A Woman’s Poet: Kristin Roedell

Kristin Roedell

Kristin Roedell

This Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015, VoiceCatcher Kristin Roedell is the featured reader at the Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic, held at the Angst Gallery, 1015 Main Street, Vancouver, WA 98660, 7:00 p.m. Meanwhile, fellow VoiceCatcher Tammy Robacker caught up with Kristin last month to talk about her newly released collection of poetry, Downriver; her creative writing process; and what is on her horizon.

Kristin Roedell graduated from Whitman College with a bachelor’s in English in 1984, and from the University of Washington Law School in 1987. She practiced family law for 13 years in the Pacific Northwest. Her poetry has been published in more than 50 journals and books since 2009, including The Journal of the American Medical Association, Switched on Gutenberg, Ginosko, CHEST, Tacoma City Arts, Soundings Review, Santa Fe Literary Review, and Sierra Nevada Review. She is the author of a chapbook (Girls with Gardenias, 2012, Flutter Press), and a full-length poetry collection (Downriver, Aldrich Press, 2015.) She has been nominated for Best of the Web and the Pushcart Prize, was the 2013 winner of NISA’s 11th Annual Brainstorm Poetry Contest, and was a finalist in the Crab Creek Review Poetry Contest. She lives in Lakewood, Washington with her husband and daughter, and she enjoys traveling overseas.

Tammy Robacker

Tammy Robacker

Tammy Robacker: In Downriver, you write a lot about family – your mother and daughters, in particular. Why do they feature so prominently in the poems?

Kirstin Roedell: I’ve been called a “woman’s poet,” and although I do try to write poems that relate to the human experience as a whole, my poems come from a very deep, female place. I write my poems in the quiet, when I am alone, and I write to process the past. One day a friend of mine suggested that I share my story. I sent out some of my work, and found that it speaks to other women. I learned that a simple but powerful commonality exists between mothers and daughters, and that we are a community. It takes courage to love, and that courage can arise from the knowledge that we are not alone.

TR: Many of the poems in Downriver incorporate the natural realm as your metaphor to speak about life, loss or courage. Why is that?

KR: As a child I spent a great deal of time reading; I took my books outdoors, where a peace existed that was not present in my home. I found comfort in the natural rhythms around us; at heart our experiences are not so unusual. They echo the simplicity of our surroundings. It comforts me to think that nothing is so new that it does not resonate and reverberate with the natural realm.

TR: As a VoiceCatcher poet, how does sense of place and the geography of Washington and Oregon figure into your poetry?

KR: I live in the Northwest, and believe that the place where we are born creates a lasting connection. I feel a kinship with the Northwest tides and shores. The animals here speak to me, the whales and seals and shellfish. I love the sound of the gulls and the salt spray that exists only here, in this green place we call home.

TR: Would you tell us about your personal poetry-writing process?

KR: I write in the silence, wherever I can find it. Sometimes this is late at night while my husband and daughter are asleep, and often it is when they are both out, busy with their own pursuits.

TR: What is next on the horizon for you and your poetry? Are there any new book ideas in the hopper for you?

KR: Right now I’m trying to accumulate a newer body of work; most of the work I’ve written in the past has been based on the growth of my young family, but now that my daughters have left home, I am learning what it is to be an older woman. There are challenges that come with this new place that I now inhabit, and I want to express that.

This Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015, VoiceCatcher Kristin Roedell is the featured reader at the Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic held at the Angst Gallery, 1015 Main Street, Vancouver, WA 98660, 7:00 p.m.

Catch These Voices and Visions

Poems About FoodTonight! All are invited to The Poeming Pigeon: Poems About Food book launch! The celebration opens with a poem by Oregon Poet Laureate Emerita Paulann Petersen. The launch also features VoiceCatchers Carolyn Martin, Cathy Cain, Claudia F. Savage, Elizabeth Moscoso, Tammy Robacker, Shawn Aveningo and Tricia Knoll, among others.

The Poeming Pigeon: Poems About Food
Monday, Nov. 2, 2015, 7:00–9:00 p.m.
Ford Food and Drink
2505 SE 11th Street (at Division)
Portland, OR 97202

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Of Course I'm a Feminist!The Milwaukie Poetry Series sponsors a sampling of voices published in Of Course, I’m a Feminist, a collection of voices of 18 Portland sister poets. Scheduled readers include VoiceCatchers Shawn Aveningo, Brittney Corrigan, Tricia Knoll and Sharon Wood Wortman. An open mic extending the feminist theme follows the scheduled readers.

Of Course, I’m a Feminist – Readings and Open Mic
Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015, 7:00–8:30 p.m.
The Ledding Library Pond House
2215 SE Harrison (adjacent to the Ledding Library)
Milwaukie, OR 97222

Contact Tom Hogan 503-819-8367, tomhogan2@comcast.net to sign up for the open mic.

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Polish your skills as a presenter and public reader through the Toastmasters program. Unique among Toastmasters clubs, the Vancouver Thrill of the Quill club caters to writers. VoiceCatcher Barbara E. Berger invites you to come to a meeting, and consider forming a satellite club with her in Portland (contact her). Thrill of the Quill usually meets the first Saturday of each month (check their website calendar for exceptions). All are welcome to attend; no admission charge.

Thrill of the Quill Toastmasters Club
Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, 8:30–10:00 a.m.
Courtyard Village
4555 NE 66th Ave., Vancouver, WA 98661
360-606-9306

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Anthology Cover by Sarah FaganVoiceCatcher cordially invites you to attend our 10th Anniversary Celebration & Book Launch. Join us for food, drinks, artwork and literary readings featuring women of VoiceCatcher. If you have not already done so, please click HERE to RSVP for this event. If you plan to bring a guest, please mention so in the “message to the host” space on the RSVP (registration) page.

Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015
7:00 p.m. (reading starts at 7:30)
Disjecta Contemporary Art Center
8371 N Interstate Ave.
Portland, OR 97217
(503) 286-9449

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Liz PratoPlonk is a new Wednesday night reading series at Corkscrew Wine Bar, 1655 SE Bybee, Portland, Oregon. VoiceCatcher editor Michelle Fredette organizes the series. The events are 7:00 p.m. Free admission and open to the public. Dec. 2 features VoiceCatcher Liz Prato.

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Click here for the updated calendar of readings and other events from VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions.

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Click here for the contact form to let us know of other offerings you or other VoiceCatcher members are making in the community!

Rock Your Readings! A Workshop

Workshop: Rock Your Readings  1:30–3:00 p.m.
Stumptown Lit Festival, Portland, Oregon, Sunday, October 25, 2015

Alexis Mason

Alexis Mason

If you get queasy and clammy handed before stepping up to a lectern to share your work, you will benefit from this workshop. You may also learn the difference between a podium and a lectern!

The fast-paced workshop – co-sponsored by VoiceCatcher, the Oregon Writers Colony and the Thrill of the Quill Toastmasters club – kicks off with Cindy Brown, author of the Ivy Meadows mystery series, sharing tips she learned planning and executing her two tremendously popular book launch parties.

Alexis Mason, of the Thrill of the Quill Toastmasters club, will add to the workshop with information geared to assist writers, of any genre, prepare and deliver better presentations with the help of specific exercises and insights.

Cindy Brown is a full-time writer, the author of Macdeath (An Ivy Meadows Mystery) (Volume 1) and The Sound of Murder ( An Ivy Meadows Mystery) (Volume 2). She has garnered several awards (including 3rd place in the 2013 international Words With Jam First Page Competition, judged by Sue Grafton), and is an alumna of the Squaw Valley Writers Workshop. Although Cindy and her husband now live in Portland, Oregon, she made her home in Phoenix, Arizona, for more than 25 years and knows all the good places to hide dead bodies in both cities.

Alexis Mason is a speaker, author, coach and storyteller. She holds a master’s degree from PSU and has over 35 years teaching experience. She is the owner of Present Yourself, where she offers coaching in leadership and communication skill development. She presents workshops, seminars and keynote presentations on a variety of subjects. As a storyteller, Alexis does monthly presentations to senior communities in and around Vancouver, Washington. Alexis is the author of several business and children’s books.

For more info on the Stumptown Lit Festival, and workshop fee information and registration, please click here.

Be sure to stop by VoiceCatcher’s table at the festival!

Catch These Voices and Visions

Michelle Fredette
Michelle Fredette

Plonk is a new Wednesday night reading series at Corkscrew Wine Bar, 1655 SE Bybee, Portland, Oregon. VoiceCatcher editor Michelle Fredette organizes the series. The events are 7:00 p.m. Free admission and open to the public. The line-ups of readers in the coming months include some from VoiceCatcher:

Oct. 7  Joanna Rose with writers of Pinewood Table
Dec. 2  Liz Prato

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Trista Cornelius

Trista Cornelius

Opening the Creative Mind: Have you hit a creative roadblock? Are you lost in the dry desert of No Idea Land? VoiceCatcher Trista Cornelius, a creative writing teacher, teams up with meditation and yoga teacher Robin Vada to give you the tools to rediscover your inspiration. This half-day retreat will help you clear mental clutter, silence self-doubt, and rejuvenate the joy of the creative process. Enjoy a mix of guided meditation, writing and drawing prompts, and gentle yoga. For artists of all types – whether you are a part-time painter, a professional novelist or anything in-between.

Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015, 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
TaborSpace
5441 SE Belmont St., Portland, OR 97215
Fee $95. Limited to 12 participants. Pre-registration required.

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Carolyn Martin

Carolyn Martin

The Studio Series: Poetry Reading and Open Mic features VoiceCatcher Carolyn Martin and F. I. Goldhaber. Free admission and open to the public.

Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015, 7:00–9:00 p.m.
Stonehenge Studios
3508 SW Corbett Ave, Portland, OR 97239

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Sarah Fagan

Sarah Fagan

Join VoiceCatcher art editor and painter/book-artist Sarah Fagan for a two-hour introduction to the art of journal/book making. Advance registration required for this workshop. $20 fee. Proceeds benefit VoiceCatcher. Limit: 12 partcipants. (Details and registration here)

Monday, Oct. 12, 2015, 6:00–8:00 p.m.
TaborSpace
5441 SE Belmont St., Portland, OR 97215

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Annie Lighthart

Annie Lighthart

Rilke for Writers: A Poetry Workshop by VoiceCatcher Annie Lighthart. If you have been intrigued by the intense lyrics and beautiful elegies of Rainer Maria Rilke, come explore the work of this remarkable poet. Look closely at a range of Rilke’s poems and techniques, uncover the myths and truths of his life and process, and try a variety of writing exercises inspired by Rilke’s work.

Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Multnomah Friends Meeting House
4312 SE Stark St., Room 23, Portland, OR 97215
$75 fee. Register with Mountain Writers. 4-10 participants.

