About Us

Vol. 4, Issue 1: April 2015

Based in the new Tannery Arts and Digital Media Center Studios, in Santa Cruz, California., we take as our mission capturing the vibrant creative spirit of the West Coast in writing and art from around the world.

Catamaran Literary Reader features fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and the visual arts. The twelfth quarterly issue of the magazine was released in December 2015 and is available now. 

We seek to present diverse national and international voices around the themes of the natural world and the environment, the arts and artistic spirit, and personal journey and freedom. 


At Catamaran Literary Reader, our artistic themes tap into the rich literary history and beautiful setting of the California Central Coast.  We invite you to transform your own creative work in the scenic location of Pebble Beach, a major source of inspiration for writers from John Steinbeck to Robinson Jeffers. The conference will be held on the campus of the Robert Louis Stevenson school, and attendees will meet in the elegant Stevenson classrooms. They will use the commons, theater, and chapel for workshops, lectures, and presentations. The registration fee of  $1250 includes four nights lodging at the Robert Louis Stevenson campus on 17-Mile Drive in a shared room (or a single room for an additional fee), access to the Stevenson dining commons for 12 meals with your fellow attendees, and 4 days of literary workshops in a small group of 12 participants.  Also available are optional daily literary themed excursions, daily instructor lectures, nightly receptions and craft talks, a special guest lecture and student readings, as well as a nightly late-night spoken word salon

For our 2016 Summer Conference, we are asking participants to submit a manuscript of their preferred genre for review and approval by July 15, 2016. Fiction and nonfiction pieces may be short stories or novel excerpts of up to ten pages. Poetry submissions may include up to five poems, not to exceed a complete page count of ten pages.  

The conference will run from July 31 through August 4th, 2016.


June 4th & 5th: Bay Area Book Festival

Catamaran Literary Reader will be at the Bay Area Book Festival, the Bay Area's biggest book festival, taking place on June 4th and 5th. Come out and visit Catamaran as we table in Berkeley's Downtown Arts District!

For more information on the festival, click on the image above.