News and Upcoming Events:

November 3, 2014 - Reading at Book Passage in San Francisco


On November 3rd at 6 p.m., Catamaran will host a reading at Book Passage in the San Francisco Ferry Building.  Authors will include:  Tom Christensen, Barbara Tannenbaum, Stephen Woodhams, and Jane Vandenburgh. Come out to enjoy the brilliant work of Catamaran’s talented writers!  

September 10, 2014 - It's Award Season At Catamaran: Celebrating Karen Joy Fowler, Eva Saulitas, Ursula Le Guin, John Moir and Octavio Solis

Karen Joy Fowler has been short listed for the Man Booker Prize--for her beautiful novel We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, part of which appeared in Catamaran Literary Reader, Spring 2013! The Man Booker Prize announcement is here!

The Best American Essays 2014 cites Eva Saulitis for her essay "Nonexistent Black and White Photograph" published in Catamaran Literary Reader, Spring 2013! One of the "Notable" essays of the year!

The Best American Essays, published by Houghton Mifflin, features a selection of the year’s outstanding essays, essays of literary achievement that show an awareness of craft and forcefulness of thought. Hundreds of essays are gathered annually from a wide assortment of national and regional publications. You can learn more about them here.

Ursula K. Le Guin, whose short story "The Jackson Brothers" appeared in Catamaran's sixth issue, has just been awarded one of literature's highest honors - the 2014 medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. Congratulations Ursula! See the announcement here!

More exciting news for Catamaran! John Moir's essay "Nature's Blinded Visionaries" from our Spring 2013 issue has been named a Notable Essay of the year in The Best American Science and Nature Writing, 2014! Find out more here!

And Octavio Solis, published in our Spring 2014 issue, has just received the Pen Center Award for Drama!

Saturday, November 8th 2014

Save the date! Come to Catamaran’s 2nd annual Anniversary Art and Jazz Gala at The R. Blitzer Gallery on November 8th! The work of over 20 Catamaran artists will be on display as we celebrate with food, wine and live jazz. Tickets go on sale in September!

Saturday, August 2nd, 2014

On August 2nd from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Catamaran's editorial crew and major donors will enjoy a reception and literary reading at the Santa Cruz harbor including a one hour "Catamaran on the Catamaran" sail around the bay. If you join our crew by donating at the Mariner, Navigator or Skipper level, you are invited to our second annual O’Neill Catamaran Sail!

Friday, August 1st 2014 


Save the date for The Tannery Arts Center’s next First Friday on August 1st! All artistic organizations and projects based at the Tannery will hold an open house from 6-9 p.m. Stop by the Catamaran office and celebrate the arts with us! 

Sunday, July 27th 2014


On July 27th at 6 p.m., Catamaran will host a local reading at Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing’s taproom and beer gardenWe will feature a group of our locally based Catamaran contributors in the same time slot as Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing’s recently concluded “Alehouse Narratives” spoken word series! Come out and support the talented voices of Catamaran and Santa Cruz!

Friday, July 25th 2014

Catamaran will host a reading at the new Treasure's Roadhouse in Corralitos on Thursday, July 24th! There will be a reception from 7-7:30 p.m. and readings from contributors from our sixth issue at 7:30 until 8:30! We hope to see you there! 

Saturday, June 21st 2014

Come join Catamaran Literary Reader at the Tannery for the annual Tanniversary Art Festival. The event begins at 3 p.m. and will continue until midnight. In celebration, Catamaran will be hosting a special art show in our studio featuring French artist, Katell Le Bourdonnec. A contributor to the sixth issue of the publication, Le Bourdonnec's technique consists of a blend of collage and acrylics and incorporates a range of materials. In addition, each issue of Catamaran Literary Reader will be on display and available for purchase. Feel free to stay and enjoy the surrounding events as well, including live music, open studios, and art demonstrations. We look forward to seeing you!

