About Our Readers: January 29, 2015 Event

Tiah Linder RaphaelHear these contributors and meet other VoiceCatcher members including the new president of the board of directors, Tiah Lindner Raphael, at the Rain or Shine Coffee House, Portland, Oregon, Thursday, January 29, 2015. Come before the 7:00 p.m. reading to mingle and have a bite or something to drink.

Our readers from the Winter 2015 issue of VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices and visions:

Kelly CoughlinKelly Coughlin is a fire lookout at Dutchman Peak in Southern Oregon. She has been a firefighter for the US Forest Service since 2001. Having had a long-standing habit of writing and taking pictures wherever she goes, she has documented her fire career in words and pictures. Kelly lives in Portland, Oregon during her off-seasons. She has co-founded a writer’s group and has also helped select entries for a recent Write Around Portland anthology. In 2013, she won a fellowship to the Tomales Bay “Writing by Writers” conference. 

Deborah DombrowskiDeborah Dombrowski is a writer and photographer who discovered Portland at the age of 22 and has lived here ever since. She fell in love with the visual world and earned a BFA in photography, but is also drawn to the perceptions and secrets that a poem can hold. Deborah is fascinated by the way a poem accumulates meaning and sound so that it becomes a room that contains comings and goings. Her website brings words and images together to consider the passage of time.

Stephanie GolischA 2014 Oregon Literary Arts fellow, Stephanie Golisch writes screenplays, short stories and travel essays. She has spied on penguins in New Zealand and Chile, hiked the Yellow Mountain in China and endured several traffic jams on the Autobahn. She has been published in Bengal Lights, Word Riot, and Mission at Tenth. She will have pieces in upcoming issues of Rivet and Ragazine. She lives in Portland. Read about her adventures on and off the road.

Christa KaainoaA life-long Oregonian, Christa Kaainoa is a writer, rock climber, feminist, activist, and life enthusiast. She teaches middle school English at Catlin Gabel School in Portland, Oregon. Her poetry is featured in the Winter 2015 issue of VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions.

Annie LighthartAnnie Lighthart started writing poetry after her first visit to an Oregon old-growth forest. Since those first strange days, she published her poetry collection Iron String with Oregon’s own Airlie Press and earned an MFA in Poetry from Vermont College. Annie has taught at Boston College, as a poet in the schools, and now teaches poetry workshops through Mountain Writers. She lives in a small green corner of Portland, Oregon. 

Audra McNameeAudra McNamee is a freshman at Franklin High School, dabbling in writing and drawing and, Audra says, “in gently meta third-person biographies.” She’s still trying to figure out why she writes, but suspects it has something to do with excess commas.

Here is the flyer (PDF) for this event, for your own sharing and posting.

The Sixth Issue of VoiceCatcher’s Journal Is Now Live!

by Carolyn Martin, Managing Editor

The editors of VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions are proud to announce the release of the Winter 2015 issue. This issue is filled with the work of twenty poets, five prose writers, four artists and five young voices – most of whom are making their first appearance in our publication.

The editorial team for this content-rich and visually unique issue includes Poetry Co-Editors Burky Achilles, Pattie Palmer-Baker, Tiah Lindner Raphael and Cindy Stewart-Rinier; Prose Co-Editors Michelle Fredette and Helen Sinoradzki; Art Editor Sarah Fagan; and Young Voices Editor Kris Demien.

VoiceCatcher’s new journal designer, Shawn Aveningo, created a new platform that makes navigating this issue, as well as all our archived issues, much easier. Look for the new features Shawn has added – like a list of every contributor from every issue with a link to her work.

We invite all of you not only to read the journal, but to spread the news about its release to your networks of friends and colleagues. We anticipate that by March 1, 2015, when we open the submission window for the Summer 2015 issue, the first six VoiceCatcher issues will have attracted more than 30,000 first-time visitors. An impressive track record for a local online publication!

Come meet some of the 2015 Winter issue authors and hear them read their work! The first reading is 7:00 pm, Thursday, January 29th at the Rain or Shine Coffee House.


Carolyn MartinCarolyn Martin is blissfully retired in the hinterlands of Clackamas County, Oregon. She served as the president of VoiceCatcher’s board of directors from 2010 to 2014, as well as the managing editor of five issues of VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions.


