The Marian Jacobs Literary Forum was established by the Arts Commission to honor its founder and charter chair, Marian Jacobs, and to promote the literary arts in Stockton. It has supported numerous writing competitions, classes and workshops.
Over the years, the Forum has sponsored appearances in Stockton artists, such as Maya Angelou, Michael Chabon, Billy Collins, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Tony Hillerman, Robert Haas, Ken Kesey, Larry McMurtry, Frances Maywes, Richard North Patterson, Isabelle Allende, Peter Matthiessen, Alice Walker, Robert Pinsky, Adrienne Rich, Martin Cruz Smith, Jon Carroll, Julie Smith; filmmakers Michael Moore and Spike Lee; Stockton's own Janet Leigh; Maxine Hong Kingston and many others.
The Forum is currently chaired by Paula Sheil; its committee members are Bruce Crawford, Robert Reinarts, and Tama Brisbane.
The contest offers adults and young people in the community the opportunity to display their talents in writing fiction, non-fiction and poetry. A call for entries is extended in January and responses are reviewed by distinguished members of the literary community. First and second prizes in each age group and genre are awarded and recipients are honored at a reception in the spring.
The Writing Contest has been suspended due to budgetary restraints.
For additional information about the Arts Commission and programs sponsored by the Arts Commission, please contact the City of Stockton Community Services Department.
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This City of Stockton web page last reviewed on --- 5/20/2013