by Carolyn Martin, President, Board of Directors
The stunning Winter 2014 issue of VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions has been published and we are proud of our designer (Deb Scott), editors (Lisa Maier, Darlene Pagán, Anne Gudger, Gale E. Hemmann, Christi Krug, Donna Prinzmetal, Helen Sinoradzki, Cindy Stewart-Rinier, Becky Vasquez) and all the contributors who made this edition so unique in look and content. During the first two weeks, our fourth journal has attracted over 1,800 first-time viewers.
Now we’re planning for the Summer 2014 with the newest editorial team. When our submission window opens on March 1, 2014, its editors will be eager to read your prose and poetry and see your artwork. Share the news about our journal with your writing colleagues and artist friends and encourage them to submit their best work. We look forward to celebrating many more new voices and visions in our fifth issue.
Meet the Summer 2014 Journal Editorial Team
Sarah Fagan, Guest 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. Visit her website here.
I see joining the VoiceCatcher team as both a chance to work with a publication again and an opportunity to fill a need for more arts coverage in the Northwest. As an Art Editor for the coming season, I hope to showcase artists with stories to tell – and look forward to discovering and hearing those stories myself as much as sharing them.
– Sarah Fagan
Michelle Fredette, Guest Prose Co-Editor
Michelle discovered literary journals during high school, sitting on the floor of her mom’s cube at Writer’s Digest. Since then, she’s been able to indulge her love for literary magazines, and short fiction in particular, as a reader for Ploughshares and Black Warrior Review, and fiction editor for Oxford Magazine and New Orleans Review. Her writing includes short stories and the occasional non-fiction piece. She attends the Pinewood Table writing group where she chips away at a novel about roller derby.
Carolyn Martin, Ph.D., Managing Editor
Carolyn Martin is starting her fifth year as VoiceCatcher’s president of the board of directors and her fourth stint as the journal’s Managing Editor. She is blissfully retired in Clackamas, Oregon, where she gardens, writes and plays with creative colleagues. She is also an award-winning poet whose work has appeared in publications such as Stirring, Naugatuck River Review, Persimmon Tree, Ekphrastia Gone Wild and Becoming: What Makes a Woman.
I love working with editors as they work with authors and artists to deliver the highest quality work for our journal. It has been a joy to watch each editorial team grow in confidence and expertise throughout the process.
– Carolyn Martin
Emily Pittman Newberry, Guest Poetry Co-Editor
Emily is a poet, speaker, writer and performance poet. After living a life in hiding, she finally came out as the transgendered woman she lives as today. Her writing and performances explore the challenges of living as spiritual beings in a human world.
Emily wrote songs and poetry during the mass movements of the 1960s and did street theater. One Spirit Press has published two books of her poetry: Butterfly A Rose in 2010 and the chapbook Nature Speaking, Naturally with artist Adelaide Beeman White in 2012. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
Editors are in a position to shape a publication and to help writers shine. I hope to do both for VoiceCatcher.
– Emily Pittman Newberry
Pattie Palmer-Baker, Guest Poetry Co-Editor
All of Pattie’s artwork includes her poetry in calligraphic form. Because so many people respond more strongly to the words than the images, she recently participated in workshops taught by several local well-known poets. To her surprise, she soon discovered her motivation to write poems surpassed her desire to create visual artwork. Recently, 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” is part of the “Unnatural Acts” exhibit at Artists’ Milepost Gallery 5 and she has earned a Pushcart nomination from VoiceCatcher.
Donna Prinzmetal, Youth Editor
This will be Donna Prinzmetal’s third issue as Youth Editor. Donna is a poet, psychotherapist and writing teacher living in Portland. Her publications include Prairie Schooner, The Journal, Comstock Review, Cincinnati Review, Arroyo and Cider Press Review. Her work has appeared in two anthologies: Chance of A Ghost and A Face To Meet the Faces. She has won two Oregon Poetry Association awards and been nominated for a Pushcart. Her poetry collection, Snow White When No One Was Looking, is due out in May from CW Books.
