Local Book Review: Alchemy for Cells & Other Beasts

Earlier this afternoon I had a wonderful conversation about the synthesis of science, art and literature with a quirky entrepreneur (thank you, Spaceworks Tacoma and Creative Colloquy for landing me in that exquisite moment). Before the conversation was over, my brain started buzzing and whirring as I thought about some of my favorite, recent collaborations … Continue reading Local Book Review: Alchemy for Cells & Other Beasts

Listen to the Poem!

Yes, I did get that from Write253's Louder Than A Bomb Tacoma poetry slam, but listening to poetry and truly hearing the messages authors are conveying is more important than ever as our country continues to divide itself along political and racial lines. Despite our national division, I see poets, authors, musicians and artists trying to … Continue reading Listen to the Poem!

Blue Cactus Press Book Sale @ Cascadia Poetry Festival

Everyone loves a good book fair, right? We'll assume you enthusiastically shouted "right!" at your computer screen when you read that. And because we completely agree with you, Blue Cactus Press is taking part in the 2017 Cascadia Poetry Festival Small Press Fair, happening Oct. 14 at Washington State History Museum. Blue Cactus Press will … Continue reading Blue Cactus Press Book Sale @ Cascadia Poetry Festival

Local Book Review: Tupelo by Alec Clayton

Let me start by admitting that I don't usually read books about the American South. I find them tedious and often, as dry as a sad packet of army-issued crackers. I'm not a big fan of authobiographical-ish tales of young men fumbling through their youth, either (get out of here, The Great Gatsby and The Catcher in … Continue reading Local Book Review: Tupelo by Alec Clayton

Christina Butcher at Deep Waters’ Monthly Reading & Open Mic

I know this is short notice, but if you're free this Friday night please join me for an evening of poetry at Deep Waters' monthly gathering and open mic reading. I'm honored to be this month's featured guest! Despite the nerve-wracking terror I feel before readings, I'm truly excited to share my work with the … Continue reading Christina Butcher at Deep Waters’ Monthly Reading & Open Mic

Local Book Review: Gone to Gold Mountain

If you're a poet living in the Pacific Northwest, chances are you've read Peter Ludwin's work, or maybe you've heard him read in one of the cramped, dusty bookstores of Tacoma or Olympia. Chances are you enjoy his work, too, and probably agree that his poetry might be dark in tone, but it's filled with … Continue reading Local Book Review: Gone to Gold Mountain