Catherine Segurson

Executive Director,  Editor-in-Chief

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Catherine Segurson has served at literary magazines, Zoetrope All-Story, and ZYZZYVA. She has worked as a visual artist exhibiting and selling her paintings in galleries in San Francisco and Santa Cruz. She has worked as a professional videographer for 6 years, covering fashion for agencies GettyImages, Wire Image, and FashionStock.  As co-chairwoman of the capital campaign for Seven Hills School in Walnut Creek, she raised $3 million to build a new library and gymnasium.  She has also worked as a financial analyst in Corporate Treasury and Merchant Services for Bank of America for 7 years.  Her writing has appeared in Coastal Living Magazine, Slow Trains, Taj Mahal Review, Monterey Poetry Review and others. She has an MFA from California College of the Arts in Creative Writing and a BA in Economics from UC Davis.


Elizabeth McKenzie

Managing Editor, Fiction Editor

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Elizabeth McKenzie has been an editor for the Chicago Quarterly Review for many years and a staff editor for The Atlantic Monthly.  Her novel The Portable Veblen was released to critical acclaim in 2016 by Penguin Press, and she has published two novels with Random House—Stop that Girl and MacGregor Tells The World.  In 2012 she released My Postwar Life: New Writings from Japan and Okinawa, which she edited as a result of an NEA Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission Fellowship.  Her writing has appeared in The New YorkerThe Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, Best American Nonrequired Reading, and others. She holds an MA in English/Creative Writing from Stanford University and a BA in Literature from UC Santa Cruz.


Thomas Christensen

Nonfiction Contributing Editor


Thomas Christensen, formerly executive editor of the trade book publishing company Mercury House, has published more than twenty books as author, editor, or translator. His two most recent books, 1616: The World in Motion and Landscape with Yellow Birds (a translation of the poetry of José Ángel Valente), were both nominated for Northern California Book Awards. 1616, a global overview of the early modern world, was named one of the best history books of its season by Publishers Weekly (Gary Snyder called it "beautiful and profound"). His River of Ink: Literature, History, Art will be published in December by Counterpoint Press. He is currently working on a book-length study of Sadakichi Hartmann.


Zack Rogow,

Poetry Contributing Editor


Zack Rogow is a poet, playwright, editor, and translator. He has written eight collections of poetry, and his most recent books are My Mother and the Ceiling Dancers (2012), and Talking with the Radio, due out from Kattywompus Press in 2015 His poems have appeared in a variety of magazines from the American Poetry Review to ZYZZYVA.  He is the editor of an anthology of U.S. poetry, The Face of Poetry, which was the culmination of his nine years presenting national poets at the Lunch Poems Reading Series at UC Berkeley.  He currently teaches in the low-residency MFA at the University of Alaska Anchorage. He has an MA in English from City College, City University of New York, and a BA in English from Yale University.


Candace Calsoyas

Associate Editor


Candace Calsoyas is a longtime Lecturer in Literature at UC Santa Cruz. Her courses include Environment and Society, Sustainability Internships, Literature of the Sea, and Semester at Sea. In 2011 she was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to teach at University of Tirana, Albania.  She received a grant to teach Culture and Environment at Bath University in England.  She has given many lectures including Dickens Universe at the UCSC summer Dickens conference.  She has published many articles on nature and the environment. 

Dan White

Interview Contributing Editor


Dan White is a creative nonfiction author, travel writer and occasional teacher of fiction/poetry/travel writing/memoir. His first book, The Cactus Eaters, published by HarperCollins in 2008, was a Northern California independent bookstore bestseller and a Los Angeles Times “Discovery” selection.  He has taught composition at Columbia University and composition, poetry and creative nonfiction at San Jose State. He has his MFA from Columbia University.


Alyson Lie

Senior Editorial Assistant

Alyson Lie has been published in an anthology on gender issues and has written for Peacework
, The Review Review, and dot429.com.  She received her master's degree in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing from NYU and her bachelor's in English/Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. 

Andrew W. M. Beierle

Marketing Director


Andrew W. M. Beierle is a graduate of the Bread Loaf, Sewanee, Napa Valley, Kenyon Review, and Tinker Mountain writing programs. His début novel, The Winter of Our Discothéque, received a 2002 Lambda Literary Award. His second novel, First Person Plural, a finalist for the 2007 men’s fiction Lammy, was named one of the top ten LGBT novels of 2007 by the online review site Books To Watch Out For and was co-winner of the title of best men’s fiction of 2007 by the web site AfterElton.com. For twenty-six years he was the editor of Emory Magazine at Emory University in Atlanta. He began his career as a reporter at the Orlando Sentinel.

Chorel R. Centers

Events Coordinator

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Chorel R. Centers grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan and Santa Cruz, California. She studied at The New School in New York and City College of San Francisco before graduating cum laude from Mills College in 2014 with a B.A. in English. She now works full time as an editor and is serving as conference manager for the 2015 Catamaran Writers Conference. Chorel is passionate about writing and reading, issues of equity and environment, art, music and people

Events Assistant

Joan Rose Staffen

Copy Editor

Mona Monararu

Event Photography

Arun Nevader

Editorial Assistants

Jacob Moniz

Eireene Nealand

Rowan O'Neal

Editorial Interns

Matthew Morales Alfonso

Katherine Farrell