This is the fifth issue of "The Reater". Started in winter 1997 it brings together challenging new British writing with the best of Southern California. It features established names alongside newcomers. Interleaved among the poetry and prose are interviews, reviews, and striking illustrations. "The Reater" is also an outlet for new and reprinted material by the great names of L.A./Long Beach literature: Charles Bukowski, Gerald Locklin, Fred Voss, Joan Jobe Smith and others. Issue five contains writings by: Brian Docherty, Sean Burn, Virgil Saurez, Rosemary Palmeira, Robert Nazarene, Anna Woodford and Dave Newman amongst others.