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

Sara-Bednark

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.

Michelle-updated

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.

Tanya-Jarvik

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

 

Juleen-Johnson-croppedforweb

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.

Nikki-Schulak-VC

 

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.

 

Catch These Voices and Visions

Meghana Mysore

Meghana Mysore

A Story’s Landscape: Writing Nature Poetry. Join Meghana Mysore, a VoiceCatcher Young Voices author and intern, and one of Portland’s youth poet ambassadors. Write about the bird’s infinite song, the whistle of the trees, the quiet murmur of the breeze. Learn about writing creatively and seeking inspiration from the world surrounding you. Follow in the footsteps of nature poet Front and find, among the trees, the road less traveled. Find a release through words and write in a supportive environment. All levels of experience are welcome.

Each Wednesday from Sept. 16–Oct. 21, 2015, 3:15–4:15 p.m.
Lake Oswego Adult Community Center for address, fees and registration.

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Claudia F. Savage

Claudia F. Savage

VoiceCatcher Claudia F. Savage presents several poetry workshops through The Attic Institute in SE Portland, this summer and September-October. She also offers weekly Sunday workshops through Savage Poetics. See the links for more details and registration.

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Lyssa Tall Anolik

Lyssa Tall Anolik

VoiceCatcher Lyssa Tall Anolik presents Nourish Your Creative Spirit: A Collage and Writing Workshop. Explore what nourishes and sustains you. All are welcome: no art or writing experience necessary. Six Tuesday evenings (every-other week) starting Sept. 29, 2015, 7:00–9:00 p.m. at the Watershed at Hillsdale. Cost $100, sliding scale available. To register: email Lyssa at lyssa@flashdog.com or call 503-313-5707.

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Judith Pulman

Judith Pulman

Bridges: A Night of Poetry in Translation. Translations of Russian poet Boris Slutsky by Judith Pulman and Marat Grinberg; translations of Anglo-Saxon poetry by Annie Lighthart and Michael Faletra. Travel through poems with two pairs of poets and scholars as guides, and bring the gifts of these poems back across into your life. All ages welcome; no admission fee.

Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, 6:30–7:30 p.m.
TaborSpace
5441 SE Belmont St.,  Portland, OR 97215

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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 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, Oct. 3, 2015, 9:30–11:00 a.m.
Courtyard Village
4555 NE 66th Ave., Vancouver, WA 98661
360-606-9306

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Susan DeFreitas

Susan DeFreitas

Join author, editor and VoiceCatcher contributor Susan DeFrietas for a two-hour workshop on mining powerful dream images for your own fiction. Advance registration required. Details and registration here. Limit: 20 participants

Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
The Attic, South Library
4243 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland, OR 97215
$35 fee. This event is a fundraiser for VoiceCatcher.

*  *  *

Michelle Fredette

Michelle Fredette

Plonk 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. The line-ups of readers in the coming months include some from VoiceCatcher:

Oct. 7  Joanna Rose with writers of Pinewood Table
Dec. 2  Liz Prato

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Trista Cornelius

Trista Cornelius

Opening the Creative Mind: Have you hit a creative roadblock? Are you lost in the dry desert of No Idea Land? VoiceCatcher Trista Cornelius, a creative writing teacher, teams up with meditation and yoga teacher Robin Vada to give you the tools to rediscover your inspiration. This half-day retreat will help you clear mental clutter, silence self-doubt, and rejuvenate the joy of the creative process. Enjoy a mix of guided meditation, writing and drawing prompts, and gentle yoga. For artists of all types – whether you are a part-time painter, a professional novelist or anything in-between.

Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015, 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
TaborSpace
5441 SE Belmont St., Portland, OR 97215
Fee $95. Limited to 12 participants. Pre-registration required.

