VoiceCatcher 6 associate editor Nancy Flynn’s poem, “Caesura,” appeared in the November 2011 issue of Stirring: A Literary Collection. Two of her poems—and the prompts that inspired them—are forthcoming in the inaugural issue of Prompt Literary Magazine. And three poems will be featured in the online and print editions of Fault Lines, a new literary journal of West Coast poetry.
By Ginger Cox
Kristin Roedell was nominated for DZANC’s Best of the Web, 2010, and the Pushcart Prize, 2010. She’s the author of Seeing in the Dark (Tomato Can Press 2009) and Girls With Gardenias (Flutter Press 2011). She recently accepted a positions as Associate Editor for Flutter Press and Grants Coordinator for VoiceCatcher. You are a former lawyer turned poet. How did that transformation occur?
I learned after years of practicing law that I was ill-suited for the conflict and pressure that comes with that profession; yet there was a part of it that I needed. I frequently represented women undergoing some sort of transition, usually through the process of divorce and/or custody proceedings. When I spoke for these women at trial, the creative part of me gave a voice not only to them, but also to a part of me that needed expression. So, in a sense, I was also representing myself. I ultimately retired and, after some years, I discovered that I still had a voice that needed expression. That’s when I began to write; this time the voice does not come wrapped in conflict. For me, writing poetry is a peaceful process.
We are pleased to nominate the following work in VoiceCatcher 6 for the 2013 Pushcart Prize. Congratulations to every one of you for making this issue so stunning and powerful. We are proud and full of gratitude to have worked with you.
Kristin Berger and Toni Partington, Co-Editors of VC 6.