Thursday, May 22nd 2014

Catamaran Literary Reader is proud to present a reading hosted at Bookshop Santa Cruz and beginning at  7:30 p.m. The featured reading is in celebration of local writers in our recent issues. This event will include the 2014 George Hitchcock Memorial Poetry Prize winners Kathryn de Lancellotti and Dina Marshalek. Come and help us celebrate our local talent!

Tuesday, May 6th 2014

Nathaniel Mackey, a former University of California Santa Cruz professor, Catamaran contributor, and author of many books of poetry, prose, and criticism, has won the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize for 2014! This highly renowned award, which grants $100,000 to the recipient, is conferred by the Poetry Foundation on a living poet whose work merits singular acknowledgment. In conjunction with this prize, the Poetry Foundation also featured several of Mackey's poems in the current issue of Poetry magazine. An excerpt from another of his poems, "Song of the Andoumboulou: 122," appears in Catamaran's current issue and can be read here.

Tuesday, May 6th 2014

Catamaran Literary Reader is proudly running a reading and salon style talk hosted at Gabriella Cafe featuring Farnaz Fatemi and Ellen Bass. Gabriella Cafe is located right in the heart of downtown Santa Cruz, and will be serving dinner a la carte from their menu beginning at 6 p.m. Seating for the dinner is limited to 30, and will be handled on a first come, first serve basis. Join us then at 7:30 for a free desert during the readings and salon style talk! The event will run for the duration of three hours, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. To reserve a seat for dinner, please call Paul Cocking at (831)-457-1677. For more information about Gabriella Cafe, visit their website

Saturday, May 3rd 2014

Come join Catamaran Literary Reader at the 2014 Steinbeck Festival hosted at the National Steinbeck Center. We will have a table set up in the rotunda that will be accessible during the conference hours. Come as early as 8 a.m. for a morning social including breakfast and coffee. Stay for other exciting events including book signings and a  tour of the NCS archives.  Also featured, Susan Shillinglaw, Rick Wartzman and Stephen Railton will be giving a talk entitled Why Read The Grapes Of Wrath in 2014. To purchase tickets and for more information please visit The Steinbeck Center website

Thursday, April 10th 2014

Catamaran Literary Reader is proudly hosting a reading at Adobe Books. Located in the beautiful Mission on 24th Street in San Francisco, Adobe Books is a cooperatively run bookshop for the modern era. The reading will feature:
Elizabeth Creely reading Into the Woods
Christine Huffard reading Octopus Lady
Scott Hutchins reading The Evolution of Desire
Stephen Kessler reading The Colossus of North Beach and Micah Perks reading King of Chains
The reading begins at 7 p.m. and will run to approximately 8:30 p.m. We look forward to seeing you there! For more information, visit Adobe Books.

Wednesday, April 2nd 2014

Karen Joy Fowler, a Santa Cruz resident and author of six novels and three collections of short stories, has won the 2014 Pen/Faulkner Award for Fiction for her novel We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves! The award is given annually to a living American writer for the year’s best work of fiction and includes a monetary prize of $15,000 . Fowler’s short story “Primate Study” appeared in Catamaran’s Spring 2013 issue and would later become a chapter of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves. It can be read here.

Thursday, March 27th 2014

La Cena by George Hitchcock

La Cena by George Hitchcock

Catamaran Literary Reader is proud to announce the winners of the the 2014 George Hitchcock Memorial Poetry Prize. Thank you to all the U.C.S.C. students who submitted work to be considered. The winners this year are as follows:
$500 Grand Prize Winner: Kathryn de Lancellotti for her poem Emily Dickinson Got Me Thinking (About God). Kathryn's piece will also be featured in our Spring 2014 issue.
Runner Up: Dina Marshalek for her poem Jug. Dina' piece will soon be featured on our blog page which can be found here.

Friday, March 21st 2014

Catamaran Literary Reader  will be participating in the 3rd Friday event at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History. Come join us tonight from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. to learn more about the printing process. Be sure to check out local artists and writers participating in tonight's event, such as Kevin Devany and Alyssa Young! For more information, visits the Museum of Art and History website.


