Welcome to the 9th issue of VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions.
VoiceCatcher is staffed entirely by a new cast of volunteer editors with each issue. There is a fresh breeze blowing through every edition, then, which keeps us open to new forms, styles, and ideas. As we managing editors work with the editorial teams for an issue, we get to revel in their smarts, their commitment, and their insights. We see the care with which they consider each piece, reading them multiple times and preparing comments that they first share with the team, and often, eventually, with the writers themselves. They lobby for pieces that move or excite them, demonstrating what aspects of the work – music in the language; its humor or pathos or both – feel new and affecting. For those submissions that we don’t accept, we offer writers the option to receive written feedback that we hope they can use to further refine a piece. Creating an issue, therefore, feels almost as much about the pieces that aren’t selected as it is shaped by those that are.
The works we present in this summer issue move us. They are poems, stories, and works of art that constitute a solid body held together by the voices of women from our community. They are about connections and loss, about the roles we inhabit as humans, primarily as women. They offer a tight focus on lives being lived, on instants of beauty, confusion, contentment, and change, and in so doing, they reveal broad truths. It is this drive to make meaning, after all, that compels us to create, and to seek out, art and literature.
We hope you will enjoy this issue.
Michelle Fredette and Jennifer Kemnitz