Join Blue Cactus Press on Thursday, February 28, for a night of poetry and fiction at Notes Coffee Company in Parkland. Blue Cactus Press alumni Lux Barker, Samuel Snoek-Brown and Christina Butcher will read from their latest works, and officially welcome two of BCP’s newest authors to the stage: Jack Cameron and Michael Haeflinger. Please join us for a night of celebration and readings!
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.
Christina Butcher is a Chicana poet, publisher and veteran from New Mexico. Her poetry explores ideas of language, power, and place as they inform our ever-evolving identities. Christina holds degrees in anthropology and Chinese-Mandarin language studies, as well as a certificate in storytelling and content strategy. She lives and writes in Tacoma, Washington.
Jack Cameron is the author of Ruin Your Life, 15 Minute Stories and Kickstart Your Kickstarter. His work has also appeared Creative Colloquy’s online and print collections. He’s the creator of TacomaStories.com – which covers local businesses and events as well as every homicide that happens in the city of Tacoma. He also writes a weekly newsletter called Notes From Table 30. He has an Associates in Human Services from Tacoma Community College and a Bachelor of Arts from The Evergreen State College.
Michael Haeflinger is a local poet, musician and educator. He’s also the executive director of Write253, a non-profit youth literacy organization serving Pierce County. Michael earned a BA in Religion from Wright State University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Rutgers University. He is the author of two chapbooks of poetry: Love Poem for the Everyday (2011) and The Days Before. In 2016, he released Let’s Don’t Be Crazy, a spoken word album partially funded by the Tacoma Arts Commission.
Samuel Snoek-Brown is the author of the short story collection There Is No Other Way to Worship Them, the Civil War novel Hagridden and short-fiction chapbooks Where There Is Ruin and Box Cutters. He also serves as production editor for Jersey Devil Press. He lives with his librarian wife in Tacoma.