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Vol. 6, Issue 1: Winter 2018

Highlights from the Winter 2018 issue:

In this issue of Catamaran, we concentrate on the natural elements and how they guide our everyday lives, examining their destructive and creative powers. One of America's greatest poets and angelic troublemakers Lawrence Ferlighetti shares with us the exquisite, "At Sea." The artwork of Enrique Leal puts us face to face with the beginnings of life, calling us to examine the complexities of newness. Catamaran Writing Conference attendees Billy Baites, Karen Ackland, and Randy Fowler share their stunning prose.  Maggie Paul interviews Paterson Poetry Prize winner Dorianne Laux on her methods of craft and technique. Best American Essays 2016 finalist Richard Lange invites us into the alluring world of birdwatching with, "A Little Extra Weight." Founder of Bookshop Santa Cruz and former Santa Cruz Mayor Neal Coonerty evokes introspection in "A Series of Short Poems."  


Catamaran Center for the Literary Arts

Spring writing workshops at the Tannery Arts Center begin in March


5th Annual Catamaran Writing Conference at Pebble Beach

August 5 - 9, 2018


We invite you to join us at the 5th Annual Catamaran Writing Conference, where you can transform your creative work in the scenic location of Pebble Beach, working with faculty Elizabeth McKenzie for fiction, Joseph Millar for poetry, Pam Houston for nonfiction, and Joan Staffen for a generative writing retreat. For more information and to register, follow the link below.


Catamaran 5th Annual Art Exhibition and Spring Issue Launch

R.Blitzer Gallery, May 2018 


R. Blitzer Gallery 

2800 New Mission St., in Santa Cruz, Westside

Show Opening Friday, May 4th

5:00 - 8:00 pm

Spring Issue Launch, Thurs May 10th

Reception 6:00, Readings at 6:30

Artist Talk and Show Closing, Sat May 26