Live-Recording ft. José Olivarez & Britteney Black Rose Kapri

PPP Live Recording

This March, the Prickly Pear Podcast welcomed poetry giants  José Olivarez and Britteney Black Rose Kapri to Tacoma for a live podcast recording! José and Britteney joined our podcast host, Christina Butcher, and local poet Michael Haeflinger, for a chat about poetry, art and identity at King’s Books on March 20th.

The live-recording was sponsored by Write253, as part of the fourth annual Louder Than A Bomb (LTAB)-Tacoma teen poetry slam festival (March 2019). The festival culminated in a youth poetry slam on March 23 at Alma Mater.

 


About the Guests

José Olivarez is the son of Mexican immigrants. His debut book of poems, Citizen Illegal, was awarded the 2018 Chicago Review of Books Poetry Prize, and it was named a top book of 2018 by NPR and the New York Public Library. Along with Felicia Chavez and Willie Perdomo, he is co-editing the forthcoming anthology, The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 4: LatiNEXT. He is the co-host of the poetry podcast, The Poetry Gods and a recipient of fellowships from CantoMundo, Poets House, the Bronx Council on the Arts, the Poetry Foundation, & the Conversation Literary Festival. His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Paris Review, and elsewhere. In 2018, he was awarded the first annual Author and Artist in Justice Award from the Phillips Brooks House Association and named a Debut Poet of 2018 by Poets & Writers. He lives in New York City.

 

Britteney Black Rose Kapri is a teaching artist, writer, performance poet, and playwright. She is the author of Black Queer Hoe (Haymarket Books, 2018). Her writing has been published in Poetry magazine, VinylDay OneSevenScribes, and Kinfolks Quarterly. She is an alumna turned teaching artist fellow at Young Chicago Authors. Kapri is also a staff member and writer for Black Nerd Problems, and a former Rona Jaffe Writers Award recipient. She lives in Chicago.


About Our Sponsor

The Prickly Pear Podcast is sponsored by Oakes & Alder​ day spa and apothecary. Each of our episodes is recorded in Oakes & Alder’s lovely space in North End, Tacoma, where you can partake in spa services and find natural skincare products and bulk herbs. Check the spa out on Facebook at Oakes & Alder or IG at @oakesandalder! To see it in person, head to Oakes & Alder, 2714 N 21st St, Tacoma, WA 98406.

¡The 2019 Lineup!

Before 2019 gets any further underway, Blue Cactus Press has a big announcement to make! In celebration of two fantastic years of publishing under our belt, we’re announcing our 2019 lineup of authors! Please join us in welcoming three phenomenal local artists, poets, and writers to the Blue Cactus Press family:

 

Jack Cameron

author, blogger

Michael Haeflinger

poet, musician, educator

Kellie Richardson

writer, artist, educator

Keep an eye out for news about Jack, Michael and Kellie’s upcoming titles with Blue Cactus Press over the next few months, and join us for a night of readings on Feb 28 at Notes Coffee Company in Parkland, WA. There, Blue Cactus Press Alumni Lux Barker, Samuel Snoek-Brown and Christina Butcher will take to the stage alongside Jack Cameron and Michael Haeflinger. Event details can be found here. Learn more about each of our talented authors below! 


Jack Cameron

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Jack Cameron is the author of Ruin Your Life, a self-help book for hooligans, 15 Minute Stories, a collection of flash fiction, and Kickstart Your Kickstarter, an ebook on crowdfunding. His work has also appeared Creative Colloquy’s online and print collections. He maintains a website called TacomaStories.com which covers local businesses and events as well as every homicide that happens in the city of Tacoma.

He holds an Associates in Human Services from Tacoma Community College and a Bachelor of Arts from The Evergreen State College. You can find him online on his personal website, jackcameron.com, at @jackcameron on Twitter, or on Facebook. He also writes a weekly newsletter called Notes From Table 30 that you can subscribe to at http://tinyletter.com/jackcameron.


Michael Haeflinger

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Michael Haeflinger is a local poet, musician and educator. He’s also the executive director of Write253, a non-profit youth literacy organization serving Pierce County. Michael earned a BA in Religion from Wright State University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Rutgers University. He is the author of two chapbooks of poetry: Love Poem for the Everyday (2011) and The Days Before (2013). In 2016, he released Let’s Don’t Be Crazy, a spoken word album partially funded by the Tacoma Arts Commission.


Kellie Richardson

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Kellie Richardson is a writer, artist and educator born and raised in Tacoma, Washington. Her work explores the intersection of race, class, and gender with specific emphasis on themes of love, loss and longing. She employs both classical poetic forms as well as contemporary mediums such as spoken word. Her work is provocative yet accessible, powerful yet vulnerable. In addition to publishing original work, Kellie created the blog, Brown Betty, in 2012. Brown Betty exists to provide armor and inspiration for real life; a place where commerce and community intersect to cultivate healing. The blog explores the complexities of navigating the human experience, and calls its readers to continue to be inspired to endure and overcome barriers to their happiness.

Kellie is particularly inspired and called to explore the experiences of women of color, and the intersectionality of identities. As Poet Laureate for the city of Tacoma, Kellie worked to ensure literary arts are both accessible to and representative of the diversity of the community.

Kellie believes her work has one purpose: to be used as a tool for liberation and healing. Sometimes through provocation or confession, other times through belly laughs or tears, Kellie works to center the beauty and power of everyday folk, and put some funk into the dread we call survival.

 

Find Our Books in Seattle

We’re UBER EXCITED to announce our expanded distribution into the Seattle book market! You can now find Blue Cactus Press books at Open Books and Third Place Books. More specifically, you’ll find:

Front CoverStill Clutching Maps by Christina Butcher at Open Books: A Poem Emporium

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SSB Front_PageThere Is No Other Way to Worship Them by Samuel Snoek-Brown at Third Place Books in Seward Park

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We’ll keep you updated over the next few weeks as we continue expanding into new markets AND with new books (hint hint). Stay tuned!