The Farallon Review news page will provide updates and announcements.
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An Announcement:

After six issues and forty-seven memorable stories authored by a legion of talented writers, the Farallon Review announces that it will suspend publication.

The reasons for concluding the print run of our little journal are many, with two in prominence. First, there is the cost. The journal, despite a great deal of local support, loses money every issue. Second, there is the time. I am at a point in my own journey that I feel I need to concentrate on other creative ventures.

We’ve had a good run. The quality of the literature in our pages speaks for itself. I’d like to thank my editorial board, Lynka Adams, Jules Sasken and James Hass, for their great work and steadfast encouragement. I’d like to thank Scott Olling for the superb job he did on the layout of the issues. I’d like to thank all the writers who allowed us to publish their work, the artists who allowed us to use their photographs and paintings, and all the folks who purchased the journal and attended our readings. I’d like to thank the Avid Reader bookstore, Shine Café, Luna’s Café, The Lone Palm cocktail lounge, Stories on Stage - Sacramento, Stories on Stage - Davis, the Sacramento Poetry Center, and all those other folks who supported our venture.

We hope to sponsor some future readings and events, and back issues will be available at least for awhile. I am not ruling out some sort of digital version down the road, or even a podcast. But all things must pass. I am proud of our small but dignified contribution to American letters.

Thanks for your support,

Tim Foley
Editor, The Farallon Review

Posted: June 22, 2015


Launch Party Week draws to a close.

On Monday, January 19, we hosted the San Francisco launch at the Lone Palm on the anniversary of the birth of Edgar Allan Poe. In addition to their own work from Issue 6, Elena Mauli Shapiro, Joey Garcia, and Mary Volmer each read a selection from Poe’s writing. Then we all had cake!

On Thursday, January 22, a big crowd at Shine in Midtown listened to readings by Paul Mann, Julie Woodside, Tigh Rickman and Geoffrey Neill at the Sacramento launch. Past contributors Sue Staats, Sondra Olson, Steven Walter and Bill Pieper were among those in the house.

Thanks to the Shine Café, the Lone Palm, the readers, and all those who came out to celebrate.

Posted: Jan 23, 2015


The Launch parties! Celebrating the release of Issue number 6!

January 19 in San Francisco. Join us for the Farallon Review issue 6 launch reading and Edgar Allan Poe birthday celebration. Readings by Mary Volmer, Lynka Adams, Elena Mauli Shapiro, Joey Garcia. Farallon Review # 6 for sale. Cocktails and comradery. When: 6 to 8 pm. Where: the Lone Palm cocktail lounge, 3394 22nd Street, San Francisco (Mission District).

January 22 in Sacramento. Join us for an evening of literary comradery and spoken word celebrating the launch of the sixth issue of the Farallon Review. Thursday, January 22, 7:00 to 9:00. Shine Café, 1400 E Street (at 14th) midtown Sacramento. Readings by: Geoffrey Neill, Julie Woodside, Tigh Rickman, Paul Mann.

Come to one or both!

Posted: January 8, 2015

Issue number 6 is born! Stories by Mary Volmer, Art Edwards, John Gifford, Julie Woodside, Joey Garcia, Tigh Rickman, Dominic Foser, and Elena Mauli Shapiro. Currently available at special events, at the Avid Reader bookstore, direct from us, and at secret speakeasies. News regarding the launch parties will come shortly.

Posted: November 30, 2014.

Submission period for Farallon 6 is closed. The issue is coming along nicely, and will be astonishingly good.

Posted: July 1, 2014

Submissions period is extended. Until May 1 or the issue is filled. Room for a couple more stories . . .

Posted 4/9/14

At An amazing time at AWP 2014. Thanks to all those who stopped by, bought issues, hung out, ate chocolate.

Posted 3/2/14

The Farallon Review will be in Seattle at the 2014 AWP Conference and Bookfair, February 27 through March 1. Come by our table in the North Hall, near the Patricia Olson Stage - Slot number J20 - and say hello. We'll have stories, issues, discounts, and candy. Kate from Roan Press will be there too.

