A VoiceCatcher6 contributor, Bonnie Minden Ward is a Portland native. She enjoys spending time in the natural landscape of the Pacific Northwest and beyond where she hikes, camps, and cycles. She works with children, loves the moon, and finds great strength in the power of words and stories. Bonnie believes that our best work comes from honoring the brokenness in us, that our brightest light shines after facing the darkness.
“I have a voice.” Those were the words I woke up saying to myself the morning after reading my poetry at Stonehenge Studios on May 13, 2012. It was Mother’s Day and the last VoiceCatcher6 reading of the year.
After years of writing in between the fabric of my life as mother, wife, and a busy career, it was such a validating experience to stand before a warm and supportive audience and share the other part of myself and to name myself a poet.
The opportunity to publish in VoiceCatcher6 has been a unique experience. The ability to connect on a personal level with the editors, to receive feedback and encouragement is not a common experience for many writers. Yet, it is that extra touch that gives people the courage to find and share their voice.
I join with others in having great hope for the future of VoiceCatcher. It is important work, this sharing of words. Who knows what other voices are out there waiting to be heard?