Introduction to Our Young Voices
For our fifth edition, we are delighted to publish writing from several different high schools: two pieces from Franklin, one from Oregon Episcopal, one from Lincoln and one from Riverdale. I am grateful to each wonderful young author, both for the brave act of submitting her work and for her willingness to revise her pieces as we worked together to make them even stronger.
These young women explore a variety of interesting topics with great attention to detail. In “A Work of Art,” an “uncaged bird” sings loudly and beautifully in a poem filled with striking voice and imagery.
In the nonfiction story “What the Bees Gave Me,” the author uses rich details to paint a vivid – and sometimes painful – picture of coping with allergies and allergy testing.
It is often difficult to have a strong voice in a poem, but this is not the case in “Things I Never Said.” This poet is unafraid to speak her truth powerfully and clearly about what is often unspoken in a relationship.
A different kind of spotlight focuses on relationships in an unusual piece of fiction called “Wabi-Sabi.” Here the narrator of this engaging piece is, of all things, a vase!
Finally, both nature and relationship come alive in “Foresters,” a poem that investigates loss through the vivid imagery of the forest.
All of these women are fine writers whom we are proud to publish in our journal – and we expect to hear more from all of them in the future.
Young Voices Editor