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!

 

 

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.

Hot Off the Press: The Summer 2015 Issue of VoiceCatcher’s Journal

by Tiah Lindner Raphael, Managing Editor

I am pleased to announce the release of the Summer 2015 issue of VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions. This is the seventh issue of our online journal.

Many thanks to our hard-working editorial team: Young Voices editor Kris Demien; art editor Sarah Fagan; prose editors Helen Sinoradzki and Christi R. Suzanne; and poetry editors Jennifer Dorner, Pattie Palmer-Baker, Claudia F. Savage and Cindy Stewart-Rinier. Big thanks are especially due to journal designer Shawn Aveningo – for her thoughtful reinvigoration of our online format to better showcase the work of our featured artists.

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. Happy summer reading!

 

Tiah Linder RaphaelTiah Lindner Raphael is the president for VoiceCatcher as well as managing editor for VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions. Tiah has spent over nine years in communications positions for public-service organizations. 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, or fighting an often losing battle with the travel bug.

 

 

Catch These Voices and Visions!

Sarah FaganSunday, March 22, 11 a.m.
Blackfish Gallery: Artist Talk and Poetry Reading.
Includes Sarah Fagan, VoiceCatcher’s art editor. The journal’s managing editor Tiah Lindner Raphael, poetry co-editor Claudia F. Savage, and VC-published poet Geraldine Foote will read their poetry as well. Lasting about an hour, the artist talk and poetry reading will be followed by coffee and conversation.

 

"The Way a Woman Knows" by Carolyn MartinSunday, March 22, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Book launch for VoiceCatcher Carolyn Martin’s The Way a Woman Knows! Everyone is invited to join in the celebration:

TaborSpace
5441 SE Belmont St.
Portland, OR 97215

Reading will take place in the dining room on lower level. Light refreshments.

 

Penelope Scambly Schott

Writing That Matters: How to Make Other People Care, a workshop led VoiceCatcher poet Penelope Scambly Schott. It will begin with writing just for one’s self and then focus on how to adjust and expand your techniques in order to interest others.

Tuesday, March 24, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Write Around Portland office, 133 SW 2nd Ave, Suite 304, Portland, OR 97204

Fee: $35 per person. All proceeds will support Write Around Portland’s free writing workshops in hospitals, prisons, treatment centers and other social service agencies.
Writers of all levels welcome. Limited to 13 adults. Pre-registration is required. Call 503.796.9224 to register.

 

Willa SchnebergVoiceCatcher’s Willa Schneberg is the featured poet at Last Tuesdays Poetry, March 31. She will read from her book Rending the Garment. It is a narrative tapestry encompassing personal poems, prose poems, flash fiction, imagined meetings with historical figures, ancestral appearances, and ephemera. This series of linked poems explores the life and times of one Jewish family.

Tuesday, March 31, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Barnes & Noble bookstore at 7700 NE Fourth Plain Blvd, Vancouver, WA 98662
Open mic slots can be claimed on the night. If you want to do one, please rehearse a 2-3 minute presentation.

 

Sarah FaganVoiceCatcher’s art editor and contributor Sarah Fagan is teaming up with other artists and businesses in Portland this summer. They will offer budding artists half-day, themed camps in Portland. For more information see: Treasure Island: A Pirate and Explorers Camp, ages 5-7, July 20-24, and Pioneer Camp for Girls, ages 8-11, Aug. 10-14, 2015.

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

Let us know of other offerings VoiceCatcher members are making in the community!

Meet the Journal Team Reviewing Your Submissions!

Send us your best work for our upcoming Summer 2015 issue of VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions! Visit the journal site for full submission guidelines, and read the most recent issue to get a sense of what we look for. Submissions are accepted through April 15, 2015 for the Summer 2015 issue.

Our Summer 2015 editorial team looks forward to reading your poetry and prose, and viewing your artwork!

Tiah Linder RaphaelManaging Editor Tiah Lindner Raphael also serves as president for VoiceCatcher. Tiah has spent over nine years in communications positions for public-service organizations such as Trillium Family Services, the University of Oregon and, most recently, Oregon Health & Science University.

Tiah’s 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, or fighting an often losing battle with the travel bug.

