Join Blue Cactus Press at SOUL Food Poetry Night for an evening of readings featuring Blue Cactus Press authors, followed by an open mic. Featured readers include Yousef Allouzi, Christina Butcher, Robert Lashley, Kellie Richardson and Michael Haeflinger. BCP will have books available for purchase and signing at the event.
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.
Christina Butcher is a Chicana poet, publisher and veteran from New Mexico. She’s also a teaching artist with Write253 and a bookseller at King’s Books in Tacoma, WA.
Michael Haeflinger is a poet and author of two chapbooks, Love Poem for the Everyday (2011) and The Days Before (2014). He is the Executive Director for Write253, a literary arts organization in Tacoma, WA.
Robert Lashley is a writer and activist, as well as a 2016 Jack Straw Fellow, Artist Truat Fellow, and a nominee for a Stranger Genius Award.
Kellie Richardson is a writer, artist and educator from Tacoma, Washington. She served as the Tacoma Poet Laureate from 2017 – 2019, holding and curating spaces that centered Black, Brown, and LGBTQ voices.