Virtual Book Launch & Reading: Terrain by Gina Hietpas

Join Blue Cactus Press for a virtual book launch and reading of Terrain, the debut poetry collection by Pacific Northwest poet and educator Gina Hietpas.The event will include a short introduction by poet, essayist and natural history writer Tim McNulty, a reading by Hietpas, and a Q&A with the author, moderated by poet, teacher and editor Holly Hughes.

This event is free, but registration is required.  REGISTER BY EMAILING BLUECACTUSPRESS@GMAIL.COM.

To purchase a copy of the book or learn more about the author, visit the book page, here.

Virtual Book Launch & Reading

We’d like to invite you to join us on Monday, July 20 at 7PM, for a short, digital reading and book launch for Yousef Allouzi and Samuel Snoek-Brown! Both authors will read and answers questions about their newly published chapbooks, which are launching the same day!

The Bedouin by Yousef Allouzi and There Are No False Alarms by Samuel Snoek-Brown are being published in tandem as part of the Blue Cactus Press Chapbook Series. The BCP Chapbook Series pairs emerging writers with an established author who mentors them through the publishing experience. Find out more about the chapbooks (and pre-order your copy) here. 

At the launch event, the authors will read from their work and answer questions about the publishing process and their creative work for audience members.

REGISTER  FOR THE EVENT (this is required!) please email

BCP Fall Reading

Join Blue Cactus Press for a virtual, non-fiction reading to celebrate the onset of Fall, as well as honor the work authors whose writing graced our pages (and screens) this summer!  Our outstanding lineup of authors includes Yousef Allouzi, Gina Hietpas, Tamiko Nimura, Samuel Snoek-Brown. The authors will each read from new and selected works, and will answer questions and chat with audience members after their readings.

This event is free, but registration is required.



YOUSEF ALLOUZI is an author and data analyst currently living in the Pacific Northwest. He holds a BS in Economics and a Master of Public Policy from Oregon State University. He’s also the author of The Bedouin, a memoir essay and chapbook published in July, 2020 (Blue Cactus Press).

GINA HIETPAS is a self–taught poet, born and raised in Tacoma, Washington. Nowadays, she lives outside Sequim, Washington, on a small farm with her husband, a few cows and a passel of chickens. She’s the author of Terrain, a poetry collection delving into allyship, healing, nature and care, published in September, 2020 (Blue Cactus Press).

TAMIKO NIMURA is a third-generation Japanese American and second-generation Filipina American. She’s a freelance writer, essayist, community journalist, and public historian. She just published her first book, Rosa Franklin: A Life in Health CarePublic Service, and Social Justice, in 2019 (Washington State Oral History Program).

SAMUEL SNOEK-BROWN teaches and writes in the Pacific Northwest. He’s the author the Civil War novel Hagridden, the short story collection There Is No Other Way to Worship Them, and flash-fiction chapbooks Box Cutters and Where There Is Ruin. He also works as a production editor for Jersey Devil Press, and he lives online at