creativity, collaboration & community involvement in the arts
Author: Christina Butcher
I'm a freelance writer, podcaster and video producer based out of Tacoma, WA. I'm also a veteran of the U.S. Army, where I served six years as a Chinese-Mandarin Linguist after earning a degree in anthropology.
In May 2017, I published my first book, Still Clutching Maps, under Blue Cactus. Still Clutching Maps is a poetry collection that explores ideas of language, power, and place as they inform a person’s ever-evolving identity.
I have a passion for storytelling and community involvement, and I try to live a life filled with curiosity and quality.
Guess what, friends?! Libro.fm, our favorite independent audiobook platform, is our new podcast sponsor!
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We’re having trouble keeping up with all the cool arts events happening around town for Tacoma Arts Month, so naturally, we retreated to the great garage to catch our breath and *settle down.* We convinced Lucien Vedego, a multi-disciplinary artist with work in the fields of music, painting, writing, acting, and modeling, to join us while we did so. This podcast episode is the very silly but also heartfelt result of that.
This conversation is about you, Tacoma, and what keeps cool kids like Lucien walking through your streets. We deep dived into conversation about honesty, “facebooking it” in real life, friendship and the artistic process. We hope you enjoy it.
LUCIEN VEDEGO is a multi-disciplinary artist with work spanning the fields of music, painting, writing, acting, and modeling. All of his work stems from his mission to spread the messages of unity, vulnerability, and innate power. He is also active within the field of metaphysics, sharing esoteric teachings by holding space, as well as working as a Reiki practitioner. Most recently, he founded decriminalize nature tacoma, a branch of the larger decriminalize nature effort.
We can’t keep Kellie Richardson’s book cover under wraps any longer! It’s too good to keep to ourselves, and the story behind it – and behind Kellie’s creative work in collage – is worth sharing. So, let us introduce you to The Art of Naming My Pain, a collection of prose, poetry and collage by Kellie Richardson.
The cover of is based on one of Richardson’s collage pieces, “Listen,” created in 2019 with acrylic, tissue paper and found items on canvas.