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Lioness Writing: Women in the Military Writing Their Lives. A safe place for women veterans of any era to write and produce a public reading and/or a small collection of their work, if wanted. Each session of this workshop will include multiple prompts to generate writing, some practice in revising and reading to others, the comfort and hospitality of good snacks, and the development of a sense of oneself as a writer. Conducted by VoiceCatcher Kate Gray and Dr. Rose King, USAF retired. No fee.

Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015, 5:45 p.m.–7:45 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015, 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
Multnomah Country Library, Hollywood Branch, Meeting room. Sign up here.

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VoiceCatcher, Toastmasters and the Oregon Writers Colony have teamed up to offer a workshop, at Stumptown Lit 2015, on how to polish your public reading skills. This is the Oregon Writers Colony’s second Stumptown Lit. Many of the other conference offerings have no charge for admission. Stop by VoiceCatchers’ table while you are there! Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015, at the Crown Plaza Hotel in NE Portland, Oregon.  Register here for this afternoon workshop.

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Polish your skills as a presenter and public reader through the Toastmasters program. Unique among Toastmasters clubs, the Vancouver Thrill of the Quill club caters to writers. VoiceCatcher Barbara E. Berger invites you to come to a meeting, and consider forming a satellite club with her in Portland (contact her). Thrill of the Quill usually meets the first Saturday of each month (check their website calendar for exceptions). All are welcome to attend; no admission charge.

Thrill of the Quill Toastmasters Club
Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, 8:30–10:00 a.m.
Courtyard Village
4555 NE 66th Ave., Vancouver, WA 98661
360-606-9306

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Click here for the updated calendar of readings and other events from VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions.

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Click here for the contact form to let us know of other offerings you or other VoiceCatcher members are making in the community!

Catch These Voices and Visions

Meghana Mysore

Meghana Mysore

A Story’s Landscape: Writing Nature Poetry. Join Meghana Mysore, a VoiceCatcher Young Voices author and intern, and one of Portland’s youth poet ambassadors. Write about the bird’s infinite song, the whistle of the trees, the quiet murmur of the breeze. Learn about writing creatively and seeking inspiration from the world surrounding you. Follow in the footsteps of nature poet Front and find, among the trees, the road less traveled. Find a release through words and write in a supportive environment. All levels of experience are welcome.

Each Wednesday from Sept. 16–Oct. 21, 2015, 3:15–4:15 p.m.
Lake Oswego Adult Community Center for address, fees and registration.

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Claudia F. Savage

Claudia F. Savage

VoiceCatcher Claudia F. Savage presents several poetry workshops through The Attic Institute in SE Portland, this summer and September-October. She also offers weekly Sunday workshops through Savage Poetics. See the links for more details and registration.

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Lyssa Tall Anolik

Lyssa Tall Anolik

VoiceCatcher Lyssa Tall Anolik presents Nourish Your Creative Spirit: A Collage and Writing Workshop. Explore what nourishes and sustains you. All are welcome: no art or writing experience necessary. Six Tuesday evenings (every-other week) starting Sept. 29, 2015, 7:00–9:00 p.m. at the Watershed at Hillsdale. Cost $100, sliding scale available. To register: email Lyssa at lyssa@flashdog.com or call 503-313-5707.

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Judith Pulman

Judith Pulman

Bridges: A Night of Poetry in Translation. Translations of Russian poet Boris Slutsky by Judith Pulman and Marat Grinberg; translations of Anglo-Saxon poetry by Annie Lighthart and Michael Faletra. Travel through poems with two pairs of poets and scholars as guides, and bring the gifts of these poems back across into your life. All ages welcome; no admission fee.

Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, 6:30–7:30 p.m.
TaborSpace
5441 SE Belmont St.,  Portland, OR 97215

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Polish your skills as a presenter and public reader through the Toastmasters program. Unique among Toastmasters clubs, the Vancouver Thrill of the Quill club caters to writers. VoiceCatcher Barbara E. Berger invites you to come to a meeting, and consider forming a satellite club with her in Portland (contact her). Thrill of the Quill meets the first Saturday of each month (check their website calendar for exceptions). All are welcome to attend; no admission charge.

Thrill of the Quill Toastmasters Club
Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, 9:30–11:00 a.m.
Courtyard Village
4555 NE 66th Ave., Vancouver, WA 98661
360-606-9306

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Susan DeFreitas

Susan DeFreitas

Join author, editor and VoiceCatcher contributor Susan DeFrietas for a two-hour workshop on mining powerful dream images for your own fiction. Advance registration required. Details and registration here. Limit: 20 participants

Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
The Attic, South Library
4243 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland, OR 97215
$35 fee. This event is a fundraiser for VoiceCatcher.

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Michelle Fredette

Michelle Fredette

Plonk is a new Wednesday night reading series at Corkscrew Wine Bar, 1655 SE Bybee, Portland, Oregon. VoiceCatcher editor Michelle Fredette organizes the series. The events are 7:00 p.m. Free admission and open to the public. The line-ups of readers in the coming months include some from VoiceCatcher:

Oct. 7  Joanna Rose with writers of Pinewood Table
Dec. 2  Liz Prato

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Trista Cornelius

Trista Cornelius

Opening the Creative Mind: Have you hit a creative roadblock? Are you lost in the dry desert of No Idea Land? VoiceCatcher Trista Cornelius, a creative writing teacher, teams up with meditation and yoga teacher Robin Vada to give you the tools to rediscover your inspiration. This half-day retreat will help you clear mental clutter, silence self-doubt, and rejuvenate the joy of the creative process. Enjoy a mix of guided meditation, writing and drawing prompts, and gentle yoga. For artists of all types – whether you are a part-time painter, a professional novelist or anything in-between.

Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015, 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
TaborSpace
5441 SE Belmont St., Portland, OR 97215
Fee $95. Limited to 12 participants. Pre-registration required.

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Sarah Fagan

Sarah Fagan

Join VoiceCatcher art editor and painter/book-artist Sarah Fagan for a two-hour introduction to the art of journal/book making. Advance registration required for this workshop. $20 fee. Proceeds benefit VoiceCatcher. Limit: 12 partcipants. (Details and registration here)

Monday, Oct. 12, 2015, 6:00–8:00 p.m.
TaborSpace
5441 SE Belmont St., Portland, OR 97215

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Annie Lighthart

Annie Lighthart

Rilke for Writers: A Poetry Workshop by VoiceCatcher Annie Lighthart. If you have been intrigued by the intense lyrics and beautiful elegies of Rainer Maria Rilke, come explore the work of this remarkable poet. Look closely at a range of Rilke’s poems and techniques, uncover the myths and truths of his life and process, and try a variety of writing exercises inspired by Rilke’s work.

Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Multnomah Friends Meeting House
4312 SE Stark St., Room 23, Portland, OR 97215
$75 fee. Register with Mountain Writers. 4-10 participants.

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Lioness Writing: Women in the Military Writing Their Lives. A safe place for women veterans of any era to write and produce a public reading and/or a small collection of their work, if wanted. Each session of this workshop will include multiple prompts to generate writing, some practice in revising and reading to others, the comfort and hospitality of good snacks, and the development of a sense of oneself as a writer. Conducted by VoiceCatcher Kate Gray and Dr. Rose King, USAF retired. No fee.

Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015, 5:45 p.m.–7:45 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015, 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
Multnomah Country Library, Hollywood Branch, Meeting room. Sign up here.

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VoiceCatcher, Toastmasters and the Oregon Writers Colony have teamed up to offer a workshop, at Stumptown Lit 2015, on how to polish your public reading skills. This is the Oregon Writers Colony’s second Stumptown Lit. Many of the other conference offerings have no charge for admission. Stop by VoiceCatchers’ table while you are there! Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015, at the Crown Plaza Hotel in NE Portland, Oregon.  Register here for this afternoon workshop.

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Click here for the updated calendar of readings and other events from VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions.

*  *  *

Click here for the contact form to let us know of other offerings you or other VoiceCatcher members are making in the community!

Catch These Voices and Visions

Kristen Roedell

Kristen Roedell

VoiceCatcher reading! Come mingle and listen to contributors to VoiceCatcher. Readers include Shawn Aveningo, Susan Fleming, Suzy Harris, Kristen Roedell and Young Voice Danrong Wang.

Monday, Sept. 14, 2015, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Java Lounge New location!
760 NW Dale Ave. (NW Cornell near Murray Blvd)
Portland, OR 97229

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Meghana Mysore

Meghana Mysore

A Story’s Landscape: Writing Nature Poetry. Join Meghana Mysore, a VoiceCatcher Young Voices author and intern, and one of Portland’s youth poet ambassadors. Write about the bird’s infinite song, the whistle of the trees, the quiet murmur of the breeze. Learn about writing creatively and seeking inspiration from the world surrounding you. Follow in the footsteps of nature poet Front and find, among the trees, the road less traveled. Find a release through words and write in a supportive environment. All levels of experience are welcome.

Each Wednesday from Sept. 16–Oct. 21, 2015, 3:15–4:15 p.m.
Lake Oswego Adult Community Center for address, fees and registration.

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Jennifer Dorner

Jennifer Dorner

VoiceCatcher Jennifer Dorner offers a weekly series of workshops, A Time to Right. Five Sunday afternoons beginning Sept. 20, 2015. Students of all experience levels and genre encouraged to register for this class offered through The Attic Institute in SE Portland. Price-break for early registrants. This class will help jumpstart your writing!

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Claudia F. Savage

Claudia F. Savage

VoiceCatcher Claudia F. Savage presents several poetry workshops through The Attic Institute in SE Portland, this summer and September-October. Her next set of weekly Sunday workshops through Savage Poetics begins Sept. 20. See the links for more details and registration.

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Lyssa Tall Anolik

Lyssa Tall Anolik

VoiceCatcher Lyssa Tall Anolik presents Nourish Your Creative Spirit: A Collage and Writing Workshop. Explore what nourishes and sustains you. All are welcome: no art or writing experience necessary. Six Tuesday evenings (every-other week) starting Sept. 29, 2015, 7:00–9:00 p.m. at the Watershed at Hillsdale. Cost $100, sliding scale available. To register: email Lyssa at lyssa@flashdog.com or call 503-313-5707.

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Judith Pulman

Judith Pulman

Bridges: A Night of Poetry in Translation. Translations of Russian poet Boris Slutsky by Judith Pulman and Marat Grinberg; translations of Anglo-Saxon poetry by Annie Lighthart and Michael Faletra. Travel through poems with two pairs of poets and scholars as guides, and bring the gifts of these poems back across into your life. All ages welcome; no admission fee.

Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, 6:30–7:30 p.m.
TaborSpace
5441 SE Belmont St.,  Portland, OR 97215

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Polish your skills as a presenter and public reader through the Toastmasters program. Unique among Toastmasters clubs, the Vancouver Thrill of the Quill club caters to writers. VoiceCatcher Barbara E. Berger invites you to come to a meeting, and consider forming a satellite club with her in Portland (contact her). Thrill of the Quill meets the first Saturday of each month (check their website calendar for exceptions). All are welcome to attend; no admission charge.

