by Carolyn Martin, President, Board of Directors
Meet some of the new additions to our team who will help guide our publications and events through 2013 and 2014.
Carrie Conner, Website Columnist
A friend once asked Carrie why she writes. “Because I have to,” she said. “You mean like publish or perish?” he asked. “No,” she said, “It’s more like … breathing.” Carrie has spent 20 years as a staff and features journalist and freelance copywriter for a variety of publications and companies. One day, while interviewing an emerging novelist about her new book release, she realized she was done writing about other people’s accomplishments. She’s currently putting together a yet-untitled collection of short stories and a screenplay.
Thea Constantine, Website Columnist
Thea is a writer and certified AWA facilitator with PDX Writers. Her short stories have most recently appeared in In Focus, the quarterly magazine of the PEN Cyprus Center; Stellazine; Roving Writers; “On the Yellow Line,” a weekly column for Street Roots; and an original serial for the on-line magazine The Black Boot. Her work has been included in a number of anthologies. She just won 1st Place Short Story in the maiden edition of the Watercress Journal. She is currently at work on her first novel, Stumptown.
Ashley-Renée Cribbins, Graphic Artist
Ashley-Renée is an artist and writer who is always juggling creative projects. She currently resides in Portland with her husband and kitty, but spends herfree time seeking out other interesting places. She also likes board games and tacos. Her short story,“Something Permanent,”was published in the Summer 2013 edition of VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions. Find more about her freelance illustrations at here.
Anne Gudger, Journal Guest Prose Co-Editor
A writer and teacher, Anne holds an MAT in English from the University of Washington and a BA from the University of Southern California. She lives in Portland with her husband and has two beautiful children. She recently won first place for non-fiction in the Willamette Writers annual Kay Snow Contest with an essay, “Your Bed’s Too Small.” She also earned second place in Real Simple magazine’s essay contest with “Doors.” Her non-fiction piece,“Black Sharpie,” appeared in the Summer 2013 issue of VoiceCatcher’s journal. Find out more about Anne and her work here.
Gale E. Hemmann, Journal Guest Poetry Co-Editor
Gale is a poet and freelance writer based in the Pacific Northwest. She studied Women’s Studies as an undergrad at Smith College with a focus on women in literature and art. She received her MFA in Writing from Pacific University. Her freelance work has been published in several local publications and her poems have appeared in Cloudbank and Apercus Quarterly. Gale was a 2011 Lambda Literary Fellow. She lives with her partner and six pets and is an avid cat rescue volunteer.
Christi Krug, Journal Guest Prose Co-Editor
Christi’s award-winning, soulful and devious words have shown up in everything from international publications to handmade zines, from religious publications to horror anthologies. She is a poet, memoirist, novelist and writing coach in Vancouver, Washington, where she has taught “Wildfire Writing” for sixteen years at Clark College. In addition, Christi wears an editing hat for a number of clients across the U.S. She is the author of seven books, including Burn Wild: A Writer’s Guide to Creative Breakthrough. Learn more about Christi here.
Helen Sinoradzki, Journal Copy Editor
Helen moved to Portland 15 years ago and plans to stay for the rest of her life. She has been a bookseller at various independent bookstores for 20 years. Before that, she taught English at Ithaca College and the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos and worked as a technical writer at Los Alamos National Laboratory. With the help of the writers at Pinewood Table, she has completed a memoir, Thursday’s Child, and is searching for an agent.Her non-fiction piece,“Diagnosis,” appeared in the Summer 2013 issue of VoiceCatcher’s journal.
Cindy Stewart-Rinier, Journal Guest Poetry Co-Editor
Cindy holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Pacific Lutheran University. Her poetry has appeared in publications such as CALYX, The Smoking Poet, Crab CreekReview and Ascent. Cindy also received the 2011 Crab Creek Review Editor’s Prize and was nominated for a Pushcart. She currently teaches poetry for the Mountain Writers Series, where she has been a board member for several years. Her poem, “Polaroid of My Mother,” was published in the Summer 2013 edition of VoiceCatcher’s journal.
Rebecca Vasquez, Journal Guest Art Editor
Rebecca has a professional background in high tech manufacturing and product design and a personal passion for photography and painting. Her greatest joy is her family and young twin daughters. She combines her artistic endeavors by photographing her children and painting alongside them.
Yolanda Wysocki, Website Columnist
Yolanda works as a Life/Transformation Coach. Her background has been in counseling and social services for 25+ years. She went back to school for a second bachelor’s degree when she was 51-years-old. Seven years and three schools later, she completed her Art degree, a lifelong dream.
Welcome back to the women who continue to keep our publications lively and our community growing:
Sione Aeschliman, Website columnist
Lyssa Tall Anolik, Website columnist
Trista Cornelius, Website columnist
Marlene Dalziel, Website Assistant Managing Editor
Ginger Duncan, Board Member at-Large, Newsletter Editor
Lisa Maier, Managing Editor, Winter 2014 Journal; Pinterest Editor
Carolyn Martin, President, Board of Directors; Website Managing Editor
Heidi McGreal, Website Editor and Proofreader
Darlene Pagán, Co-Editor, Winter 2014 Journal
Donna Prinzmetal, Youth Editor, Winter 2014 Journal
Deb Scott, Administrator and Design Manager, VoiceCatcher Journal and
Theresa Snyder, Member at-Large, Board of Directors; Marketing Director
Lisa Sudo, Treasurer/Secretary, Board of Directors
Tina Tran, Facebook Editor
Finally, a warm note of gratitude to Tonia Twigger McConnell, Liz Prato and Celina Wigle.
Celina served as Co-editor for the Fall 2012, Winter 2013 and Summer 2013 issues. Liz was our Guest Prose Editor and Tonia our Guest Art Editor for the Summer 2013 edition. Their talent and generosity helped to make our adventure into the online literary world a satisfying and successful experience.
We’re growing together!
Want to join the team? Contact us here.