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.
Yes, we did take a month off to recharge, but now we’re back with a vengeance, Tacoma, and we’re ready to reveal the cover art for Michael Haeflinger’s debut poetry collection, Low Static Rage.
This stellar cover art is from a painting by Michael Bolsinga, a painter living in Portland, Oregon. It’s titled “Polar Vortex,” and was created by Bolsinga in 2014. Check out more of Bolsinga’s work on his website, or on Instagram @bolsinga.
And before you ask, friends, let us set the record straight: yes, we’re publishing a book with no words on the cover. None. Nada. Zip. Zilch!
Why? Because at its core, Low Static Rage is art, and the poetry inside speaks for itself. Haeflinger crafted each poem with incredible attention to rhythm, form, lyricism, and tone, and we want his book to feel and look as artistic in the hand as it reads across the page. With that in mind, we feel that Bolsinga’s “Polar Vortex” offers the perfect visual pairing to Haeflinger’s poems. “Polar Vortex” depicts the same stark beauty, tension, and simmering energy as Haeflinger’s poems.
Over the last few months, the folks behind Blue Cactus Press (including myself, the publisher, our authors, intern and new conspirators) have kept our heads down and our hands deep in the weeds of publishing work. Today we’re coming up for air, and we’ve got big news to share with you, our much-loved community. Read all about it below!
We broke-up with Amazon
Over the last two and a half years, we’ve learned a lot about the publishing industry, what we can do to conduct business ethically, and how best to support other businesses in the publishing chain. We’re still learning, but one thing we’ve known for a while is that when we utilize Amazon’s services – as a print-on-demand and sales platform – we aren’t serving anyone well. Sure, Amazon is cheap and fast, but every time we utilize it for publishing purposes, we take business away from printers and independent bookstores, no to mention severely lower profits for authors, artists, designers, editors, and our company. So, we’ve officially pulled our titles from all Amazon platforms. Doing this will allow us to better support other small businesses in the industry, including independent bookstores, printers, artists, designers and of course, authors.