José Olivarez / Michael Haeflinger Poetry Reading

Join us at Open Books: A Poetry Emporium in Seattle on November 17 for an evening of poetry by José Olivarez and Michael Haeflinger. The event will begin at 5PM, and will include readings, signings and a chance to meet the poets.


About the Poets: 

José Olivarez is the son of Mexican immigrants and the author of the book of poems, Citizen Illegal, a finalist for the PEN/ Jean Stein Award and a winner of the 2018 Chicago Review of Books Poetry Prize. It was named a top book of 2018 by NPR and the New York Public Library. In 2018, he was awarded the first annual Author and Artist in Justice Award from the Phillips Brooks House Association. Along with Felicia Chavez and Willie Perdomo, he is co-editing the forthcoming anthology, The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 4: LatiNEXT. He is the recipient of fellowships from CantoMundo, Poets House, the Bronx Council on the Arts, the Poetry Foundation, & the Conversation Literary Festival. His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Paris Review, Chicago Magazine & elsewhere.

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.

Village 253 Handmade Market & Mingle

Join the Village 253 & Handmade PNW for the 5th Annual Handmade Market & Mingle at Union Club (539 Broadway in downtown Tacoma). The event includes free entry, free food, and a free kids’ craft.  Blue Cactus Press will be one of more than 30 local vendors specializing in homemade and locally crafted goods! Come by to browse our newest books, chat with us about the publishing process, and meet other local creators! You can also get tickets for an awesome raffle benefiting local charities (and get a free goodie bag with a $20 raffle ticket purchase!). Every maker, including Blue Cactus Press, will donate 10% of their sales to the chosen charity. Check out the event posts for information on the raffle prizes and vendors!

Vendors include:

Happy Fox Studio Jewelry
Sarah Gil Art
Luna Fin Designs
Color Cornucopia
Shop Milla and Me
Graceful Moon Studios
Crochet by Cora
Steamboat Soap Company
Diva Reclaimed
Jenny L. Miller
Turquoise Rhinoceros
Kristen Hernandez
The Art of Crunch – Handcrafted Artisan Biscotti
Tacoma Tot
Happy Moon Candles
Brianna Showalter
Joy at Journey’s End
Ness Creations Pottery
Healing Vibes Creations
YPurple Art
Blue Cactus Press
(+ more!)

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Free Range Poetry PDX

Join Blue Cactus Press poet and publisher Christina Butcher, and portland-based poets Jonathan Merritt and Armin Tolentino, for a night of poetry at Northwest Library, in Portland, Oregon. The reading is a part of the Free Range Poetry reading series, which meets monthly on the first Monday of every month. Here’s the scoop, so far, for the night’s readings and festivities:

6:00 pm – open mic
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm – featured readers
7:30 pm – join poets and organizers for a casual get together at McMenamin’s bar, which is across the street from the Northwest Library. See you in November, friends!