Posted 2/3/14

Submissions period for Farallon 6 will officially open on January 1, 2014, and run until April 1, 2014. See the submissions page for guidelines. Any questions, query.

Posted: 12/29/13

Thanks to all those who came out to the Lone Palm on Thursday, November 14 for the launch. Merridawn Duckler, Elena Mauli Shapiro, and Lynka Adams read to a packed house.

Posted: 11/15/13

The fifth issue is now in the stores. If you are in Sacramento, you can buy it at the Avid Reader, and the Book Collector in Midtown has a couple of copies. In San Francisco, you can find it at Dog Eared Books on Valencia and Christopher's Books atop Potrero Hill (or better yet come to the launch party/reading on November 14 at the Lone Palm). More locations to come.

Posted: 11/8/13

Thanks to the readers and attendees at the Sacramento Launch on November 6. Bill Peiper, Cheryll Cochrane, and Geoffrey Neill read from their stories in the new issue. And thanks to Rena and the good folks at Shine.

Posted: 11/7/13

Announcing the San Francisco Launch Reading, celebrating the release of the fifth issue of the Farallon Review: Thursday, Nov. 14, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, at the Lone Palm, 3394 22nd Street at Guerrero in the Mission District. Readers will include Lynka Adams, Merridawn Duckler, and Elena Mauli Shapiro.

Posted: 10/23/13

Sacramento Launch on November 6 will reature readings by Bill Pieper, Cheryll Cochrane, and Geoffrey Neill. Join us at Shine. Reading starts at 7:00 pm.

Posted: 10/22/13

Join us for the Sacramento Launch Reading and Gathering at Shine in Midtown Sacramento on November 6 at 7:00 pm. Refreshment, society, and literature!

Posted: 10/15/13

Issue 5 is at the printer and will be released in early November. New stories by Geoffrey Neill, Leah Adams-Kroll, Ken Rodgers, Joseph Rathgeber, Bill Pieper, Cheryll Cochrane, and Merridawn Duckler. Photos by Steven Walter.

Posted: 10/15/13

Stay The time has come! Submissions period for Farallon Review, issue 5, will officially open on January 1, 2013. We have reason to believe, already, that the 2013 issue will be magnificent.

Posted: 12/30/12


On Saturday October 13th, San Francisco's LitQuake Festival will culminate in LitCrawl, the amazing series of readings in the Mission District. Farallon Review "alumni" will be featured throughout the evening:

Phase 1 (6:00 to 7:00): Laurie Doyle ("Vamanos", Farallon 2) will be co-hosting the Babylon Salon reading (featuring April Sinclair, among others) at the Elbo Room downstairs; Joshua Citrak ("Bottles and Cans, Just Clap Your Hands", Farallon 2) will be reading at Elixir with the Sanchez Annex Writer's Grotto folks; Stefanie Freele ("Yellow Bench, Yellow Bench", Farallon 4) will be part of "Tzara's Hat" at Four Barrel;

Phase 2 (7:15-8:15): Renee Thompson (friend of Farallon) will be reading with the Squaw Valley crowd at Carte Blanch Gallery;

Phase 3 (8:30-9:30): David Booth ("The Boy from Thuringia", Farallon 3) will be rocking the Photobooth with members of the Drunken Goats.

Three readings (one for each phase) and the afterparty will be at the Blue Macaw, the site of the now-legendary launches of Farallon 2 and Farallon 3.

Your humble editor plans to start out at the Elbo Room and migrate gradually to the Blue Macaw, unless the lit-crowd becomes too excessive, in which case you might find him hiding in a corner of Foreign Cinema. If you do see him: a copy of Farallon 4 can be had for not much more than a kind word on the night of LitCrawl. See you there.

Posted: October 11, 2012

Thanks to Elena Mauli Shapiro, Dorine Jennette, and Sue Staats for reading at the Davis Art Center last night, and thanks to Sondra Olson for her wonderful paintings.

