech. Poetry’s sonic aspect allows the author to add stress on particular words by their placement or repetition. Punctuation can also be used to add stress on particular words or syllables. What constitutes a poem? And is a nature poem the same as a green poem? My theory is green literature is a message to humanity that asks that we recognize ourselves in the text and put an end to the desecration of nature. Some poems are meant for us to marvel at nature’s beauty and not a call for action. While it may not be the author’s intention, the appreciation of the imagery in their nature poem can influence our action. Poets can document their story differently than other fiction. Similarly, short stories manifest their green agenda more concisely than a novel. The elements of fiction in poetry are not always as blatant and at times can be abstract. Still the elements of fiction: setting, character/characterization, climax, plot, and theme that we’ve seen in various forms are present in poetry as they are in other forms of literature. Structure and a theme of nature constitute green literary composition. How the author illustrates their green theme (short story, essay, poem, novel) is a matter of preference. What’s important is that we recognize our relationship with nature. In this essay are three original poems that reflect on humanity’s nature (wicked, remorseful and speculative at times about the consequences of our endless invention), in three different styles that will be explained by their inspiration and relation to green literature.

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Speak To Me: Poetry From Survivors

Speak To Me: Poetry For Survivors

SPEAK TO ME: POETRY FROM SURVIVORS

Thursday, October 25
Ocean Campus
Cloud Hall Reading Garden
(Between Science and Cloud Halls at the Flagpole Plaza)

11 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

Join us for a free public poetry reading addressing domestic and sexual violence.

Refreshments will be provided.

Persons requiring disability-related accommodations for this event should contact Disabled Student Programs and Services at (415)452-5481. Please allow for 72 hours advance notice.

For more information and/or questions, please call (415) 239-3899.

This event was made possible by your $5 student activities fee.

Sponsored by Poetry for the People and Project SURVIVE and Associated Students.

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A Reading at L’s Caffe (May 31st (Updated!)

L’s Caffe have been kind enough to sponsor a reading/fundraiser for Forum.

Reading will be crime novelist and teacher Seth Harwood and poets Nic Alea and Aimee Suzara and possibly others (watch for updates). There will also be the usual open mic, maybe a raffle and, excitingly, the latest issue of Forum will be out so you’ll have your first chance to see (and/or purchase) the latest batch of poetry, prose and art from the CCSF community.

Thursday, May 31

L’s Caffe

2871 24th Street, SF CA
between Bryant + Florida

at 6:30 pm

Another Forum Reading

Benjamin Bac Sierra author of the novel Barrio Bushido and poet Athena Kashyap whose work has appeared in Noe Valley Voice, Spork, The Fourth River and many others will be reading this coming Monday, May 7  in Visual Arts 114.  There will also be standard reading fare — an open mic as well as food and drink and a raffle.  Hope to see you there.