Art

Sarah FaganSarah Fagan continues as the journal’s art editor. Sarah received a BA 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 has developed a curriculum of arts classes that she teaches to children at schools, libraries and other venues. When not teaching, she is painting – her forté is the contemporary still life.

Poetry

Pattie Palmer-BakerPattie Palmer-Baker serves as a poetry co-editor, as she did for the Winter 2015 issue. She also was guest poetry co-editor for the Summer 2014 issue. An artist as well as a poet, she enhances her artwork with poetry in calligraphic form. Because so many people respond more strongly to the words than the images, she participates in workshops taught by several local well-known poets. To her surprise, she discovered her motivation to write poems surpassed her desire to create visual artwork. She started submitting her poems to journals and her work has appeared in Analeka, VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions, and Elohi Gadugi. Her poem “50,000 Bumblebees Die” was part of the “Unnatural Acts” exhibit at Artists’ Milepost Gallery 5 in Portland. She earned a 2014 Pushcart nomination from VoiceCatcher.

Jennifer DornerMeet first time journal Poetry Co-Editor Jennifer Dorner! Jennifer earned her BA in English at the University of Oregon where she was an intern poetry editor with Northwest Review. In 2014, Jennifer completed the Attic Institute’s nine-month Atheneum program in poetry. She now coordinates a monthly all-genre open in Portland called Fridays on the Boulevard. Her poem “Fighting Fire” received an honorable mention in the 2012 Willamette Writers Kay Snow Contest. Jennifer was published in the Summer 2013 issue of VoiceCatcher.

Claudia F. SavagePoetry Co-Editor Claudia F. Savage has been a chef for people recovering from illness, a book editor, and a teacher of poetry, but her most challenging job is as mother to her 2-year-old daughter, River Amira. Her poems and interviews have recently been in CutBank, The Denver Quarterly, Iron Horse Review, Nimrod, The Buddhist Poetry Review, Cordella and Bookslut. Her first book was a finalist for The New Issues Press Poetry Prize; she teaches poetry at The Attic in Portland.

Claudia has been awarded residencies at Ucross, Jentel, and the Atlantic Center for the Arts where she met her husband, an experimental jazz flutist and saxophonist. Their duo, THrum, creates and performs throughout the Pacific Northwest and is part of THrum Recordings, a label that promotes poets and musicians. She was recently awarded a grant by the Regional Arts and Culture Council in Portland, OR to support this work. Her bi-monthly VoiceCatcher column, “Leave the Dishes,” addresses balancing parenting and art-making.

Cindy Stewart-RinierPoetry Co-Editor Cindy Stewart-Rinier holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Pacific Lutheran University’s Rainier Writing Workshop. Her work has appeared in journals such as Calyx, The Smoking Poet, Crab Creek Review, Ascent, Naugatuck River Review, VoiceCatcher, and New American Voices. Since 2011, four of her poems have been nominated for Pushcarts. By day, Cindy teaches pre-kindergarten, but she also periodically conducts evening poetry writing workshops for the Mountain Writers Series in Portland, Oregon. Cindy also served as poetry co-editor for the Winter 2015 and Winter 2014 issues. She lives in Portland with her younger son, her husband of 31 years, and a bandy-legged pit bull.

Prose

Helen SinoradzkiHelen Sinoradzki continues her role as prose co-editor from the last issue of VoiceCatcher. She also now 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.

Christi R. SuzanneMeet first-time VoiceCatcheProse Co-Editor Christi R. Suzanne! The dry heat of the Arizona desert forced Christi’s move to the Pacific Northwest over twelve years ago for a mistier climate. She is a writer and sleeping dog enthusiast. By day she works at a university as a web & communications professional where she is the editor of the quarterly newsletter, Connections. She writes novels, short stories and personal essays and has been published in the anthologies Crack the Spine and Miles to Go, The Lit Pub blog, The National Center for Death with Dignity blog, and the online journals Wonder and Risk and The Splinter Generation.

Young Voices

Kris DemienKris Demien continues her role as the journal’s young voices editor. Kris has been known to go as far as free-falling 10,000 feet from a perfectly fine airplane to encourage a student to conquer the fear of making a speech. She is as likely to be found on an outdoor adventure with her grandkids as she is behind a keyboard. Her life-long fascination with story has inspired her search for new ones told by others wherever she goes. When home alone, she finds the stories she created for herself along the way.

