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It’s Your Country, Too

A conversation with authors Yousef Allouzi & Samuel Snoek-Brown about writing, publishing, and co-creating

With the launch of The Bedouin by Yousef Allouzi and There Are No False Alarms by Samuel Snoek-Brown right around the corner, we couldn’t resist the opportunity to give readers a deeper understanding of the how’s and why’s behind the paired chapbooks and their authors. So, we asked Yousef and Sam to chat with us about their writing, the publishing process, and their relationship as writers and co-conspirators. Enjoy, friends!


Yousef Allouzi, “It’s Your Country, Too”

Q: Yousef, your essay centers on heritage and reconnecting with your family, but it also touches on racial profiling and discrimination in the U.S. Will you talk about how those themes intermingle in your writing and personal life?

A: The intermingling of heritage and family with discrimination and racial profiling has always been a part of my life.  From the time I was young, I was very aware that being Arab-American was drenched in stigma, whether it be the “t word” (terrorist) or the general portrayal of Arab-Americans in pop culture and television.  I lived much of my youth ashamed of my heritage. I liken it to the feeling of being poor.  I can remember the first time I visited a kid’s house in a gated community back in Texas.  I felt like I shouldn’t be there. No matter how many showers you take, or how expensive the clothes you are wearing, you don’t feel like you belong. So, naturally, I try and let those feelings seep into my writing. 

Q: What do you hope readers take away from reading your essay?

A: The American story is a story of diversity. Don’t let anyone tell you differently. It’s your country too.  It’s become somewhat of a cliché, but history has a way of repeating itself. Our country has a very fickle relationship with civil rights during conflict, and the fallout of 9/11 was no different. 

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Virtual Book Launch & Reading Is a Go!

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 from and answers questions about their newly published chapbooks, which are launching the same day!

REGISTER  FOR THE EVENT (registration is required!) by emailing bluecactuspress@gmail.com.

The Bedouin by Yousef Allouzi and There Are No False Alarms by Samuel Snoek-Brown will publish in tandem as part of the Blue Cactus Press Chapbook Series, which 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. 

During the launch event, the authors will read from their work, answer questions about the publishing process, and dive into the ins and outs of their creative work for audience members. Please join us in celebration and support of these two, phenomenal authors!

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Let the Chapbook Series Begin!

As some of you may already know, Blue Cactus Press is participating in next week’s 2018 Summer SOULstice event at the Tacoma Art Museum (curated and hosted by Tacoma poet laureate Kellie Richardson). SOULstice supports emerging and established artists from marginalized communities, and we’re beyond excited to present our work alongside other creatives who promote diversity and inclusion in Tacoma. Throughout the event, which takes place on June 21 from 5:30 – 8 p.m., we’ll sell our books and chat with fellow artists about literary arts.

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We’re also pleased to announce the debut of the Blue Cactus Press Chapbook Series! Through the creation of these limited-edition, bi-annual chapbooks, BCP strives to provide emerging writers with opportunities to present creative writing on public platforms. Continue reading Let the Chapbook Series Begin!