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Sarah Fagan

Sarah Fagan

Join VoiceCatcher art editor and painter/book-artist Sarah Fagan for a two-hour introduction to the art of journal/book making. Advance registration required for this workshop. $20 fee. Proceeds benefit VoiceCatcher. Limit: 12 partcipants. (Details and registration here)

Monday, Oct. 12, 2015, 6:00–8:00 p.m.
TaborSpace
5441 SE Belmont St., Portland, OR 97215

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Annie Lighthart

Annie Lighthart

Rilke for Writers: A Poetry Workshop by VoiceCatcher Annie Lighthart. If you have been intrigued by the intense lyrics and beautiful elegies of Rainer Maria Rilke, come explore the work of this remarkable poet. Look closely at a range of Rilke’s poems and techniques, uncover the myths and truths of his life and process, and try a variety of writing exercises inspired by Rilke’s work.

Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Multnomah Friends Meeting House
4312 SE Stark St., Room 23, Portland, OR 97215
$75 fee. Register with Mountain Writers. 4-10 participants.

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Lioness Writing: Women in the Military Writing Their Lives. A safe place for women veterans of any era to write and produce a public reading and/or a small collection of their work, if wanted. Each session of this workshop will include multiple prompts to generate writing, some practice in revising and reading to others, the comfort and hospitality of good snacks, and the development of a sense of oneself as a writer. Conducted by VoiceCatcher Kate Gray and Dr. Rose King, USAF retired. No fee.

Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015, 5:45 p.m.–7:45 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015, 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
Multnomah Country Library, Hollywood Branch, Meeting room. Sign up here.

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VoiceCatcher, Toastmasters and the Oregon Writers Colony have teamed up to offer a workshop, at Stumptown Lit 2015, on how to polish your public reading skills. This is the Oregon Writers Colony’s second Stumptown Lit. Many of the other conference offerings have no charge for admission. Stop by VoiceCatchers’ table while you are there! Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015, at the Crown Plaza Hotel in NE Portland, Oregon.  Register here for this afternoon workshop.

*  *  *

Click here for the updated calendar of readings and other events from VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions.

*  *  *

Click here for the contact form to let us know of other offerings you or other VoiceCatcher members are making in the community!

Catch These Voices and Visions

Kristen Roedell

Kristen Roedell

VoiceCatcher reading! Come mingle and listen to contributors to VoiceCatcher. Readers include Shawn Aveningo, Susan Fleming, Suzy Harris, Kristen Roedell and Young Voice Danrong Wang.

Monday, Sept. 14, 2015, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Java Lounge New location!
760 NW Dale Ave. (NW Cornell near Murray Blvd)
Portland, OR 97229

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Meghana Mysore

Meghana Mysore

A Story’s Landscape: Writing Nature Poetry. Join Meghana Mysore, a VoiceCatcher Young Voices author and intern, and one of Portland’s youth poet ambassadors. Write about the bird’s infinite song, the whistle of the trees, the quiet murmur of the breeze. Learn about writing creatively and seeking inspiration from the world surrounding you. Follow in the footsteps of nature poet Front and find, among the trees, the road less traveled. Find a release through words and write in a supportive environment. All levels of experience are welcome.

Each Wednesday from Sept. 16–Oct. 21, 2015, 3:15–4:15 p.m.
Lake Oswego Adult Community Center for address, fees and registration.

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Jennifer Dorner

Jennifer Dorner

VoiceCatcher Jennifer Dorner offers a weekly series of workshops, A Time to Right. Five Sunday afternoons beginning Sept. 20, 2015. Students of all experience levels and genre encouraged to register for this class offered through The Attic Institute in SE Portland. Price-break for early registrants. This class will help jumpstart your writing!

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Claudia F. Savage

Claudia F. Savage

VoiceCatcher Claudia F. Savage presents several poetry workshops through The Attic Institute in SE Portland, this summer and September-October. Her next set of weekly Sunday workshops through Savage Poetics begins Sept. 20. See the links for more details and registration.

