[Note: This is the first in a series of stories about how VoiceCatcher has positively impacted the lives of our authors and artists. If you’d like to share your voice, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your story makes our work joyful and meaningful.]
The name VoiceCatcher is really a play on words. The organization has given women the support, opportunity, and courage to release their voices and share their stories with the world!
VoiceCatcher has changed lives. Thanks to the publication, I now KNOW I am a writer. With all of the other hats I have had to wear in this life, I wasn’t sure I was capable of adding that one, but VoiceCatcher gave me the platform to prove to myself that a poet lives in my heart. And that poet has something to say that is worth hearing.
VoiceCatcher gifted me with several opportunities to feel proud of myself. Not only did my poems appear in two anthologies, but “Summer Flies” was nominated for a Pushcart this year.
In addition, I read in public for the first time in my life at Wordstock in 2010 and then again at the Central Library last March. VoiceCatcher has offered these kinds of opportunities to many women and is committed to giving future voices a safe place to sing their words and show their colors.
I know it has been a long six years, and it is time for a change. Sometimes you have to knock down an old building to make room for a stronger structure, and I’m ready to help. VoiceCatcher brought my poetry to life, and I want to return the favor. I’m excited to be a part of its future, whatever shape it may take.