Let the Chapbook Series Begin!

As some of you may already know, Blue Cactus Press is participating in next week’s 2018 Summer SOULstice event at the Tacoma Art Museum (curated and hosted by Tacoma poet laureate Kellie Richardson). SOULstice supports emerging and established artists from marginalized communities, and we’re beyond excited to present our work alongside other creatives who promote diversity and inclusion in Tacoma. Throughout the event, which takes place on June 21 from 5:30 – 8 p.m., we’ll sell our books and chat with fellow artists about literary arts.


We’re also pleased to announce the debut of the Blue Cactus Press Chapbook Series! Through the creation of these limited-edition, bi-annual chapbooks, BCP strives to provide emerging writers with opportunities to present creative writing on public platforms.

For our very first chapbook, we collaborated with emerging writer and BCP guest poet Lux Barker to create a dazzling, hand-bound chapbook titled There Must Be More Than This. 

There Must Be More Than This features nine unpublished, introspective poems by Lux Barker. It will be available for purchase at SOULstice, although we should probably warn you: only 15 copies will be available for purchase – ever! So, if you’re hoping to get your hands on a copy (and we know you are), make sure you arrive early!

Along with Lux, BCP author Christina Butcher will also present a spankin’ new chapbook, How to Overstay Your Welcome. This collection features eight new poems, several of which have never been presented on stage or in print. Christina and Lux collaborated extensively to create their chapbooks – workshopping, editing and compiling their work side by side. Each collection has a distinct style and flare representative of its author.


Lux Barker is a queer, nonbinary woman and poet living in Puyallup, Washington. They grew up in the Pacific Northwest, but their writing is also influenced by experiences in Southern California. Their work deals with relationships, religion, and identity.

*Read one of Lux’s signature poems, “Rocket,” featured in There Must Be More Than This.

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The Blue Cactus Press Chapbook Series strives to provide emerging authors opportunities to present creative writing on public platforms. BCP authors work one-on-one with emerging authors to expose and mentor them through the publication process, including compiling and editing manuscripts, establishing formatting and style guidelines, and assisting with sales and performance opportunities when possible. All proceeds from chapbook sales go directly to the author.

Blue Cactus Press will continue to publish chapbooks bi-annually and is always looking for willing collaborators. Interested writers and/or creatives should contact BlueCactusPress@gmail.com for more information.

¡Cover Art Reveal!

Blue Cactus Press is beyond excited to officially reveal the beautiful and haunting cover art for Samuel Snoek-Brown’s forthcoming short-story collection, There Is No Other Way to Worship Them

We’d like to introduce you to two original paintings by Show Pigeon, a tattooer and painter based out of southern California. Both pieces were created exclusively for There Is No Other Way to Worship Them and we couldn’t be more thrilled to feature them on the front and back covers.

We were over-the-moon when Show Pigeon agreed to collaborate with us earlier this year, as her artwork is not only interesting and vivid, but often includes early twentieth-century feminist iconography, as well. Show Pigeon’s online portfolio is littered with Kewpie doll-inspired art prints, figurines, tattoos and jewelry, as just one example.



Show Pigeon is the professional moniker of tattooer and painter Evie Yapelli, a Chicago-bred transplant to southern California. Two of her early loves were vintage illustration and pop culture, with sailor tattoos following not long after. You can see the influence of each in her stylized designs, limited palette, and retro subject matter. Paintings by Show Pigeon have been exhibited nationally and have been published worldwide in children’s books, art compilations, fashion, and designer toys. Her tattoos are worn by collectors throughout the world.

Show Pigeon

Head to ShowPigeon.com to learn more about the artist, browse her work or find inspiration for your own project, whatever it is. In the meantime,  remember to pop back to Blue Cactus Press in a few weeks for updates on the finished cover design, publication date and more details about There Is No Other Way to Worship Them by Samuel Snoek-Brown.

Let’s Podcast!


That’s right, Blue Cactus Press is starting its very own podcast! We’ll delve into the creative worlds of writers, artists, entrepreneurs and general bad-asses across the Pacific Northwest. But before we set up our microphones and chat with our cool-kid guests,  we need your help! We’ve gotten ourselves into a bit of a pickle: we can’t decide what to name our new podcast! We’re stuck, we’re wavering in silly indecision about whether to name it

The Prickly Pear or The Clay Pot

So, instead of wasting away in this valley of confusion, we’ve decided to ask you – our friends, colleagues and literary crushes – to vote on which of these two (amazing) choices is best. Chime in by filling out the form below!

We can’t wait to see what you choose! We’ll post the results sometime next week. Now get to votin’ !