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FREE Book for HONEST Review

Blue Cactus Press is putting out an official “Call for Readers” for Samuel Snoek-Brown’s forthcoming short story collection, There Is No Other Way to Worship Them! We’re looking for 20 readers who’re not only eager to delve into the collection, but willing to exchange an HONEST review of the book for a FREE copy, too. If you want to be one of those 20 readers (trust us, you do), here’s what you need to do:

Send an email to BlueCactusPress@gmail.com with the following info:

  1. Your name
  2. Your preference of a digital or print copy of There Is No Other Way to Worship Them
  3. The title of your FAVORITE short story collection and a short explanation about why you love it

The first 20 people to email us will get an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC)  of Sam’s forthcoming book as soon as it pops off the printer! We’ll contact the readers, then post a list of everyone’s favorite short story collection once we finalize the list.

Oh, and did we mention we finalized the cover?! Because we did that, too 🙂 Take a look below and let us know what you think. And don’t forget to show some love to the cover artist, Show Pigeon, while you’re at it!

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We Made the (Paper) Cut!

BCP is always grateful for a nod of approval from fellow movers and shakers in Tacoma, and this month, in particular, we’re happy to report making it into Move To Tacoma’s newest article,

10 Ways to Get Involved in Tacoma’s Writing Community

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Read the article above to learn more about stellar literary organizations in T-Town, including Cascade Writers, Creative Colloquy, Destiny City Comics, Tacoma Poet Laureate Kellie Richardson, Tacoma Public Library, Write253, and of course, BCP!

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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.

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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. Continue reading Let the Chapbook Series Begin!

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¡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. Continue reading ¡Cover Art Reveal!

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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’ !

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Our New Favorite Podcast

Hello, friends! We wanted to introduce you all to our new favorite podcast: Storytellers Telling Stories. This lovely little production is a literary “radio theater” podcast created by Jude Brewer. It features a different storyteller every week (many of whom we have a serious literary crush on) narrating their literary work for listeners’ pleasure.

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Storytellers Telling Stories launched in October 2017 and since then, over 21 episodes have been published! Included in Season One are two episodes by Blue Cactus Press authors: Christina Butcher (yes, that’s me!) and Sam Snoek-Brown (yes, he’s amazing!). But, we’re not writing this blog post to toot our own horns; we’re writing it to introduce you to the magical literary experience Jude creates in this podcast. We’re also hoping to convince you to listen and subscribe 🙂

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In addition to clean audio and riveting stories, each episode of Storytellers Telling Stories includes sound effects and music. Now, if you’ve ever worked on a podcast you know how much work can go into just a few minutes of finished audio – so trust us when we tell you Jude has spent copious amounts of time and energy on each episode!

Did we mention that Jude also enlists the help of local artists to create artwork for every episode? Yeah, he really does. Each collaboration results in a lovely, meaningful piece of art directly connected to the episode’s content. It’s the perfect marriage of visual arts and literature.

Some of our favorites episodic masterpieces are:

Episode 3 – Itzá – by Rios de la Luz

Episode 8 – Heller – by Domi Shoemaker

Episode 18 – Barefoot in the Guadalupe – by Samuel Snoek-Brown
(we can’t help it, it’s just good writing …)

The next time you’re stuck in the car during rush hour, getting ready for a long walk through the neighborhood or looking for a good story on a rainy day, plug your headphones in and download an episode of Storytellers Telling Stories. It’s literary magic, friends.

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Sneak Peek, Anyone?

Well hello there! We thought it was about time to bring you, dear readers, a sneak peek of Samuel Snoek-Brown’s forthcoming short story collection, There Is No Other Way to Worship Them. Watch the video below to get the inside scoop on the themes, content and inspiration behind the collection. Then, get your hands on “It Was the Only Way,” one of the nine little beauties inside the book. Enjoy!

 

PS: We highly recommend reading “It Was the Only Way” while sipping tequila and eating messy, delicious tacos. It’s #TacoTuesday, after all! 

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A Poetry Reading, Plain & Simple

It may not be spring yet, but Blue Cactus Press is ready for a little pick-me-up (and we think you are, too)! So, in the hopes of luring warm weather and a few friends back onto our block, we’re inviting  you to a poetry reading in Tacoma. Join  Nicole McCarthy and Christina Butcher for a poetry reading this Saturday at Black Kettle Bites and Brew. The reading will begin promptly at 5 p.m. And before you ask, yes, there will be happy hour pricing on drinks throughout the reading.  We hope you can make it, friends!

What: A Poetry Reading with Nicole McCarthy & Christina Butcher

When: 5 p.m. Saturday, Mar 10

Where: Black Kettle Bites and Brew
(744 Market Street, Tacoma)

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About the Poets 

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Nicole McCarthy is an experimental writer who earned her MFA from the University of Washington Bothell. Her work has appeared in Glass: a Journal of Poetry, The Shallow Ends, Dream Pop Press, B(o)ink, Crab Fat Magazine, Ghost Proposal, FLAPPERHOUSE, Tinderbox Poetry, The Fem, Civil Coping Mechanism’s A Shadow Map anthology, and forthcoming in Memoir Mixtapes, FIVE:2:ONE Magazine, and the 2018 Best American Experimental Writing anthology. Her work has been performed & encountered as projection installation pieces throughout Tacoma & Seattle. She can be found on Twitter @GarbytheSass and her work can be found at nicolemccarthypoet.com. She works at Hugo House in Seattle.

 

Christina Butcher

Christina Butcher is a Chicana poet, publisher and veteran from New Mexico. She has a passion for storytelling and community involvement. She’s a working writer and is a regular contributor to The Ranger, Weekly Volcano, Hilltop Action Journal and Thurston County Chamber of Commerce’s VOICE Magazine. Her writing has also appeared in City Arts, Creative Colloquy, and OLY ARTS. Christina’s debut poetry collection, “Still Clutching Maps,” was published in May 2017 by Blue Cactus Press. It explores ideas of language, power, and place as they inform a person’s ever-evolving identity. Christina holds degrees in anthropology and Chinese-Mandarin language studies, as well as a certificate in storytelling and content strategy. She lives in Tacoma.

 

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“Transform” Community Event & Readings

Did you know Spaceworks Tacoma partnered with Creative Colloquy to present readings on transforming Tacoma’s theater district to you, dear readers, on Feb. 22? We did, and maybe we should have mentioned it sooner, but life and poetry readings and travel happened and we got a bit distracted (but we knew you’d forgive us). The readings are just a small part of TRANSFORM, a project presented by Pierce Transit, City of Tacoma and the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts. It’s goal is to revitalize Tacoma’s theater district between 9th and 11th streets between Broadway and Pacific Ave.

We’re over-the-moon with excitement about the event, especially the readings, as Blue Cactus Press author Christina Butcher will be one of six local authors presenting work that comments on revamping Tacoma’s theater district. Christina will present a poetic piece titled “#TRANSFORM.”

There will also be light refreshments, an open-mic following Creative Colloquy’s readings, and (hopefully) lively discourse on the future of our community. The event is free, and we hope you find time to pop by and participate.

What: TRANSFORM Community Event & Reading

When: 6 – 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb 22

Where: Pythian Temple
(926 1/2 Broadway, Tacoma)

More Info: Transform Theater District Community Event

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New Year, New Book!

Exactly one year ago, Blue Cactus Press opened for business and started working towards publishing our first book. One marvelous year later, we’re back at it again! BCP is celebrating our one year anniversary with a special announcement about our newest, upcoming book by a truly talented author, Samuel Snoek-Brown.

Continue reading New Year, New Book!