“Low Static Rage” Book Launch

Join us for the official book launch of Michael Haeflinger’s debut poetry collection, Low Static Rage, at King’s Books on Friday, September 27, at 7 PM. Haeflinger will read from his stunning new poetry collection, chat with the audience about his work, and sign copies of Low Static Rage during the event. He’ll also be accompanied by musical guests for a portion of the evening.

For more information about Low Static Rage, or to pre-order your copy before the launch, visit the book page, here. You can also pre-order Low Static Rage online or in-person at King’s Books.


Originally from the Midwest, Michael Haeflinger is the author of two chapbooks, Love Poem for the Everyday (2011) and The Days Before (2014), both from Dog On A Chain Press. In 2016, he released Let’s Don’t Be Crazy, a spoken word and music album.

He is the recipient of the Rutgers-Camden Award for Community Engagement (2013), The Amocat Award for Community Engagement (2017), and a Tacoma Arts Initiative Program Award (2015). He is the Executive Director for Write253, a literary arts organization in Tacoma, WA.

Willamette Writers Conference

Blue Cactus Press will join other PNW presses, agents and professionals at the 2019 Willamette Writers Conference. The conference marks the 50th consecutive year Willamette Writers has hosted one of the largest and most-beloved writing conferences in North America, providing a wide array of opportunities for more than 700 writers to build their craft, meet successful professionals, and become part of a dynamic group of writers from all walks of life. Opportunities include masters classes, writing intensives, manuscript pitching and critiques, and an array of other opportunities. Check out the website to see what’s included with registration.

Specifically, BCP will take part in the pitching process, in which local writers can pitch their manuscripts to agents, publishers, editors industry professionals in the hopes of securing publication and/or getting feedback on their work. Here’s a full list of who’s repping at the conference. See you there, friends!

The Space Lady at Jankuland!

Come get weird with Christina Butcher and Michael Heaflinger, two local, Blue Cactus Press poets and creatives in the Tacoma area. Christina and Michael will perform poetry (no love poems, duh) and music (bass guitar, baby) as openers for a stellar lineup of musicians, including:

The Space Lady
https://thespacelady.bandcamp.com/

Garbage Burner
https://soundcloud.com/messyandbarbaric

Divine Orgasm
https://womenofthedivineorgasm.bandcamp.com

This is an all-ages show. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Bring your friends, lean into it.