Sunday, March 2nd 2014


This month, the Santa Cruz based phren-Z Online Literary Magazine featured the editorial staff of Catamaran in their quarterly issue.  A reading took place at Bookshop Santa Cruz this past Sunday evening, March 2nd, featuring the work of Mary Allen, Andrew Beierle, Candace Calsoyas, Alyson Lie, Elizabeth McKenzie, and Catherine Segurson.  

Wednesday, February 26th - March 1st, 2014


The Association of Writers & Writing Programs is holding their annual Conference and Bookfair in Seattle, Washington from February 26th - March 1st, 2014.  Catamaran will be featured in a booth at the bookfair.  Registration is required for attendance.   

2014 AWP Conference and Bookfair

Washington State Convention Center

Seattle, WA

Friday, January 31, 2014


Catamaran contributor John Moir has won the 2014 Eco Arts Award for Creative Excellence, First Place in Literature.  The winning piece, "Nature's Blinded Visionaries: John Muir, E. O. Wilson, and the Sixth Extinction" was featured in our Spring 2013 Issue.  Moir's latest book is titled Return of the Condor:  The Race to Save Our Largest Bird from Extinction.  Read " Nature's Blinded Visionaries" here.

Monday, December 9, 2013


The Book Club of California will host a release party for Catamaran issue 4, from 5–7 p.m., Monday, December 9, 2013. A reception will be followed by readings from Catamaran Issue 4 featured novelist Susan Vreeland and nonfiction author and Stanford professor Hilton Obenzinger. The event is free and open to the public.  The Book Club of California is located at 312 Sutter St. Suite 500 in San Francisco.

The Book Club of California

The Book Club of California

The Book Club of California is a non-profit membership organization founded in 1912. It supports the art of fine printing related to the history and literature of California and the western states of America through research, publishing, public programs, and exhibitions.

The Club is conveniently located near the entrance to Chinatown, in the heart of San Francisco’s chic shopping and museum district, at:

312 Sutter Street, Suite 500 (cross street Grant)
San Francisco, CA 94108

Additional information: Book Club of California

Friday, November 8, 2013


Capitola Book Cafe  will host a release party celebrating the release of Catamaran’s fourth issue at 7 p.m. Friday, November 8, 2013. A reception will be followed by presentations by poets, writers, and artists included in issue 4, featuring Los Angeles poet Sholeh Wolpe, Northern California poet Mary Mackey and Santa Cruz poet Dan Phillips.

Poet Sholeh Wolpe  

Poet Sholeh Wolpe


1475 41st Ave.
Capitola, CA 95010

(831) 462-4415

Capitola Book Café web site.


Friday, November 1, 2013

National Book Award finalist Patricia Smith will read from her work at a celebration of the first anniversary of Santa Cruz-based Catamaran Literary Reader from 6–9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, at the Santa Cruz Institute of Contemporary Art at the Tannery Arts Center, 1050 River Street.

Poet Patricia Smith

Poet Patricia Smith

The author of six critically acclaimed volumes of poetry and a four-time individual winner of the National Spoken Word competition, Smith has been called “a testament to the power of words to change lives.” Her collection Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah received the 2013 Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets for most outstanding book of poetry published in the U.S. in 2012. She is on the faculties of the Stonecoast MFA Program in Creative Writing in Maine, and the MFA program in Creative Writing at Sierra Nevada College.

Smith will be joined on the podium by American Book Award winning author Steven Gutierrez, Santa Cruz poet Alyssa Young, and San Jose poet Renée M. Schell for a celebratory evening honoring Catamaran’s first anniversary and the launch of its fourth issue. A 6:00 pm reception will be followed by readings at 7:00 p.m. as part of the First Friday Art Walk at the Tannery Arts Center.