*  *  * 

Lyssa Tall Anolik

Lyssa Tall Anolik

VoiceCatcher Lyssa Tall Anolik presents Nourish Your Creative Spirit: A Collage and Writing Workshop. Explore what nourishes and sustains you. All are welcome: no art or writing experience necessary. Six Tuesday evenings (every-other week) starting Sept. 29, 2015, 7:00–9:00 p.m. at the Watershed at Hillsdale. Cost $100, sliding scale available. To register: email Lyssa at lyssa@flashdog.com or call 503-313-5707.

 *  *  *

Judith Pulman

Judith Pulman

Bridges: A Night of Poetry in Translation. Translations of Russian poet Boris Slutsky by Judith Pulman and Marat Grinberg; translations of Anglo-Saxon poetry by Annie Lighthart and Michael Faletra. Travel through poems with two pairs of poets and scholars as guides, and bring the gifts of these poems back across into your life. All ages welcome; no admission fee.

Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, 6:30–7:30 p.m.
TaborSpace
5441 SE Belmont St.,  Portland, OR 97215

*  *  *

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 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, Oct. 3, 2015, 9:30–11:00 a.m.
Courtyard Village
4555 NE 66th Ave., Vancouver, WA 98661
360-606-9306

*  *  *

Susan DeFreitas

Susan DeFreitas

Join author, editor and VoiceCatcher contributor Susan DeFrietas for a two-hour workshop on mining powerful dream images for your own fiction. Advance registration required. Details and registration here. Limit: 20 participants

Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
The Attic, South Library
4243 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland, OR 97215
$35 fee. This event is a fundraiser for VoiceCatcher.

*  *  *

Michelle Fredette

Michelle Fredette

Plonk 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. The line-ups of readers in the coming months include some from VoiceCatcher:

Oct. 7  Joanna Rose with writers of Pinewood Table
Dec. 2  Liz Prato

*  *  *

Sarah Fagan

Sarah Fagan

Join VoiceCatcher art editor and painter/book-artist Sarah Fagan for a two-hour introduction to the art of journal/book making. Advance registration required for this workshop. $20 fee. Proceeds benefit VoiceCatcher. Limit: 12 partcipants. (Details and registration here)

Monday, Oct. 12, 2015, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
TaborSpace
5441 SE Belmont St., Portland, OR 97215

*  *  *

Annie Lighthart

Annie Lighthart

Rilke for Writers: A Poetry Workshop by VoiceCatcher Annie Lighthart. If you have been intrigued by the intense lyrics and beautiful elegies of Rainer Maria Rilke, come explore the work of this remarkable poet. Look closely at a range of Rilke’s poems and techniques, uncover the myths and truths of his life and process, and try a variety of writing exercises inspired by Rilke’s work.

Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Multnomah Friends Meeting House
4312 SE Stark St., Room 23, Portland, OR 97215
$75 fee. Register with Mountain Writers. 4-10 participants.

*  *  *

Lioness Writing: Women in the Military Writing Their Lives. A safe place for women veterans of any era to write and produce a public reading and/or a small collection of their work, if wanted. Each session of this workshop will include multiple prompts to generate writing, some practice in revising and reading to others, the comfort and hospitality of good snacks, and the development of a sense of oneself as a writer. Conducted by VoiceCatcher Kate Gray and Dr. Rose King, USAF retired. No fee.

Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015, 5:45 p.m.–7:45 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015, 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
Multnomah Country Library, Hollywood Branch, Meeting room. Sign up here.

*  *  *

VoiceCatcher, Toastmasters and the Oregon Writers Colony have teamed up to offer a workshop, at Stumptown Lit 2015, on how to polish your public reading skills. This is the Oregon Writers Colony’s second Stumptown Lit. Many of the other conference offerings have no charge for admission. Stop by VoiceCatchers’ table while you are there! Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015, at the Crown Plaza Hotel in NE Portland, Oregon.  Register here for this afternoon workshop.

*  *  *

Click here for the updated calendar of readings and other events from VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions.

*  *  *

Click here for the contact form to let us know of other offerings you or other VoiceCatcher members are making in the community!

