Did you know March is not only Women's History Month, but also Small Press Month? Take a look at our March newsletter to see how we're celebrating ;)
Did you know March is not only Women's History Month, but also Small Press Month? We're celebrating by releasing a new book, launching our membership program, and mailing pre-orders for our upcoming release. It's the perfect month to support your favorite local, WOC-owned micro-press :) OK, yes, we know: there are A LOT of micro-presses in the PNW! And we're happy knowing you support any of them, honestly, not just us! Still, there are some damn fine books waiting for you at bluecactuspress.com!
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We're Launching Moss Covered Claws
Join us in celebrating the publication of Moss Covered Claws by Jonah Barrett at a virtual book launch and reading on March 19th at 7PM. The event will include a reading by Barrett followed by a short Q&A and discussion about all things monster-related. It's an understatement to say we are **thrilled** to finally share this finished book with you! Also, please note: this reading is free, but registration is required. Register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, be sure to follow us on social media on March 18th to take part in publicly congratulating Jonah and celebrating this beautiful lil book!
We've been itching to offer writing workshops to our readers, so without further ado, we'd like to direct your attention to our spring and early summer 2021 writing workshops, facilitated by some of our very own authors! One of these workshops is free, BTW! Make sure you register soon, before they fill up!
In celebration of National Poetry Month, we’re holding two sessions of “Feedback, Not Friction: A Poetry Critique Group for Women of Color” this April. This workshop is specifically for Women of Color to include women-identifying and gender-nonconforming individuals. Participants will meet virtually to discuss and give feedback on original, previously shared poetry at a round-table discussion facilitated by poet and publisher Christina Butcher. Using workshop principles presented by Felicia Rose Chavez in The Anti-Racist Writing Workshop, we’ll engage in collective support; study and discuss each writer’s style, voice, and writing habits; discuss craft elements to give and receive targeted, craft-based feedback; and assess the challenges and successes of submitted drafts. Workshop dates are April 14 & 28.
This workshop will explore the art of lying in poetry. Participants will look at instances of hyperbole and interpretation, but also at examples of flat-out making stuff up in service of a great poetic Truth. Our workshop will look at poems by Wisława Szymborska, Ulrich Berkes, Nikki Giovanni, and Jim Harrison, and make space to write a draft of a poem that examines notions of truth and fiction. Workshop participants will also receive a FREE copy of Haelinger’s poetry collection, Low Static Rage, upon registration! The workshop will be held on May 20, 2021, from 6:00 – 7:15 PM (PST), via Zoom.
Blue Cactus Press invites you to participate in a FREE, virtual poetry workshop facilitated by BCP author Esther Vincent Xueming on June 17, 2021, at 7 PM (PST). In this hour-long workshop, we will examine Gaard’s definition of ecofeminism, which focuses on the politics of relations or “interbeing” as essential to how the woman finds herself located in time and place as an intersectional being. We will further explore the concept of empathy, and discuss Gruen’s metaphor of “entangled empathy” which Gaard relates to “compassion and action” typified by eco-social justice. For more details on the workshop content, delivery, and facilitator, please see the full description and notes below.
In The Press
Esther Vincent on Note for Note
One of our new authors, Esther Vincent, recently had a poem commissioned by The Arts House Singapore's "Note for Note 2021" podcast! Esther's poem, "Falcon" was recently featured, with musicians working to musically interpret the poem and perform it. It's pretty damn cool. Listen to it here.
It's midnight. My family is sleeping downstairs and I'm squirreled away in my attic office, thinking and dreaming and scheming about making MORE BOOKS! There's probably something wrong with me. But/and, I truly love publishing and bookselling (even the hot-dumpster-fire-mess of a to-do list that comes with it), so here I am.
One of the things on my never-ending to-do list this month was to take a look at our book sales and see which of our books, if any, have paid for themselves (because at the end of the day, if all I do is create good books and break even, I am content). So, I ran some numbers. And here's what I found: to date, we've been able to break even on all but two of our books! This feels incredible - even unbelievable - to me, despite knowing our team WORKS THEIR ASS OFF for each and every book, and our readers and community rally for us with every release.
I am so grateful to our team, and to you. Thank you to all our authors, editors, marketers, designers, friends, lovers, readers, community members... to all of you! Thank you for being on this journey with me as Blue Cactus Press enters it's fifth year of business.
I have so much more to tell you about what's in store for the press this year, but I'm tired - really tired - so I'm going to bed. I can't wait to see you all again IRL some day. Until then, be well, wreak havoc, and read good books.
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