Introducing VoiceCatcher’s web team for 2017

As an online community and journal, VoiceCatcher depends on the tremendous artistic and technical skills of our volunteers. Meet the two newest members of VoiceCatcher’s journal and community site team!  

 

Journal Designer Edee Lemonier 

Edee’s work has appeared in Nailed Magazine and VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions, and she has a piece in the forthcoming 2017 winter edition of Gobshite Quarterly. A transplanted southerner, she has called Vancouver, Wash. home for 20 years. She can usually be found writing with a MacBook in her lap, her Yorkie at her hip and a whisky on the table. She considers herself lucky if her web-footed, polydactyl cat doesn’t walk across her keyboard and obliterate it all. 

 

Community Site Manager/Assistant Journal Designer Amy Provost 

Amy Provost is an undergrad student at Union College in Schenectady, NY.  She is majoring in Visual Arts, and focuses on block-print/lithography printmaking and digital media. She is currently working on her senior thesis, about feminism in Grimm fairytales. Born and raised in Vancouver Wash., she has a passion for hiking and exploring the Pacific Northwest. As the Community Site Manager/Assistant Journal Designer, Amy looks forward to modernizing and enhancing the VoiceCatcher’s web presence. 

 

Open call for community site submissions 

VoiceCatcher is seeking blog posts for our community site. Submissions are open for book reviews, publication announcements from our past contributors, interviews and essays on craft and creativity. Have an idea you’d like to pitch to us? Contact editors@voicecatcher.org. 

Start the New Year Right: Submit Your Work

VoiceCatcher will open for submissions in early 2017, but until then, we encourage you to submit your work to these other journals who support the work of female writers and artists 

Bone Bouquet

Calyx

Cordella Magazine

Damselfly Press

Dying Dahlia Review

Moonsick Magazine

Persimmon Tree

Quaint Magazine

Roar Magazine

Room Magazine

Yew Journal

Did we miss a publication, or have you been published in these journals? Leave a comment and a link below! 

Congratulations to VoiceCatcher’s Pushcart nominees

VoiceCatcher is proud to have nominated the following work, published in the Winter and Summer 2016 issues of VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices and visions, for the 2017 Pushcart Prize.

From the Winter 2016 issue:

From the Summer 2016 issue:

Congratulations to these local voices!

Kris Demien

Kris Demien

Burky Achilles

Burky Achilles

 

 

 

 

Joanna Rose

Joanna Rose

Suzanne Sigafoos

Suzanne Sigafoos

It’s Here! Check out our Summer 2016 Journal

We are pleased to announce the release of the Summer 2016 issue of VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions. In this, our ninth issue of our online journal, you’ll discover:

  • A sampling of poetry from the powerful female creative force thriving in our region.
  • Fiction and nonfiction from six women who dazzle us with both their honesty and humor.
  • Stunning imagery from four artists who use layering and process as metaphors for life beyond art.
Featured Artwork "Beyond Sea' by Jeni Lee

Featured Artwork “Beyond Sea’ by Jeni Lee

Many thanks to our hard-working editorial team: Managing editors Michelle Fredette and Jennifer Kemnitz, art editor Sarah Fagan; prose editors Desiree Wright, Nikki Schulak and Tanya Jarvik; poetry editors Juleen Johnson, Sarah Brenner and Emily Ransdell; and journal designer Shawn Aveningo.

We are excited about the authors and artists represented in these pages and hope you will come out to meet them in person by attending a VoiceCatcher event in the future.

Happy reading!

 

 

We’re Extending the Submission Deadline!

Let’s face it!  As women, we lead busy lives.  And sometimes that means we put other’s needs before our own desires — like sitting down to focus on our own writing.  We get it! We’ve all been there.  That’s why we decided to extend the deadline for submissions to our upcoming Summer issue of VoiceCatcher:  a journal of women’s voices and visions.

Ladies, you have until Sunday, May 22 to submit up to three poems, one prose piece or artwork for consideration.  You can click HERE for all the details.

Happy writing!  We can’t wait to read your work.

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VoiceCatcher is open for submissions until May 15

VoiceCatcher is seeking submissions of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and art for our summer 2016 issue. Visit the journal site for full submission guidelines, and read the most recent issue to get a sense of what we look for. Below, meet the editorial team that will be working on the upcoming issue!