Catch These Voices and Visions

Flyer Pulse Sept 10Pulse: A VoiceCatcher Benefit. Join VoiceCatcher editor and contributor Claudia Savage of “Thick in the Throat, Honey” (formerly THrum) for a sensual night of storytelling, poetry and music. Featuring stories by VoiceCatchers Jennifer Foreman and Tanya Jarvik.

Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015, 8:00 p.m.
The Waypost
3120 N. Williams Ave., Portland, OR 97227
$5-$15 suggested donation. This event is a fundraiser for VoiceCatcher.

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Barbara E. Berger

Barbara E. Berger

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 meets the first Saturday of each month (check their website calendar for exceptions, such as the 2015 Labor Day weekend). All are welcome to attend; no admission charge.

Thrill of the Quill Toastmasters Club
Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, 9:30–11:00 a.m. (new date)
Courtyard Village
4555 NE 66th Ave., Vancouver, WA 98661
360-606-9306

 *  *  *

VoiceCatcher Claudia F. Savage presents several poetry workshops through The Attic Institute, in SE Portland, this summer and September-October. Her next set of weekly Sunday workshops through Savage Poetics begins Sept. 20. See the links for more details and registration.

 *  *  *

Kristin Roedell

Kristin Roedell

VoiceCatcher reading! Come mingle and listen to contributors to VoiceCatcher. Readers include Susan Fleming, Suzy Harris, Kristen Roedell, and Young Voice Danrong Wang.

Monday, Sept. 14, 2015, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Java Lounge New location!
760 NW Dale Ave. (NW Cornell near Murray Blvd)
Portland, OR 97229

*  *  *

Meghana Mysore

Meghana Mysore

A Story’s Landscape: Writing Nature Poetry. Join Meghana Mysore, a VoiceCatcher Young Voices author and intern, and one of Portland’s youth poet ambassadors. Write about the bird’s infinite song, the whistle of the trees, the quiet murmur of the breeze. Learn about writing creatively and seeking inspiration from the world surrounding you. Follow in the footsteps of nature poet Front and find, among the trees, the road less traveled. Find a release through words and write in a supportive environment. All levels of experience are welcome.

Each Wednesday from Sept. 16–Oct. 21, 2015, 3:15–4:15 p.m.
Lake Oswego Adult Community Center for address, fees and registration.

* * *

Lyssa Tall Anolik

Lyssa Tall Anolik

VoiceCatcher Lyssa Tall Anolik presents Nourish Your Creative Spirit: A Collage and Writing Workshop. Explore what nourishes and sustains you. All are welcome: no art or writing experience necessary. Six Tuesday evenings (every-other week) starting Sept. 29, 2015, 7:00–9:00 p.m. at the Watershed at Hillsdale. Cost $100, sliding scale available. To register: email Lyssa at lyssa@flashdog.com or call 503-313-5707.

 *  *  *

Judith Pulman

Judith Pulman

Bridges: A Night of Poetry in Translation. Translations of Russian poet Boris Slutsky by Judith Pulman and Marat Grinberg; translations of Anglo-Saxon poetry by Annie Lighthart and Michael Faletra. Travel through poems with two pairs of poets and scholars as guides, and bring the gifts of these poems back across into your life. All ages welcome; no admission fee.

Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, 6:30–7:30 p.m.
TaborSpace
5441 SE Belmont St.,  Portland, OR 97215

*  *  *

Susan DeFreitas

Susan DeFreitas

Join author, editor and VoiceCatcher contributor Susan DeFrietas for a two-hour workshop on mining powerful dream images for your own fiction. Advance registration required. Details and registration here. Limit: 20 participants

Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
The Attic, South Library
4243 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland, OR 97215
$35 fee. This event is a fundraiser for VoiceCatcher.

