Rhizomatic Literary Communities: From the Local to the National

Room 332, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 3
Thursday, March 9, 2023
1:45 pm to 3:00 pm


Writers, editors, publishers, and podcasters from Santa Cruz, California (The Hive Poetry Collective, Catamaran Literary Reader, Viz. Inter-Arts, Xinachtli Journal, Santa Cruz Writes) will discuss strategies to create a thriving trans-cultural and trans-genre community of local and national journals, readings, interviews, conferences, radio shows, and other outreach. We offer our experiences as a way to stimulate others eager to seed local projects that connect across stylistic and cultural differences.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Panel_Outline.pdf



Roxi Power has taught for 23 years at UC Santa Cruz where she edits Viz. Inter-Arts—a cross-genre anthology series. She has a new manuscript,The Songs that Objects Sing. She has many poems in journals and books and writes/performs live film narration widely, including the Tennessee Williams Festival.

Dr. Victoria Bañales is a member of the Hive Poetry Collective, Writers of Color-Santa Cruz County, and is founder and editor of Xinachtli Journal—Journal X. A Macondo and VONA fellow, she is the recipient of two poetry awards. She is a professor of English at Cabrillo College.

Catherine Segurson is the editor of Catamaran Literary Reader, and publishes environmental writing. She has worked at two major literary magazines, Zoetrope All-Story, and ZYZZVA. She has worked as a visual artist exhibiting and selling her paintings in galleries in San Francisco and Santa Cruz.

Farnaz Fatemi, an Iranian American poet, is a founding member of The Hive Poetry Collective, which produces podcasts and events in Santa Cruz. Her book Sister Tongue (Kent State UP, 2022) won the Wick First Book Prize. She taught writing at UC Santa Cruz for twenty-one years. Her poems are widely anthologized.

Dion O’Reilly is the author of Ghost Dogs and Sadness of the Apex Predator. Her poems appear in Rattle, Cincinnati Review, The Sun, and The Slowdown. She is a member of The Hive PoetryCollective, which produces podcasts and events. She leads workshops with poets from all over the United States.


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