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Moss Covered Claws Reading

On November 19th, we hosted an informal reading to celebrate the Moss Covered Claws Kickstarter campaign. Along with author Jonah Barrett, we were joined by Daniel Wolfert, Cecilia Frank, Logan Fenner, and Alissa Tu to share not only speculative fiction, but creative nonfiction and musical theater, as well! Thank you to everyone who attended. Watch the event below!


Moss Covered Claws Fundraiser Reading, Nov 19th, 2020

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

JONAH BARRETT is a nonbinary filmmaker, writer, and multimedia artist. They usually find themself in old haunted buildings or overgrown swamps.Cecilia Frank lives in Olympia with her fiance and cat. She enjoys writing magical realism when she’s not procrastinating on her grad school homework.

ALISSA TU is a Vietnamese writer, dancer, and (maybe) princess. She’s usually watching Sailor Moon or perfecting her pour overs whenever she’s not drowning herself in grad school work.

LOGAN FENNER is a queer fantasy writer living in the pacific northwest. In his free time, he drinks tea, acquires tattoos, plays with threaded needles, and keeps his library books for too long.

DANIEL WOLFERT is a musical theater songwriter and the owner and teacher of Horizon Musical Studio. His current major project is a children’s sci fi and science education musical called JENNA IN THE CITY OF JOULES, which he hopes to bring to a theater in the South Sound next year. Alongside writing musical theater and teaching music, Daniel is an avid reader and persistent, if unpredictable, baker and cook.

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Weird Flex But Okay … with Jonah Barrett

Prickly Pear Podcast Episode 5: Weird Flex But Okay … with Jonah Barrett

We’re bringing the weird, friends! We’ve been stuck indoors all winter and we’re LOSING OUR MINDS! Luckily, though, we’re losing our minds with filmmaker, writer and multimedia artist Jonah Barrett.

In this episode, Jonah chats about their obsession with dark places (we’re talking caves, abandoned houses and creepy forests),  “finite experience on the YouTubez,” and past, present and future creative endeavors. There’s also a fair amount of sh*t talking (you’re welcome), and an ridiculous Q&A session fueled by friends.

**BONUS: Jonah rehashes their experience performing a personal essay, “Anal Pleasure & Health,” on this podcast episode.  They debuted the essay at Creative Colloquy in January 2019 (a video of his performance is below), and we’re *incredibly* excited announce that we’re featuring “Anal Pleasure & Health” online here at Blue Cactus Press.

Jonah also chats about one of their biggest ongoing projects, Wordsmiths, during the podcast. Wordsmiths is a video mini-series featuring literary groups in the Pacific Northwest and their impact on their local communities. We’ve included the first installment of Wordsmiths, “Chapter One,” for you below. In “Chapter One,” Jonah interviews Jackie Casella and Joshua Swainston of Tacoma’s Creative Colloquy – a nonprofit where writers come together and read their work monthly.

To see more of Jonah’s creative work, visit their YouTube channel, LazyEyesInc, or visit his website, Malicious Wallydrags. Jonah’s writing can be found in Creative Colloquy, Everyday Genius, Lit.Cat, OlyArts, and the bestselling Portland anthology City of WeirdJonah has directed and written two feature films, a dozen-ish short films and three web series. He’s also worked as a literary magazine and anthology editor, journalist, assistant director, script supervisor and art conservator.


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¡The 2019 Lineup!

Before 2019 gets any further underway, Blue Cactus Press has a big announcement to make! In celebration of two fantastic years of publishing under our belt, we’re announcing our 2019 lineup of authors! Please join us in welcoming three phenomenal local artists, poets, and writers to the Blue Cactus Press family:

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Find Our Books in Seattle

We’re UBER EXCITED to announce our expanded distribution into the Seattle book market! You can now find Blue Cactus Press books at Open Books and Third Place Books. More specifically, you’ll find:

Still Clutching Maps by Christina Butcher at Open Books: A Poem Emporium

There Is No Other Way to Worship Them by Samuel Snoek-Brown at Third Place Books in Seward Park

We’ll keep you updated over the next few weeks as we continue expanding into new markets AND with new books (hint hint). Stay tuned!

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Author Interview: Samuel Snoek-Brown

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If you’ve been wondered what was rolling around in author Samuel Snoek-Brown’s head as he wrote his new short story collection, There Is No Other Way to Worship Them, today’s the day to find out! We sat down with the Tacoma-based author to chat about how his new collection came to be, the narratives inside, and some of the secrets hidden within its stories. Enjoy!

Q: We heard through the grapevine you like to hide secrets or slip riddles into your stories … is that true?

A: I’m a big fan of literary puzzles and Easter eggs! So yeah, I hide all sorts of nerdy things in my stories. The main thing I hope every reader keeps an eye out for are the hidden connections between my stories, not just in this book but in all the stories I write. (Example: There’s a connection between the story “Jarabe” and my Civil War novel Hagridden, but I’ll let readers find it on their own.) But there are also other little games I play while I’m developing stories, and I don’t know if anyone else will spot them or if they’re just for me, but I like that they’re in there. A lot of my stories come from songs, for example, as did the title of this collection. But I won’t spoil the game of figuring out which songs. And those Easter eggs aren’t as important as the stories themselves, anyway. Continue reading Author Interview: Samuel Snoek-Brown