Journal Web Design and Administration

A poet appearing in our Summer 2014 issue, Shawn Aveningo is globally published; her work has appeared in more than 80 literary journals and anthologies, as well as four solo collections. She is founder and co-owner of The Poetry Box® which specializes in custom poetry, art, and now book design and publishing. Shawn has a background in computer science and enjoys donning her “geek hat” to create custom websites for authors and small businesses. She is a proud mother of three who believes poetry – especially when read aloud – is the perfect literary art form for today’s fast-paced world due to its power to stir emotion in less than two minutes. Shawn is serving as president-elect of VoiceCatcher as well as the journal web designer and administrator.

 

Who’s Who at VoiceCatcher

Meet your 2015 VoiceCatcher leadership team! With a blend of faces both new and familiar, this team is excited to lead the organization in its 10th anniversary year. We hope to meet you at VoiceCatcher readings and events in the months ahead. Feel free to contact us anytime or interact with us on Facebook. ­­­­

Tiah Linder RaphaelTiah Lindner Raphael is the president for VoiceCatcher and also serves as managing editor for VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions. Tiah has spent over nine years in communications positions for public-service organizations such as Trillium Family Services, the University of Oregon and, most recently, Oregon Health & Science University.

Tiah’s 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, or fighting an often losing battle with the travel bug.

A poet appearing in our Summer 2014 issue, Shawn Aveningo is globally published; her work has appeared in more than 80 literary journals and anthologies, as well as four solo collections. She is founder and co-owner of The Poetry Box® which specializes in custom poetry, art, and now book design and publishing. Shawn has a background in computer science and enjoys donning her “geek hat” to create custom websites for authors and small businesses. She is a proud mother of three who believes poetry – especially when read aloud – is the perfect literary art form for today’s fast-paced world due to its power to stir emotion in less than two minutes. Shawn currently serves as president-elect of VoiceCatcher and the journal web designer.

Helen SinoradzkiHelen Sinoradzki was prose co-editor of the Winter 2015 issue of VoiceCatcher. She now serves as the board’s secretary, as well as the prose co-editor for the upcoming Summer 2015 issue. A bookseller for more than 20 years, she 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.

Marie Hallquist
Marie Hallquist is a business operations manager, MBA student and former business owner. Her favorite word is “indefatigable,” and she is always looking for a problem to solve or adventure to begin. A dabbling prose writer, she says she is humbled to be a part of VoiceCatcher by serving as its treasurer.

Barbara  E. BergerBarbara E. Berger is a Portland-based writer, editor and photographer. She specializes in government, business and other creative writing. Her introduction to the community was as a humorous essay contributor to VoiceCatcher 2. Barbara serves as this site’s managing and contributing editor, as well as a member at-large on the VoiceCatcher board of directors.

Ashley-Renee CribbinsDesigner Ashley-Renée Cribbins is an artist and fiction writer who is always juggling creative projects. She resides in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and son, and enjoys the local creative communities. She also likes board games and tacos.

 

Kirsten RudburgAn avid cyclo-cross competitor, VoiceCatcher’s Readings Coordinator Kirsten Rudberg also enjoys hiking and backpacking. She walked the 500-mile route of the Camino de Santiago in France – from Arles to Bayonne – in 2013. Kirsten has had two essays published, one in a compilation on women’s health and their bikes (yet to be released), and another in Alive with Vigor!  In her first mini-documentary film, she interviewed local legend Curtis Salgado. Kirsten has signed a book contract with a local publishing house – Microcosm Publishing – and begins graduate school in fall 2015 to earn a Master of Divinity.

The Sixth Issue of VoiceCatcher’s Journal Is Now Live!

by Carolyn Martin, Managing Editor

The editors of VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions are proud to announce the release of the Winter 2015 issue. This issue is filled with the work of twenty poets, five prose writers, four artists and five young voices – most of whom are making their first appearance in our publication.

The editorial team for this content-rich and visually unique issue includes Poetry Co-Editors Burky Achilles, Pattie Palmer-Baker, Tiah Lindner Raphael and Cindy Stewart-Rinier; Prose Co-Editors Michelle Fredette and Helen Sinoradzki; Art Editor Sarah Fagan; and Young Voices Editor Kris Demien.

