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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!

We're Offering Memberships

We have four membership levels for readers to choose from: Moon, Star, Cholla, and Saguaro. Each one has special perks including free books, discounts and ARCs, and free admittance to writing workshops! Purchasing a membership is a great way to get your fix of well-crafted books and to show ongoing support to our incredible team of authors, artists, and editors. Check out our annual membership options here!
 
*In the upcoming months, we're migrating our recorded events and podcast episodes from public content to member benefits! Sign up today to make sure you don't miss out on incredible literary and community content. 

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 bluecactuspress@gmail.com.

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!  
 

Preorders for Green River Valley Are Open!

Green River Valley by Robert Lashley is officially available for preorder on our website! We've already reached 25% of our goal for preorders, and we hope you'll help us reach our next benchmark, 50% funding, by ordering your own copy of Robert's incredible book here. Green River Valley, is Lashley's third poetry collection and it's an unapologetic and harrowing look at gentrification, racism, and personal and collective loss in his hometown of Tacoma, Washington. Read some of Robert's poems from the book here.

Writing Workshops: April - June

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! 

Feedback, Not Friction: A Poetry Critique Group for Women of Color
 

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. 

Lie Your Ass Off: A Poetry Workshop with Michael Haeflinger

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. 

Entangled Empathy: A Workshop on Ecofeminism & the Intersectional Self in Poetry

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
Jonah Barrett on Lambda Literary
Our very own fantasy author Jonah Barrett was featured on Lambda Literary's Most Anticipated LGBTQ books for March! We're so excited for one of our author's to be featured on this list of fantastic writers. Check out Lambda Literary's list here, and be sure to order a copy of Moss Covered Claws before its release on March 18th! 
Michael Haeflinger at Winter Garden Poetry Series
Low Static Rage author Michael Haeflinger was the featured poet for Lakewold Garden's final installment of the 2021 Winter Garden Poetry Series! You can watch Michael's performance here, and purchase a copy of his poetry collection on our website. 
Jonah Barrett in Oly Arts
Jonah Barrett and Moss Covered Claws were featured in a stellar little article in the Olympia-based arts magazine, Oly Arts. Read the article, "Reptiles, Fairies and Gremlins, Oh My! Local Author Releases PNW Horror Collection," to learn more about the monsters in Moss Covered Claws and Jonah's inspiration for places and themes within the book! 
Publisher's Note
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.
 
- Christina 
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