July was a busy month for us, really busy, but we couldn't be happier with the outcome.
Hello friends! We've got lots of exciting news about the press below, including info about our brand new chapbooks, a new team member, our latest podcast episode, and ongoing discounts! Peruse below to see what we've been up to, and don't forget to head to bluecactuspress.com afterward to purchase books!
A few weeks ago, we officially published the BCP Chapbook Series, Summer 2020 edition, featuring memoir essays by Yousef Allouzi and Samuel Snoek-Brown! The chapbooks are sold as a pair, as the authors worked side-by-side in a publishing mentorship for over a year and a half to workshop, edit and finish their respective chapbooks.
The chapbooks are limited edition (we only made 100) and were locally printed and bound. They're wrapped stunning , hand-designed and pressed folio by Springtide Press. If you haven't ordered a copy yet, now's the time to do so! Order yours here! Every order supports the authors, designers, printers and press, and helps stimulate local economy.
Meet the newest member of our publishing team, Kate Threat! Kate has been hard at work since July, submitting books for awards, conducting research on memberships (stay tuned!) and helping us plan events for this fall and winter.
Kate Threat is a recent graduate of the University of Puget Sound with a BA in Art History and English Creative Writing. She loves reading and writing, as well as dancing, baking, painting, and essentially, any art or craft you can do with your hands. She has worked locally with the Tacoma Art Museum and Write253, and is excited to delve even deeper into the creative communities of Tacoma with the Blue Cactus Press.
Not only is Kate interested in making paths to the arts more accessible to youth, she is also eager to advocate for the arts as a major component of social activism. She loves visual as well as literary arts, cats as well as dogs, and sweet as well as savory snacks.
We Recorded a New Podcast Episode!
Early last month, we recorded the Prickly Pear Podcast Episode 11, ft. Tashawn Deville!Tashawn Deville is a 20 year old poet, poetry slam coach and Tacoma Community College alumni living and working in Tacoma. She's been writing poetry since high school, and is influenced by J. Cole, Langston Hughes, Malcolm X, James Baldwin and Tupac Shakur.
In the podcast episode, Tashawn shared one of her spoken word poems she's known for around town, "AmeriKKKa." The poem was inspired by "the many social inequalities and injustices that I and many People of Color face," says Deville.
Admittedly, our call for submissions has been open for a few months, but we realized we haven't told very many folks about it :) Here's what you need to know:
We’re on the hunt for full-length non-fiction manuscripts (poetry and essays included) by women, transgender and gender-nonconforming People of Color. We’re particularly interested in works that inspire dialogue about the undercurrents of the shared human experience.
20% OFF all works by Kellie Richardson
This summer, we're offering 20% off all works by Kellie Richardson in celebration of publishing the new edition of her debut poetry collection, What Us Is (and because we can't get enough of the artwork, essays and poems found in her sophomore collection, The Art of Naming My Pain. Use the promo code, KELLIE, when you checkout from bluecactuspress.com to get the discount!
Get FREE SHIPPING when you spend $50 or more at bluecactuspress.com. It's one way we're saying thanks for supporting us through the ongoing pandemic, and for supporting local authors, artists, designers, printers and publishers. We appreciate you.
Take Action in Your Community
If you're a Washington state resident, it's time to vote! Seriously, today is the day! Please don't underestimate your power as a voter and miss out on an opportunity to shape the politics in your community. We dropped our ballot off yesterday, and we hope you're doing the same today.
And please, for the love of God, wear your masks when you're out and about, friends!
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