VoiceCatcher’s new journal designer, Shawn Aveningo, created a new platform that makes navigating this issue, as well as all our archived issues, much easier. Look for the new features Shawn has added – like a list of every contributor from every issue with a link to her work.

We invite all of you not only to read the journal, but to spread the news about its release to your networks of friends and colleagues. We anticipate that by March 1, 2015, when we open the submission window for the Summer 2015 issue, the first six VoiceCatcher issues will have attracted more than 30,000 first-time visitors. An impressive track record for a local online publication!

Come meet some of the 2015 Winter issue authors and hear them read their work! The first reading is 7:00 pm, Thursday, January 29th at the Rain or Shine Coffee House.

 

Carolyn MartinCarolyn Martin is blissfully retired in the hinterlands of Clackamas County, Oregon. She served as the president of VoiceCatcher’s board of directors from 2010 to 2014, as well as the managing editor of five issues of VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions.

 

Thanks for the Memories

As the outgoing president of the board of directors, I am very proud of all the women who have grown this community of authors and artists into the strong presence it is today.

You’ll see their names on the mastheads and the contributor lists of the six issues of our online journal. You’ll see them on the team page of our community website and on the bylines of the articles in this rich resource. You’ll see them at board meetings and readings. They are the heartbeats that have – and will – keep VoiceCatcher alive and well, as it enters its tenth year.

Carolyn Martin

Carolyn Martin

Now is the time for new visions, new energy, new directions. I couldn’t be happier that Tiah Lindner Raphael has been elected as VoiceCatcher’s new president and Helen Sinoradzki as the new secretary/treasurer. Barbara E. Berger, community website managing editor, continues on the board as a member at-large. Shawn Aveningo is our new VoiceCatcher journal designer. VoiceCatcher couldn’t ask for a more dedicated, dynamic team of women to write its next chapter.

For all the learning opportunities you have given me, and for the joy of seeing VoiceCatcher grow in ways we never could have imagined when I first served as its president in 2010, I am eternally grateful. VoiceCatcher is not merely a nonprofit community; it is an experience of collaboration, respect and genuine affection for one another. I have no doubt that this quality of experience will continue to deepen in the years ahead.

With much love and respect,
Carolyn Martin
President of the board of directors, 2010-14

VoiceCatcher Announces 2014 “Best of the Net” Nominations

The editors of the Summer 2013 and Winter 2014 issues of VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions are proud to announce the nominees for the 2014 “Best of the Net” prize. According to Sundress Publications, the publisher of an annual anthology of winners,

This project continues to promote the diverse and growing collection of voices who are publishing their work online, a venue that continues to see less respect from such yearly anthologies as the Pushcart and Best American series. This anthology serves to bring greater respect to an innovative and continually expanding medium in the same medium in which it is published.

VoiceCatcher is honored to be represented by the following authors:

Poetry

Fiction

Nonfiction

Top row: Tiah Lindner Raphael, Annie Lighthart, Wendy Thompson, Pat West, Willa Schneberg Bottom row: Maggie Chula, Anne Gudger, B.E. Scully, Jessica Zisa, Laura Stanfill

Top row: Tiah Lindner Raphael, Annie Lighthart, Wendy Thompson, Pat West, Willa Schneberg
Bottom row: Maggie Chula, Anne Gudger, B.E. Scully, Jessica Zisa, Laura Stanfill

 

 

Meet the Editors Who Will Shape the Winter 2015 Issue of VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions!

With the opening of the submission window on September 1, 2014, VoiceCatcher is proud to announce the editors who will read and select prose, poetry and art for the next issue. They are eager to receive your work and appreciate submissions that follow the guidelines, some of which have changed since the last edition.

The journal appears on Duotrope and Poets & Writers, and editors nominate for the annual Pushcart Prize. The first five issues have already attracted almost 20,000 first-time visitors.

The Winter 2015 Editorial Team

Burky Achilles, Poetry Co-Editor
Burky, a poet appearing in the Summer 2014 journal issue, is on sabbatical from her fitness coaching business. She began a spontaneous eruption of poetry in January 2014 following the deaths of her mother and mother-in-law in 2013. Burky was raised on the south shore of Kauai and received her Masters in Writing in Fiction from Portland State University in 2002. In 2000 she was awarded a Literary Arts Fellowship and honored to be a Summer Fishtrap Fellow. Her non-fiction has appeared in the Chocolate for a Woman’s Soul series.