Friday, Nov. 1, 6–9 p.m. 
Santa Cruz Institute of Contemporary Art
Tannery Arts Center

1050 River Street
Santa Cruz

Saturday, October 19, 2013


Catamaran Literary Reader is participating in Lit Crawl 2013, three-plus hours of live readings of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and more in bookstores, bars, art galleries, restaurants, stores, cafés, a bowling alley, and community spaces in San Francisco on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Come to Red Poppy Art House, 2698 Folsom St., from 8:30-9:30 p.m. as Catamaran Literary Reader celebrates its first year in print with
readings by Bay Area contributors in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Featuring Chana Bloch, Margaret Elysia Garcia, Wallace J. Nichols, Judith Serin, and Alfredo Vea.

• Additional information: Litcrawl web site

Friday, October 18, 2013

Villa Montalvo

Villa Montalvo

Catamaran Literary Reader  will participate in “Eat. Think. Dream.” from 6–9 p.m. Friday, October 18, at Villa Montalvo, Saratoga. The event includes a panel by Spoonwiz food writers and the opening of the exhibition “Mountains in My Spoon,” celebrating the important role of food in our lives. The event is free. Beverages and food prepared by local artisan food makers will be available to sample and purchase. Parking is limited; carpooling is encouraged.

• Additional information: “Eat. Think. Dream.” web site.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

2013 Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival

2013 Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival

Catamaran Literary Reader will participate in the 18th Annual Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival on Saturday, September 28, from noon-4:30 pm at Civic Center Park at the Berkeley Farmers’ Market, Martin Luther King Jr. Way at Center Street. The event is free and accessible via Downtown Berkeley BART.

Join Pulitzer Prize-winning poets Gary Snyder (whose work appeared in the Spring 2013 issue of Catamaran Literary Reader) and Robert Hass, with Brenda Hillman, Matthew Zapruder, Brian Teare, Wang Jiaxin, giovanni singleton, Alan Soldofsky, Barbara Jane Reyes, Ann Fisher-Wirth (The Ecopoetry Anthology), Mary Mackey, Jennifer Elise Foerster, John Shoptaw, Tom Wilson, Chris Olander, and writer Ozzie Zehner (Green Illusions: The Dirty Secrets of Clean Energy and the Future of Environmentalism).

Watershed is presented by Poetry Flash and Ecology Center/Berkeley Farmers’ Market, with co-sponsors Pegasus Downtown and Moe’s Books. A “100 Thousand Poets for Change” event.

Additional information: Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival web site

Catamaran has been accepted as a member of the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses, a 45 year organization and branch of the NEA.  

Catamaran is now a member of CLMP

Catamaran is now a member of CLMP

New Pages reviews Catamaran 

On August 15th, New Pages wrote a review of our third issue.  The review is unique because they discuss the visual art as part of the narrative.

New Pages is an online source for new information on popular Literary Magazines.  Click the link below to read our review. 

New Pages is an online source for new information on popular Literary Magazines.  Click the link below to read our review. 

Thursday August 8th, 7:00 pm

Catamaran reading at Bookshop Santa Cruz featuring summer issue contributors novelist Jane Vandenburgh and poet Samuel Salerno

Come celebrate the release of Issue 3 with contributor Jane Vandenburg as she talks about her newly released book Wrong Dog Dream .  Monterey Bay poet Samuel Salerno will read a selection of his latest poetry.  


Literary Salon    July 28th  6:30pm

Discuss Catamaran, Issue 3

Catamaran Literary Reader is proud to announce its first Literary Salon Event lead by Community Book Group facilitator, Julie Minnis. 

Where:  meet at Catamaran, #113 Tannery Arts Center, 1050 River St., discussion: Tannery Arts Community Room, #114 1040 River St.

Featuring:  Julie Minnis, Facilitator; Catamaran Editors, Catherine Segurson and Elizabeth McKenzie, and Catamaran Issue 3 contributor, RCA O'Neal

We will bring together our editors and featured contributors for an informal discussion about the themes and content of the summer issue of Catamaran Literary Reader. This is a rare opportunity the get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the processes and considerations involved in producing our magazine--and a forum for you to share your thoughts and questions.


