Local author KA Ralston founds a publishing house, publishes his first book and will hold a book signing on April 23 |

Longview resident Krysten “KA” Ralston founded July House Publishing earlier this year and recently released her first collection of contemporary poetry, “Ink Blots”, in paperback and ebook.

Ralston’s poems “explore grief, grief and loss and take readers on a journey to find healing, self-acceptance and love”, according to reports submitted to the Daily News.

“Ink Blots” is divided into three sections by theme: broken, repaired and whole.

A book launch and signing will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. on April 23 at Storyboard Delights in The Merk Building, 1339 Commerce Ave., Suite 103, Longview.

“Ink Blots” can be purchased from amazon.com, Barnes and Noble Press or karalston.com.

Ralston was born into a military family in Mobile, Alabama, and spent many years moving from state to state with them, according to her biography on her website karalston.com. When she was 10, her family moved to Longview. She earned an associate’s degree from Lower Columbia College. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English and creative writing from Washington State University, where she was a student journalist and editor of the university’s student literary journal.

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She is a freelance writer and designer. His writing and art have been featured in literary journals like the Lower Columbia College Salal Review and the Salmon Creek Journal. She has also published articles in the Columbia River Reader.