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Episode 10: DJ Smokey Wonder

Prickly Pear Podcast Episode 10: DJ Smoky Wonder

Yeah. A whole podcast episode of nothin’ but good-good music by one of our favorite, Tacoma-based musicians, DJ Smokey Wonder. Why? Because life is hard and sometimes it’s refreshing – and necessary – to participate in things that bring us joy and don’t expect a damn thing in return. 

So take a break from worrying about  the CODIV-19 heath crisis, the overwhelming number of online meetings you have to attend, work or the lack thereof, and everything else cramping your style this summer and just listen to some damn-good music. After a six-month-ish podcast hiatus, we’re back and eager to share a brand new podcast episode featuring homegrown, bad ass, get-down-funky music by DJ Smokey Wonder.

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Let’s Podcast!

 

That’s right, Blue Cactus Press is starting its very own podcast! We’ll delve into the creative worlds of writers, artists, entrepreneurs and general bad-asses across the Pacific Northwest. But before we set up our microphones and chat with our cool-kid guests,  we need your help! We’ve gotten ourselves into a bit of a pickle: we can’t decide what to name our new podcast! We’re stuck, we’re wavering in silly indecision about whether to name it

The Prickly Pear or The Clay Pot

So, instead of wasting away in this valley of confusion, we’ve decided to ask you – our friends, colleagues and literary crushes – to vote on which of these two (amazing) choices is best. Chime in by filling out the form below!

We can’t wait to see what you choose! We’ll post the results sometime next week. Now get to votin’ !

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Our New Favorite Podcast

Hello, friends! We wanted to introduce you all to our new favorite podcast: Storytellers Telling Stories. This lovely little production is a literary “radio theater” podcast created by Jude Brewer. It features a different storyteller every week (many of whom we have a serious literary crush on) narrating their literary work for listeners’ pleasure.

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Storytellers Telling Stories launched in October 2017 and since then, over 21 episodes have been published! Included in Season One are two episodes by Blue Cactus Press authors: Christina Butcher (yes, that’s me!) and Sam Snoek-Brown (yes, he’s amazing!). But, we’re not writing this blog post to toot our own horns; we’re writing it to introduce you to the magical literary experience Jude creates in this podcast. We’re also hoping to convince you to listen and subscribe 🙂

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In addition to clean audio and riveting stories, each episode of Storytellers Telling Stories includes sound effects and music. Now, if you’ve ever worked on a podcast you know how much work can go into just a few minutes of finished audio – so trust us when we tell you Jude has spent copious amounts of time and energy on each episode!

Did we mention that Jude also enlists the help of local artists to create artwork for every episode? Yeah, he really does. Each collaboration results in a lovely, meaningful piece of art directly connected to the episode’s content. It’s the perfect marriage of visual arts and literature.

Some of our favorites episodic masterpieces are:

Episode 3 – Itzá – by Rios de la Luz

Episode 8 – Heller – by Domi Shoemaker

Episode 18 – Barefoot in the Guadalupe – by Samuel Snoek-Brown
(we can’t help it, it’s just good writing …)

The next time you’re stuck in the car during rush hour, getting ready for a long walk through the neighborhood or looking for a good story on a rainy day, plug your headphones in and download an episode of Storytellers Telling Stories. It’s literary magic, friends.