Saturday, March 31, 2012, 2 p.m.
If it’s the last Saturday in March, it’s the annual VoiceCatcher reading at the Multnomah County Central Library, 801 S.W. 10th Avenue, Portland, OR. Co-editor Kristin Berger will introduce seven talented women who will read poetry and prose from the latest anthology.
Mary Kibbe comes from hayfields and John Deere tractors, pitchforks and wheelbarrows, rotten-apple fights with her siblings, and ice skating on a pond in the sheep pasture. These days she’s happy that she only has to respond to the mews and purrs of two gray felines rather than a herd of bellowing dairy cows.
Lisa Maier has hiked beside a lava flow, jumped out of an airplane, swam above a shark, and battled in a karate competition. Last year, she added” public reading” to her list of adrenalized accomplishments when VoiceCatcher5 published two of her persona pieces and she took the stage to share her work. Now she’s ready to do it again with her poem “Summer Flies,” published in VoiceCatcher6 and nominated for the Pushcart Prize.
Sue Parman is an anthropologist who studied the Scottish Outer Hebrides. Most of her plays–and many of her academic and literary works–are about Scotland, although she is frequently waylaid by other topics such as dreams, water, and monsters. Her poetry chapbook, The Thin Monster House, is being published by Finishing Line Press in June, 2012. For more information, see http://anthro.fullerton.edu/sparman/.
Willa Schneberg received the Oregon Book Award In Poetry for In The Margins of The World. Her most recent collection is Storytelling in Cambodia. She recently returned from presenting at Split this Rock, the political poetry festival in Washington D.C., where she read poems included in two anthologies: I Go To The Ruined Place: Contemporary Poems in Defense of Global Human Rights, and Before We Have Nowhere To Stand Israel/Palestine: Poets Respond to the Struggle. Willa is a social worker in private practice and a visual artist. In the Fall of 2012, her exhibit “The Books of Esther” will be displayed at the Oregon Jewish Museum.
Pat Phillips West moved so often even her closest friends asked if she was in the Witness Protection Program. She refused to comment, except to say she’s in Portland, for now. Her poetry has found homes in various anthologies, including Persimmon Tree, VoiceCatcher6, Imagination & Place: Weather.
Wendy Willis is a poet, mother, and democracy builder. Her first book of poems, Blood Sisters of the Republic, is due out from Press 53 in the fall of 2012. She has published her work in the Alhambra Poetry Calendar, as well as in Poetry Northwest, Clackamas Literary Review, Bellingham Review, Zyzzyva, and elsewhere, and she is an adjunct fellow in poetry at the Attic Institute in Portland Oregon. She was a co-founder of The Whitman Project, a community-based reading of Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself.
In addition to her poetry career, Wendy is the executive director of the Policy Consensus Initiative and the Deputy Director for Research and Development at the National Policy Consensus Center at Portland State University.
Victoria Wyttenberg grew up in southern Oregon and has lived in Portland, Oregon since 1970. She holds a MFA from University of Washington and has taught high school for many years. She has published poems in Alaska Quarterly Review, Calyx, Clackamas Literary Review, Malahat Review, Poetry Northwest, and other journals and anthologies. Victoria is also an art student with a particular interest in drawing and painting the human figure. The circus remains a favorite metaphor for her since, like life, it can be confusing, scary, funny, beautiful, and sad. It also has many things happening at once and some very real dangers.