The editors of VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions are proud to announce their six nominees for the 2014 Pushcart Prize XXXVIII, Best of the Small Presses.
The Pushcart Prize - Best of the Small Presses series has been published every year since 1976. According to Bill Henderson, publisher/editor, it is “the most honored literary project in America. Hundreds of presses and thousands of writers of short stories, poetry and essays have been represented in the pages of our annual collections.”
Awards will be announced in April 2014.
Meet our nominees
Annie Lighthart is a writer and teacher in Portland, Oregon. Her first book of poetry, Iron String, was published in 2013 by Airlie Press. Annie earned an MFA in Poetry from Vermont College of Fine Arts and has taught at Boston College, as a poet in the schools, and with community groups of all ages.
Working with VoiceCatcher has been wonderful from the very start. When I sent in my first submission, little did I know that I was going to find not just a beautiful journal that supports women’s voices, but a whole community. As writers and as women, we are so often isolated in our lives and our pages. VoiceCatcher continues to break through those silences and gives warmth and strength to what we do. I’m grateful to be a part of it.
– Annie Lighthart
Darlene Pagán teaches writing and literature at Pacific University in Oregon. She has a chapbook, Blue Ghosts (Finishing Line Press), and poems in many journals, including Field, CALYX, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Poet Lore, Hiram Poetry Review, Lake Effect and Hawaii Pacific Review. Her essays have earned national awards and appeared in venues such as Memoir(and), Brevity, The Nebraska Review and Literal Latté. She is Co-Editor of the Winter 2014 issue of VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions and a member of the writers’ group Broads on the Side.
To be nominated by my peers is especially meaningful and I am grateful for the support I’ve had from VoiceCatcher for many years now. The nomination is like a gorgeous detail on an already rich cake.
– Darlene Pagán
Pattie Palmer-Baker’s creative output is often a partnership between her poetry and the book arts of calligraphy and paste paper, but it is the poem that inspires the image and always appears somewhere in the finished collage. None of her artwork is without a poem but many of her poems stand alone. Whether she is writing or creating an artwork, she translates the inner world into media that moves the reader away from and out of his/her habitual perception of the world.
I am honored and thrilled to be nominated for the Pushcart Prize. I want to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to the editors of VoiceCatcher’s journal for their support and encouragement. I especially want to acknowledge the positive and helpful nature of their editing policy. With great respect, the editor offered just enough concrete (and never in a negative manner) suggestions to tighten and sharpen “The Hand-Off,” and in the process I learned something new. What more could you ask when submitting to a literary journal?
– Pattie Palmer-Baker
Cindy Stewart-Rinier holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Pacific Lutheran University. Her poetry has appeared in publications such as CALYX, The Smoking Poet, Crab Creek Review, and Ascent. She was a finalist in the 2011 Crab Creek Review Poetry Contest, and one of her poems was awarded the 2011 Crab Creek Review 2011 Editor’s Prize and was additionally nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Currently, she is serving as a Guest Poetry Co-Editor for the Winter 2014 edition of VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions. She is also a board member of the Mountain Writers Series.
I had heard about VoiceCatcher soon after its inception, but it wasn’t
until last spring that I was finally ready to submit work to the journal. My entire experience–as a reader, contributor, guest editor and now, as a Pushcart nominee–has been one of remarkable generosity and support.
I think the work of showcasing women’s voices is utterly vital, especially when the numbers from VIDA have so consistently corroborated the publishing bias toward men that many of have long suspected. I have been grateful to hear work by women certain to have been aced out of publication in other journals not for its lack of quality but because it explored a decidedly feminine territory. Thanks to the women of VoiceCatcher and all you do to support and promote women.
– Cindy Stewart-Rinier
Valerie Wagner lives in Vancouver, Washington. She writes fiction and non-fiction. She is currently working on a book of short stories and a memoir.
I am thrilled VoiceCatcher has nominated my short fiction “Breathing Underwater” for the 2014 Pushcart Prize. It has been such a pleasure working with the staff at the journal. A special thanks to Liz Prato for her keen eye and support and to Carolyn Martin for her enthusiasm and kindness. I know you all work very hard and I so appreciate you. Thank you, VoiceCatcher!
– Valerie Wagner
Pat Phillips West moved so often even her closest friends asked if she was in the Witness Protection Program. She refused to comment, except to say she’s in Portland, Oregon, for now. Her poems appear in Imagination & Place: Weather, Persimmon Tree, VoiceCatcher6, Manzanita Writers Press, San Pedro River Review, Haunted Waters Press and elsewhere.
Congratulations to these dynamic, talented women!