Shawn Aveningo, Journal Designer and Administrator
A poet first appearing in the Summer 2014 issue, Shawn is a globally published poet whose work has appeared in more than 60 literary journals and anthologies, as well as four solo collections. When she’s not using the right side of her brain to write poetry for her patrons of ThePoetryBox™, she enjoys donning her geek hat to create custom websites. She’s a proud mother of three and recently moved to the Portland area to share in the creative life with her best friend and soul-mate.  Find her at The Red Shoe Poet.

Kris Demien, Young Voices Editor
Kris returns to VoiceCatcher in this position. She has been known to go as far as free-falling 10,000 feet from a perfectly fine airplane to encourage a student to conquer the fear of making a speech. She is as likely to be found on an outdoor adventure with her grandkids as she is behind a keyboard. Her life-long fascination with story has inspired her search for new ones told by others wherever she goes. When home alone, she finds the stories she created for herself along the way.

Sarah FaganSarah Fagan, Art Editor
Returning as art editor for her second issue, Sarah received a BA 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 has developed a curriculum of arts classes that she teaches to children at schools, libraries and other venues. When not teaching, she is painting – her forté is the contemporary still life. Visit her website here.

Michelle FredetteMichelle Fredette, Prose Co-Editor
Michelle returns for her second stint as prose co-editor. She discovered 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 her love for literary magazines, and short fiction in particular, 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 attends the Pinewood Table writing group where she chips away at a novel about the roller derby.

Carolyn Martin, Ph.D., Managing Editor 
Carolyn is finishing her fifth year as VoiceCatcher’s president of the board of directors, and this is her fifth stint as the journal’s managing editor. She is blissfully retired in Clackamas, Oregon, where she gardens, writes, and plays with creative colleagues. She is also an award-winning poet whose work has appeared in publications such as StirringNaugatuck River Review, Persimmon Tree, Ekphrastia Gone Wild and Becoming: What Makes a Woman.

Tiah Lindner Raphael, Poetry Co-Editor
Tiah served as a guest prose co-editor for the Summer 2014 issue and is now using her poetic talents in the role of poetry co-editor. Born and raised amid the fields of dry land wheat territory, Tiah credits the landscape of rural eastern Oregon for instilling in her a great love for the timeworn, the forgotten and the haunted. When Tiah isn’t working as a professional writer and corporate communicator, she enjoys obscure-plant cultivation for her garden, portrait photography and anything that is handmade, homegrown or vintage. Her poetry has appeared in CutBank Literary Magazine, the Winter 2014 issue of VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions, the anthology Forty Years of CutBank, and Just Now: Twenty New Portland Poets. Visit her online at Passage House.

Pattie Palmer-Baker, Poetry Co-Editor
A guest poetry co-editor for the Summer 2014 issue, Pattie’s back on the poetry team for this edition. An artist as well as a poet, she enhances her artwork with poetry in calligraphic form. Because so many people respond more strongly to the words than the images, she recently participated in workshops taught by several local well-known poets. To her surprise, she soon discovered her motivation to write poems surpassed her desire to create visual artwork. Recently, she started submitting her poems to journals and her work has appeared in Analeka, VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions, and Elohi Gadugi. Her poem “50,000 Bumblebees Die” is part of the “Unnatural Acts” exhibit at Artists’ Milepost Gallery 5. She has earned a 2014 Pushcart nomination from VoiceCatcher.

Helen Sinoradzki, Ph.D., Prose Co-Editor
After serving as copy line editor for two issues, Helen is taking on the role of prose co-editor. She moved to Portland 15 years ago and plans to stay for the rest of her life. She has been a bookseller at various independent bookstores for 20 years. 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.

Cindy Stewart-Rinier, Poetry Co-Editor
A poetry co-editor for the Winter 2014 edition, Cindy returns to the poetry team for this issue. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University. Her poetry has appeared in publications such as CALYX, The Smoking Poet, Crab Creek Review, Ascent and VoiceCatcher. Her work has been twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize: in 2011 by Crab Creek Review and in 2013 by VoiceCatcher. A pre-kindergarten teacher by day, she also teaches evening poetry writing workshops for the Mountain Writers Series, of which she is a board member. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her younger son, her husband of 31 years, and a bandy-legged pit bull.