Catch These Voices and Visions

We 3 by Theresa Snyder
Tonight! VoiceCatcher columnist Theresa Snyder will read from her book, We 3 – A Journey Through Caregiving, about her experience as a baby boomer caring for her aging parents.

Thursday, April 23, 2015, 7:00–8:00 p.m.
Another Read Through
3932 N. Mississippi Ave.
Portland, OR 97227

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Willa Schneberg

VoiceCatcher Willa Schneberg will read as part of the Nye Beach Writers Series.

Saturday, April 25, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
Newport Visual Arts Center
777 NW Beach Drive
Newport OR 97365

The next day, Willa will teach a free workshop: Utilizing the News for Poem-making.  Sunday, April 26, 2015, 2:00–4:00 p.m. at the Newport Public Library.

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Polish your skills as a presenter and reader through the Toastmasters program. Unique among Toastmasters clubs, the local Thrill of the Quill club caters to writers. This club meets the second Saturday of each month. All are welcome to attend.

Thrill of the Quill Toastmasters Club
Saturday, May 9, 2015,  9:30 a.m.
Courtyard Village
4555 NE 66th Ave., Vancouver, WA 98661
360-606-9306

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Poeming PigeonsVoiceCatcher poet and journal designer Shawn Aveningo of The Poetry Box®  proudly announces the release of Poeming Pigeons – Poems about Birds. In this curated, international anthology, you will discover stories that make you wonder, cry, laugh, cringe and inspire – all through poems about birds.The book launch celebration includes VoiceCatcher poets: Annie Lighthart, Christa Kaainoa, Jennifer Kemnitz, Linda Strever, ‘M’, Pattie Palmer-Baker, Shawn Aveningo, and Tricia Knoll.

Monday, May 4, 2015, 7:00–9:00 p.m.
Ford Food & Drink
2505 SE 11th Ave. (at Division)
Portland, OR  97202

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Gypsy Martin

Gypsy Martin

Catch VoiceCatchers Christi Krug, Mary Mandeville and Gypsy Martin in the cast of:

Listen To Your Mother
Thursday, May 7, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Alberta Rose Theater
3000 NE Alberta Street, Portland, OR 97211
Minors OK when accompanied by a parent or guardian
Doors open at 6:30, $15 General Admission

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VoiceCatcher Reading!  Meet and hear authors from the Winter 2015 issue of 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

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Annie LighthartVoiceCatcher Annie Lighthart, most recently of the Winter 2015 issue, continues her readings in June. Annie published her poetry collection Iron String with Oregon’s Airlie Press. She earned an MFA in Poetry from Vermont College, and has taught at Boston College. She teaches poetry workshops through Mountain Writers; her next workshop is June 2015.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
Milwaukie Poetry Series reading
Pond House at the Ledding Library
2215 SE Harrison Street
Milwaukie, OR 97222

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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 calendar of readings 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

April 20 ReadingVoiceCatcher Reading! Meet and hear seven poets from the Winter 2015 issue of VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions. Come early for food, drink and community.

Monday, April 20, 2015
Social Hour 5:00–6:00 p.m.
Reading 6:00–7:00 p.m.
Glyph Café and Arts Space
804 NW Couch St.
Portland, OR 97209

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VoiceCatcher Annie Lighthart, most recently of the Winter 2015 issue, will be doing readings in April and June. Annie published her poetry collection Iron String with Oregon’s Airlie Press. She earned an MFA in Poetry from Vermont College, and has taught at Boston College. She teaches poetry workshops through Mountain Writers; her next one is June 2015.

Annie LighthartTuesday, April 21, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Milepost 5
Denizen Gallery
900 NE 81st Ave
Portland, OR 97213

Wednesday, June 10, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
Milwaukie Poetry Series
Pond House at the Ledding Library
2215 SE Harrison Street
Milwaukie, OR 97222

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We 3 by Theresa Snyder
VoiceCatcher columnist Theresa Snyder will read from her book, We 3 – A Journey Through Caregiving, about her experience as a baby boomer caring for her aging parents.

