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!

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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

Lola by Melissa Scrivner Love

Who reads crime thrillers anymore? Oh, that's right, everyone but me. I did give it an honest go earlier this summer, though, when I picked up Lola, a fast-paced crime thriller, by Melissa Scrivner Love. Did I fall in love with the book? Not exactly. But I did enjoy it, and I think people who … Continue reading Lola by Melissa Scrivner Love