News and Upcoming Events:

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

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