The Summer 2016 Issue Editorial Team

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Young Voices editor Sara Bednark has been writing off and on since a hastily written play she wrote in 9th grade received these words of encouragement, “How wonderfully absurd!” For twenty-five years writing has confounded, delighted and been her connection to voice. Sara has written and self-published two picture books; owned, edited and wrote for a tabloid newspaper; and is currently working on a middle grade novel. Her pieces can be read in Elohi Gadugii Journal and Typehouse Literary Magazine.

 

Sarah-Brenner

Poetry editor Sarah Brenner writes poetry and hybrid essays in and around Portland, Ore., while battling a crippling book addiction. A graduate of Bennington College, she has studied with April Bernard, Mark Wunderlich and Peter Sears. Her day job allows her to promote and facilitate community arts programs, and in her spare time she obsessively follows her favorite podcasts and makes friends with other animals.

SarahFaganReturning art editor Sarah Fagan received a bachelor’s in Fine Arts and English Literature from Stonehill College in North Easton, Massachusetts. She worked as an editor for a New England arts magazine before relocating to Portland, Oregon in 2009. Here she decided to concentrate on making her own artwork by attending a certificate program at the Oregon College of Art and Craft where she studied bookbinding and painting. In Portland, Sarah developed a curriculum of arts classes that she taught to children at schools, libraries and other venues. When not teaching, she is painting – her forté is the contemporary still life. For 2015-16, Sarah will be the Umbrella Institute’s Artist-in-Residence in Concord, Mass.

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Managing editor Michelle Fredette has served as a past prose editor with VoiceCatcher and is a current member of the board of directors. She fell in love with literary journals during high school, sitting on the floor of her mom’s cube at Writer’s Digest. Since then, she’s been able to indulge this love as a reader for Ploughshares and Black Warrior Review, and as fiction editor for Oxford Magazine and New Orleans Review. Her writing includes short stories and the occasional non-fiction piece. She’s currently chipping away at a novel about roller derby.

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Prose editor Tanya Jarvik has worked as a freelance editor for the past fifteen years. She has also taught composition, poetry, fiction, and memoir writing. Tanya’s poetry and prose have appeared in VoiceCatcher, The Manifest-Station, The Open Face Sandwich, the Enter at Your Own Risk anthology series and elsewhere. One of her favorite gigs is writing a pseudonymous advice column for people in alternative relationships

 

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Poetry editor Juleen Johnson is a co-founder of Soundings: An Evening of Word and Sound. Johnson has been invited to read at: BuzzPoems, Ink Noise Review, Open Door Enjambment, Penduline Poetry Series and Word Warriors. She won first place in the Voices Poetics Poetry Contest. Her poems have been published in printed publications, including Cirque: A Literary Journal, Nervous Breakdown, The Rio Grande Review, Rust and Moth, The Round and other journals. Johnson currently writes and creates art in Portland, Ore.

 

VoicecatcherAssistant managing editor Jennifer Kemnitz is an herbalist-poet who lives and writes in Portland. Her work has most recently appeared in Rain, the Kerf, Medical Literary Messenger, and We’Moon and has been anthologized by Poetry on the Lake, The Poetry Box and VoiceCatcher. Jennifer’s poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and translated into German.

Emily-Ransdell

 

Poetry editor Emily Ransdell holds an MFA in Poetry from the University of Montana.  Her poems have appeared in The Cortland Review, Tar River Poetry, Whitefish Review, Hamilton Stone Review0 and elsewhere. Emily divides her time between Camas, Wash. and the North Oregon Coast, where she is a coordinator of the Manzanita Writers’ Series annual PoetryFest.

 

 

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First appearing in the Summer 2014 issue of VoiceCatcher, journal designer and administrator Shawn Aveningo Sanders is an award-winning, globally published poet whose work has appeared in over 90 literary journals and anthologies, including LA’s poeticdiversity – which recently nominated her poetry for a Pushcart Prize. She is co-founder of The Poetry Box® and managing editor of The Poeming Pigeon. Shawn is a proud mother of three who shares in the creative life with her husband in Beaverton, Oregon.