*  *  *

Michelle Fredette

Michelle Fredette

Plonk 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. The line-ups of readers in the coming months include some from VoiceCatcher:

Oct. 7  Joanna Rose with writers of Pinewood Table
Dec. 2  Liz Prato

*  *  *

Sarah Fagan

Sarah Fagan

Join VoiceCatcher art editor and painter/book-artist Sarah Fagan for a two-hour introduction to the art of journal/book making. Advance registration required for this workshop. $20 fee. Proceeds benefit VoiceCatcher. Limit: 12 partcipants. (Details and registration here)

Monday, Oct. 12, 2015, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
TaborSpace
5441 SE Belmont St., Portland, OR 97215

*  *  *

Annie Lighthart

Annie Lighthart

Rilke for Writers: A Poetry Workshop by VoiceCatcher Annie Lighthart. If you have been intrigued by the intense lyrics and beautiful elegies of Rainer Maria Rilke, come explore the work of this remarkable poet. Look closely at a range of Rilke’s poems and techniques, uncover the myths and truths of his life and process, and try a variety of writing exercises inspired by Rilke’s work.

Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Multnomah Friends Meeting House
4312 SE Stark St., Room 23, Portland, OR 97215
$75 fee. Register with Mountain Writers. 4-10 participants.

*  *  *

Lioness Writing: Women in the Military Writing Their Lives. A safe place for women veterans of any era to write and produce a public reading and/or a small collection of their work, if wanted. Each session of this workshop will include multiple prompts to generate writing, some practice in revising and reading to others, the comfort and hospitality of good snacks, and the development of a sense of oneself as a writer. Conducted by VoiceCatcher Kate Gray and Dr. Rose King, USAF retired. No fee.

Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015, 5:45 p.m.–7:45 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015, 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
Multnomah Country Library, Hollywood Branch, Meeting room. Sign up here.

*  *  *

VoiceCatcher, Toastmasters and the Oregon Writers Colony have teamed up to offer a workshop, at Stumptown Lit 2015, on how to polish your public reading skills. This is the Oregon Writers Colony’s second Stumptown Lit. Many of the other conference offerings have no charge for admission. Stop by VoiceCatchers’ table while you are there! Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015, at the Crown Plaza Hotel in NE Portland, Oregon.  Register here for this afternoon workshop.

*  *  *

Click here for the updated calendar of readings and other events from VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions.

*  *  *

Click here for the contact form to let us know of other offerings you or other VoiceCatcher members are making in the community!

Catch These Voices and Visions

Register now! VoiceCatcher, Toastmasters and the Oregon Writers Colony have teamed up to offer a workshop at Stumptown on how to polish your public reading skills. Many of the other conference offerings have no charge for admission. Stop by VoiceCatchers’ table while you are there! Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015, at the Crown Plaza Hotel in NE Portland, Oregon. This is the Oregon Writers Colony’s second Stumptown.

   * * * 

Jackie Shannon-Hollis

Jackie Shannon-Hollis

Plonk 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. The line-ups of readers in the coming months include some from VoiceCatcher:

Sept. 2  Nikki Schulak and Jackie Shannon-Hollis
Oct. 7  Joanna Rose with writers of the Pinewood Table
Dec. 2  Liz Prato

   * * * 

Barbara E. Berger

Barbara E. Berger

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 meets the first Saturday of each month (check their website calendar for exceptions, such as the 2015 Labor Day weekend). All are welcome to attend; no admission charge.

Thrill of the Quill Toastmasters Club
Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, 9:30–11:00 a.m. (new date)
Courtyard Village
4555 NE 66th Ave., Vancouver, WA 98661
360-606-9306

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Meghana Mysore

Meghana Mysore

A Story’s Landscape: Writing Nature Poetry. Join Meghana Mysore, a VoiceCatcher Young Voices author and intern, and one of Portland’s youth poet ambassadors. Write about the bird’s infinite song, the whistle of the trees, the quiet murmur of the breeze. Learn about writing creatively and seeking inspiration from the world surrounding you. Follow in the footsteps of nature poet Front and find, among the trees, the road less traveled. Find a release through words and write in a supportive environment. All levels of experience are welcome.

