Upcoming Events 2017

Friday, 10 November: Fall Issue Readings and Reception 

Radius Art Gallery at the Tannery,1050 River St #127, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Reception 6:00, Readings 6:30

Readings by: 

Justin J. Allen, Abby Caplin, Anne Cheilek, Karen Joy Fowler,

 Steven Nightingale, RCA O’Neal,Christina Waters


October 6th: Lit Chat with Charles Hood

Tannery Arts Center, Studio #118

Reception 6:00, presentation and talk 6:30

Book signings for:

A Californian's Guide to the Birds Among Us


July 19th: Summer Issue Launch at Bookshop Santa Cruz

Reception at 6:30, readings at 7:00

Poets Stephen Kessler and Sonja Swift, Fiction author Ed Porter, Nonfiction author Cheryl Chaffin,
and UCSC Hitchcock prize winner Cristina Adams will read from their work.

1520 Pacific Avenue in Santa Cruz


June 6: Dinner and Literary Salon with Michele Bigley at Gabriella Cafe

Dinner at 6:00 followed by an author talk

Located at 910 Cedar St. in Santa Cruz

Reservations at Gabriella Cafe, 831 457-1677


Michele Bigley is the author of several travel guide books including the award-winning Northern California: An Explorer's Guide, Backroads & Byways of Northern California, Backroads & Byways of Hawaii, and others. She teaches creative writing at UCSC, and contributes travel writing to The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Boston Globe and others. 


June 3-4th: Bay Area Book Festival, Catamaran Booth 61

Bay Area Readers, Come Visit Catamaran Editors in Booth 61 on Saturday and Sunday 10:00 - 6:00

Special offers on subscriptions, back issues, and our annual conference 



May 27th: Catamaran Art Show Closing Reception and Artist Talk

R. Blitzer Gallery, 2810 Mission St. Ext. in Santa Cruz

Closing Reception: 3:00-5:00, Artist Talk 3:30-4:00

Artist Talk: Milo Reice, Frank Galuszka, Allison Carillo, Christina Waters, Chip Scheuer, and Stuart Presley 



May 9th: Spring Issue Release Event and Readings

Colligan Theater stage at the Tannery Arts Center, 1010 River St. in Santa Cruz

Reception 6:00, readings 6:30



May 5th: Opening, 4th Annual Catamaran Art Show at R.Blitzer Gallery

Opening Reception First Friday, 5:00 - 9:00pm

Art Exhibition open for the month of May

Closing Reception and Artist talk, May 27th, 3-5pm



Friday May 5th: Lit Chat with Charles Hood

Tannery Arts Center,Studio #118

6:00 - 8:00 pm, reception followed by talk at 6:30



MAY 2: Literary Salon with David Sullivan at Gabriella Cafe

Dinner at 6:00 followed by talk

Gabriella Cafe, 910 Cedar St., Santa Cruz, Reservations required, seating limited



April 22-23: Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

Catamaran at Booth 34, University of Southern California Campus

Saturday and Sunday 10:00am to 6:00pm



April 7th: Lit Chat with Catamaran author Wallace Baine

First Friday at the Tannery Arts Center

1050 River St.,Studio 118,in downtown Santa Cruz

6:00 Reception, 6:30 - 7:00 Lit Chat, 7:00 - 7:30 book signing


  March 30th: 5th Year Kick-Off and Winter Issue Readings 

The University Club, 800 Powell St., in San Francisco

6:00 Reception, followed by readings from 6:30-7:30 in the Press Club Room

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March 2nd: Lit Chat with Catamaran contributor Chuck Rosenthal

First Friday at the Tannery Arts Center, 1050 River St., Studio 118, in downtown Santa Cruz

6:00 Reception, 6:30 - 7:00 Lit Chat, 7:00 - 8:00 book signing


Novelist Chuck Rosenthal will discuss his new book The Legend of La Diosa. 

"Chuck Rosenthal is one of the most original voices of our time. In his narratives, the demarcations between fact, fancy, dream and song are by turns obliterated and renegotiated. The Legend of La Diosa is an incredibly beautiful love story. It is also a wry sendup of the worst of American poetry, the wretched 'po biz.' An unabashed affirmation of romantic love, this book bites American Poetry on its fat ass." -Richard Katrovas

"The Legend of La Diosa is a masterpiece. No one inflects their prose with the wild and absurd beauty of existence better than Chuck Rosenthal." -Elizabeth McKenzie



February 10th: Santa Cruz Winter Issue Launch

526 Broadway, downtown Santa Cruz

 Reception at 5:30, Readings at 6:00


Featuring readings by new issue contributors: 

Karen Ackland, Tom Bentley, Dane Cervine, Andrew Fague, 

Caroline Goodwin, Paul Skenazy, Gary Young



February 6th: Literary dinner salon with Catamaran contributor Micah Perks

Gabriella Cafe, 910 Cedar St., downtown Santa Cruz

Dinner 6:00, discussion with the author at 7:00. Phone restaurant to reserve at 831 457-1677


Novelist Micah Perks will discuss her new book What Becomes Us

“Micah Perks’ book has everything a reader could hope for — her language is lively, her characters appealing. Set in a storied landscape, with themes of independence and community. Romance! History! Food! Plus a tale to tell and some surprising people to tell it. There is real magic here. Micah magic! Completely original, completely delightful.”

— Karen Joy Fowler, author of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves


February 3rd: Lit Chat with Catamaran contributor Lisa Allen Ortiz

First Friday at the Tannery Arts Center

1050 River St.,Studio 118,in downtown Santa Cruz

6:00 Reception, 6:30 - 7:00 Lit Chat, 7:00 - 8:00 book signing


Poet Lisa Allen Ortiz will talk about her new collection, Guide to the Exhibit, which was inspired by a small natural history museum.

Winner of the 2016 Perugia Press Prize!

“These poems come to you urgent, rushing and controlled from a wide-open heart. A splendid debut.” — Thomas Lux

“In language that is spare, precise, and at times wonderfully, subtly strange, Ortiz works in the overlap between self and world, showing us that time does not honor human consciousness, nor even recognize it. Yet the world is all we have, and what we are is part of it. We are not its masters, and the attempt to hold onto things by saving, describing, and labeling them, is doomed. We’ll lose what we love. This hard-won understanding is the tough heart of this piercing, memorable book, which, like any memorial, is simultaneously a celebration of life and an elegy.” — Chase Twichell