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!



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


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.



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.


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.


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



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.



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.




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.



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.


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.