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Founded in 2011, we published our first issue in the Fall of 2012. And now, here we are with many more magazines, hundreds of contributors, successful writing conferences, numerous literary salons, readings, workshops, art openings, book fairs, and, finally, the Catamaran poetry prize, the recipient of which will be awarded the publishing of a book length collection of his or her poetry. 

Our mission has grown from the simple publication of a literary magazine to the active promotion of art and literature. Our literary salons draw community members into lively discussions of the craft and the themes of our authors. Our gallery openings help publicize the artists who appear in each issue. Our writing conferences and craft workshops provide a welcoming and stimulating environment for new and emerging talent. 

We are also proud of our contributors’ successes—every year essays from our magazine go on to win awards and honorable mentions.  We need your continued support more than ever in order to continue to fund all these successes. Please consider giving at any of the rates below and know that you’ve helped us to fulfil our mission and have secured our place in the cultural landscape


Make a donation to Catamaran Literary Reader.  Catamaran is a 501c-3 Nonprofit Arts organization (tax ID 45-5153607), and all donations are fully tax deductible.

$50 become a Shipmate and your name will be listed as a donor in the masthead. 

$100 become a regular member of the Racing Crew listing in the masthead and receive a signature Catamaran logo book bag.

$250 become a special member of the Racing Crew listing in the masthead and receive a signature Catamaran logo book bag with 2 rare back issues


$500 become a member of the Mariner listing in the masthead and receive invitation to our annual donor appreciation sail on the O'Neill Catamaran.

$2500 become a member of the Navigator listing in the masthead and receive a limited edition fine arts broadside plus the above.  Our fine arts broadsides are created for each issue from a poem appearing in Catamaran. They are hand typeset on fine arts paper, hand printed on a Vandercook press, and signed by the poet in limited editions of 50.  Past broadside poets include Gary Snyder, Billy Collins, Paul Muldoon, and Robert Bly. 

$5000 become a member of the Skipper listing in the masthead and receive all of the above plus a subscription to our limited edition fine arts broadside series.