Thursday, April 23, 2015, 7:00–8:00 p.m.
Another Read Through
3932 N. Mississippi Ave.
Portland, OR 97227

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Willa Schneberg

 

VoiceCatcher Willa Schneberg will read as part of the Nye Beach Writers Series.

Saturday, April 25, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
Newport Visual Arts Center
777 NW Beach Drive
Newport OR 97365

The next day, Willa will teach a free workshop: Utilizing the News for Poem-making.  Sunday, April 26, 2015, 2:00–4:00 p.m. at the Newport Public Library.

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Polish your skills as a presenter and reader through the Toastmasters program. Unique among Toastmasters clubs, the local Thrill of the Quill club caters to writers. This club meets the first Saturday of each month. All are welcome to attend.

Thrill of the Quill Toastmasters Club
Saturday, May 2, 2015,  9:30 a.m.
Courtyard Village
4555 NE 66th Ave., Vancouver, WA 98661
360-606-9306

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Poeming PigeonsVoiceCatcher poet and journal designer  Shawn Aveningo of The Poetry Box®  proudly announces the release of Poeming Pigeons – Poems about Birds. In this curated, international anthology, you will discover stories that make you wonder, cry, laugh, cringe and inspire – all through poems about birds.The book launch celebration includes VoiceCatcher poets: Annie Lighthart, Christa Kaainoa, Jennifer Kemnitz, Linda Strever, ‘M’, Pattie Palmer-Baker, Shawn Aveningo, and Tricia Knoll.

Monday, May 4, 2015, 7:00–9:00 p.m.
Ford Food & Drink
2505 SE 11th Ave. (at Division)
Portland, OR  97202

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VoiceCatcher Reading!  Meet and hear authors from the Winter 2015 issue of 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

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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 calendar of readings 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!

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!

Catch These Voices and Visions!

Sarah FaganAnnouncing VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions’ Art Editor Sarah Fagan’s show, “De Novo,” at the Blackfish Gallery in Portland, Mar. 3-28, 2015. First Thursday Mar. 5, 6-9 p.m.

Also at Blackfish Gallery: Artist Talk and Poetry Reading
Sunday, Mar. 22, 11 a.m., includes Sarah Fagan. The journal’s managing editor Tiah Lindner Raphael, poetry editor Claudia 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.

 

Barbara  E. BergerVoiceCatcher’s Barbara E. Berger’s mixed-media “Purim Collages” appear in the lobby exhibit of Mittleman’s Jewish Community Center, Sunday Mar. 1 through 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Mar. 6. The lobby exhibit is part of Jewish Arts Month at the center.

 

 

March 8 2015Several VoiceCatcher authors are among those who will read on International Women’s Day:

Of Course I’m a Feminist!
Hosted by Ellen Goldberg
Sunday, Mar. 8, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
TaborSpace
5441 SE Belmont St.
Portland, OR 97215

Featuring: Frances Payne Adler, Judith Arcana, Shawn Aveningo, Gail Barker, Judith Barrington, Emily Carr, Brittney Corrigan, Pam Crow, Linda Ferguson, Andrea Hollander, Tricia Knoll, Elise Kuechle, Carter McKenzie, Penelope Schott, Marilyn Stablein, Ila Suzanne, Carlyn Syvanen, and Sharon Wood-Wortman.

 

"The Way a Woman Knows" by Carolyn MartinBook launch for The Way a Woman Knows, by VoiceCatcher’s Carolyn Martin! Everyone is invited to join in the celebration.

Sunday, Mar. 22, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
TaborSpace
5441 SE Belmont St.
Portland, OR 97215

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

 

Penelope Scambly SchottWriting That Matters: How to Make Other People Care, a workshop led by celebrated 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, Mar. 24, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Write Around Portland office, 133 SW 2nd Ave, Suite 304

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, Mar. 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 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!

Share Resources and Celebrate Successes – No. 3

Willa SchnebergVoiceCatcher contributor Willa Schneberg will be the final judge for the Calyx Journal 2015 Lois Cranston Memorial Poetry Prize. Submissions accepted Mar. 1-May 31. More information here.