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Prose editor Nikki Schulak writes and performs comedy about bodies and relationships. Her work has been published in numerous journals and websites, most recently at Full Grown People. She had essays included in VoiceCatcher 3 and VoiceCatcher 5 and served as an assistant prose co-editor for Voice Catcher 6. Her essay “On Not Seeing Whales” (Bellevue Literary Review) was chosen as a Notable Selection in Best American Essays 2013. Her most recent tattoo is an ampersand.

Desiree-Wright

Prose editor Desiree Wright started writing at age 6: handmade books of horse names, rhyming poetry and short stories. She paused her storytelling to entertain locals in Tonga with her bad accent and refusal to do karaoke. She is mother to two super-cool humans, two dogs, a flock of chickens and one naughty cat. She never finished her graduate degree and has no regrets. She recently renewed her vow to say “I am a writer” without any explanation.

 

VoiceCatcher Prints 10-Year Anthology!

She Holds the Face of the WorldPre-Order Your Copy Today and Get a Pre-Release Discount!

From 2005 through 2015, VoiceCatcher has lifted the voices of hundreds of women by publishing their poetry, fiction, nonfiction and artwork in six VoiceCatcher print anthologies and seven online issues of VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions.

With over 80 stories and poems, She Holds the Face of the World is a print collection of some of the most compelling works VoiceCatcher has published in the last decade. We invite everyone – men, women, young and old – to grab their favorite beverage, get comfortable in their favorite reading chair, and peruse these pages that celebrate women from all walks of life: their stories, their heartbreak, their humor, their courage and their strength.


She Holds the Face of the World: Ten Years of VoiceCatcher is available to order at our pre-release discount price of $15 through November 10, 2015. (Regular price is $20) Click here to order.

You can choose to pick up your copy(s) at our year-end celebration and book launch in Portland, Oregon, on December 1, 2015, or have your book(s) shipped directly to you. More information about the year-end celebration will be forthcoming.

 

Submission Window is Open for the Journal!

Send us your best work for our upcoming Winter 2016 issue of VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions! Visit the journal site for full submission guidelines and access to Submittable. Read the most recent issue to get a sense of what we look for. Submissions are accepted now through November 15, 2015 for the Winter 2016 issue.

VoiceCatcher is proud to announce the editors who will read and select prose, poetry and art. The team is eager to receive your work, and to create and design the next issue.

The Winter 2016 Issue Editorial Team

Shawn Aveningo, Journal Designer and Administrator
Shawn is an award-winning, globally published poet whose work has appeared in over 80 literary journals and anthologies, including LA’s poeticdiversity – which recently nominated her poetry for a Pushcart Prize. She is co-founder of The Poetry Box® and managing editor of The Poeming Pigeon. Shawn is a proud mother of three who shares in the creative life with her husband in Beaverton, Oregon.

Cathy CainCathy Cain, Poetry Co-Editor
Cathy is a writer, painter and printmaker. She was a 2014-15 Atheneum Fellow in Poetry at the Attic Institute, as well as a Poet’s Studio member there from 2012-14. She has also benefited from numerous Mountain Writers’ workshops. Her work has appeared in VoiceCatcher and is forthcoming in Poeming Pigeons, slated for publication in October 2015. Cathy is finalizing her book-length poetry collection tentatively titled Alive All At Once. She has enjoyed being part of Portland’s writing community!

Thea ConstantineThea Constantine, Prose Co-Editor (fiction and nonfiction)
Thea was born in New York City into a family of actors and writers. She grew up in Hollywood, spent her youth in the clubs and streets of Los Angeles, and finally settled in Portland, Oregon. She is certified as an Amherst Writers and Artists facilitator and teaches weekly workshops with PDX Writers. Recent short stories have appeared in In Focus Magazine, Roving Writers, Stellazine and Watercress Journal. Her forthcoming book, Stumptown, began as a serial for the online magazine The Black Boot. She co-wrote VoiceCatcher’s monthly prompt column from 2013 to 2015 with her friend Carrie Connor, and looks forward to serving as a prose co-editor for VoiceCatcher’s next journal issue.

Sarah FaganSarah Fagan, Art Editor
Sarah received a bachelor’s in Fine Arts and English Literature from Stonehill College in North Easton, Massachusetts. She worked as an editor for a New England arts magazine before relocating to Portland, Oregon in 2009. Here she decided to concentrate on making her own artwork by attending a certificate program at the Oregon College of Art and Craft where she studied bookbinding and painting. In Portland, Sarah developed a curriculum of arts classes that she taught to children at schools, libraries and other venues. When not teaching, she is painting – her forté is the contemporary still life. For 2015-16, Sarah will be the Umbrella Institute’s Artist-in-Residence in Concord, Massachusetts.

