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The results of the “Wow Us” Writing Contest are in! At our website, find first prize “Light the Damn Fire” by Eileen Malone, second prize “Calculus” by Suzanne Freeman, and third prize “Gustav Mahler’s Nipples” by Laton Carter. Also included is shortlisted work by Alex Pickens, Robert Wexelblatt, Olga Zilberbourg, Jessica Tsuzuki, Tricia Lowther, Geraldine McCarthy, Nealla Spano Gordon, Matthew C. McLean, and AC Hunter.

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  • Volume/Number/Issue/Date Number 276, Summer 2018

The all-poetry summer 2018 issue contains new poems from over 30 poets including Gwen Benaway, Jan Conn, Liz Howard, A. F. Moritz, Shane Neilson, Robin Richardson, and Joshua Whitehead. There are also three special featues: poetry from Acadian writer and visual media artist Herménégilde Chiasson, wonderfully translated by Jo-Anne Elder; full-colour images of work from The Erasing Frankenstein Collective; and the illustrated poem, “Chowder Day at the Grey Seal Café,” by Anita Lahey (poetry) and Pauline Conley (artwork). Also found inside are book reviews. The cover artwork is from “Waning Summer Light 2017” by Sonya Mahnic.

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  • Volume/Number/Issue/Date Fall 2018

Our largest issue yet, the Fall 2018 edition is filled with work by accomplished contributors, including Doreen Schweizer, H. Ní Aódagaín, Paul Hostovsky, and more in nonfiction; David Krebs and Suss Müsik in music; Marilyn McCabe and Randy Cox in video/photography; Catherine Eaton Skinner, Erin Schalk, Gerow Reece, and more in visual arts; Cassandra Passarelli, Robert Steven Goldstein, and Ted Snyder in fiction; and Ed Davis, Kyle Laws, Lillo Way, Skip Renker, William Pruitt, and more in poetry.

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  • Volume/Number/Issue/Date Number 48, Fall 2018

Issue Number 48 is inspired by the winning short stories from our 2018 William Van Dyke Short Story Prize, and it features stories and poems and art exploring vulnerability, safety, the body, and home. Exposure is a state that makes one vulnerable to harm, however this vulnerability is necessary for being in community.

Maranda Greenwood, fargo tbakhi, S. Liam Veit, Noah LeBien, Shaina Semiatin, Kanika Lawton, Erica Kanesaka Kalnay, Fee Johnstone, Kate Devine, Annette Covrigaru, and Jane-Rebecca Cannarella.

  • Volume/Number/Issue/Date September 2018 online

Our September issue centers on the theme of home. Where we live. Where we are uneasy. Where we depart from. Where we wish we could belong. Our pieces for this month explore all these and more. Plus, as always, our monthly issue brings you two poems and an interview with the poet—in this case, Shane Seely.

  • Volume/Number/Issue/Date Volume 38 Number 6, October/November 2018

The Humanist Case Against Patriotism by David Mountain

Deborah Landau: Five Poems from SOFT TARGETS. Edward Hirsch "In the Valley" & other poems; Natalie Shapero "Hey Stranger" & other poems; Jos Charles in conversation with Kaveh Akbar; new poems by Cameron Awkward-Rich, Monica Sok, and Donald Revell.

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  • Volume/Number/Issue/Date Issue 59, September 2018 online

The 59th Issue contains flash essays from Steven Schwartz, Fleming Meeks, Rachael Peckham, Alysia Sawchyn, Xujun Eberlein, Julie Marie Wade, Shuly Xóchitl Cawood, John A. McDermott, Austyn Gaffney, Jan Priddy, Suzanne Farrell Smith, Gabe Montesanti, Renée Branum, Sondra Kline, and Peggy Duffy, with haunting photos from Therese Brown. In the Craft Section, Elizabeth Robinson offers a pattern sampler, because non-linear narratives “realign our attentions . . . [and] drench us in unknowing,” while Beth Kephart explores the interplay of language and visual arts (and marriage), and Rebecca Fish Ewan offers an illustrated crash course on graphic memoir.

This issue of Catamaran finds redwood trees a repeated theme, both in content and in the deep color of our author's language. Jerry Martien writes about the tragic loss of old-growth redwoods at the hands of the corporate logging industry in his essay “Song of the Redwood Tree.” Maryam Barrie’s poem “At Prairie Creek Redwood State Park” echoes the tremendous healing power of these sacred forests. San Francisco-born and Paris-based author David Downie appears in this issue with a whip-smart, lacerating letter from an ex-lover to her former partner living the good life in Paris. We are also honored to have an interview with novelist and Pulitzer Prize winner Andrew Sean Greer, conducted by Karen Joy Fowler, from his stop at Bookshop Santa Cruz on his worldwide book tour.


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