Thrill of the Quill Toastmasters Club
Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, 9:30–11:00 a.m.
Courtyard Village
4555 NE 66th Ave., Vancouver, WA 98661
360-606-9306

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Susan DeFreitas

Susan DeFreitas

Join author, editor and VoiceCatcher contributor Susan DeFrietas for a two-hour workshop on mining powerful dream images for your own fiction. Advance registration required. Details and registration here. Limit: 20 participants

Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
The Attic, South Library
4243 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland, OR 97215
$35 fee. This event is a fundraiser for VoiceCatcher.

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Michelle Fredette

Michelle Fredette

Plonk is a new Wednesday night reading series at Corkscrew Wine Bar, 1655 SE Bybee, Portland, Oregon. VoiceCatcher editor Michelle Fredette organizes the series. The events are 7:00 p.m. Free admission and open to the public. The line-ups of readers in the coming months include some from VoiceCatcher:

Oct. 7  Joanna Rose with writers of Pinewood Table
Dec. 2  Liz Prato

*  *  *

Sarah Fagan

Sarah Fagan

Join VoiceCatcher art editor and painter/book-artist Sarah Fagan for a two-hour introduction to the art of journal/book making. Advance registration required for this workshop. $20 fee. Proceeds benefit VoiceCatcher. Limit: 12 partcipants. (Details and registration here)

Monday, Oct. 12, 2015, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
TaborSpace
5441 SE Belmont St., Portland, OR 97215

*  *  *

Annie Lighthart

Annie Lighthart

Rilke for Writers: A Poetry Workshop by VoiceCatcher Annie Lighthart. If you have been intrigued by the intense lyrics and beautiful elegies of Rainer Maria Rilke, come explore the work of this remarkable poet. Look closely at a range of Rilke’s poems and techniques, uncover the myths and truths of his life and process, and try a variety of writing exercises inspired by Rilke’s work.

Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Multnomah Friends Meeting House
4312 SE Stark St., Room 23, Portland, OR 97215
$75 fee. Register with Mountain Writers. 4-10 participants.

*  *  *

Lioness Writing: Women in the Military Writing Their Lives. A safe place for women veterans of any era to write and produce a public reading and/or a small collection of their work, if wanted. Each session of this workshop will include multiple prompts to generate writing, some practice in revising and reading to others, the comfort and hospitality of good snacks, and the development of a sense of oneself as a writer. Conducted by VoiceCatcher Kate Gray and Dr. Rose King, USAF retired. No fee.

Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015, 5:45 p.m.–7:45 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015, 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
Multnomah Country Library, Hollywood Branch, Meeting room. Sign up here.

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VoiceCatcher, Toastmasters and the Oregon Writers Colony have teamed up to offer a workshop, at Stumptown Lit 2015, on how to polish your public reading skills. This is the Oregon Writers Colony’s second Stumptown Lit. Many of the other conference offerings have no charge for admission. Stop by VoiceCatchers’ table while you are there! Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015, at the Crown Plaza Hotel in NE Portland, Oregon.  Register here for this afternoon workshop.

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Click here for the updated calendar of readings and other events from VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions.

*  *  *

Click here for the contact form to let us know of other offerings you or other VoiceCatcher members are making in the community!

Catch These Voices and Visions

Flyer Pulse Sept 10Pulse: A VoiceCatcher Benefit. Join VoiceCatcher editor and contributor Claudia Savage of “Thick in the Throat, Honey” (formerly THrum) for a sensual night of storytelling, poetry and music. Featuring stories by VoiceCatchers Jennifer Foreman and Tanya Jarvik.

Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015, 8:00 p.m.
The Waypost
3120 N. Williams Ave., Portland, OR 97227
$5-$15 suggested donation. This event is a fundraiser for VoiceCatcher.

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Barbara E. Berger

Barbara E. Berger

Polish your skills as a presenter and public reader through the Toastmasters program. Unique among Toastmasters clubs, the Vancouver Thrill of the Quill club caters to writers. VoiceCatcher Barbara E. Berger invites you to come to a meeting, and consider forming a satellite club with her in Portland (contact her). Thrill of the Quill meets the first Saturday of each month (check their website calendar for exceptions, such as the 2015 Labor Day weekend). All are welcome to attend; no admission charge.

Thrill of the Quill Toastmasters Club
Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, 9:30–11:00 a.m. (new date)
Courtyard Village
4555 NE 66th Ave., Vancouver, WA 98661
360-606-9306

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VoiceCatcher Claudia F. Savage presents several poetry workshops through The Attic Institute, in SE Portland, this summer and September-October. Her next set of weekly Sunday workshops through Savage Poetics begins Sept. 20. See the links for more details and registration.

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Kristin Roedell

Kristin Roedell

VoiceCatcher reading! Come mingle and listen to contributors to VoiceCatcher. Readers include Susan Fleming, Suzy Harris, Kristen Roedell, and Young Voice Danrong Wang.

Monday, Sept. 14, 2015, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Java Lounge New location!
760 NW Dale Ave. (NW Cornell near Murray Blvd)
Portland, OR 97229

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Meghana Mysore

Meghana Mysore

A Story’s Landscape: Writing Nature Poetry. Join Meghana Mysore, a VoiceCatcher Young Voices author and intern, and one of Portland’s youth poet ambassadors. Write about the bird’s infinite song, the whistle of the trees, the quiet murmur of the breeze. Learn about writing creatively and seeking inspiration from the world surrounding you. Follow in the footsteps of nature poet Front and find, among the trees, the road less traveled. Find a release through words and write in a supportive environment. All levels of experience are welcome.

