Letter from the Managing Editor
We did it again! Nine editors cheerfully collaborated to create this content-rich, visually- unique sixth edition of VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions. From the opening of the submission window on September 1 through their final deadline of November 25, they debated selections, engaged in revisions with accepted authors, and wrote the type of helpful feedback letters that have distinguished VoiceCatcher for the past nine years.
Here are five facts about this issue that may interest you:
1. Our new designer, Shawn Aveningo, has created a new platform that will make navigating this issue, as well as all our archived issues, much easier. Look for new features – like a list of every contributor from every edition with a link to her work.
2. Our featured artist, Brittany Chavez, is 23 years old. We are proud to present her extraordinary photography, and we greet her at the beginning of a promising career.
3. In the Young Voices section, we broke our own rule: We published a piece by a pre-high schooler. Wait until you read Lily Boyd’s “Elegy for Christy.” You’ll understand why we couldn’t resist including this talented eighth grader in this issue.
4. All of our prose writers, artists and Young Voices are first-time VoiceCatcher journal contributors as are 16 of our 20 poets. This tells us there are many yet-to-be-tapped writers and artists in greater Portland/Vancouver whom we’d love to see and hear in future editions.
5. By the time we gather the final statistics on first-time readers of this edition, we predict we will have attracted over 30,000 visitors since our inaugural issue in Fall 2012. Not a bad track record for a local online publication!
To every editor who has participated in creating our six issues and to our brilliant original designer, Deb Scott, I express the gratitude of the entire VoiceCatcher community for your vision and persistence. It’s been a joy to work with each of you and share this creative adventure.
Finally, to our readers: The novelist Catherine Coulter reminded us that, “It’s an editor’s job to be the reader’s representative and thus make the manuscript better.” As you read each piece in this edition, we hope you agree that we did our job as your representative.