 

 

copy-vchomebanner.jpgThe submission window is open now for the Summer 2015 issue of VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions.

 

 

 

This column celebrates publication news from VoiceCatcher authors. We hope you find the information helpful as you research where to send your own work. Please share your own information with the VC community.  – The Editors

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Related posts:
Poetry in Bytes: submitting to online poetry publications
An Invitation to Share Resources, Celebrate Success
Share Resources and Celebrate Successes, No. 1
Share Resources and Celebrate Successes, No. 2

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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

 

 

Capturing the Essence of Things: A conversation with Willa Schneberg

by S. H. Aeschliman

The first thing I notice about Willa Schneberg when I meet her in person at the Oregon Jewish Museum is that she’s wiry, compact and energetic. She gives off an aura of strength, or maybe it’s resilience.

The second thing I notice about her is the accent: East Coast. New Jersey? Later I’ll be reminded that she’s from Brooklyn.

She has invited me to join her and her friends today on a tour of her exhibit, “The Books of Esther.” She is business-like. Certain. She reminds me of a teacher giving instruction to a class. In a way it makes sense: She is the expert here. But I can’t help thinking that her manner is a little at odds with the subject of her exhibit.

My larynx “The Books of Esther” is about the life of Schneberg’s mother, who is dead. She had cancer of the larynx, her larynx was removed, and for the last several years of her life she wrote down everything that she would have otherwise said aloud. Esther’s notebooks are here, as are excerpts of her writing that Schneberg has scanned. There’s a photograph of the mechanical voice box Esther refused to use. A video with snippets of Esther speaking in a time before her larynx was removed.

Willa's exhibit I am surprised to see ceramic replicas of some of Esther’s things. Why has Schneberg recreated her mother’s notebooks and WAAC cap in clay?

She says she wanted to capture the essence of the things. It is her act of interpretation, her way of drawing the viewer’s attention to what she finds important: the designs on the notebooks, the names on the cap.

I will take care We have finished our tour, and Schneberg wants to know if we have questions. “Why did you choose to make this a public exhibit?” I ask. “Why not keep these mementos of your mother private?”

She says the exhibit is to help anyone who has ever experienced loss and grief. For anyone who has lost a parent or who will lose a parent. Which is all of us.

I try to imagine how it would feel to refashion my dead mother’s things in clay with my own hands, as Willa has done. My mother is still alive. The word loss haunts me.

When I start to cry, Willa touches my elbow and asks, “What’s coming up for you right now?”

In my head I’m already calling her Willa, though she has not given me permission to do so.

The stories behind the work
A few days later, Willa and I have a Skype date. We talk about her process for her most recently finished work, A Good Time to Die. It’s a collection of linked poems about her father, her mother, and herself: line poems, prose poems and “found poems” – poems she found in transcripts of conversations between her and her parents.

Because the book is a mixture of poetry genres, she’s been having a hard time finding a publisher. But she says, “I’m interested in breaking through traditional genre constraints.” My heart beats a little faster when she says this. I too am interested in defying conventions.

Though she doesn’t say specifically how long she’s been working on A Good Time to Die, I get the impression it’s been a long time. Years. As evidence: the original title of the project, Three-Way Conversation, inspired the name of her website.

Her husband, Robin Bagai, was her first reader. “He’s a great editor,” she says. “He has a wonderful ear [for poetry].” Then John Morrison and Francis Payne Adler – two writers from her monthly peer writing group, The Odds – read her manuscript. She also relied on Barry Sanders, a professor at PNCA, about whom Willa speaks with respect and affection. When he said he thought the manuscript was ready, she started sending it out. “When the rejections start coming in, then you look at it again,” she says. Every time she sends it out, she finds something new to revise.

“Writing is about truth telling”
When I ask Willa why she writes, she tells me the story behind a poem from her third collection, Storytelling in Cambodia. In Cambodia during the genocides, a woman living in a village controlled by the Khmer Rouge was able to get an extra ration of soup – just weak broth with a few grains of rice – because she hid the body of her dead son. “People need to know about stories like hers,” she says.