Save the Dates! 2015 Event Calendar

VoiceCatcher women reading and sharing:

Thursday, January 29, 2015
VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions – Reading
Rain or Shine Coffee House
5941 SE Division St.
Portland, OR
7:00-9:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 28, 2015
VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions – Reading
Multnomah County Central Library
US Bank Room
801 S.W. 10th Avenue
Portland, OR 97205
1:00-3:00 p.m.

Monday, April 20, 2015
VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions  Reading
The Glyph Café and Art Space
804 NW Couch Street
Portland, OR
5:00-7:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 14, 2015
VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions  – Reading
The Waypost
3120 N. Williams Avenue
Portland, OR
7:00–9:00 p.m.

The Knotty and Nice of Indie Publishing

Reviews, Interviews, Podcasts and YouTube
by Theresa Snyder

Let’s talk about reaching out to your readers and potential readers.

Remember once the reader reaches your author page on Amazon or Smashwords, they look at the book’s cover, the description and then the reviews.

Reviews are what authors crave. We indie authors do not have a publisher to tell us how great our current book is and most of us do not want to hit you over the head with the “please read me” tweets. It is so wonderful when someone reviews you and you can quote them as saying you are well written, clever, prolific, a multi-genre genius, whatever.

We live for reviews and are thankful to those who give them. A tip I picked up by reading other indie authors’ books is to insert an “author’s note” in the back of each book, calling for a few words and a sprinkle of stars on any social, media or platform site. It works.

I believe interviews are the next best thing to reviews. An interview allows me to show some of my human side and to talk about my books. Sometimes I even take “Farloft,” my dragon, along with me. He is a great asset as long as he doesn’t break something or set off the smoke alarms. I have done blog interviews and radio interviews and even a YouTube appearance. They are all good for tweeting and letting folks know more about you as a person and an author. Besides, they are just fun to do.

How do you get the interviews? Make a connection. Don’t simply push the follow button on Twitter; take a moment to check out the person you are following. If they are a blogger, reviewer, or media personality, try to cultivate a friendship. Take the time to retweet them and chat with them. Many are looking for someone to interview. They do this to pull folks to their own site. You can use the opportunity to chat about your work. If you keep retweeting those lovely interviews and they see how clever you are, they will eventually start coming to you. My goal this past year was to do an interview or guest blog post each month. I have done that and, in several months, had more than one interview.

A couple of months ago a fellow author and follower decided to change direction in his career. He wanted not only to write, but to try doing book trailers, bios and voice-over work. He put his heart and soul into it. The results are on my author page on Amazon, my blog, and my YouTube channel. He did a fine job and I am honored to have been among one of those he chose to be his firsts. For your reference, his Twitter handle is @Hamburger_Fry.

Radio interviews and podcasts are great fun and lovely items to post. I was lucky enough to be chosen for a radio interview based on my association with VoiceCatcher. The radio station caters to authors, readers, publishers and librarians. Since then I have done two more interviews, one with the Effortless English group and one with Cherrie McKenzie of CoActive Dreams. I have another scheduled with a CBS affiliate in March. Interviews of this type are more difficult to come by but well worth it because they are geared specifically to your reading audience.

What does all this get you? It moves you closer to your readers. Readers want to get to know you. They want to feel as though they have a personal connection to you. It makes them feel as though they have shared in your experiences and makes them want to support you in your desire to make a living as a writer.


Theresa SnyderTheresa Snyder is a multi-genre writer with an internationally read blog. She grew up on a diet of black-and-white, sci-fi films like Forbidden Planet and The Day the Earth Stood Still. She is a voracious reader and her character-driven writing is influenced by the early works of Anne McCaffrey, Ray Bradbury, Robert Heinlein and L. Ron Hubbard. This is the fourth installment of her column for VoiceCatcher on self-publishing.

Thanks for the Memories

As the outgoing president of the board of directors, I am very proud of all the women who have grown this community of authors and artists into the strong presence it is today.

You’ll see their names on the mastheads and the contributor lists of the six issues of our online journal. You’ll see them on the team page of our community website and on the bylines of the articles in this rich resource. You’ll see them at board meetings and readings. They are the heartbeats that have – and will – keep VoiceCatcher alive and well, as it enters its tenth year.

