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.
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:
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!
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. Continue reading Let the Chapbook Series Begin!
The Small Press Fair is one of several components of the 2017 Cascadia Poetry Festival, which includes themed poetry readings by prominent authors of the Pacific Northwestm guided workshops and round table discussions from Oct. 12 – 15. We hope to see you there, whether you’re buying books or simply hoping to enjoy a poetry reading.
What: Blue Cactus Press Book Sale
When: noon – 5 p.m. Saturday, October 14
Where: Washington State History Museum
(1911 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma)