Who We Are

The team behind Blue Cactus Press is small and diverse. Our team members are also working artists who regularly produce and perform content in their chosen mediums. We’re willing to stay this way – small and artful – to foster sustainable, responsible growth in the publishing industry. Learn more about us below.


Photo by Jennifer Preston Chushcoff

Christina Butcher is a Chicana poet, publisher and veteran from New Mexico. She has a passion for storytelling and community involvement. She’s a bookseller at King’s Books and a teaching artist at Write253. She’s also worked as a freelance writer since exiting the military in 2016. Her work has appeared in City Arts, Creative Colloquy, Grit City Magazine, Hilltop Action Journal, OLY ARTS, The Ranger, VOICE Magazine and Weekly Volcano. Christina published her first book of poetry, Still Clutching Maps, in 2017.

Follow Christina on Twitter @bluecactuspress and Instagram @ccthemighty or @bluecactuspress

Graphic Designer

Sam Tait is a non-binary designer and Illustrator. Sam is a graduate of Northwest College of Art & Design, and they’ve been working as a freelance creator for over five years. They’ve worked with Write253 and the Tacoma Public Library, and enjoy spreading art through education and storytelling. When they aren’t teaching or volunteering with local youth, Sam advocates for other LGBTQA+ creators and runs The Gayng, a queer Dungeons and Dragons group.

Follow Sam on Twitter @desdechets and Instagram @desdechets

Podcast Producer

AS Light

Austin Scheen is an all-around musician with a passion for sound. They have been in love with the magical influence of music all their life, and have been producing music for over half a decade. Austin’s top priority is to help others help themselves through the power of music, which connects us all without barriers.

Follow Austin on SoundCloud as Alkemist and Instagram @alkemist_official