I ask her why she makes her work public, and she gives “The Books of Esther” as an example. “We all know what it’s like to lose someone,” she says. “Everyone has a mother, and everyone’s mother will die. It’s a metaphor for people who don’t have a voice. I wanted her words to be sung.” She’d wanted to show her mother’s ability as a thinker and a writer. To make people think about their own mothers.

“There is a universality about personal experience,” she says, and I start getting really excited. “That’s what we know is the best writing anyway,” she says. “You use specific descriptions. You paint a picture with words.” This is something I’ve been thinking about and trying to do with my creative non-fiction: connecting with others through the specifics of my experience.

She explains her work as an artist as looking carefully at the world and transcribing what she sees. “Writing is about truth telling,” Willa says. “Emotional truths, not factual truths.” One advantage to writing poetry over memoir, she mentions, is that there is “a seamlessness between emotional and factual truth.”

The company of people who care about creating
But Willa also makes her work public because it’s a way of participating in community. “It’s wonderful to feel there’s some validation coming from the external world,” she says.

Some of the communities she’s involved in include Oregon Book Award winners, Friends of William Stafford, Literary Arts, The Odds (her writing group), VoiceCatcher, the Jewish community, and a Buddhist Sangha in Portland. She’s also on the board of Calyx Press, a feminist press out of Corvallis, Oregon. And she’s participated in communities through winning fellowships and residencies. She appreciates feeling respected by other writers and being in the company of people who care about creating.

Willa encourages other writers to find support through their local writing communities. When I ask her for ideas, she suggests going to open mics like the ones at Stonehenge Studios or Back Fence. Willa also suggests going to readings, joining or forming a peer writing group, and taking classes at The Attic Institute.

Where truth and beauty intersect
Later, after the interview is over, I reflect on what we’ve talked about: social justice, community, process, concrete details. I think about Willa’s poem “Tiny Monuments,” the one that was published in VoiceCatcher6. The image of these rusted metal canisters shining like multi-colored jewels. Whole worlds in themselves. I think about the poems from Storytelling in Cambodia that are on her website and the photo she took of a pile of human skulls. I think about the ceramic sculptures of Esther’s notebooks and about the notebooks themselves.

Willa’s art is where truth and beauty intersect. The subjects she chooses are often painful or horrifying. But she chooses details that bring out the beauty in those subjects. Not in a way that romanticizes them or downplays the sadness. The beauty and the sadness exist side-by-side. She helps us see both. Somehow her art manages to present the horrible truth while offering comfort at the same time.

As such, Willa’s poetry is a form of witnessing. She gives voice to those who cannot speak for themselves. Like the woman in Cambodia. Like her mother, Esther. Like the people at the mental hospital whose cremated remains went unclaimed. And that’s exactly what Willa has set out to do: to archive, to be political, to narrate the emotional realities of those who would otherwise go unheard. Willa Schneberg, too, is a catcher of voices.

More examples of Willa’s ceramics and photography

Willa SchnebergPoet, ceramic artist and photographer Willa Schneberg moved to Portland in 1993 after spending a year doing social work in Cambodia. Of Portland, Willa says, “It suits me. I love living here.” She has a private psychotherapy practice in the Pearl and teaches poetry workshops. Willa’s poetry has been published in numerous journals and anthologies, and her book In the Margins of the World won the 2002 Oregon Book Award for Poetry. She’s currently shopping for a publisher for her manuscript A Good Time to Die. You can learn more about her work by visiting her website.

S.H. AeschlimonS. H. Aeschliman is a native Oregonian living in Portland with her dog, Milton. By day she’s a freelance writer, editor, educator and learning assessment consultant. By night she’s a writer, reader, learner and dreamer. She blogs about culture, travel, food and lifestyle and writes poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction and cross-genre work. Her prose piece “On Voice” appeared in the Fall 2012 issue of VoiceCatcher, and she’s thrilled to be volunteering for the organization. You can learn more about her work on her website.