Six talented authors—Carol Ellis, Heidi Schulman Greenwald, Berdine Jordan, Mary Kibbe, Judith Fay Pulman, and Susan Russell—are the featured readers for VoiceCatcher’s second reading of 2012.
Carol Ellis lives in Forest Grove with her husband and works as a psychiatric nurse in Portland. She often finds subjects for poetry on her commute. Her poems have been published in Fireweed, VoiceCatcher2, and Windfall. In the 1970s, Carol was active in the Portland women’s movement. She was happy to be able to contribute to a women’s publication in 2011.
Heidi Schulman Greenwald lives with her husband and two children in Portland, Oregon. Her poems have appeared in The Oregonian, ouroboros review, Verseweavers, and previous editions of VoiceCatcher. She’s also won awards from the Oregon State Poetry Association. In her free time, she likes to tame her forest of a backyard and practice her headstands.
Fascinated by humanity’s passion for the mystic in spite of our scientific prowess, Berdine Jordan has always enjoyed documenting the frayed ends between fact and faith through sculpting, painting, and writing. She has a bachelor’s degree in art and worked in public art advocacy until she was captured by parenthood. In small moments of quiet, Berdine writes what she hopes will one day be a novel while feeding her compulsive knitting habit.
Mary Kibbe comes from hayfields and John Deere tractors, pitchforks and wheelbarrows, rotten-apple fights with her siblings, and ice skating on a pond in the sheep pasture. These days she’s happy that she only has to respond to the mews and purrs of two gray felines rather than a herd of bellowing dairy cows.
Judith Fay Pulman lives by Mount Tabor in Portland, Oregon, and is a student in the low-residency MFA program at Pacific Lutheran University. She teaches theater at the Multnomah Arts Center and memoir classes through the Attic Institute. She translates poems from Russian to English, particularly those of Joseph Brodsky and Boris Slutsky. She has self-published two chapbooks.
Susan Russell is a criminal defense attorney now working as a public defender in Portland, Oregon. An eternal student, she is currently enjoying classes about cooking and food as well as sewing workshops where she is learning to make her own clothes. Her other interests include gardening and car maintenance—a must for one who drives her father’s 1952 MG. When not busy chasing her dreams, Susan likes to taste wine, eat chocolate, and travel abroad. She does volunteer work for several organizations including Write Around Portland where she has facilitated workshops.