Carolyn Martin

Carolyn Martin

Now is the time for new visions, new energy, new directions. I couldn’t be happier that Tiah Lindner Raphael has been elected as VoiceCatcher’s new president and Helen Sinoradzki as the new secretary/treasurer. Barbara E. Berger, community website managing editor, continues on the board as a member at-large. Shawn Aveningo is our new VoiceCatcher journal designer. VoiceCatcher couldn’t ask for a more dedicated, dynamic team of women to write its next chapter.

For all the learning opportunities you have given me, and for the joy of seeing VoiceCatcher grow in ways we never could have imagined when I first served as its president in 2010, I am eternally grateful. VoiceCatcher is not merely a nonprofit community; it is an experience of collaboration, respect and genuine affection for one another. I have no doubt that this quality of experience will continue to deepen in the years ahead.

With much love and respect,
Carolyn Martin
President of the board of directors, 2010-14

January Prompt: Child’s Play

by Carrie Conner 

Children, like animals, use all their senses to discover the world. Then artists come along and discover it the same way all over again.
– Eudora Welty

My 7-year-old niece is writing her first book. She plays at it, scribbling away in her notebook for hours at a time. Julia doesn’t worry about impressing anyone, whether or not her work will sell or even if she’s doing it “right.” She just dives in, losing herself in the pure joy of creating a story.

Children have the gift of noticing. They see or experience something for the first time and are filled with awe and wonder. As adults, we speak of this as mindfulness or being present, but usually we have too much to do to remember to be “in the moment.”  We lose the ability to notice.

In her book Bird by Bird (Anchor Books, 1994), Anne Lamott says she believes the goal of writers is to help others have the sense of seeing ordinary things in fresh, new ways – ways that surprise us and make us become present to the moment – the way a child sees his world. On page 100 of Bird by Bird, Lamott writes:

Try walking around with a child who’s going, ‘Wow, wow! Look at that dirty dog! Look at that burned-down house! Look at that red sky!” And the child points and you look, and you see, and you start going, ”Wow! Look at that huge crazy hedge! Look at that teeny little baby! Look at the scary dark cloud!”

Kids never worry about not knowing. They ask why. They ask how. They ask what. We adults believe we already know, or think we should know, so we stop asking questions. But what do we know exactly? Do we honestly understand what causes redwood trees to grow so tall, why an airplane can fly, or how come Uncle Benny has such a big nose?

Harvard psychologist Ellen Langer has a pretty good idea why we stop questioning our world, and suggests ways to help us re-cultivate our curiosity. She’s been studying mindfulness for more than three decades. On December 1, 2014, Langer was interviewed on NPR’s “The Diane Rehm Show” about her most recent book, The Art of Noticing.

“Part of the problem at least is that we’re taught in schools and by our parents to seek facts. Facts are situated, but they’re given to us as if they’re absolute,” Langer said during the interview. “As soon as you know something absolutely, there’s no reason to pay any attention to it.”

According to Langer, the solution is so simple it almost defies belief.

Once we recognize that we don’t know –  and nobody knows, so it’s okay not knowing –  then we try to find out. We notice. As we notice, it shows us that we didn’t know the thing we thought we knew as well as we thought we did, which leads our attention back to it. This simple noticing is the key to everything as far as I’m concerned.

Langer ran a study in 1981 where eight men, ranging in age from late 70s to early 80s, were placed in a time-controlled environment for five days. After watching movies from an earlier time in their lives, being surrounded only by its icons and memorabilia, the subjects developed improved vision, hearing, memory, strength and even looked younger.

Now, open your memory to a time in your childhood. Use all your senses to recall the experience, then write or rewrite a work of fiction, nonfiction or poetry from the point of view of a child.

It may take a little practice to remember to forget what you think you know now. As Pablo Picasso said, “It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.”

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An Invitation from VoiceCatcher
Willing to share what this prompt inspires you to write? Each month we might publish some responses to the VoiceCatcher prompts. Contact us to submit the writing the prompt elicits from you.

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 Carrie ConnerA friend once asked Carrie Conner why she writes. “Because I have to,” she said. “You mean like publish or perish?” he asked. “No,” she said, “It’s more like … breathing.” Carrie has spent 20 years as a staff and features journalist and freelance copywriter for a variety of publications and companies. One day, while interviewing an emerging novelist about her new book release, she realized she was done writing about other people’s accomplishments. She’s currently putting together a yet-untitled collection of short stories and a screenplay.