RCA O'Neal at the Catamaran SCICA release party

RCA O'Neal at the Catamaran SCICA release party

Join Catamaran at the Tanniversary on June 15th for a reading and reception for contributors to our Summer 2013 Issue. 

Cima Collina Winery will be pouring their excellent wines. Come out and hear readings at 7pm from:

Vito Victor
RCA O'Neal
Zara Raab
Pat Zylius
Steven Haddock

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15 Catamaran Artists on exhibit

Warren Chang, Philip Rosenthal, Andrea Borsuk, Dee Hooker, Sarah Bianco, Joao De Brito, Charles Prentiss, Jean Beebe, Amadeo Bachar, Adrienne Momi, Erika Perloff, Joe Ravetz, Katie Cater, Sandra Ivany, Noelle Correia.

Show: June 7th – June 29th

 Reception: June 11th from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Readings by Alfredo Vea, Vanessa Blumberg, Richard Silberg and more.

R. Blitzer Gallery is located at 2801 Mission St (Mission Extension) on the West Side area of Santa Cruz.



April 03, 2013

Poetry from Catamaran read on KUSP 88.9 "Now's The Time."

 Click here to listen. (Catamaran poetry begins at approximately the 90 minute mark.)

Starting a literary journal is hard enough, but after the Herculean task of getting the first issue has been achieved, there’s the little problem of producing Issue #2. The Central Coast’s admirable Catamaran Literary Reader has successfully risen to the challenge of the Sophomore Effort: Catamaran Number 2 has hit a newsstand near you. Art, fiction, commentary with a distinct California accent.

And poetry. Just like “Now’s the Time,” Catamaran reserves space for poets. Accordingly, all this month of April, we’ll be reading poetry from the new issue on every broadcast. Poets in the Reader include Gary Snyder, Killarney Clary, Aleida Rodríguez, Judith Serin, Cassandra López, Dane Cervine, Judith Barrington, Anya Groner, Beatriz Vignoli, Linda McCarriston, Cassie Premo Steele, and William J. Harris – and I’ll get to as many of them as I can. There’s some really great stuff here. Tune in and celebrate new poetry.

April 04, 2013

Catamaran Reading at Bookshop Santa Cruz

Please help us celebrate the release of the Catamaran Literary Reader Issue 2 with featured writers Chuck Rosenthal, Brynn Saito, and Paul Skenazy.

April 04, 2013 at 7pm
Bookshop Santa Cruz 

March 01, 2013


Second Issue Release Party

Join Catamaran Issue 2 contributors and editors for an evening of readings, music, and art.  From 6-7pm enjoy music from acoustic ensemble Jeff Mireau, view original art from Issue 2, and meet contributors.  From 7-8pm hear readings from Dane Cervine, Patricia Smith, John Moir, Peggy Townsend, and Karen Joy Fowler.  From 8-9pm Dance band Tan of Dreams will perform.  We will have the second issue of Catamaran for sale, plus books, broadsides, posters, and tote bags. Tour the artist studios and relax for dinner and drinks at Rebecca's Cafe at the Tannery!

January 04, 2013

January 18, 2013

Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz, CA

Poetry and Book Arts Extravaganza

Join Catamaran at the MAH for an interactive presentation on magazine printing. The process from design to print will be shown, and editors will talk to patrons about the process. Watch a screening of our video documentary shot at Publication Printers in Denver.

The MAH and Book Arts Santa Cruz are bringing together some of Santa Cruz’s leading book arts artists for this evening extravaganza. These artists will remind you never to judge a book by its cover with workshops that transform the printed page into altered books, book art sculptures, book collage and paper folding books.

Learn the art of paper making, book binding, encaustics and broadside printing.

MAH Events Page

December 16, 2012 (9.00 – 10.00p)

Catherine Segurson on KUSP Radio, 88.9 FM

Catherine Segurson joins Catamaran contributing poet Brynn Saito on the Dennis Morton Poetry Hour.