Each Wednesday from Sept. 16–Oct. 21, 2015, 3:15–4:15 p.m.
Lake Oswego Adult Community Center for address, fees and registration.

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Flyer Pulse Sept 10Pulse: A VoiceCatcher Benefit. Join VoiceCatcher editor and contributor Claudia Savage of “Thick in the Throat, Honey” (formerly THrum) for a sensual night of storytelling, poetry and music. Featuring stories by VoiceCatchers Jennifer Foreman and Tanya Jarvik.

Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015, 8:00 p.m.
The Waypost
3120 N. Williams Ave., Portland, OR 97227
$5-$15 suggested donation. This event is a fundraiser for VoiceCatcher.

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Claudia F. Savage

Claudia F. Savage

VoiceCatcher Claudia F. Savage presents several poetry workshops through The Attic Institute, in SE Portland, this summer and September-October. One-day workshops and ongoing, weekly ones.

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VoiceCatcher reading! Come mingle and listen to contributors to VoiceCatcher. Readers include Susan Fleming, Suzy Harris, Kristen Roedell, and Young Voice Danrong Wang.

Monday, Sept. 14, 2015, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Java Lounge New location!
760 NW Dale Ave. (NW Cornell near Murray Blvd)
Portland, OR 97229

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VoiceCatcher Lyssa Tall Anolik presents Nourish Your Creative Spirit: A Collage and Writing Workshop. Explore what nourishes and sustains you. All are welcome: no art or writing experience necessary. Six Tuesday evenings (every-other week) starting Sept. 29, 2015, 7:00–9:00 p.m. at the Watershed at Hillsdale. Cost $100, sliding scale available. To register: email Lyssa at lyssa@flashdog.com or call 503-313-5707.

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Susan DeFreitas

Susan DeFreitas

Join author, editor and VoiceCatcher contributor Susan DeFrietas for a two-hour workshop on mining powerful dream images for your own fiction. Advance registration required. Details and registration here. Limit: 20 participants

Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
The Attic, South Library
4243 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Portland, OR 97215
$35 fee. This event is a fundraiser for VoiceCatcher

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Sarah Fagan

Sarah Fagan

Join VoiceCatcher art editor and painter/book-artist Sarah Fagan for a two-hour introduction to the art of journal/book making. Advance registration required for this workshop. $20 fee. Proceeds benefit VoiceCatcher. Limit: 12 partcipants. (Details and registration here)

Monday, Oct. 12, 2015, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
TaborSpace
5441 SE Belmont St.
Portland, OR 97215

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Click here for the updated calendar of readings and other events from VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions.

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Click here for the contact form to let us know of other offerings you or other VoiceCatcher members are making in the community!

Catch These Voices and Visions

Jennifer Dorner
Jennifer Dorner

Tomorrow, Aug. 25, Vault Voices  –  a new reading series started by VoiceCatcher Jennifer Dorner  – continues. This night’s reading features Hedgebrook writing retreat alumnae, PDXX Collective members and VoiceCatchers, including Jackie Shannon-Hollis, Nancy Flynn, Judith Pulman, Tammy Robacker and Tiah Lindner Raphael.

Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
O’Connors
 (in the vault)
Multnomah Village neighborhood
7850 SW Capitol Hwy., Portland, OR 97219

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Sign up before Sept. 1 for special rates for workshops at the annual Stumptown Lit conference: Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015, at the Crown Plaza Hotel in NE Portland, Oregon. This is the Oregon Writers Colony’s second Stumptown.

VoiceCatcher, Toastmasters and the Oregon Writers Colony have teamed up to offer a workshop at Stumptown on how to polish your public reading skills. Many of the other conference offerings have no charge for admission. Stop by VoiceCatchers’ table while you are there!

