The editors of the Winter and Summer 2014 issues of VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions are proud to announce their nominees for next year’s Pushcart Prize.
According to the Pushcart website,
The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses series, published every year since 1976, is the most honored literary project in America.
Since 1976, hundreds of presses and thousands of writers of short stories, poetry and essays have been represented in our annual collections … The Pushcart Prize has been a labor of love and independent spirits since its founding. It is one of the last surviving literary co-ops from the 60’s and 70’s.
Meet Our Nominees
Diane Averill has published three full-length books of poems: Branches Doubled Over With Fruit, Beautiful Obstacles and Among Pearls Hatching. Two were finalists for the Oregon Book Award in Poetry. She has been published in several anthologies and many literary magazines around the country. She also has published two chapbooks. Diane is a graduate of the MFA program at the University of Oregon. She taught in the English Department at Clackamas Community College from 1991 until she retired in 2010. She was awarded an Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship.
A resident of Portland, Oregon, Heidi Beierle works as a community planner, specializing in bicycle tourism and active travel options. Her creative work has appeared in High Desert Journal, Journal for America’s Byways, Herbivore Magazine, and Alternatives Magazine.
Mary Mandeville is a 50-something mother, partner and chiropractor who woke up one morning about five years ago with the unshakable need to write a book. She doesn’t have a fancy MFA, and, up until now, had never been nominated for a Pushcart prize, but has spent much of the past several years writing like a woman possessed. She participated in the Attic’s year-long Atheneum program. Around work and parenting, she puts words on the page almost every day. Her memoir is in progress.
Cindy Stewart-Rinier holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Pacific Lutheran University’s Rainier Writing Workshop. Her work has appeared in CALYX Journal, The Smoking Poet, Crab Creek Review, Ascent, and Naugatuck River Review – and she’s hoping that the third-time’s-a-charm rule proves true with this Pushcart nomination. A pre-K teacher by day, she also loves teaching poetry writing workshops for the Mountain Writers Series in Portland, Oregon.
Linda Strever’s poetry collection, Against My Dreams, was released in fall 2013. Her poetry credits include CALYX Journal, Adanna, Floating Bridge Review, Crab Creek Review, Nimrod, Spoon River Poetry Review, Beloit Poetry Journal and others. Winner of the Lois Cranston Memorial Poetry Prize, she has also seen her work be a finalist for the New Issues Poetry Prize, the Levis Poetry Prize and the Ohio State University Press Award in Poetry. Her forthcoming novel, Don’t Look Away, will be released in fall 2014. She has an MFA from Brooklyn College.