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3rd Thursday Newsletter - Issue: 21

Date: October 20, 2022

Dear Reader,

October is Tacoma Arts Month, and it all kicked off this year with Kaleidoscope, the opening party held at the Star Center. We gathered there with many old friends, some of whom we hadn’t seen since before the times of Covid-19.

As it has also been in past years, the Studio Tour was fantastic! We visited many of our favorite artists (including Judith Perry, Jessica Spring, and Mauricio Robalino), but we also got to meet some new favorites (including Kelsey Parkhurst, Nicole Turner, and Casey Thurman).

The Calendar page on Tacoma Arts Month website makes it easy to find current happenings all month long, so go out and connect with the amazing creatives in our community!


Write253 is working on many amazing events for Tacoma youth to be involved in and this is an opportunity for you to get involved! Write253 is looking for engaged, community-minded lovers of reading, writing, and printmaking. Interested? Send an email to our ED, Michael Haeflinger, at

On Saturday, October 29, 2022, from 5:30 pm to 8:05 pm, Creative Colloquy will be hosting Creepy Colloquy at Lakewold Gardens. Come one, come all, for something truly haunting!

Creative Colloquy is also hosting the first in person workshop in recent memory! Join Elegies, Obits, and Honoring Life in Writing: A Creative Exploration of Loves & Loss with Sarah A. Chavez on Sunday, November 6th, at 2pm.

Blue Cactus Press has a brand new workshop: Experimental Writing Forms with Nicole McCarthy, on October 22, at 11:00a. It is free from BCP Members (join for some great benefits!), and $25-$40 for all others.

About the workshop: There are many different ways to say what we're trying to say: micro essays, lists, hermit crabs, collage, text + visuals, and more. But why are these writing forms used? Why branch out from what already works? Let's explore experimental forms that can showcase your work with nuanced layers. Together, let's find freedom in pushing the boundaries of what your writing can do.

Lastly, in time for Tacoma Arts Month, Artist Trust is hosting Tacoma Artists Hangout on Wednesday, October 26, from 5:00 to 6:30p. The event is free and is presented via Zoom. As described by the host:

This is a perfect time to connect, network, build community, and talk about your artistry. Feel free to bring your favorite happy hour treats and kick back with other Tacoma-based artists. This event is hosted by Artist Trust and the Office of Arts and Cultural Vitality in celebration of Tacoma Arts Month and open to artists of all disciplines.

I hope to see you there!


Wild Rose & Other Poems Sung by the Window, my manuscript of poetry, continues to be my primary artistic focus now (and into the near future). I had originally planned to publish this Autumn but am now planning on an April 2023 date. I am excited and would love to share a poem or two but am holding back - stay tuned to learn more in the next few months!

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