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Plonk 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. The line-ups of readers in the coming months include some from VoiceCatcher:

Sept. 2  Nikki Schulak and Jackie Shannon-Hollis
Oct. 7  Joanna Rose with writers of the Pinewood Table
Dec. 2  Liz Prato

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Barbara  E. Berger

Barbara E. Berger

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 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, Sept. 5, 2015, 9:30–11:00 a.m.
Courtyard Village
4555 NE 66th Ave., Vancouver, WA 98661
360-606-9306

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Flyer Pulse Sept 10Pulse: A VoiceCatcher Benefit. Join VoiceCatcher editor and contributor Claudia Savage of “Thick in the Throat, Honey” (formerly THrum) for a sensual night of storytelling, poetry and music. Featuring stories by VoiceCatchers Jennifer Foreman and Tanya Jarvik.

Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015, 8:00 p.m.
The Waypost
3120 N. Williams Ave., Portland, OR 97227
$5-$15 suggested donation. This event is a fundraiser for VoiceCatcher.

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Claudia F. Savage

Claudia F. Savage

VoiceCatcher Claudia F. Savage presents several poetry workshops through The Attic Institute, in SE Portland, this summer and September-October. One-day workshops and ongoing, weekly ones.

 *  *  *

VoiceCatcher reading! Come mingle and listen to contributors to VoiceCatcher. Readers include Susan Fleming, Suzy Harris, Kristen Roedell, and Young Voice Danrong Wang.

Monday, Sept. 14, 2015, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Java Lounge New location!
760 NW Dale Ave. (NW Cornell near Murray Blvd)
Portland, OR 97229

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Sarah Fagan

Sarah Fagan

Join VoiceCatcher art editor and painter/book-artist Sarah Fagan for a two-hour introduction to the art of journal/book making. Advance registration required for this workshop. $20 fee. Proceeds benefit VoiceCatcher. Limit: 12 partcipants. (Details and registration here)

Monday, Oct. 12, 2015, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
TaborSpace
5441 SE Belmont St.
Portland, OR 97215

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Click here for the updated calendar of readings and other events from VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions.

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Click here for the contact form to let us know of other offerings you or other VoiceCatcher members are making in the community!

Catch These Voices and Visions

Nancy Flynn

Nancy Flynn

The Mountain Writers Series presents a book launch celebration and poetry reading featuring VoiceCatcher Nancy Flynn.

Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Vie de Bohème
SE 7th & Clay on Portland’s Distillery Row
1530 SE 7th Avenue, Portland, OR 97214
Suggested donation $5

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Jennifer Dorner

Jennifer Dorner

Vault Voices, a new reading series started by VoiceCatcher Jennifer Dorner, continues this month. The August reading features Hedgebrook writing retreat alumnae and VoiceCatchers, including Jackie Shannon-Hollis, Nancy Flynn, Judith Pulman, Tammy Robacker and Tiah Lindner Raphael.

Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
O’Connors
 (in the vault)
Multnomah Village neighborhood
7850 SW Capitol Hwy., Portland, OR 97219

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Jennifer Foreman

Jennifer Foreman

Pulse: A VoiceCatcher Benefit. Join VoiceCatcher editor and contributor Claudia Savage of “Thick in the Throat, Honey” (formerly THrum) for a sensual night of storytelling, poetry and music. Featuring stories by VoiceCatchers Jennifer Foreman and Tanya Jarvik.

Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015, 8:00 p.m.
The Waypost
3120 N. Williams Ave., Portland, OR 97227
$5-$15 suggested donation. This event is a fundraiser for VoiceCatcher.

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Barbara  E. Berger

Barbara E. Berger

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 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, Sept. 5, 2015, 9:30–11:00 a.m.
Courtyard Village
4555 NE 66th Ave., Vancouver, WA 98661
360-606-9306

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Sign up before Sept. 1 for special rates for workshops at the annual Stumptown Lit conference: Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015, at the Crown Plaza Hotel in NE Portland, Oregon. This is the Oregon Writers Colony’s second Stumptown.

VoiceCatcher, Toastmasters and the Oregon Writers Colony have teamed up to offer a workshop at Stumptown on how to polish your public reading skills. Many of the other conference offerings have no charge for admission. Stop by VoiceCatchers’ table while you are there!

