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

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. (

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

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.

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.

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