Meet your 2015 VoiceCatcher leadership team! With a blend of faces both new and familiar, this team is excited to lead the organization in its 10th anniversary year. We hope to meet you at VoiceCatcher readings and events in the months ahead. Feel free to contact us anytime or interact with us on Facebook.
Tiah Lindner Raphael is the president for VoiceCatcher and also serves as managing editor for VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions. 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.
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 currently serves as president-elect of VoiceCatcher and the journal web designer.
Helen Sinoradzki was prose co-editor of the Winter 2015 issue of VoiceCatcher. She now serves as the board’s secretary, as well as the prose co-editor for the upcoming Summer 2015 issue. A bookseller for more than 20 years, she 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.
Marie Hallquist is a business operations manager, MBA student and former business owner. Her favorite word is “indefatigable,” and she is always looking for a problem to solve or adventure to begin. A dabbling prose writer, she says she is humbled to be a part of VoiceCatcher by serving as its treasurer.
Barbara E. Berger is a Portland-based writer, editor and photographer. She specializes in government, business and other creative writing. Her introduction to the community was as a humorous essay contributor to VoiceCatcher 2. Barbara serves as this site’s managing and contributing editor, as well as a member at-large on the VoiceCatcher board of directors.
Designer Ashley-Renée Cribbins is an artist and fiction writer who is always juggling creative projects. She resides in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and son, and enjoys the local creative communities. She also likes board games and tacos.
An avid cyclo-cross competitor, VoiceCatcher’s Readings Coordinator Kirsten Rudberg also enjoys hiking and backpacking. She walked the 500-mile route of the Camino de Santiago in France – from Arles to Bayonne – in 2013. Kirsten has had two essays published, one in a compilation on women’s health and their bikes (yet to be released), and another in Alive with Vigor! In her first mini-documentary film, she interviewed local legend Curtis Salgado. Kirsten has signed a book contract with a local publishing house – Microcosm Publishing – and begins graduate school in fall 2015 to earn a Master of Divinity.