Letter from the Managing Editor
The reasons we are drawn to the act of creation are as diverse as the mediums we work in, the things we create. But however differently we make art, in a world that frequently asks us to be passive consumers, our drive to create is a radical act of agency.
In the Summer 2015 issue of VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions, we are proud to bring you a diverse and powerful selection from the area’s women writers and artists. In this issue, you will find 13 poets, five prose writers, four visual artists and four young voices who explore the intricacies of materials, form and language to stunning effect.
From the exquisite detail found in the work of featured artist Beth Yahzadi to the woven threads of language that pull us into the world of Susan DeFrietas’ “Concentric,” these writers and artists explore the process of layering — or in the case of Juleen Johnson’s “Levine Under Erasure,” the process of stripping away — to more fully look at the human experience.
Much like the artists, poets and writers of this journal, VoiceCatcher, as an organization, is composed of many whose individual passions and skills come together to make a vibrant whole. Look beyond this big picture at the exquisite detail and you see countless quiet, one-on-one moments between individuals that characterize what makes VoiceCatcher so special to us all.
As we celebrate our 10th anniversary year, we encourage you to stay involved — read the journal, attend our events, contribute a blog post for the community website, volunteer or suggest a way for VoiceCatcher to reach more women in the community. Your participation is important and necessary to our work.
Thank you for traveling on this journey with us and for helping claim a space where women are free to explore their potential. Enjoy your summer and keep creating.
Tiah Lindner Raphael