Each Wednesday from Sept. 16–Oct. 21, 2015, 3:15–4:15 p.m.
Lake Oswego Adult Community Center for address, fees and registration.

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Lyssa Tall Anolik

Lyssa Tall Anolik

VoiceCatcher Lyssa Tall Anolik presents Nourish Your Creative Spirit: A Collage and Writing Workshop. Explore what nourishes and sustains you. All are welcome: no art or writing experience necessary. Six Tuesday evenings (every-other week) starting Sept. 29, 2015, 7:00–9:00 p.m. at the Watershed at Hillsdale. Cost $100, sliding scale available. To register: email Lyssa at lyssa@flashdog.com or call 503-313-5707.

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Judith Pulman

Judith Pulman

Bridges: A Night of Poetry in Translation. Translations of Russian poet Boris Slutsky by Judith Pulman and Marat Grinberg; translations of Anglo-Saxon poetry by Annie Lighthart and Michael Faletra. Travel through poems with two pairs of poets and scholars as guides, and bring the gifts of these poems back across into your life. All ages welcome; no admission fee.

Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, 6:30–7:30 p.m.
TaborSpace
5441 SE Belmont St.,  Portland, OR 97215

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Susan DeFreitas

Susan DeFreitas

Join author, editor and VoiceCatcher contributor Susan DeFrietas for a two-hour workshop on mining powerful dream images for your own fiction. Advance registration required. Details and registration here. Limit: 20 participants

Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
The Attic, South Library
4243 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland, OR 97215
$35 fee. This event is a fundraiser for VoiceCatcher.

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Michelle Fredette

Michelle Fredette

Plonk is a new Wednesday night reading series at Corkscrew Wine Bar, 1655 SE Bybee, Portland, Oregon. VoiceCatcher editor Michelle Fredette organizes the series. The events are 7:00 p.m. Free admission and open to the public. The line-ups of readers in the coming months include some from VoiceCatcher:

Oct. 7  Joanna Rose with writers of Pinewood Table
Dec. 2  Liz Prato

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Sarah Fagan

Sarah Fagan

Join VoiceCatcher art editor and painter/book-artist Sarah Fagan for a two-hour introduction to the art of journal/book making. Advance registration required for this workshop. $20 fee. Proceeds benefit VoiceCatcher. Limit: 12 partcipants. (Details and registration here)

Monday, Oct. 12, 2015, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
TaborSpace
5441 SE Belmont St., Portland, OR 97215

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Annie Lighthart

Annie Lighthart

Rilke for Writers: A Poetry Workshop by VoiceCatcher Annie Lighthart. If you have been intrigued by the intense lyrics and beautiful elegies of Rainer Maria Rilke, come explore the work of this remarkable poet. Look closely at a range of Rilke’s poems and techniques, uncover the myths and truths of his life and process, and try a variety of writing exercises inspired by Rilke’s work.

Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Multnomah Friends Meeting House
4312 SE Stark St., Room 23, Portland, OR 97215
$75 fee. Register with Mountain Writers. 4-10 participants.

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Lioness Writing: Women in the Military Writing Their Lives. A safe place for women veterans of any era to write and produce a public reading and/or a small collection of their work, if wanted. Each session of this workshop will include multiple prompts to generate writing, some practice in revising and reading to others, the comfort and hospitality of good snacks, and the development of a sense of oneself as a writer. Conducted by VoiceCatcher Kate Gray and Dr. Rose King, USAF retired. No fee.

Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015, 5:45 p.m.–7:45 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015, 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
Multnomah Country Library, Hollywood Branch, Meeting room. Sign up here.

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VoiceCatcher, Toastmasters and the Oregon Writers Colony have teamed up to offer a workshop, at Stumptown Lit 2015, on how to polish your public reading skills. This is the Oregon Writers Colony’s second Stumptown Lit. Many of the other conference offerings have no charge for admission. Stop by VoiceCatchers’ table while you are there! Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015, at the Crown Plaza Hotel in NE Portland, Oregon.  Register here for this afternoon workshop.

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Click here for the updated calendar of readings and other events from VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions.

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Click here for the contact form to let us know of other offerings you or other VoiceCatcher members are making in the community!

Catch These Voices and Visions

Register now! VoiceCatcher, Toastmasters and the Oregon Writers Colony have teamed up to offer a workshop at Stumptown on how to polish your public reading skills. Many of the other conference offerings have no charge for admission. Stop by VoiceCatchers’ table while you are there! Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015, at the Crown Plaza Hotel in NE Portland, Oregon. This is the Oregon Writers Colony’s second Stumptown.

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Jackie Shannon-Hollis

Jackie Shannon-Hollis

Plonk is a new Wednesday night reading series at Corkscrew Wine Bar, 1655 SE Bybee, Portland, Oregon. VoiceCatcher editor Michelle Fredette organizes the series. The events are 7:00 p.m. Free admission and open to the public. The line-ups of readers in the coming months include some from VoiceCatcher:

Sept. 2  Nikki Schulak and Jackie Shannon-Hollis
Oct. 7  Joanna Rose with writers of the Pinewood Table
Dec. 2  Liz Prato

   * * * 

Barbara E. Berger

Barbara E. Berger

Polish your skills as a presenter and public reader through the Toastmasters program. Unique among Toastmasters clubs, the Vancouver Thrill of the Quill club caters to writers. VoiceCatcher Barbara E. Berger invites you to come to a meeting, and consider forming a satellite club with her in Portland (contact her). Thrill of the Quill meets the first Saturday of each month (check their website calendar for exceptions, such as the 2015 Labor Day weekend). All are welcome to attend; no admission charge.