Listen to the archived show

December 14, 2012

Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz, CA

From Facts to Fiction: A Creative Conversation

What inspired two Santa Cruz authors to take on Madam Lenin and Thorstein Veblen as subjects for literary novels? Join us for a discussion on how history and historical research shaped the latest writing projects of authors Elizabeth McKenzie and Kat Meads.

MAH Events Page


The Catamaran Art and Jazz Gala -  November 8, 2014

Reading at Book Passage in the San Francisco Ferry Building - November 3rd, 2014

The Seventh Issue Release Party At The Radius Gallery

The Inaugural Catamaran Writer's Conference at Pebble Beach - August 13-17, 2014

The Second Annual Catamaran on the Catamaran - August 2nd, 2014

Catamaran's editorial crew and donors took part in a reception and literary reading at the Santa Cruz harbor on August 2nd. Our event included a one hour "Catamaran on the Catamaran" sail on the bay. 

After the cruise, poetry editor Zach Rogow read from our recent issue, local scientist and writer Wallace J. Nichols read from his latest book Blue Mind — which explores the soothing effect water has on the mind — and  local writer Paul Skenazy read an excerpt from his upcoming novel.

Click the image above for a gallery of the day's events!

Octavio Solis Reading at Treasure's Roadhouse, Friday July 25th 

Playwright Octavio Solis gave a dramatic reading from his work-in-progress, "Mother Road," in which he imagines the legacy of Tom Joad 75 years after the publication of "The Grapes of Wrath." The event took place at Treasure's Roadhouse in the hills of Corralitos, just miles from Steinbeck's hometown of Salinas.

The event also included a reading by naturalist Jerry Lawrence and four short documentary clips by P.J. Palmer, who accompanied Solis on his journey and is creating the documentary "The Grapes of Wrath: We Shall Overcome," featuring James Franco and Lois Smith.

Bookshop Santa Cruz

Thursday, May 22nd 2014

Gabriella Cafe

Tuesday, May 6th 2014

Steinbeck Center

Saturday, May 3rd 2014

Adobe Books

Thursday, April 10th 2014

phren-Z Reading at Bookshop Santa Cruz

March 2nd, 2014

2014 AWP Conference

February 26th - March 1st 2014

The Book Club of California Fourth Issue Release Party

December 9, 2013

Capitola Book Café
Fourth Issue Release Party

November 8, 2013

Catamaran’s First Anniversary Gala
Santa Cruz Institute of Contemporary Art

November 1, 2013

photography by Dusty Nelson

Red Art Poppy House 
San Francisco

October 19, 2013

“Eat. Think. Dream.”
 Villa Montalvo, Saratoga

October 18, 2013

18th Annual Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival

September 28, 2013






The large-scale paintings of cover artist Ralph Joachim, at the Tannery World Dance Center

September 14, 2013

Catamaran presents at the Seascape Women in Business Showcase

August 23rd, 2013

Jane Vandenburgh reading at Bookshop Santa Cruz August 8th, 2013

Jane reads from her newly published memoir Wrong Dog Dreams and talks about her life as a writer to celebrate Catamaran Issue 3 which includes her memoir styled elegy about her brother.

Catamaran Salon with Julie Minnis and RCA O'Neal

July 28th, 2013

Catamaran one year anniversary at O'Neill Sea Odyssey Marine Labs

July 27th, 2013

photography by Dusty Nelson


Release Party at SCICA Gallery

June 15th, 2013

Fiction and Poetry Readings at the R.Blitzer Gallery

June 11, 2013

photography by Chip Scheuer 


First Friday Opening

Catamaran Art Show at R.Blitzer Gallery

June 7th, 2013



Catamaran at the 33rd Annual International Steinbeck Festival.

May 4th, 2013


Catamaran Reading at Bookshop Santa Cruz – with Chuck Rosenthal, Brynn Saito, and Paul Skenazy

April 11th 2013.


Catamaran at AWP Conference in Boston March 6-9th 2013. 


Release Party.
Spring 2013 Issue.

April 4th 2013


Molly Gloss Reading.
Bookshop Santa Cruz.
November 19th 2012. 


Release Party.
November 2nd 2012.