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Claudia F. Savage

Claudia F. Savage

VoiceCatcher Claudia F. Savage presents several poetry workshops through The Attic Institute, in SE Portland, this summer and September-October. One-day workshops and ongoing, weekly ones.

 *  *  *

VoiceCatcher reading! Come mingle and listen to contributors to VoiceCatcher. Readers include Susan Fleming, Suzy Harris, Kristen Roedell, and Young Voice Danrong Wang.

Monday, Sept. 14, 2015, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Java Lounge New location!
760 NW Dale Ave. (NW Cornell near Murray Blvd)
Portland, OR 97229

*  *  *

Sarah Fagan

Sarah Fagan

Join VoiceCatcher art editor and painter/book-artist Sarah Fagan for a two-hour introduction to the art of journal/book making. Advance registration required for this workshop. $20 fee. Proceeds benefit VoiceCatcher. Limit: 12 partcipants. (Details and registration here)

Monday, Oct. 12, 2015, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
TaborSpace
5441 SE Belmont St.
Portland, OR 97215

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Click here for the updated calendar of readings and other events from VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions.

*  *  *

Click here for the contact form to let us know of other offerings you or other VoiceCatcher members are making in the community!

Join Us Thursday, October 23, 2014

 Join VoiceCatcher for the Last Reading of 2014

 Thursday, October 23, 2014
6:30-8:00 p.m.

Rain or Shine Coffee House
5941 SE Division St.
Portland, OR 97206

Come early to grab a drink or bite to eat from
Rain or Shine’s special menu for the event.

Top row: Helen Sinoradzki, Donna Prinzmetal, Linda Ferguson Bottom:   Kate Comings, Jennifer Foreman, Tanya Jarvik

Top row: Helen Sinoradzki, Donna Prinzmetal, Linda Ferguson
Bottom: Kate Comings, Jennifer Foreman, Tanya Jarvik

Meet our poets, prose writers and editors who will wrap up our 2014 reading series with style!

Prose co-editor of the Winter 2015 issue of VoiceCatcher’s journal, Helen Sinoradzki moved to Portland 17 years ago and plans to stay for the rest of her life. She has been a bookseller at various independent bookstores for more than 20 years and currently works for Powell’s Books. Before that, she taught English at Ithaca College and the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos, and worked as a technical writer at Los Alamos 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, most recently in the print edition of Crack the Spine.

Donna Prinzmetal is a poet, tutor and psychotherapist. She has taught poetry and creative writing for more than 25 years to adults and children. Donna often uses writing to facilitate restoration and healing in her psychotherapy practice. She also tutors and coaches middle and high school students, and edited the Young Voices section of VoiceCatcher’s journal in the last three issues. Her poems have appeared in many magazines including Prairie Schooner, The Comstock Review, and The Journal. Her first book, Snow White, When No One Was Looking, was published with CW Books in May.

Linda Ferguson’s poetry, fiction and essays have been published in many journals such as The Milo Review, VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions, The Saranac Review, Square Lake, The Santa Fe Literary Review, Fiction at Work and Cloudbank. She has won numerous awards for her poetry as well as the Perceptions 2013 award for nonfiction. She also teaches writing classes for adults and children.

Kate Comings received a bachelor’s degree in English from University of California, Santa Barbara. She has been a single mom and is a retired medical transcriptionist. An enthusiastic amateur photographer, she also writes almost every day and is working on a series of novels set in Portland, Oregon. She lives in Northeast Portland with two dogs. She is the author of Playing in the Apocalypse, a memoir about the riots and bank burning in Isla Vista.

Jennifer Foreman lives and works in Portland, Oregon. She works for the county with the elderly and disabled populations and writes quirky personal poems in her spare time.

A longtime lover of words, Tanya Jarvik lives in an eco-village in Northeast Portland. She has several alter egos, one of whom is an advice columnist.

 Thank you, Rain or Shine Coffee House, Portland, Oregon, for hosting this event.