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Shake Off The Dust for City College’s Lit. Mag.

By Barbara Muniz

Remember your New Year’s resolution to dig out your artwork and finally show it to the public? Now is the time.

Forum, City College’s literary magazine, invites contributors to submit poetry, photography, stories, screenplays, music, creative nonfiction, and/or visual art. Selected work will be exhibited in their semiannual publication. Their website provides all the nits and bits on how to submit and upload your creation for magazine editors to evaluate.

Since its debut in 1937, the periodical has been produced by City College students. “We practically do everything here in Forum Magazine except the binding of the pages,” Professor Steven Mayers said. “Students learn how to copy edit, market, design the layout, fundraise as well as web publish and participate in all the phases of the production process to not only launch the printed work but also to promote it to the public.”

“Students learn how to copy edit, market, design the layout, fundraise, as well as publish, and participate in all the phases of the production process.”

-Professor Steven Mayers

Forum Magazine is a vehicle for students to expose their work. It is also open to former students, teachers, staff and anyone associated with City College. Now on volume eight and released twice a year during spring and fall, the periodical also has an online presence and a digital version available.

John Isles and Steven Mayers co-teach English 35 intro and intermediate literary magazine classes which  is part of the English department’s certificate program in creative writing. In addition, students also become members of the Forum Literary Magazine Club.

Professors Isles and Mayers invite literary icons to include their pieces and participate in readings. Two such icons are fiction writer and poet Alejandro Murguía, chair of the City College Latina/Latino Studies Program as well as the current Poet Laureate of San Francisco. Another is University of San Francisco professor D.A. Powell also an internationally acclaimed poet.

Contributors may submit more than one piece, uploaded individually. The deadline is Feb. 23, 2016, but the earlier the better in case the organizers need additional details.

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