After many years of teaching writing in the schools, I continue to be inspired by the brilliant imagery and vibrant voices of young writers. I love working with young women to help their wonderful poems and stories become even stronger. I learn from them. That’s why I do this.
– Donna Prinzmetal
Tiah Lindner Raphael, Guest Prose Co-Editor
Tiah is a writer, teacher and corporate communications professional living in Portland, Oregon. When she isn’t playing with words, Tiah can be found gardening, cooking, crafting, hiking, kayaking or planning her next travel adventure. Her poetry has previously appeared in CutBank Literary Magazine, the Winter 2014 issue of VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions, the anthology Forty Years of CutBank and Just Now: Twenty New Portland Poets edited by Peter Sears and Cloudbank Books. Visit her online.
I’m volunteering with VoiceCatcher because I really enjoy reading people’s work. Whether I’m running a creative writing workshop, tutoring student writers, or reading my way through submissions, there’s something incredibly satisfying about an in-depth experience of another’s writing. Not only can I share in the joy of helping someone get published or providing feedback and genuine encouragement, I find that reading other people’s work helps me to be a better writer. Not to mention, the Portland writing community has been so supportive of me, I want to do something to give that support to others.
– Tiah Linder Raphael
Deb Scott, Administrator and Design Manager
Deb Scott is a published poet and artist with a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from Marylhust University. She designs and manages VoiceCatcher’s literary and art journal as well as its website. She shares a Portland home with her husband, pets and backyard birds. You can read more about her work here.
I continue to support the VoiceCatcher organization with my time because I believe in “playing it forward.” So many have helped me on my creative path that it only seems fair to further others’ opportunities, in any way I can. And then there is always altruism’s reciprocity: We get more when we give.
– Deb Scott
Helen Sinoradzki, Ph.D., Copy Editor
Helen moved to Portland, Oregon, 16 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 at Los Alamos and worked as a technical writer at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. With the help of the amazing writers at Pinewood Table, she has completed a memoir, Thursday’s Child, and is searching for an agent. This will be her second issue as Copy Editor.
I’m grateful for the support of the writing community in Portland and wanted to use the editing skills I developed professionally to help writers being published by VoiceCatcher. I also enjoy editing in all its forms, from line-editing to substantive editing.
– Helen Sinoradzki
Wendy Thompson, MFA, Guest Poetry Co-Editor
Wendy is a poet, educator, hiker, kayaker, singer, and all around artivist – employing the arts for transformation and healing. She currently teaches at the University of Portland and her award winning poetry has been published in a variety of local anthologies.
Unlike most publications, VoiceCatcher offers personal notes to everyone who submits work. I volunteered to be a poetry editor because I appreciate the generous feedback I’ve received from previous editors and wanted to pass that assistance on to others.
– Wendy Thompson
Welcome Two More Additions to Our VoiceCatcher Team
Our new Social Media Coordinator, Alex Scully, Ph.D., is the senior editor at Firbolg Publishing. She has her Ph.D. in British history during the Victorian period and loves wine, Gothic literature, and Oregon mist. She is currently working on a business plan to expand our use of Twitter as a public relations tool.
Elizabeth Stoessl, the latest addition to our mentoring team, relocated to Portland after many years on the East Coast and a long career with the Arlington, Virginia, Public Library. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Beloit Poetry Journal, Illuminations, Measure, Passager, Persimmon Tree, VoiceCatcher and other journals; and in an anthology Unsilenced: the Spirit of Women. She was a recipient of a fellowship from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.
Congratulations and thanks to three volunteers who are taking on additional responsibilities this year. Barbara E. Berger, the new Managing Editor of our website, Marlene Kate Dalziel, the Assistant Managing Editor, and Ashley-Renée Cribbins, our new Events Coordinator.
We are thrilled to have all these energetic, talented women on board to help us connect, inspire and empower the VoiceCatcher community throughout 2014.