About this project
Check out the inspired video about our magazine above.
NURTURE YOUR CREATIVE SPIRIT. FEED YOUR SOUL.
This campaign is for direct project operating costs for the magazine's printing, shipping, postage, and design, as well as for small honorariums for the writers and poets. We will be able to print and distribute 5000 copies to share the creative work with you and others.
We've sailed through our launch producing the first three issues of Catamaran Literary Reader featuring fine art, poetry, fiction, and essays. We are still a young magazine, just one year old, and small individual donations help us keep going.
Once this project is funded we will publish another edition of 126 + pages of full color, carefully designed content in a perfect bound, full-size magazine printed on quality paper. Our goal is to continue to offer a unique blend of art and quality writing in a curated narrative that can be read cover to cover like a book. The art is an oblique part of the story and not used as simply direct illustration. The poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction inform each other and create a dialogue by crossing paths in the magazine. We want Catamaran to stand out as an engaging choice for readers nationwide at a variety of bookstores through wholesale distribution, and directly through subscriptions.
Catamaran is a high-end title
The clean design and sophisticated content we offer makes Catamaran unique and collectible. We've been refining our style for a year and each issue keeps getting better.
If we meet this goal we will cover all hard costs for design, printing, and shipping for 5000 copies. With our backers on board, we will be able to bring more editions of this important new narrative for fine art, poetry, and creative writing into the world.
Our team brings a combined 40 years experience in literary publishing.
We bring experience from Zoetrope All-Story, Atlantic Monthly, Zyzzyva, McSweeney's, Two Lines, Coastal Living, and Mercury House Press.
We bring artists and writers together for community events.
With each issue we stage an art show with the original art from our pages, and we invite Catamaran authors and poets to read. We also do traditional readings in our local bookstore to help writers promote their books. Recently we had 53 works of art and 17 artists represented in our Catamaran art shows.
Our crew of editors has already gathered the content of our fourth issue.
The fourth issue will include: Former US Poet Laureate Billy Collins, national award winning poet Wendell Berry, two best-selling authors, Susan Vreeland and Mary Doria Russell, and essays by art and writing critics, Hilton Obenzinger and Jeff Kelley. We've found new writing from authors publishing their first book, and a dozen amazing artists. You will enjoy visual art by Jan Wurm, Gillian Pedersen-Krag, Frank Galuszka, and many more you've never heard of before.
Our past issues have included works by Pulitzer Prize winning author Galway Kinnell and Pulitzer finalist Lawrence Weschler.
We featured novelist/short story writer T.C. Boyle, poetry by National Book Award winner Gary Snyder, NBA finalists Patricia Smith and Cornelius Eady, Guggenheim recipients Andrew X. Pham and Bill Zavatsky, and emerging writers like RCA O'Neal and Brynn Saito who are publishing their first books this year. The intersection of new and established, recognized and first time voices, creates a dialogue not found in a single author book.
In every issue we present an in-depth interview.
In our first issue we interviewed T.C. Boyle about the influence of the natural world on his writing. In our second issue we interviewed Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston about the loss of freedom living in a Japanese internment camp, and in our third issue we interviewed Lawrence Weschler about his theories on creative expression. Our fourth issue will include an interview with first time novelist Helene Wecker whose innovative new book "The Golem and the Jinni” is already getting all the buzz. We are looking forward to many more years of connecting you to these amazing authors. Another issue brings us closer to the end of the start-up phase, and toward our goal for sustainability.
PLEDGE AND YOUR NAME WILL BE PRINTED ON THE MAGAZINE!
Every little bit helps, be it two dollars or a hundred. If you donate and we do not reach our goal, you lose nothing. If we do reach our goal, you will have the satisfaction of seeing your name printed in the magazine as we honor your support for this important project, and are able to send another edition to our subscribers, bookstores, libraries, and universities nationwide. Here are some links to find out more about who we are and what people think:
Catamaran Literary Reader has received glowing coverage and reviews from varied publications:
Here's a look at the goodies you will receive as backers:
Racing Crew Pledges: Here's a photo of our snazzy tote bag
Poets Pledges will receive the limited edition broadside "Clay Feet"
Pulitzers Pledges: Take a look at the broadside of Pulitzer Prize winner Gary Snyder's title poem from his first book "Rip Rap".
Skippers Pledges: IMAGINE yourself with friends on the O'Neill Catamaran
Here's our full video/podcast of our interview with TC Boyle:
About our home base, the Tannery Arts Center in Santa Cruz, California
This literary arts magazine is located in Santa Cruz, CA at the new Tannery Arts Center. Learn more about our home base in the stories on our newly released Catamaran blog the "Crew Dialogue" here:
To find out more about our all our news and events during our first year and to peruse our photo galleries visit our website's news and events page.
Risks and challenges
All backers will be added to the printer's mailing list to ensure delivery through our printers in-house fulfillment . If a backer forgets to give us their mailing information it might mean a slight delay in delivery.
For the O'Neill Catamaran sailors we need to confirm dates with O'Neill Yacht charters and book the charter when the boat is available to sail.
Other than this there are no risks. We've published the magazine before and we have all our resources in place.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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