Juleen Johnson 3Juleen Johnson, Poetry Co-Editor
Juleen was published in the Summer 2015 issue of VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions. She is co-founder of Soundings: An Evening of Word and Sound. She is in the critique group The Moonlit Poetry Caravan. Juleen has been invited to read at BuzzPoems, Ink Noise Review, Open Door Enjambment and Cirque in Portland, Oregon. In California, she has read at the Steinbeck Museum, Hartnell College, Steinbeck Library and CSU Monterey Bay. Juleen attended the Wassaic Residency in Wassaic, New York. Her poems have appeared in print publications, including Cirque: A Literary Journal, Ink Noise Review, Symmetry, Nervous Breakdown, The Rio Grand Review and Buried Letter Press. Juleen currently writes and creates art in Portland.

Jennifer KemnitzJennifer Kemnitz, Poetry Co-Editor 
Jennifer lives and writes in Portland. She is a great defender of plant life and can be roused at any moment to an impassioned discussion of its innate intelligence. Her work has appeared in the Kerf, VoiceCatcher and We’Moon, and has been anthologized by Poetry on the Lake and The Poetry Box. She is a reader for We’Moon, and is proud to serve as a poetry co-editor for the Winter 2016 issue of VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions.

Tiah Lindner Raphael, Managing Editor
Tiah
 also serves as president for VoiceCatcher, heading the board of directors. Her poetry appeared in the Winter 2014 issue of VoiceCatcher, and she has served as both a prose and a poetry editor for our publications. Her work has appeared in journals such as CutBank Literary Magazine and Paper Nautilus. When she is not playing with words, Tiah can be found indulging in her other creative obsessions including photography and urban gardening.

Helen Sinoradzki, Ph.D., Prose Co-Editor (fiction and nonfiction) 
Helen now also serves as an officer – secretary – on VoiceCatcher’s board of directors. A bookseller for more than 20 years, Helen currently works for Powell’s Books. In previous lives, she taught English and was a writer/editor at a national laboratory. With the help of the amazing writers at Pinewood Table, she completed a memoir, Thursday’s Child, and is searching for a publisher. She has published narrative nonfiction and short stories. She moved to Portland 17 years ago and plans to stay for the rest of her life.

Hot Off the Press: The Summer 2015 Issue of VoiceCatcher’s Journal

by Tiah Lindner Raphael, Managing Editor

I am pleased to announce the release of the Summer 2015 issue of VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions. This is the seventh issue of our online journal.

Many thanks to our hard-working editorial team: Young Voices editor Kris Demien; art editor Sarah Fagan; prose editors Helen Sinoradzki and Christi R. Suzanne; and poetry editors Jennifer Dorner, Pattie Palmer-Baker, Claudia F. Savage and Cindy Stewart-Rinier. Big thanks are especially due to journal designer Shawn Aveningo – for her thoughtful reinvigoration of our online format to better showcase the work of our featured artists.

We are excited about the authors and artists represented in these pages and hope you will come out to meet them in person by attending a VoiceCatcher event. Happy summer reading!

 

Tiah Linder RaphaelTiah Lindner Raphael is the president for VoiceCatcher as well as managing editor for VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions. Tiah has spent over nine years in communications positions for public-service organizations. Her poetry appeared in the Winter 2014 issue of VoiceCatcher and she has served as both a prose and a poetry editor for our publications. Her work has appeared in journals such as CutBank Literary Magazine and Paper Nautilus. When she is not playing with words, Tiah can be found indulging in her other creative obsessions including photography and urban gardening, or fighting an often losing battle with the travel bug.

 

 

Submission Window is Open for the Journal!

Send us your best writing and artwork for our upcoming Summer 2015 issue of VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions!

Our editorial team looks forward to reading your fiction, creative nonfiction, flash fiction, memoir and poetry, as well as viewing your visual art. Visit the journal site for full submission guidelines, and read the most recent issue to get a sense of what we look for.

Submissions are accepted through April 15, 2015 from women of the greater Portland, Or. and Vancouver, Wa. area.