Thrill of the Quill Toastmasters Club
Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, 9:30–11:00 a.m. (new date)
Courtyard Village
4555 NE 66th Ave., Vancouver, WA 98661
360-606-9306

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Meghana Mysore

Meghana Mysore

A Story’s Landscape: Writing Nature Poetry. Join Meghana Mysore, a VoiceCatcher Young Voices author and intern, and one of Portland’s youth poet ambassadors. Write about the bird’s infinite song, the whistle of the trees, the quiet murmur of the breeze. Learn about writing creatively and seeking inspiration from the world surrounding you. Follow in the footsteps of nature poet Front and find, among the trees, the road less traveled. Find a release through words and write in a supportive environment. All levels of experience are welcome.

Each Wednesday from Sept. 16–Oct. 21, 2015, 3:15–4:15 p.m.
Lake Oswego Adult Community Center for address, fees and registration.

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Flyer Pulse Sept 10Pulse: A VoiceCatcher Benefit. Join VoiceCatcher editor and contributor Claudia Savage of “Thick in the Throat, Honey” (formerly THrum) for a sensual night of storytelling, poetry and music. Featuring stories by VoiceCatchers Jennifer Foreman and Tanya Jarvik.

Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015, 8:00 p.m.
The Waypost
3120 N. Williams Ave., Portland, OR 97227
$5-$15 suggested donation. This event is a fundraiser for VoiceCatcher.

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Claudia F. Savage

Claudia F. Savage

VoiceCatcher Claudia F. Savage presents several poetry workshops through The Attic Institute, in SE Portland, this summer and September-October. One-day workshops and ongoing, weekly ones.

 *  *  *

VoiceCatcher reading! Come mingle and listen to contributors to VoiceCatcher. Readers include Susan Fleming, Suzy Harris, Kristen Roedell, and Young Voice Danrong Wang.

Monday, Sept. 14, 2015, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Java Lounge New location!
760 NW Dale Ave. (NW Cornell near Murray Blvd)
Portland, OR 97229

*  *  *

VoiceCatcher Lyssa Tall Anolik presents Nourish Your Creative Spirit: A Collage and Writing Workshop. Explore what nourishes and sustains you. All are welcome: no art or writing experience necessary. Six Tuesday evenings (every-other week) starting Sept. 29, 2015, 7:00–9:00 p.m. at the Watershed at Hillsdale. Cost $100, sliding scale available. To register: email Lyssa at lyssa@flashdog.com or call 503-313-5707.

*  *  *

Susan DeFreitas

Susan DeFreitas

Join author, editor and VoiceCatcher contributor Susan DeFrietas for a two-hour workshop on mining powerful dream images for your own fiction. Advance registration required. Details and registration here. Limit: 20 participants

Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
The Attic, South Library
4243 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Portland, OR 97215
$35 fee. This event is a fundraiser for VoiceCatcher

*  *  *

Sarah Fagan

Sarah Fagan

Join VoiceCatcher art editor and painter/book-artist Sarah Fagan for a two-hour introduction to the art of journal/book making. Advance registration required for this workshop. $20 fee. Proceeds benefit VoiceCatcher. Limit: 12 partcipants. (Details and registration here)

Monday, Oct. 12, 2015, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
TaborSpace
5441 SE Belmont St.
Portland, OR 97215

*  *  *

Click here for the updated calendar of readings and other events from VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions.

*  *  *

Click here for the contact form to let us know of other offerings you or other VoiceCatcher members are making in the community!

Catch These Voices and Visions

Jennifer Dorner
Jennifer Dorner

Tomorrow, Aug. 25, Vault Voices  –  a new reading series started by VoiceCatcher Jennifer Dorner  – continues. This night’s reading features Hedgebrook writing retreat alumnae, PDXX Collective members and VoiceCatchers, including Jackie Shannon-Hollis, Nancy Flynn, Judith Pulman, Tammy Robacker and Tiah Lindner Raphael.

Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
O’Connors
 (in the vault)
Multnomah Village neighborhood
7850 SW Capitol Hwy., Portland, OR 97219

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Sign up before Sept. 1 for special rates for workshops at the annual Stumptown Lit conference: Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015, at the Crown Plaza Hotel in NE Portland, Oregon. This is the Oregon Writers Colony’s second Stumptown.

VoiceCatcher, Toastmasters and the Oregon Writers Colony have teamed up to offer a workshop at Stumptown on how to polish your public reading skills. Many of the other conference offerings have no charge for admission. Stop by VoiceCatchers’ table while you are there!

   * * * 

Plonk is a new Wednesday night reading series at Corkscrew Wine Bar, 1655 SE Bybee, Portland, Oregon. VoiceCatcher editor Michelle Fredette organizes the series. The events are 7:00 p.m. Free admission and open to the public. The line-ups of readers in the coming months include some from VoiceCatcher:

Sept. 2  Nikki Schulak and Jackie Shannon-Hollis
Oct. 7  Joanna Rose with writers of the Pinewood Table
Dec. 2  Liz Prato

   * * * 

Barbara  E. Berger

Barbara E. Berger

Polish your skills as a presenter and public reader through the Toastmasters program. Unique among Toastmasters clubs, the Vancouver Thrill of the Quill club caters to writers. VoiceCatcher Barbara E. Berger invites you to come to a meeting, and consider forming a satellite club with her in Portland (contact her). Thrill of the Quill meets the first Saturday of each month (check their website calendar for exceptions). All are welcome to attend; no admission charge.