Thanks to Three Special VoiceCatcher Women

by Carolyn Martin, president of the board of directors

While VoiceCatcher is putting the final touches on its plan to move forward into 2015 with new leadership, energy, projects and purpose, I would like to thank three women who have made significant contributions to its growth during the past few years.

Without Ginger Duncan, Deb Scott and Lisa Sudo, the organization would not have been as successful as it is today.

Ginger DuncanWhen I first met Ginger Duncan in May 2010, VoiceCatcher had just started to publish its first monthly newsletter. Editor Jenny Chu needed someone to take over the reins when she headed to San Francisco to earn her MFA. She suggested that one of our anthology contributors, Ginger Duncan, would be a perfect fit.
Little did Ginger know that she would go on to edit our newsletter for four years, become a co-editor for the first two issues of VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions, help with the art work on both issues, and, finally, become a board member at-Large in 2013.

Ginger is a perfect example of a VoiceCatcher volunteer who goes the extra mile – or, in her case, thousands of miles – to get the job done. For example, she edited issues of the newsletter while all around the country and read journal submissions while traveling through Europe. She emailed her comments back to the editorial team at home – on time! The consummate traveler, Ginger left for Australia this past August to spend a year working and sight-seeing.

Deb ScottIt was at a VoiceCatcher art exhibit opening at Stonehenge Studios in May 2012 that Deb Scott, one of the featured artists, mentioned she would be willing to help us design an online journal. We were ready to move from our traditional print anthology to an online format, and none of us knew how to make that happen. Deb not only volunteered to design the beautiful journal we have today, but also offered to help us develop our article-filled website for the community. The result was her becoming the full-time design manager and administrator for both publications for the past two years.

While there’s no way we can calculate the hours Deb invested in these projects, we saw the weekly results on the website and in the past five issues of the journal. Her attention to detail raised the bar for everyone who will follow her. Her vigilance challenged us to be more professional in our approach to each publication.

Lisa SudoLisa Sudo volunteered to be VoiceCatcher’s board treasurer in February 2012, at a time the organization was in transition. Attracted by our mission and eager to help us grow, she became an indispensable contributor to VoiceCatcher’s transformation process. She simplified our banking and accounting practices, ensuring that our end-of-the-year statements were posted for all to see on our community website.

Adding the role of acting secretary to her duties in April 2012, she ensured that all of VoiceCatcher’s important documents were stored on Google Drive. In December 2013, she single-handedly catered VoiceCatcher’s successful end-of-the-year celebration. Then, in the summer of 2014, she created VoiceCatcher’s first mentoring website and helped launch the digital version of this new program. Lisa is another example of a volunteer who went far beyond what was expected of her.

I know I speak for all those who been inspired and empowered through their association with Ginger, Deb and Lisa: Thanks for the opportunity to learn, grow and have fun with you.

Carolyn MartinCarolyn Martin is blissfully retired in the hinterlands of Clackamas County, Oregon and currently serves as VoiceCatcher’s president of the board of directors.



Leave the Dishes: Making Art While Raising Children

A Holiday Gift to You: Writing and Visual Artist Residencies for Parents (Part I)
by Claudia F. Savage

This summer, my husband, John, and I had an artist friend for dinner who does not have children. “So, when are you two going to be doing your next residency?” (He knew I had met John at The Atlantic Center for the Arts.) Then our friend pointed towards our sleeping daughter’s room and laughed. “Oh, sorry, I forgot.”

Things are changing. Below are five places that want to support your efforts to keep creating (while bringing your children with you or taking needed time away from them). In Part II of this series, I will offer five more. The wonderful Sustainable Arts Foundation (SAF) is supporting the vision of these residencies:

Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program
Since its inception in 1967, Roswell has accommodated families. Stephen Fleming, director of the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program, says, “A few children have [even] been born on the residency … or, at least, here in town. Every artist has their own separate living space so they are free to hang out together or remain uninvolved according to their own requirements.”

Where: Roswell, New Mexico
How Long: 12 months!
What You Get: $800 a month stipend for the artist and $200 for each dependent with no restriction on how the funds are used. A house/studio with three small bedrooms, living room, kitchen, bathroom, and laundry. “A family of four is the typical number of folks per house,” says Fleming.
Artistic Disciplines Funded: visual artists (painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, photography, installation and other fine art media)
Apply: Application deadline is March 15, application fee is $25, submit

Headlands has been supporting professional artist-parents since the 1980s. According to Holly Blake, residency manager, “The Family House is offered as a resource to help make a residency more possible for an artist. Two of our staff members have younger children and can offer advice about babysitting and local pre-schools.”