Posted: May 12, 2012

Art, Literature, and Poetry: the Farallon Review will host a reading & reception at the Davis Art Center on Friday, May 11 at 7:00. Come admire a selection of paintings by Sondra Olson, and stay for readings by novelist Elena Mauli Shapiro, short story specialist Sue Staats, and poet Dorine Jennette. No charge for admission.

Posted: May 1, 2012.


Thanks to all those who came out on a rainy San Franciscan night to the Lone Palm cocktail lounge on April 12 for the San Francisco launch reading. A Terrific, engaged crowd, which included much of the Bay Area literary illuminati, listened enraptured to Mary Volmer, Lynka Adams & Joshua Citrak. Special thanks to the readers, to Jane of the Lone Palm, to Nikki the bartender, to Scott the set-up guy, and to David for doing the sound. A memorable evening!

Posted: April 13, 2012

A wonderful evening of readings launched our fourth issue at the Shine Cafe in midtown Sacramento on Thursday, March 22. Sue Staats, Paul Mann, and Elena Mauli Shapiro read to an enthralled crowd about a one-armed man, a drug deal gone very bad, and the mysterious afflictions of domestic animals. Sondra Olson, the talented painter whose images grace the issue, was in the audience, along with much of the Sac lit-crowd. Thanks to all who attended and thanks to Rena and Brita, the ladies of Shine, for being such terrific hostesses.

Posted: March 24, 2012

The Book Collect0r, the praiseworthy used book wonderland in midtown, Sacramento, now carries the Farallon Review. 1008 24th Street, between Jand K Streets. Buy a copy of the new issue and get lost in their stacks.

Posted: March 7, 2012

Issue 4 is out now! Stories by Rachel King, Lynka Adams, Sue Staats, Stefanie Freele, Elena Mauli Shapiro, James Bernard Frost, Mary Volmer and Bil Gaines. Look for it at the Avid Reader in Sac or Dog Eared Books in the Mission. Come to our launch parties. First up: March 22, 7:00 at Shine in midtown Sac!

POsted: 3/4/12

Sacramento Launch Party and reading for Farallon Review 4! Join us Thursday, March 22, 2012 at Shine in midtown Sacramento, 1400 E Street (at 14th). Readings by Sue Staats, Paul Mann, and Elena Mauli Shapiro. Issues for sale, cheap. Camradery and lit-speak. 7:00 to 9:00 pm.

Posted: 3/1/12

Farallon 4 is on the way. Eight fascinating stories, including new ones from Mary Volmer and Stefanie Freele. Currently at the printer! Events to come!

Posted: 2/9/12


We were shocked to learn that Newsbeat, the wonderful and unique periodical shop on 20th Street in Sacramento (and one of the fine stores stocking our magazine) has shut down, apparently due to a dispute with the landlord. Newsbeat is (was?) a Sacramento institution. Sad day indeed.

Posted: November 12, 2011


Lit Crawl - the culmination of the Lit Quake festival - took place on Saturday evening, October 15 in the Mission District of San Francisco. Farallon related events occurred all over: Laurie Doyle ("Vamanos", Farallon 2) hosting at the Babylon Salon reading at Double Dutch; Joshua Citrak ("Bottles and Cans, Just Clap Your Hands", Farallon 2) of the Sanchez Writer's Annex reading at Elixir; Elena Shapiro ("Domestic Animals", forthcoming in Farallon 4) at Café Que Tal. Hope you enjoyed yourself.

Posted: October 17, 2011

The award-winning Sacramento Stories on Stage series featured an evening of stories from the Farallon Review on April 29, 2011. Hosted by Valerie Fioravanti, SOS presented Eric Baldwin, who read Don Peteroy's "Confessions of a Misunderstood Sidekick" and Victoria Goldblatt, who read Marie Potoczny's "I Don't Want to Know What's Not a Good Idea." The audience was impressed with the work of two emerging writers who use humor to explore dark truths. Thanks to the Sacramento Poetry Center and Stories on Stage.

Posted: April 30, 2011

The Farallon Review hosted a wonderful creative prose reading at the Sacramento Poetry Center on December 6. The readings by Bonnie Antonini, Sue Staats, and Joey Garcia enthralled those who ventured out on a Monday eve. Thanks to the readers, those who listened, and Bob Stanley and the SPC for hosting.

