VoiceCatcher is thrilled to announce the dates for the next open submission period! Send us your wild and wonderful work from September 4th through October 15th, 2017. Our team of creative and passionate editors is ready to see your words and artistic visions. Let us introduce you to our editorial staff for the fall issue:
Jennifer Kemnitz lives and writes in Portland, Oregon. She is a great defender of plant life, and can be roused at any moment to an impassioned discussion of its innate intelligence. Her work has most recently appeared in Cirque, Rain, and the Kerf, and has been anthologized by Poetry on the Lake, among others. Jennifer’s poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and translated into German. She is Managing Editor for VoiceCatcher.
Assistant Managing Editor
Desirée Wright started writing at age six to survive. She grew up at the base of the San Gorgonio mountains and left that small town also for survival. She made her way to West Virginia, Indiana, and the Kingdom of Tonga. Fifteen years ago, she found a place in the Pacific Northwest and decided to stay. She is ever grateful for a place to call home on indigenous lands.
She has served VoiceCatcher as Managing Co-editor since 2016. Each week she takes a seat at the Pinewood Table to bleed, sweat, and laugh her stories into existence. She is currently trying to finish a memoir before she forgets what happened.
Desirée only made it fifty pages into writing her double Master’s degree in Cultural Survival and Anthropology. She decided years ago not to feel like a failure. Education stays in the bones. She is a non-biological mother and wouldn’t choose parenthood any other way. Her best days are spent on the water with her loves, Sherman and Eddie.
Beth M. Duckles is a researcher, writer, and ethnographer based in Portland, Oregon. Her literary writing has been published in Narratively, VoiceCatcher, and The Dandelion Review. She holds both a PhD in sociology and a first degree black belt in Aikido. Find her online at www.beth.duckles.com.
Sherri Levine is a poet and short fiction writer. She lives in Portland, Oregon, where she teaches English as a Second Language to adult immigrants and refugees at Portland Community College. Her poem was recently awarded first prize in the Poet’s Choice by the Oregon Poetry Association Fall 2017 contest. Her work has been published in the Timberline Review, Hartskill Review, VoiceCatcher, and Sun Magazine, among other journals. She escaped the long, harsh winters of upstate New York and has ever since been happily soaking in the Oregon rain.
Vivienne Popperl lives in Portland where she taught French, practiced law, raised a daughter, rode bikes, and hiked with her spouse. She loves spending time in Oregon’s mountains, beaches, and deserts. She writes poetry regularly and studied with Claudia Savage.
Kelli Langrell Grinich is a fifth generation Oregonian and is currently finishing a memoir about motherhood, love, food poisoning, and the American West. She wrote “Shakespeare’s Musing at the Antique Barbed Wire Convention” after her resident fellowship at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming. She writes poetry and non-fiction prose, and uses her science background to inform both.
Edee Lemonier’s work has appeared in VoiceCatcher Journal, Nailed Magazine, Gobshite Quarterly, and various other places in print and online. She has served on the selection committee for Forest Avenue Press, and is the crazy web lady for VoiceCatcher.
Edee is currently working on her first novel. Once a week she pulls up a chair at The Pinewood Table writing group. She writes in Vancouver, Washington with a whiskey on her table, two Yorkies and a Chihuahua fighting for her lap, and a naughty cat supervising the whole affair.
Sarah Fagan has enjoyed working with Portland artists as VoiceCatcher’s art editor since 2014. She received a BA from Stonehill College in North Easton, MA in 2007, relocating to Portland, OR shortly thereafter. Sarah became involved in the Northwest art scene as an artist and teacher, eventually receiving a post-baccalaureate certificate in painting and printmaking from the Oregon College of Art and Craft. She is represented by galleries across the U.S. and is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Texas, Austin. More at www.sarahfagan.com.
Kate Ristau is an author and folklorist who writes young adult and middle grade fiction. Her novels, Clockbreakers and Shadow Girl are now available from Indigo Sea Press, and her essays are available at The Washington Post and Literary Mama. In her ideal world, magic and myth combine to create memorable stories with unforgettable characters. Until she finds that world, she’ll live in a house in Oregon where she found a sword behind the water heater and fairies in the backyard. You can find her online at Kateristau.com.