Where: Sausalito, CA
How Long: Two weeks (Spring, March-May; Summer, June-August; and Fall, September-November), with, according to Blake, “many artists doing a week solo and then a week with their family.”
What You Get: Family House (three bedrooms, bathroom, shared kitchen, and washer/dryer), five chef-prepared meals per week served in the mess hall (which the artist’s family can join at no charge), a studio, $500 per month stipend, roundtrip airfare, and use of shared cars.
Artistic Disciplines Funded: writers and visual artists
Apply: Application deadline is June 6, application fee $45 (make sure to request a Family House stay in your application’s statement of interest), submit

Elizabeth Quinn, artist-in-residence director, says that Caldera began family residencies last year thanks to an SAF grant and as an extension of its mission to work and support youth. “We think each family will be different in how much the child of the artist-parent is involved in the activities of the residency. Caldera’s goal is to manage expectations and ensure a positive experience for everyone [attending the residency].”

Where: Sisters, Oregon
How Long: One month (January, February or March) or two weeks (March)
What You Get: A variable stipend that can be used as needed to support the family. (“Last year $1,500 was awarded to two artists,” Quinn said. “One family used it for childcare; another family used it to support the living expenses of the family while in residence.”) Private cabin that is child-proofed, has children-sized furniture, bathroom, and kitchen. Shared access to studios, darkroom, kiln, editing facilities, and performance space.
Artistic Disciplines Funded: writing, visual artists, and composers
Apply: Application deadline is June 15, application fee is $35, submit

Kala Art Institute
Last year, Kala Art Institute awarded ten residencies to artists with children. “We don’t have housing at Kala. Artists are given a housing resource list with lower-than-market rates [for accommodations],” says Carrie Hott, program manager, Artist Residencies and Classes.

Where: Berkeley, CA
How Long: Varies based on residency plan designed by artist and Kala staff with “most parent-artists using the award for at least two months or putting a portion of their fees towards classes or tutoring to gain a new skill,” according to Hott.
What You Get: $1,000 stipend allows resident to create a plan to cover the residency, classes, Camp Kala for their children, or professional development with Kala staff.
Artistic Disciplines Funded: visual artists (printmaking, photography, or digital media)
Apply: Application deadline is March 15, application fee is $10-40 (depending on if you apply for an additional fellowship), submit

Santa Fe Art Institute (SFAI Family Residency Initiative)
Nina Elder, the residency program manager at SFAI, says, “We recognize the lack of residency opportunities for artists to be able to take advantage of, without having to leave their children behind. We are doing our part to close that gap by offering an environment that supports both creative opportunities and the needs of artists with children. Our next family month will be June 2016.”

Where: Santa Fe, New Mexico
How Long: One designated month a year
What You Get: Two apartments at the SFAI for a fee of $1,000. “The Family Initiative allows parent artists to bring their children and/or partner at no additional fee. All residents make their own meals in the communal kitchen,” says Elder. The SFAI facility includes gallery and exhibition spaces, sky-lit studios, art library, courtyards, laundry facilities, and dining and living room areas.
Artistic Disciplines Funded: writers and visual artists
Apply: Application deadline is January 31 for residencies August–June, application fee is $35 (check the Family Initiative box on the application), submit

Claudia F. SavageClaudia F. Savage has been a chef for people recovering from illness, a book editor, and a teacher of poetry to young women in Appalachia, ranchers in Colorado, and urbanites in Portland. Her first book, The Limited Visibility of Bees, was named a finalist for the New Issues Press Poetry Prize. Her poetry and interview credits include CutBank, Nimrod, The Denver Quarterly, VoiceCatcher, Iron Horse, The Buddhist Poetry Review, and Bookslut. Her published chapbook is called The Last One Eaten: A Maligned Vegetable’s History. Savage is a member of the poetry/music duo, THrum, whose album is forthcoming in spring 2015. This article continues her series for VoiceCatcher, Leave the Dishes: Making Art While Raising Children.

