As the new editor of the Young Voices section, I was unsure of what to expect. What a delightful surprise to find dedicated young women across our region who are able to confront some of the more terrifying aspects of human experience with clear eyes and articulate voices. For our sixth edition we present five fresh, bright perspectives about the difficulty of facing grief and isolation.
In “Visions From a Playground,” the author helps us see the same setting from several lenses while offering a transcendent perspective.
The sensory detail and the author’s deft handling of time and perspective in “Chasing Thunder” evoke stories from the news media with a voice both naive and intimate.
The author of “Elegy for Christy,” the youngest writer to have her work published by VoiceCatcher, speaks directly to a close friend, asking some pointed questions whose answers must come from the heart of the reader.
The author of “Social Media” gives a detailed description of the pressures experienced by 21st century students and the paradoxically isolating aspects of social media.
Finally, in “A Hundred Acre Wood,” the author paints a rich spectrum of detail in a holiday family scene that delicately outlines the negative space and evokes an appreciation for all that strong family relationships can provide.
In this time of year, when the days grow short, we are happy to publish these young writers – brave lights facing the darkness.
Young Voices Editor