With the opening of the submission window on September 1, 2014, VoiceCatcher is proud to announce the editors who will read and select prose, poetry and art for the next issue. They are eager to receive your work and appreciate submissions that follow the guidelines, some of which have changed since the last edition.
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The Winter 2015 Editorial Team
Burky Achilles, Poetry Co-Editor
Burky, a poet appearing in the Summer 2014 journal issue, is on sabbatical from her fitness coaching business. She began a spontaneous eruption of poetry in January 2014 following the deaths of her mother and mother-in-law in 2013. Burky was raised on the south shore of Kauai and received her Masters in Writing in Fiction from Portland State University in 2002. In 2000 she was awarded a Literary Arts Fellowship and honored to be a Summer Fishtrap Fellow. Her non-fiction has appeared in the Chocolate for a Woman’s Soul series.
Shawn Aveningo, Journal Designer and Administrator
A poet first appearing in the Summer 2014 issue, Shawn is a globally published poet whose work has appeared in more than 60 literary journals and anthologies, as well as four solo collections. When she’s not using the right side of her brain to write poetry for her patrons of ThePoetryBox™, she enjoys donning her geek hat to create custom websites. She’s a proud mother of three and recently moved to the Portland area to share in the creative life with her best friend and soul-mate. Find her at The Red Shoe Poet.
Kris Demien, Young Voices Editor
Kris returns to VoiceCatcher in this position. She has been known to go as far as free-falling 10,000 feet from a perfectly fine airplane to encourage a student to conquer the fear of making a speech. She is as likely to be found on an outdoor adventure with her grandkids as she is behind a keyboard. Her life-long fascination with story has inspired her search for new ones told by others wherever she goes. When home alone, she finds the stories she created for herself along the way.
Sarah Fagan, Art Editor
Returning as art editor for her second issue, 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.
Michelle Fredette, Prose Co-Editor
Michelle returns for her second stint as prose co-editor. She 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 as 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 the roller derby.
Carolyn Martin, Ph.D., Managing Editor
Carolyn is finishing her fifth year as VoiceCatcher’s president of the board of directors, and this is her fifth 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.
Tiah Lindner Raphael, Poetry Co-Editor
Tiah served as a guest prose co-editor for the Summer 2014 issue and is now using her poetic talents in the role of poetry co-editor. Born and raised amid the fields of dry land wheat territory, Tiah credits the landscape of rural eastern Oregon for instilling in her a great love for the timeworn, the forgotten and the haunted. When Tiah isn’t working as a professional writer and corporate communicator, she enjoys obscure-plant cultivation for her garden, portrait photography and anything that is handmade, homegrown or vintage. Her poetry has 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. Visit her online at Passage House.
Pattie Palmer-Baker, Poetry Co-Editor
A guest poetry co-editor for the Summer 2014 issue, Pattie’s back on the poetry team for this edition. An artist as well as a poet, she enhances her artwork with 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. She has earned a 2014 Pushcart nomination from VoiceCatcher.
Helen Sinoradzki, Ph.D., Prose Co-Editor
After serving as copy line editor for two issues, Helen is taking on the role of prose co-editor. She 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 amazing writers at Pinewood Table, she completed a memoir, Thursday’s Child, and is searching for a publisher. She has published narrative nonfiction and short stories, most recently in the print edition of Crack the Spine.
Cindy Stewart-Rinier, Poetry Co-Editor
A poetry co-editor for the Winter 2014 edition, Cindy returns to the poetry team for this issue. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University. Her poetry has appeared in publications such as CALYX, The Smoking Poet, Crab Creek Review, Ascent and VoiceCatcher. Her work has been twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize: in 2011 by Crab Creek Review and in 2013 by VoiceCatcher. A pre-kindergarten teacher by day, she also teaches evening poetry writing workshops for the Mountain Writers Series, of which she is a board member. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her younger son, her husband of 31 years, and a bandy-legged pit bull.