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Cover Reveal: Where Rivers Change Direction by L. Bundrock

We’d like to introduce you to the official cover of L. Bundrock’s forthcoming novel, Where Rivers Change Direction. This stellar cover was designed by creative partner and graphic designer Knic Pfost.

Here’s what the author has to say about the book design process:

“The recipe followed to cook-up the cover design for Where Rivers Change Direction was equal parts, inspiration, collaboration and determination, and I couldn’t be happier with the result.

Because design by committee can be tricky, though, I had trepidations about collaborating on the cover art. Here is how it went:

I used to have to take my delicate, elderly cat Pablo to the vet each week for fluids. One afternoon while we were waiting our turn in the lobby I witnessed an unprecedented kerfuffle among the otherwise poised staff. Every veterinarian, tech and staff member was on hand speaking to a couple of adults who had arrived sans pet. After hearing tidbits of what sounded like an elaborate strategy to get a wild animal from the parking lot to the examination room, I was convinced that they were about to wrestle a rabid tiger through the doors. I tucked Pablo’s carrier behind me and braced myself for the onslaught.

Two minutes later the door burst open and the pet owners appeared carrying two laundry baskets, each filled with wildly flopping bundles of fluff. A dozen golden retriever puppies tumbled with joy and almost spilled out of the baskets.

While I had braced for a tiger, the cover design process for this book, thanks to Knic and Christina, was a basket full of golden retrievers.”


Supporters of L. Bundrock and the press can preorder Where Rivers Change Direction here. And, we’d love to see each and every one of you at the book launches and events! Here’s what we’ve got lined up.

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We Need a Reckoning Book Launch

On December 30, 2021, we had the pleasure of launching one of our biggest book projects to date: We Need a Reckoning: Poetry, essays, and memoir by Women and Non-binary People of Color of the Tacoma, Washington region, edited by Gloria Joy Kazuko Muhammad. We held a virtual book launch and reading in which over 40 community members attended and celebrated publication with us. The event featured readings by former Tacoma poet laureate Kellie Richardson, Judy Cuellar, Jesi Hanley Vega, Janae Hill, and Katherine Felts; and musical storytelling of Kim Archer and DJ Pat Coleman.


Organized into five parts – wind, soil, water, sky, and breath – and featuring creative writing by thirty-one contributors, the collection is simultaneously a rallying cry for the land and people we build our homes in; a spell for strength and safe passage through tribulation; and a celebration of the power and brilliance of women.

The anthology features introductions by Krista Perez, founder of The Tacoma Women of Color Collective, and Brandi Douglas, owner of Multifaceted Matriarch. The anthology was partially funded by the Tacoma Arts Commission.

We Need a Reckoning contributors include  Kim Archer, Gaian Rena Bird, Phebe Brako-Owusu, Aleyda Marisol Cervantes, Judy Cuellar, Paula Davidson, Brandi Douglas, Chanel Athena Estrada, Katherine Felts, Marissa Harrison, Jasmine Hernandez, Janae Hill, Lauren Perez Hoogkamer, Isha Hussein, Eileen Jimenez, Kathleen Julca, Marisha McDowell, Stasha Moreno, gloria joy kazuko muhammad, Celia Nimura-Parmenter, Krista Perez, Lev Pouliot, Saiyare Refaei, Kellie Richardson, Katharine Threat, Kaia Valentine, Lydia K. Valentine, Tina Văn, Christina Vega, Jesi Hanley Vega, and Jami Williams.

Find out more about the book, and purchase a copy, here. In the meantime, enjoy our recording of the event!

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January 7th: Town Hall Seattle ft. We Need a Reckoning

Head to Town Hall Seattle for an evening of readings and discussions surrounding We Need a Reckoning, edited by gloria joy kazuko muhammad. The evening includes a panel discussion moderated by Blue Cactus Press publisher Christina Vega, contributors Krista Pérez, Katharine Threat, Lydia K. Valentine, and Jesi Hanley Vega. The authors will discuss their work, perform readings from We Need a Reckoning, and invite questions from audience members.

What: Town Hall Seattle: We Need a Reckoning

When: Jan. 7, 2022 @ 7:30pm

Format: In-person and virtual

Where: Town Hall Seattle, 1119 8th Ave (Entrance off Seneca St.)Seattle, Washington 98101

Cost & Registration: $5.00; Registration required, proof of vaccination required at the door.

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December 30th: We Need a Reckoning Virtual Book Launch

Join Blue Cactus Press in celebrating the publication of We Need a Reckoning, an anthology of creative writing by women and non-binary people of color of the greater Tacoma area! We’re celebrating the arrival of this stellar collection of poems, memoir and essays on Thursday, December 30th, at 7PM via zoom.

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Red Earth Book Launch & Reading

On November 3, Blue Cactus Press and readers in the U.S. and Singapore all hopped on zoom to celebrate the official launch of her debut poetry collection, Red Earth. The event kicked off with a few words from the publishers of Blue Cactus Press and Pagesetters, whom collaborated over an ocean to bring this incredible collection of poems to life, and words from Illustrator and artist Shuyin, poet Gina Hietpas, and author and editor Yeow Kai Chai. The main event included readings by Esther Vincent Xueming, followed by a casual Q&A from audience members.

About Esther Vincent Xueming

Esther Vincent Xueming is the editor-in-chief and founder of The Tiger Moth Review, an independent eco journal of art and literature based in Singapore. She is the author of Red Earth and co-editor of two poetry anthologies, Poetry Moves (Ethos Books, 2020) and Little Things (Ethos Books, 2013), and Making Kin, an ecofeminist anthology of personal essays by women writers in Singapore (Ethos Books). A literature educator by profession, she is passionate about the relationships between art, literature and the environment. Follow her on Twitter @EstherVincentXM.