Monthly Newsletter

Hello, lovely people! We have plenty of news for you this month, including the debut of our newest book, a podcast collaboration, and upcoming virtual readings with a handful of talented authors. Read below to see what we've been up to and what we're thrilled to share with you. And don't forget to head to afterwards to support the press and our talented authors by purchasing books!

We Dropped a New Podcast Episode

We just released The Prickly Pear Podcast, Episode 12: Poetry as a Tool for Self-Healing! In this episode, we asked Gloria Muhammad, who also serves as a writer, teaching artist and educator in Tacoma, and Celia Nimura-Parmenter, a youth poet active in the arts community, to join us in conversation about poetry as a tool for self-healing.
*This episode is part one of a collaboration with Write253, a youth literary arts non-profit encouraging young people in Tacoma and Pierce County to express themselves through writing, performance, and publication. Part two will focus on poetry as a form of activism, and will drop later this month. Be sure to follow Write253 and Blue Cactus Press on social media to find out exactly when that episode is available! 
We're Launching a New Book
Join Blue Cactus Press for a virtual book launch and reading of Terrain, the debut poetry collection by Pacific Northwest poet and educator Gina Hietpas. The event will include a short introduction by poet, essayist and natural history writer Tim McNulty, a reading by Hietpas, and a Q&A with the author, moderated by poet, teacher, and editor Holly Hughes. This event is free, but registration is required. Email  BLUECACTUSPRESS@GMAIL.COM to attend! 

To purchase the book ahead of time, or to learn more about Gina and the book, please visit the book page, here.

To read a few of Gina's poems online, click here.

We Acquired a Tabletop Press
Very recently we were given an Excelsior tabletop press from a community partner! On top of that, our friends at Write253 and Springtide Press have been showing us the ropes and helping us troubleshoot our first few projects. Look out for handmade bookmarks and goodies from Blue Cactus Press over the fall and winter seasons!  

We Joined CLMP

Last month, we signed up for a membership with the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses. CLMP is all about supporting small independent presses (like ours!) to help ensure a rich and compelling literary landscape through awards, workshops, and specialized assistance to each member. We are so excited to be a part of their community! 
Our Chapbooks Are Getting Reviews
Some of you might remember Carlisle Huntington, a former member of our BCP family. She recently posted a wonderful and thought-provoking review of our July Chapbook Series on her Instagram account, @carlislereads! On "There Are No False Alarms," Carlisle made note of the "true insight of the piece," and for "The Bedouin," she commented on the ways author Yousef Allouzi so eloquently describes the necessity to "weave between liminal spaces." You can read her full post on her account here. Thanks, Carlisle! 
What's Happening This Fall

Another Podcast Episode With Write253

Be sure to keep a lookout for The Prickly Pear Podcast, Episode 13: Poetry as Activism! Set to release later this month, this episode will continue the conversations we started in Episode 12, and will feature Michael Haeflinger, executive director of Write253, as guest host in conversation with youth poets Emerson Pimentel, PJ Sorem, and Tashawn Deville about the crossroads of poetry and activism. Follow our social media accounts to make sure you don't miss it! 

BCP Fall Reading

Can't get enough of our authors? You're in luck! Join Blue Cactus Press on October 15th at 7pm to hear from BCP writers Yousef AllouziGina Hietpas, Tamiko Nimura, and Sam Snoek-Brown. The authors will read from new and selected works, answer questions, and chat with audience members after their writing. This event is not only a celebration of the oncoming fall, but an honoring of the work these outstanding authors graced our pages (and screens) with over the summer! You can find more information about the event here

Like our other virtual events, attendance is free but registration is required. Please email to register! 

A Note From the Publisher

This week, I am 36 weeks pregnant and my body aches. Always. I am tired. Always. And the baby inside me pushes and prods and squirms from morning to night. Though I find comfort in knowing she’s building strength and continuing to grow, I’m also eager to meet her face-to-face. When I do, I'm going to step back from work for two to three months to focus on family. During that time, Kate Threat will take on much of the work done here at Blue Cactus Press. I have incredible confidence in Kate, and no doubt she'll keep the press in tip-top shape! From now until the end of the year, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at with questions, ideas, or just to say hi.

Thank you all for being a part of our (growing) family,

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