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.


Join Us Thursday, May 14, 2015

May 14 Reading

Click here for the flyer (PDF) for this event, for your sharing and posting.

Thank you, Waypost, for hosting this event, as well as presenting art by VoiceCatcher contributors Michelle Latham and Kelly Neidig during the month of May.

Learn more about our authors and artists here.

About Our Readers and Artists: May 14, 2015 VoiceCatcher Event

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

Thursday, May 14, 2015
7:00–9:00 p.m.
The Waypost
3120 N. Williams Ave.
Portland, OR 97227

Sarah BorstenSarah Borsten is enrolled in the 2014-15 Poetry Certificate Program at the Independent Publishing Resource Center in Portland. Her poetry has appeared in The Roanoke Review, Cross Currents, and The Pregnant Moon Review. Her work will appear in VoiceCatcher’s Summer 2015 issue.

Heather DurhamHeather Durham is a restoration ecologist and naturalist currently pursuing an MFA in creative nonfiction through the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts. A city dweller with the soul of a hermit, she can often be found in the wild places in and around Portland with a journal, a field guide and a pair of binoculars –  head cocked, listening to the birds.

Nancy FlynnNancy Flynn grew up on the Susquehanna River in northeastern Pennsylvania. She spent many years on a downtown creek in Ithaca, New York, and now lives in NE Portland near the mighty Columbia. She attended Oberlin College, Cornell University, and has a master’s in English from SUNY/Binghamton. Her writing has received an Oregon Literary Fellowship and the James Jones First Novel Fellowship. Poetry chapbooks include The Hours of Us (2007) and Eternity a Coal’s Throw (2012); her book-length collection, Every Door Recklessly Ajar, will be published by Cayuga Lake Books in spring 2015. Her work will appear in VoiceCatcher’s Summer 2015 issue. A complete list of her publications is on her website.

Allegra HeidelindeAllegra Heidelinde, the eldest, but shortest(!) of three sisters, grew up in Taos, New Mexico. A precocious reader, she gobbled up fairy tales to stay one step ahead of the big bad wolf. Her early love of story taught her the power of words and imagination. Love and creativity are her guiding beacons.

Emily RansdellEmily Ransdell holds an MFA in poetry and is a past recipient of an Academy of American Poets award. Her poems have been published in CutBank, Poetry Northwest, and The North Coast Squid. A resident of Camas, Washington, Emily recently left a 30-year career in corporate marketing to write full time. Her work will appear in VoiceCatcher’s Summer 2015 issue. She sends thanks to Brenda Shaughnessy for the loan of the poem title, My Water Children.

Jackie Shannon-HollisJackie Shannon-Hollis’ work has appeared in journals including The Sun, High Desert Journal, Inkwell and Slice Magazine. She is a native Oregonian, born and raised surrounded by wheat on the dry, east side of the state – now thriving in the cedars and wet on the west side. Her  essay in the VoiceCatcher Winter 2015 issue is part of a memoir in progress.

When you visit the Waypost, check out the artwork by VoiceCatcher Winter 2015 issue’s contributors Michelle Iris Latham and Kelly Neidig, on display through the end of May 2015:

Sibling2 by Michelle Latham

Sibling 2 by Michelle Iris Latham

Michelle Iris Latham is a visual artist residing in Portland, Oregon. By day she makes signs; by night she can be found experimenting in a variety of media, including printmaking, ink and watercolor. The “Siblings” is an ongoing set of illustrations based on found photographs. Michelle collects and references them as a way of exploring two concepts. The first is the desire to group things together and infer their similarities – in this case, this step is short-handed through the titling – in order to see them as a unit. And then, looking at them together, the next step is to begin to see their differences. She hopes that the images will convey different personalities and stories to each viewer.

Stratum by Kelly Neidig

Stratum by Kelly Neidig

Kelly Neidig lives and works in Portland, Oregon, creating vibrant abstract landscapes. Her process is meditative and peaceful, slowly building up layers of paint. Her paintings refer to the overall feeling of place without focusing on details. The playful colors become an element that creates a feeling of nostalgia. This allows viewers to call on their memories of place and connect with the painting based on their experiences. Kelly’s work has been included in collections of the Swedish Hospital in Seattle, WA; the Westin Hotel in Cincinnati, OH; and the U.S. Embassy in Doha, Qatar. Her work has also been featured in Traditional Home Magazine and on the TV shows Portlandia and Graceland.

Click here for the flyer for this event, for your own sharing and posting.

VoiceCatcher thanks the Waypost for hosting this event.