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Literary and fine arts print magazine. New creative work from 30 different writers, poets, and artists. West Coast themes.

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.

CatamaranLiteraryReader.com

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.  

Catamaran art show and reading at the R.Blitzer gallery
Catamaran art show and reading at the R.Blitzer gallery

Our crew of editors has already gathered the content of our fourth issue.

Our Fourth Issue Cover - Art by Ralph Joachim
Our Fourth Issue Cover - Art by Ralph Joachim

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:

Our editorial team on CatamaranLiteraryReader.com

Catamaran Literary Reader has received glowing coverage and reviews from varied publications: 

NEW PAGES:   Good Reading Starts Here:  Catamaran Summer Issue

Santa Cruz Sentinel Cover Story:

From the fertile environment of the Tannery Arts Center comes Catamaran, a new literary voice for Santa Cruz and California

The Review Review:

West Coast Wonders: A New Lit Mag Explores Landscape, Culture, and Beauty

University of California Santa Cruz: 

Alumna Belle Yang Contributes Cover Art to Second Issue of Catamaran Literary Reader

UCSC:

New Literary Magazine Inspired by Past and Present

Patch:
New Quarterly Magazine Captures Artistic Spirit of Santa Cruz

KUSP's Poetry Show: Catamaran is launched

KUSP's Poetry Show: Catherine Segurson and Killarney Clary

Here's a look at the goodies you will receive as backers:

Samplers Pledges:  Here's a link to one of our page spreads (you'll get 15).

Racing Crew Pledges:  Here's a photo of our snazzy tote bag

Tote bag sighting on a catamaran
Tote bag sighting on a catamaran

Poets Pledges will receive the limited edition broadside "Clay Feet"

Clay Feet by Dane Cervine.  50 signed, limited edition fine arts broadsides.  Hand letterpressed by Middlearth Editions on Butler cream laid finish paper.  17 x 24.
Clay Feet by Dane Cervine. 50 signed, limited edition fine arts broadsides. Hand letterpressed by Middlearth Editions on Butler cream laid finish paper. 17 x 24.

Pulitzers Pledges:  Take a look at the broadside of Pulitzer Prize winner Gary Snyder's title poem from his first book "Rip Rap".

50 signed, limited editions hand letterpressed on Reeves heavy BFK paper, 18x22.
50 signed, limited editions hand letterpressed on Reeves heavy BFK paper, 18x22.

Skippers Pledges:  IMAGINE yourself with friends on the O'Neill Catamaran

Catamaran Literally on the Catamaran...and your crew!
Catamaran Literally on the Catamaran...and your crew!

Here's our full video/podcast of our interview with TC Boyle: 

About our home base, the Tannery Arts Center in Santa Cruz, California

Tannery Arts Center studios courtyard
Tannery Arts Center studios courtyard

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 Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

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.

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    THE NEWS. Hear about what's up with Catamaran. We'll add you to our mailing list and send you our newsletter. We'll invite you to our 4th issue release party and readings.

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    THE SAMPLER. The News and a 15 page digital download sampler from our pages in one of our four themes: The Natural World, The Artistic Spirit, Personal Freedom, or Innovation. Choose your theme!

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    THE READER. Just the 4th issue of Catamaran Literary Reader shipped to your door.

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    THE SHIPMATE. Have your name listed in our masthead under Patron of Art and Literature as a Catamaran "Shipmate" and receive our 4th issue delivered to your door.

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    THE WRITER. Become a member of our Editorial Board. Seriously! We will add you as a "Content Creator" for our newly launched blog. Write something engaging around our themes and upload your creations and photos for publication in the "Crew Dialogue." Drafts for our Catamaran blog are written by staff, print contributors, and YOU! You will also receive our 4th issue and your name will be listed as "Shipmate."

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    THE SUBSCRIBER. Receive a year long subscription to Catamaran after you receive our 4th issue. Have your name listed in our masthead as a "Shipmate" patron of arts and literature for the next full year.

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    THE ART COLLECTOR. Receive copies of all the back issues...1, 2, and 3, plus the new issue 4 when it comes out. Plus a one year subscription after that. Your name will be listed in the masthead as Shipmate for a year.

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    BOOK CLUB. Give the gift of Catamaran! A bundle of 3 gift subscriptions for you and your friends to share, discuss, and enjoy Catamaran. 3 copies of the 4th issue will be sent to you before the holidays. We will add your 3 names and addresses to our subscriber list to receive 3 more issues each.

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    THE RACING CREW. Get the Catamaran tote bag to use on your world travels! We're bringing back our snazzy black and white logo tote bag so you can join the club with our inaugural issue patrons who received the limited edition tote bag. The bag is hand screen printed locally. Sport the Catamaran logo and show your support for art and literature everywhere you go. The tote bag was so popular with inaugural issue patrons we are starting a photo gallery on the website. Send us photos of you and the tote bag from spots around the world! You will also receive a copy of the inaugural issue signed by the Founding Editor. You'll receive our 4th issue and a one-year subscription, plus your name will be listed in the masthead under Patron of Arts and Literature as "Racing Crew" for one year.

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    THE POET. The signed, limited edition broadside of Dane Cervine's poem, Clay Feet, from issue 2 will be delivered to your door. The broadside is hand letterpressed by Middlearth editions on Butler cream laid finish paper in a limited edition of 50. Size 17 x 24. Plus the 4th issue and a years subscription all with your name in the masthead as a "Racing Crew" level patron. Plus the snazzy tote bag!

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    THE PULITZER WINNER. Receive a hand-set broadside of Pulitzer Prize winner Gary Snyder's landmark title poem from his first book "Rip Rap". These will be signed by Gary Snyder! Gary is widely regarded as the most prominent living US poet. The broadside is hand letterpressed by Middlearth Editions on Reeves heavy BFK paper in a limited edition of 50. Size 18 x 22. You will also be listed in our masthead as a "Mariner" level patron of art and literature. You'll also receive the 4th edition, a one-year subscription, and the snazzy tote bag.

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    THE MARINER. We will give a panel presentation on storytelling for your group. Learn from our four panelists on how to tell your story, and how to grab your audience. All attendees will receive a magazine (up to 50). You or your business will be listed in the masthead under "Patrons of Art and Literature" as "Mariner".

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    THE NAVIGATOR. A poetry workshop for 10 people led by Catamaran's editor. Six consecutive sessions. One hour a week. The first session we will kick off with a one hour presentation on how poetry is good for professionals, and attendees will be given a writing assignment. After four writing workshops we will finish with a group poetry reading which you can invite your collegues and friends to attend. You or your COMPANY LOGO will be listed as "Navigator" in our masthead. All workshop attendees will get a subscription.

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    THE SKIPPER. SAIL with us on the O'Neill Catamaran. This Yacht holds up to 50 people. PLUS We'll invite 6 of the Santa Cruz based Catamaran EDITORS, POETS, AUTHORS, and ARTISTS to join you and up to 35 friends or colleagues for a 1 hour SAIL on a date of your choice between June to September 2014. Leaves from the Santa Cruz Harbor. PLUS goodie bags! Everybody gets a Catamaran tote bag with a magazine inside. All magazines will be personally signed by the Catamaran team for your guests. We will give an inspiring reading and talk before the sail and invite you to sail with us literally and creatively. PLUS, Your name or logo will be listed in the masthead as "Skipper" for one year.

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    THE FOUNDER. We immortalize you or your business. We recognize you for the life of the magazine as an important part of our inaugural year. Your name is celebrated IN LARGE in the masthead as a member of our FOUNDERS CIRCLE for the lifetime of the magazine. Plus a lifetime subscription to the magazine for you and your business.

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