Posted: December 7, 2010.

San Francisco Launch Party for Farallon 3 warmed up a cold San Francisco night on November 29 at the Blue Macaw on Mission Street. Readings by Lewis Buzbee, David Booth, S.J. Sasken, and Carly Massage. Thanks to Barbara and Josette, the readers, and all those who came out in support.

Posted: November 30, 2010

Michael McNevin's Mudpuddle Shop in Niles was the place for a matinee of poetry, music, and prose on November 21 as the Farallon Review helped present a creative-literary extravaganza. Prose readings by Farallon contributors Laurie Doyle and James Hass, poetry by Robin Michel, Florence Miller and Barbara Lyon, music by Michael McNevin. We hope to do other events in Niles in the future, as it is a unique and charming spot.

Posted: November 22, 2010

The Sacramento launch party at Luna's Cafe on Nov. 16 was quite the event. Lynka Adams, Valerie Fioravante, and Paul Mann read their work. Michael McNevin played and sang. Sacramento poets Dorine Jennette and Bonnie Antonini, among other illuminaries, were spotted in the audience, as well as "California Northern" publisher Casey Mills. Thanks to all who performed, all who attended, and Art Luna.

Pposted: November 17, 2010.

The Third Issue is slipping into the world. Stories by Lewis Buzbee, Sarah Rose Horowitz, Vicki Barras Tulacro, James Bernard Frost, Paul Mann, Don Peteroy, David Booth, Ken Rodgers, Dominic Foser, Nina Ramsey, and S. J. Sasken. Events to come!

Posted: 10/9/10 (Happy Birthday, John)

Our Monday night reading 0f prose fiction at the Sacramento Poetry Center on November 9 was a pleasant and well-attended success. Jodi Angel, Valerie Fioravanti, Joey Garcia, and Paul Mann read to a full house. Copies of Farallon 2 (now becoming rare) were snatched up. Thanks to Bob Stanley of the SPC, all the readers, and all those who attended.

Posted November 10, 2009

A delightful time at the LitCrawl: The Farallon Review reading at Mission Pie on October 17 was packed, with the audience spilling out onto 25th Street. Lewis Buzbee, James Hass, and Laurie Doyle read from their work to the wonder of a full house. Also, many people ate pie. Thanks to LitCrawl, the volunteers, the kind folks at Mission Pie, Liz and the Watchword Press crew, and all who attended.

Posted October 18, 2009

The Launch Party!

We had a wonderous time at the Blue Macaw on June 30. James Hass, Daniel Vaccaro and Joshua Citrak read to much admiration. The Litquiz spurred a close competition, and cocktails were plentiful. Thanks to Barbara for hosting, Lynka for finding the space, and all those who attended.

Posted: July 2, 2009.

Farallon 2 is here! Stories by Ralph Tyler, Marie Potoczny, Joshua Citrak, James Hass, Daniel Vaccaro, Scott Roberts, and Laurie Doyle. Issues at Dog Eared Books, Booksmith, Christopher's and other select book stores. Rave reviews.

Posted: May 31, 2009

The Farallon Review was honored with a slot at the LitCrawl, the culmination of the LitQuake festival, on October 11 in San Francisco and took full advantage. The Dalva Bar readings of S.J. Sasken, Lynka Adams, and James Bernard Frost were quite well received by a packed house. Liz Lisle and the nice folks at Watchword Press co-hosted. Then it was over to the Elbo Room to hear editorial board member James Hass read with Opium Magazine honcho Todd Zuniga. Then over to Clarion Alley in search of iconoclastic Josh Williams. At the after party we ran into a host of talented writers, including Lucy Corin, Amanda Coggin, Paul Neilan, Scott Keneally, and many others. Looking forward to next year already.

Posted: Oct. 12, 2008

Our appearance at the Babylon Salon in San Francisco on June 14 was a success. S.J. Sasken read, James Hass observed, Ron Kurash commented wryly. We all watched the brave Kate Braverman do her thing.

Posted: June 21, 2008