PLONK Reading Series f. VoiceCatcher, Wednesday October 5

All are invited to hear these contributors to VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions. 

Plonk Reading Series

PLONK Reading Series

Wednesday October 5, 2016
7:00p.m.

Cork Screw Wine Bar
1665 SE Bybee Blvd.
Portland, OR 97202

 

Alex Behr, of Portland, OR, has taught creative writing to teens through Literary Arts’ Writers in the Schools program. Her work has appeared in Nailed Magazine, Salon, Bitch, Tin House, Propeller, Lumina, Watershed Review, and elsewhere. Two of her stories were performed in July 2016 as part of the 5th Annual Northern Writes series in Los Angeles.

Cathy Cain‘s honors include the Kay Snow Paulann Petersen Poetry Award from Willamette Writers; the Edwin Markham Prize for Poetry from Reed Magazine; and awards from the Oregon Poetry Association. Her work has appeared in VoiceCatcher, The Poeming Pigeon, and is forthcoming in Verseweavers. Cathy has previously served as poetry co-editor at VoiceCatcher. She is a two-year Poet’s Studio alumna and a 2014-2015 Atheneum Fellow, both at the Attic Institute. Additionally, she has studied with Portland’s Mountain Writers.

Deborah Dombrowski is a writer and photographer who discovered Portland at the age of 22 and stayed. Deborah loves every form of water (except the endless winter rain) and can often be found next to a river, or at the foot of Neakhanie mountain. Her website brings words and images together to consider the passage of time, the surprising strength of our affections, and every kind of blossoming. (www.lightswim.blogspot.com)

Leanne Grabel, M.Ed., is a poet, memoirist, illustrator and semi-retired special ed and language arts teacher. Her books include Brontosaurus: A Memoir; Lonesome & Very Quarrelsome Heroes; Short Poems by a Short Poet; Badgirls, and most recently Assisted Living, a chapbook of graphic rectangular prose poems. Grabel is currently finishing an anthology of 30 years of graphic flash writing called The Circus of Anguish & Mirth.

As seen adjusting her undergarments in public, writer,humorist, nut-job, Carisa Miller, lives in SW Portland with her exceptionally patient husband, two fireball daughters, an ill-tempered cat, a dog she’s allergic to, and horrendous PMS. Her published essays, one-liners, blog, and social media gobbledygook can be found at CarisaMiller.com.

Elizabeth Scott is a writer and clinical psychologist who has lived in Portland for nearly 30 years. She studied with Tom Spanbauer for many years as well as with other accomplished local and national writers. She has had numerous stories published in literary journals and recently received honorable mention in a Glimmer Train contest. She served two terms on the board of Oregon Literary Arts.

Suzanne Sigafoos is author of Held in the Weave, a collection of poems published by Finishing Line Press. Her poems have appeared in The Oregonian, in Windfall: a Journal of Poetry of Place, and the anthology The Knotted Bond: Oregon Poets Speak of Their Sisters. Her lyric essay, “Green,” published in Bellingham Review’s Issue 71, has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Sigafoos is co-founder of River Rock, a poetry critique group in Portland, Oregon, her home since 1999.

VoiceCatcher thanks PLONK Reading Series and Cork Screw Wine Bar for hosting this event.

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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VoiceCatcher Reading at Stonehenge Studios, Nov. 8, 2015

All are invited to hear these contributors to VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions. 

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Sunday, November 8, 2015
7:00–9:00 p.m.
Stonehenge Studios
3508 SW Corbett Avenue
Portland, OR 97239

 

Cathy Cain is a writer, painter and printmaker whose work appeared in the Winter 2015 issue of VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions. 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 Poeming Pigeons. Cathy is finalizing her book-length poetry collection tentatively titled Alive All At Once and is a poetry co-editor for the Winter 2016 issue of VoiceCatcher. She has enjoyed being part of Portland’s writing community.

Juleen Johnson was published in the Summer 2015 issue of VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions. She is also a poetry co-editor for the Winter 2016 issue of VoiceCatcher. She is co-founder of Soundings: An Evening of Word and Sound. 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 JournalInk Noise ReviewSymmetryNervous BreakdownThe Rio Grand Review and Buried Letter Press. Juleen currently writes and creates art in Portland.

Darla Mottram’s work appeared in the Summer 2015 issue of VoiceCatcher. She is a soon-to-be graduate of Marylhurst University. Her work has recently been featured in NAILED Magazine, among others, and is forthcoming at The Birds We Piled Loosely. She is a co-founder of the social practice project Put-Pockets (put-pockets.tumblr.com), a blog that documents creative ways of putting poetry into the world.

Jennifer Kemnitz 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 KerfVoiceCatcher 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. Jennifer’s work appeared in the Winter 2015 issue of VoiceCatcher.

Tricia Knoll is a Portland poet. Her work appears in numerous journals. A chapbook Urban Wild is out from Finishing Line Press. Ocean’s Laughter, poetry about Manzanita, Oregon, will be published by Aldrich Press in December 2015. Her work is forthcoming in the Winter 2016 issue of VoiceCatcher.

 

 

VoiceCatcher thanks Stonehenge Studios for hosting this event.

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.

About Our Readers: March 28, 2015 Event

All are invited to hear these contributors to the Winter 2015 issue of VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices and visions read at the:

Multnomah County Central Library
U.S. Bank Room, 801 SW 10th Ave.
Portland, OR 97205
Saturday, March 28, 2015
1:00-3:00 p.m.

Cathy Cain
Cathy Cain is a writer and artist living in Oregon. She is a fellow in the Attic Institute’s Atheneum Master’s Writing Program. Previously a two-year member of the Attic Poet’s Studio, Cathy has participated in numerous workshops hosted by Mountain Writers.

 

Jennifer KemnitzJennifer Kemnitz is an herbalist poet who writes from the tranquil edge of Portland, Oregon. She has been anthologized by Poetry on the Lake and her work is forthcoming by We’Moon.

 

 

Margie LeeMargie Lee is a writer and artist living in Portland, Oregon. She grew up on a farm by Puget Sound surrounded by the forested mountains of Bellingham, Washington. She has exhibited her art in New York and has written several books and numerous short stories, as well as essays and poems. Her poetry has appeared in both Saturday Afternoons and Windfall.

 

Gypsy MartinA resident of Camas, Washington, Gypsy Martin is mom to two boys and has achieved minor fame as a lunch lady at their elementary school. Her short fiction has been published online  in the Journal of Microliterature. Her work has also appeared in print anthologies, including the forthcoming Flash in the Attic: 44 Very Short Stories from Fiction Attic Press. She also won a prize in the memoir category of the 2012 Writer’s Digest Writing Competition for a story about the indignities of homemade underwear.

 

Elizabeth MoscosoElizabeth Moscoso is a student at Marylhurst University, majoring in English literature. Her goal is to combine her love of writing, cooking and traveling and share her experiences through stories. She lives with her family and beloved furry pets. During her spare time she maintains a presence on her blog.

 

Meghana MysoreMeghana Mysore is a junior at Lake Oswego High School where she gravitates towards all things word: her school’s newspaper, the literary magazine, and the poetry reading event on the speech and debate eam. She is president of her school’s Literary and Poetry Club and has received several regional keys from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.

 

Jennifer Pratt-WalterJennifer Pratt-Walter is a true product of the Pacific Northwest. She lives with her husband Craig on a small farm in Vancouver where she is out in nature as much as possible. A harpist, Jennifer is also drawn to writing poetry, exploring digital photography, singing and folk dancing. She has three grown children and one horse named Lady.

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

VoiceCatcher thanks the Multnomah County Central Library for hosting this event.