Writer’s Craft: Dotting Your Ts and Crossing Your Eyes

Portland-Area Resources to Support, Inspire, and Embolden Your Writing Endeavors
by Trista Cornelius

We live in a literature-rich town offering opportunities for readers and writers nearly every day of the week all year round. So, I asked a few writers about their favorites, did a little research of my own, and pared it down to a moderate list to get you started.

The most passionately recommended resource for writers was readings. Every writer I talked with said, “Go to readings!” Not only are you supporting the work of fellow writers, you are broadening your literary horizons by experiencing different voices, writing genres and styles, and immersing yourself in contemporary literature. You are also sitting next to other readers and writers inspired enough to be at an event in spite of crazy weather, a hard day at work, or hermit tendencies.

Next-most fervently suggested resource: local bookstores. Obviously, you can buy the books you love here while also supporting the local arts economy, but you can also connect to your local reading-and-writing community: aka rub elbows with other lovers of literature to talk craft, recommend favorite titles and authors, and be the kind of reader you want for your own work. Broadway Books is my personal favorite, and Annie Bloom’s Books hosts many events.

The rest of what Portland has to offer writers could be its own book (and should be a book if any of you feel ambitious enough to write it). Hopefully Powell’s has long been on your reading-and-writing radar for its shelves of books and opportunities to meet authors from near and far. You probably know of Literary Arts for its Portland Arts and Lecture series, but visit its website to learn about classes, free readings, and more. A few other resources for you to explore:

  • Independent Publishing Resource Center (IPRC): for five dollars an hour, you can scan, copy, bind, cut, and even letter press your way to publication. Watch a video tour of the space on their website and visit the “information desk” link for an overview of what IPRC can do to help you get your words (and images) to your audience.
  • Reading Frenzy is not just a bookstore but “an independent press emporium” that provides independent and alternative literature and art. To spark your imagination and see what other artist-writers have brought to life, peruse the shelves at Reading Frenzy. You can also visit the “detours” link on their website to get an idea what they stock on their shelves and display on their walls.
  •  Visit the Multnomah County Library to check out everything from novels to zines. They have also culminated a page of links to Portland-area resources for writers here: “Local Resources for Writers.” The Central Library downtown offers the Sterling Room for Writers, a “relatively quiet” place for writers to focus on a project with large tables to spread out the work and outlets to power your writerly gadgets.
  • Soapstone, Oregon Writers Colony, and Willamette Writers are all examples of organizations supporting writers with events, conferences, retreats, readings, and more. Sign up for newsletters, follow them on Facebook, or attend one of their events to learn more.
  • Both Cari Luna and Susan DeFreitas mentioned the Unchaste Reading Series, which is definitely something to know about because it is for “women reading their minds.” You will find interviews, events, and opportunities on their website.
  • There are so many more resources and opportunities to explore, like LitHop and Late Night Library.

If you’re overwhelmed by Portland’s abundant literary wealth, begin by exploring a couple of resources each week or each month, depending on your writing and life schedule, until you find a few that feel like the right fit for you. Bring a writer-reader friend along with you to an event and spread the wealth, both for fellow writer-readers and to help support these artist-centered resources that open their doors (virtual or actual) to the writing community in Portland, which Cari Luna accurately described as “incredibly inclusive and supportive.”

As you engage in this literary scavenger hunt, please post comments here with recommendations of other places and sites that serve writers well. We would love to know about your favorite writerly places and spaces.

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This article concludes Trista Cornelius’ column for VoiceCatcher, “Dotting Your Ts and Crossing Your Eyes.”  The column comprises 24 articles about the writer’s craft and the writing life, specifically geared for the VoiceCatcher community. The editors deeply appreciate Trista’s commitment to authoring the longstanding column, as well as her talent, skill and willingness to share her knowledge and experience. Thank you, Trista!

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Punctuation have you perplexed? Seeking wise counsel on how to be grammatically correct? Send your questions for Trista to the VoiceCatcher website editors. If she selects your question to answer in a future article, you may receive a bonus: a free copy of a VoiceCatcher print anthology!


Trista CorneliusTrista Cornelius authored VoiceCatcher’s longstanding monthly column, “Dotting Your Ts and Crossing Your Eyes,” about the writer’s craft. Trista is currently on a leave of absence from Clackamas Community College where she has been teaching writing, literature and food studies. Follow her writing, reading and eating adventures here.