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.
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 born a snob, and so far no amount of therapy has helped. Despite that, she is a passably nice person who lives with her (total dreamboat) husband and their dog. She loves 90’s music and wanted to be professional wrestler as a child, but has since settled for working at a software company. She subsists off liquor and coffee, with the occasional vegetable thrown in to comfort her family. She has also written a novel and had a short story and essay published. Her favorite writers are Toni Morrison and Kurt Vonnegut. Her spirit animal is a fat house cat. She doesn’t know how to properly love anyone, but she has gently harassed her way into being several people’s emergency contact.
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 and in STAGE IT! 2: Thirty 10-Minute Plays, produced in Oregon, Washington, New York, Florida, and Rhode Island, and selected for public readings in Oregon, California, and Colorado. Lindsay received her BA in Theatre at Pacific University.
Sydney is an artist and Portland native. She graduated from Pacific Northwest College of Art 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.