Cascadia Rising was the name given to a regional emergency preparedness exercise in the Pacific Northwest that was utilized to coordinate and plan agency response to a major earthquake on the Cascadia Subduction Zone (“The big one,” as it’s called).
It’s also the name given to this literary journal.
The Pacific Northwest lives in the wake of earthquakes that destroyed whole civilizations, gargantuan floods and volcanic eruptions that irrevocably changed the geography of the west. We exist on the precipice of new catastrophes, knowing that it’s coming but barreling stubbornly into the future anyway. The Pacific Northwest is a land of pioneers, whether we crossed a nation, ocean or land bridge. We've built our homes and communities from a special kind of wildness, deliberation and beauty.
That's the kind of writing we're looking for here at Cascadia Rising Review. We want writing that pioneers. We want writing about chasing horizons and looking into the precipice of disaster with a sneer. We want writing that captures the truth of the Pacific Northwest.
Trinity dropped out of college before she could learn how to spell MFA. The only useful thing she retained during that time was that you allegedly shouldn't center your poems, though she's not entirely convinced. Her poetry has appeared in Juxtaprose Magazine & November Bees, and her flash fiction has appeared on Hobart and has been featured in the anthology Baby Shoes: 100 Stories by 100 Authors. She's been rejected by many, many more.
26-year-old lifelong Oregonian. Likes angry, contemporary fiction. Just spent six months reading all of Stephen King’s novels and didn’t get paid for it, and can usually be found crying over her useless English degree. Still doesn’t understand Finnegan’s Wake, and has written plenty of stuff you’ve probably never heard of.
A twenties-something Oregonian forest troll with a BA in writing that led to him refusing to pursue grad school & decide to start studying comics instead. More reclusive than bigfoot, this rare breed of northwestern troglodyte is a collector of stories, a lover of folklore, mythology & science fiction. He writes comics, short stories, flash fiction & poetry. His poems have been published in Black Market Lit and an anthology called, This is Not a Movement as well as some strange bird book published by the Audubon Society.
Mariah Shipley was a kid who grew up listening to 90's R&B and riding around in cars with no floorboards. When she doesn't feel her street cred is endangered, she's known to be pretty pleasant. Left to her own devices you would see a woman entirely composed of mediocre coffee & quality beer, running on the fuel that only a good book offers. She currently has writing forthcoming in an as-of-yet unnamed flash fiction anthology from Browncoat Publishing.
Lindsay Partain is an Oregon playwright and a member of the Dramatists Guild. She has had the pleasure of working with Portland's Orphic Plays and with Jacob Coleman on his devised piece "The Scrivener". Her work has been published in FLASH! Anthology, produced in Oregon, Washington, New York, and Rhode Island, and selected for public readings in Oregon, California, Colorado, and at Pacific University where she received her BA in Theatre.
Sydney is a 22 year old artist and Portland native. She recently graduated from PNCA with a BFA in Communication Design focusing on graphic design and printmaking. A lifelong vegetarian and a garage sale locket collector, Sydney hopes to retire one day with a family comprised of wiener dogs who gaze upon her while she creates beautiful things and fixes typewriters. She is an avid fan of Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, occasionally identifying herself as their lovechild at parties.