Send us your best work for our upcoming Summer 2015 issue of VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions! Visit the journal site for full submission guidelines, and read the most recent issue to get a sense of what we look for. Submissions are accepted through April 15, 2015 for the Summer 2015 issue.
Our Summer 2015 editorial team looks forward to reading your poetry and prose, and viewing your artwork!
Managing Editor Tiah Lindner Raphael also serves as president for VoiceCatcher. Tiah has spent over nine years in communications positions for public-service organizations such as Trillium Family Services, the University of Oregon and, most recently, Oregon Health & Science University.
Tiah’s poetry appeared in the Winter 2014 issue of VoiceCatcher and she has served as both a prose and a poetry editor for our publications. Her work has appeared in journals such as CutBank Literary Magazine and Paper Nautilus. When she is not playing with words, Tiah can be found indulging in her other creative obsessions including photography and urban gardening, or fighting an often losing battle with the travel bug.
Sarah Fagan continues as the journal’s art editor. Sarah received a BA in Fine Arts and English Literature from Stonehill College in North Easton, Massachusetts. She worked as an editor for a New England arts magazine before relocating to Portland, Oregon in 2009. Here she decided to concentrate on making her own artwork by attending a certificate program at the Oregon College of Art and Craft where she studied bookbinding and painting. In Portland, Sarah has developed a curriculum of arts classes that she teaches to children at schools, libraries and other venues. When not teaching, she is painting – her forté is the contemporary still life.
Pattie Palmer-Baker serves as a poetry co-editor, as she did for the Winter 2015 issue. She also was guest poetry co-editor for the Summer 2014 issue. An artist as well as a poet, she enhances her artwork with poetry in calligraphic form. Because so many people respond more strongly to the words than the images, she participates in workshops taught by several local well-known poets. To her surprise, she discovered her motivation to write poems surpassed her desire to create visual artwork. She started submitting her poems to journals and her work has appeared in Analeka, VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions, and Elohi Gadugi. Her poem “50,000 Bumblebees Die” was part of the “Unnatural Acts” exhibit at Artists’ Milepost Gallery 5 in Portland. She earned a 2014 Pushcart nomination from VoiceCatcher.
Meet first time journal Poetry Co-Editor Jennifer Dorner! Jennifer earned her BA in English at the University of Oregon where she was an intern poetry editor with Northwest Review. In 2014, Jennifer completed the Attic Institute’s nine-month Atheneum program in poetry. She now coordinates a monthly all-genre open in Portland called Fridays on the Boulevard. Her poem “Fighting Fire” received an honorable mention in the 2012 Willamette Writers Kay Snow Contest. Jennifer was published in the Summer 2013 issue of VoiceCatcher.
Poetry Co-Editor Claudia F. Savage has been a chef for people recovering from illness, a book editor, and a teacher of poetry, but her most challenging job is as mother to her 2-year-old daughter, River Amira. Her poems and interviews have recently been in CutBank, The Denver Quarterly, Iron Horse Review, Nimrod, The Buddhist Poetry Review, Cordella and Bookslut. Her first book was a finalist for The New Issues Press Poetry Prize; she teaches poetry at The Attic in Portland.
Claudia has been awarded residencies at Ucross, Jentel, and the Atlantic Center for the Arts where she met her husband, an experimental jazz flutist and saxophonist. Their duo, THrum, creates and performs throughout the Pacific Northwest and is part of THrum Recordings, a label that promotes poets and musicians. She was recently awarded a grant by the Regional Arts and Culture Council in Portland, OR to support this work. Her bi-monthly VoiceCatcher column, “Leave the Dishes,” addresses balancing parenting and art-making.
Poetry Co-Editor Cindy Stewart-Rinier holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Pacific Lutheran University’s Rainier Writing Workshop. Her work has appeared in journals such as Calyx, The Smoking Poet, Crab Creek Review, Ascent, Naugatuck River Review, VoiceCatcher, and New American Voices. Since 2011, four of her poems have been nominated for Pushcarts. By day, Cindy teaches pre-kindergarten, but she also periodically conducts evening poetry writing workshops for the Mountain Writers Series in Portland, Oregon. Cindy also served as poetry co-editor for the Winter 2015 and Winter 2014 issues. She lives in Portland with her younger son, her husband of 31 years, and a bandy-legged pit bull.
Helen Sinoradzki continues her role as prose co-editor from the last issue of VoiceCatcher. She also now serves as an officer – secretary – on VoiceCatcher’s board of directors. A bookseller for more than 20 years, Helen currently works for Powell’s Books. In previous lives, she taught English and was a writer/editor at a national laboratory. With the help of the amazing writers at Pinewood Table, she completed a memoir, Thursday’s Child, and is searching for a publisher. She has published narrative nonfiction and short stories. She moved to Portland 17 years ago and plans to stay for the rest of her life.
Meet first-time VoiceCatcher Prose Co-Editor Christi R. Suzanne! The dry heat of the Arizona desert forced Christi’s move to the Pacific Northwest over twelve years ago for a mistier climate. She is a writer and sleeping dog enthusiast. By day she works at a university as a web & communications professional where she is the editor of the quarterly newsletter, Connections. She writes novels, short stories and personal essays and has been published in the anthologies Crack the Spine and Miles to Go, The Lit Pub blog, The National Center for Death with Dignity blog, and the online journals Wonder and Risk and The Splinter Generation.
Kris Demien continues her role as the journal’s young voices editor. Kris has been known to go as far as free-falling 10,000 feet from a perfectly fine airplane to encourage a student to conquer the fear of making a speech. She is as likely to be found on an outdoor adventure with her grandkids as she is behind a keyboard. Her life-long fascination with story has inspired her search for new ones told by others wherever she goes. When home alone, she finds the stories she created for herself along the way.
Journal Web Design and Administration
A poet appearing in our Summer 2014 issue, Shawn Aveningo is globally published; her work has appeared in more than 80 literary journals and anthologies, as well as four solo collections. She is founder and co-owner of The Poetry Box® which specializes in custom poetry, art, and now book design and publishing. Shawn has a background in computer science and enjoys donning her “geek hat” to create custom websites for authors and small businesses. She is a proud mother of three who believes poetry – especially when read aloud – is the perfect literary art form for today’s fast-paced world due to its power to stir emotion in less than two minutes. Shawn is serving as president-elect of VoiceCatcher as well as the journal web designer and administrator.