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.


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