Thrill of the Quill Toastmasters Club
Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, 9:30–11:00 a.m.
Courtyard Village
4555 NE 66th Ave., Vancouver, WA 98661
360-606-9306

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Flyer Pulse Sept 10Pulse: A VoiceCatcher Benefit. Join VoiceCatcher editor and contributor Claudia Savage of “Thick in the Throat, Honey” (formerly THrum) for a sensual night of storytelling, poetry and music. Featuring stories by VoiceCatchers Jennifer Foreman and Tanya Jarvik.

Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015, 8:00 p.m.
The Waypost
3120 N. Williams Ave., Portland, OR 97227
$5-$15 suggested donation. This event is a fundraiser for VoiceCatcher.

* * *

Claudia F. Savage

Claudia F. Savage

VoiceCatcher Claudia F. Savage presents several poetry workshops through The Attic Institute, in SE Portland, this summer and September-October. One-day workshops and ongoing, weekly ones.

 *  *  *

VoiceCatcher reading! Come mingle and listen to contributors to VoiceCatcher. Readers include Susan Fleming, Suzy Harris, Kristen Roedell, and Young Voice Danrong Wang.

Monday, Sept. 14, 2015, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Java Lounge New location!
760 NW Dale Ave. (NW Cornell near Murray Blvd)
Portland, OR 97229

*  *  *

Sarah Fagan

Sarah Fagan

Join VoiceCatcher art editor and painter/book-artist Sarah Fagan for a two-hour introduction to the art of journal/book making. Advance registration required for this workshop. $20 fee. Proceeds benefit VoiceCatcher. Limit: 12 partcipants. (Details and registration here)

Monday, Oct. 12, 2015, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
TaborSpace
5441 SE Belmont St.
Portland, OR 97215

*  *  *

Click here for the updated calendar of readings and other events from VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions.

*  *  *

Click here for the contact form to let us know of other offerings you or other VoiceCatcher members are making in the community!

Catch These Voices and Visions

Nancy Flynn

Nancy Flynn

The Mountain Writers Series presents a book launch celebration and poetry reading featuring VoiceCatcher Nancy Flynn.

Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Vie de Bohème
SE 7th & Clay on Portland’s Distillery Row
1530 SE 7th Avenue, Portland, OR 97214
Suggested donation $5

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Jennifer Dorner

Jennifer Dorner

Vault Voices, a new reading series started by VoiceCatcher Jennifer Dorner, continues this month. The August reading features Hedgebrook writing retreat alumnae and VoiceCatchers, including Jackie Shannon-Hollis, Nancy Flynn, Judith Pulman, Tammy Robacker and Tiah Lindner Raphael.

Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
O’Connors
 (in the vault)
Multnomah Village neighborhood
7850 SW Capitol Hwy., Portland, OR 97219

*  *  *

Jennifer Foreman

Jennifer Foreman

Pulse: A VoiceCatcher Benefit. Join VoiceCatcher editor and contributor Claudia Savage of “Thick in the Throat, Honey” (formerly THrum) for a sensual night of storytelling, poetry and music. Featuring stories by VoiceCatchers Jennifer Foreman and Tanya Jarvik.

Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015, 8:00 p.m.
The Waypost
3120 N. Williams Ave., Portland, OR 97227
$5-$15 suggested donation. This event is a fundraiser for VoiceCatcher.

   * * * 

Barbara  E. Berger

Barbara E. Berger

Polish your skills as a presenter and public reader through the Toastmasters program. Unique among Toastmasters clubs, the Vancouver Thrill of the Quill club caters to writers. VoiceCatcher Barbara E. Berger invites you to come to a meeting, and consider forming a satellite club with her in Portland (contact her). Thrill of the Quill meets the first Saturday of each month (check their website calendar for exceptions). All are welcome to attend; no admission charge.

Thrill of the Quill Toastmasters Club
Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, 9:30–11:00 a.m.
Courtyard Village
4555 NE 66th Ave., Vancouver, WA 98661
360-606-9306

*  *  *

Sign up before Sept. 1 for special rates for workshops at the annual Stumptown Lit conference: Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015, at the Crown Plaza Hotel in NE Portland, Oregon. This is the Oregon Writers Colony’s second Stumptown.

VoiceCatcher, Toastmasters and the Oregon Writers Colony have teamed up to offer a workshop at Stumptown on how to polish your public reading skills. Many of the other conference offerings have no charge for admission. Stop by VoiceCatchers’ table while you are there!

* * *

Claudia F. Savage

Claudia F. Savage

VoiceCatcher Claudia F. Savage presents several poetry workshops through The Attic Institute, in SE Portland, this summer and September-October. One-day workshops and ongoing, weekly ones.

 *  *  *

VoiceCatcher reading! Come mingle and listen to contributors to VoiceCatcher. Readers include Susan Fleming, Suzy Harris, Kristen Roedell, and Young Voice Danrong Wang.

Monday, Sept. 14, 2015, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Java Lounge New location!
760 NW Dale Ave. (NW Cornell near Murray Blvd)
Portland, OR 97229

*  *  *

Sarah Fagan

Sarah Fagan

Join VoiceCatcher art editor and painter/book-artist Sarah Fagan for a two-hour introduction to the art of journal/book making. Advance registration required for this workshop. $20 fee. Proceeds benefit VoiceCatcher. Limit: 12 partcipants. (Details and registration here)

Monday, Oct. 12, 2015, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
TaborSpace
5441 SE Belmont St.
Portland, OR 97215

*  *  *

Click here for the updated calendar of readings and other events from VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions.

*  *  *

Click here for the contact form to let us know of other offerings you or other VoiceCatcher members are making in the community!