Recent Publications

Long Way Through Ruin
by Kathryn Hunt
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Wild in their domesticity, mythical in their realism, ethereal in their lyrical beauty,

Hunt's poems fearlessly explore the boundaries between love and loss, longing and regret.” – Kim Barnes


“This book invites readers to praise, lament,

and crave the observable world.”– Dorianne Laux


 “Kathryn Hunt’s much anticipated first book is a delight

a strong and mature voice beautifully blending narrative and music.” – Peter Pereira


“Love and fear, joy and grief, life and death are the harnessed horses

which pull a reader through the pages.” – Gary Copeland Lilley

Long Way Through Ruin charts a woman’s pilgrimage through a landscape of desire and memory. Hunt’s poems move across land brightened by time-whitened bones and a plenitude of stars. They are home to cast-asunder families and the last redoubt of cougar, wolves, birds.  All disappearing into “the seam of the earth.” These poems are open spaces where the dead speak and the living find consolation against calamity in love, in drink, in the natural world, in remembrance itself.  

About the Author 

Kathryn Hunt lives in Port Townsend, Washington, on the coast of the Salish Sea. Her poems and essays have appeared in Rattle, The SunWillow Springs, OrionCrab Orchard Review, and Alaska Quarterly Review, among other publications. She is also a director of documentary films. Take This Heart, a feature-length film about children in foster care, was broadcast on PBS and honored with the Anna Quindlen Award for Excellence in Journalism. No Place Like Home was screened at the Venice Film Festival, among others. Kathryn works as a freelance writer.


Miz Sparks Is On Fire And This Ain't No Drill
by Nancy Rawles
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Be one of the first to own this incredible new novel by one of Washington State's most loved authors. Miz Sparks speaks in sparkling prose, firey email chains, heated PTA minutes, and heartfelt sonnets about students. Reserve one now for yourself and for all of your favorite teachers.

ISBN: 978-0-911287-68-4
About the book:

Veteran public school teacher Lavinia Sparks is threatened with dismissal because she won’t stop teaching Shakespeare to her fifth grade students at Muhammad Ali Elementary School. Miz Sparks remembers a time when students were known for their talents, not for their test scores.

I can’t take one more minute, thought Miz Sparks. I’ll retire if this administration doesn’t begin to provide assistance, instead of soundbites and condemnation. School’s gone to hell, and they’re on vacation.

About the author:

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Nancy Rawles is a writer and teacher. Her novel Love Like Gumbo won an American Book Award. Her novel My Jim, the story of the bereaved family of Mark Twain's famous slave character, was chosen by the Seattle Public Library for its popular Seattle Reads program.

Other New Releases from Blue Begonia Press


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The Punks Are Writing Love Songs, by Elissa Ball
"The Punks Are Writing Love Songs is a powerful first book by a necessary writer. Elissa   Ball's poems dwell in the space between comedy and confession, stage and page, seeking grace and giving it. They are emotionally precise, electrically musical, honest as bruises and searingly kind.” –Kate Lebo, author of A Commonplace Book of Pie
"I love Elissa's book. The Punks is straightforward and subtle. And unnervingly in-the-gut.
Elissa Ball is an exciting and fantastic poet!" -Stacey Levine, author of The Girl with Brown Fur
106 pages $15


The Moons, by Brooke Matson

cover photo, Paris 1981, by Vance Thompson

 Here's a preview of Matson's new book with our first reading at the new location for the poetry pole:

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Tall Woman Looking by Dorothy Trogdon

Here's a preview of Trogdon's poetry from her book launch on Orcas Island:

How do we become who we are? That's the question at the center of Elizabeth Austen's debut poetry collection, Every Dress a Decision.


Austen's poems test the boundaries between the known and the unknowable, as a woman reckons with the sudden death of a brother and her complicated past. At times wryly funny and at others wrenchingly vulnerable, these poems reveal tensions reverberating among desire, family, spirituality and identity.

Poet Jane Hirshfield describes Austen's work as "powerfully original in both vision and voice." Austen's physical voice may be familiar — for the past 10 years she's produced author interviews and poetry commentary for KUOW 94.9 public radio. She is a dynamic performer of her own and others' poems, and has been featured at the Skagit River Poetry Festival, Richard Hugo House Literary Series, and Bumbershoot Arts Festival, among others.

"If Elizabeth Austen is 'between gods for the moment,'" writes poet Nance Van Winckel, "it's because—gratefully!—she hovers and dances close to the vestigial, the elusive, and the transitory. She sees with a steely eye. She sings with the purest pitch. By turns tender and tough, spare and lush, these poems speak to and for the fleeting, fleeing world. An absolutely stunning and cohesive first book by a first-rate poet! Every Dress a Decision is a joy to read, and reread."

Novelist, poet, and TED Fellow Chris Abani writes that "Elizabeth Austen's poems have great emotional range, formal rigor and an ambition of scope that is tempered beautifully by a considered intimacy. A poetry both luminous and grounded in the world." spent her teens and twenties working in the theatre and writing poems. A six-month solo walkabout in the Andes region of South America led her to focus exclusively on poetry. In addition to Every Dress a Decision (Blue Begonia, 2011), she is the author of two poetry chapbooks, The Girl Who Goes Alone (Floating Bridge Press, 2010) and Where Currents Meet, one of four winners of the Toadlily Press chapbook award and part of the quartet Sightline. In 2006, she produced skin prayers, an audio CD of her poems. Austen's poems have appeared in the anthologies In the Telling, Poets Against the War, Pontoon, Weathered Pages and in journals including Willow Springs, theBellingham Review, Verse Daily, Swivel and the Seattle Review, among others. She performs regularly at Pacific Northwest venues including the Skagit River Poetry Festival and Richard Hugo House. Elizabeth served as the Washington "roadshow" poet for 2007, giving readings and workshops in rural areas around the state. She is the recipient of grants from Artists Trust, the City of Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, and 4Culture, and has twice been nominated for the Pushcart prize. She makes her living at Seattle Children's Hospital, where she also offers retreats and journaling/poetry workshops for the staff. More at and

For interviews, review copies, and other information, contact Dan Peters at 509-698-4456 or