Can you believe it’s already March? I can’t, either! At VoiceCatcher, we hit the ground running, and 2018 is zipping by super fast. Our board met in late January, and everyone came to the table ready to roll up their sleeves and dive right in. Deciding our submissions period and launch date for our Spring, 2018 issue was only the beginning.
We have always served the Portland Metro area, which includes Clark County, Washington, and Skamania County, Washington. We realize, however, that Southwest Washington continues to grow, and covers more area. Folks in the Longview/Kelso area have become seasoned commuters to Portland, and in Clark County we go to Longview/Kelso as easily as we drive across the river. We want to make sure writers in that area feel welcome to submit pieces to VoiceCatcher, too. So we are expanding our boundaries just a bit to include pieces from Cowlitz County, Washington.
Readings are another way to showcase our phenomenal writers, and we are diligently working to set up more reading events. We are also looking into ways to broaden our reach with readings not only in Portland, but in Southwest Washington. We have a couple confirmed already! Check back to see when new dates are added, or subscribe to our newsletter to get the dates sent directly to your inbox.
Speaking of events… Let’s not forget our talented artists! We are working to find ways to have our art featured more prominently within our communities.
VoiceCatcher is thrilled to welcome back Young Voices Editor Kate Ristau, and art editor Sarah Fagan! Joining them are poetry editors Tiffany Burba, Tracy Burkholder, and Shenan Hahn, plus prose editors Alison Cantrell, Brandi Cornelius, and Carol Fischbach. Desirée Wright has moved into the Managing Editor role. She and I recently sat down with the newest additions to the team, and boy are we excited about what they all bring to the table! You can read their impressive details here.
It is our goal to honor our founders and all those who came before us, while reaching for and adapting to the ever-changing landscape of the future. As with all changes, there may be a few bumps in the road, but we will do our very best to make this a smooth journey for all our writers and our readers.
Welcome to VoiceCatcher 2018.
Edee Lemonier, President