5511 SE 72nd Ave
Portland, OR 97206
Lea Barozzi’s artwork currently hangs in galleries around Portland and Los Angeles. Lea started off as an actress in Los Angeles. After deciding acting was not for her, she went back to school where art spoke to her little, black, tortured, punk-rock heart in a way that acting never had. Now she is much happier painting demons than becoming them. Her graphic design projects include punk bands, coffee shops, foreign cities, and nonprofit organizations. Her illustrations have been featured on CD covers, books, jewelry, and apparel. When she is not covered in oil paint, she also enjoys sucking at tennis, riding bikes, and beating her husband at pool. She currently lives in Portland with her husband, her boy, and her cat.
April Bullard lives with her husband aboard their houseboat near Vancouver, Washington. A Navy veteran with a fondness for absinthe, she admits to the following numbers: fifty years of age, thirty years of marriage, mother of three, grandmother of two. As an artist, photographer, poet, and musician, she creates work inspired by living cradled on the magically reflective and tumultuous undercurrents of the Columbia River. April writes: “Living full-time on the water, I’ve come to realize I inhabit three distinct worlds: the real world my body exists in; the reflected world on the river’s surface; and the underwater world with its universe of currents and creatures struggling to survive.”
After more than twenty years of drawing, printing, and painting, Kristin Kohl recently discovered how deeply photography resonates with her. Lately, she’s been focusing on portraiture. She uses an old Bronica medium-format camera.
By day, Marla Sidrow is a graphic designer for Timber Press. She also freelances through fragoluna design and focuses on her own photography in her spare time. She’s lived in Portland for nearly four years now and still loves it, even in those rainiest days of March. She loves being part of the VoiceCatcher community and was thrilled to have her art in VoiceCatcher 5 in 2010 and now again this year.
Susan Dobrof is a retired labor and employment lawyer who lives in Portland, Oregon. Now she studies and teaches yoga and studies and practices meditation; these life changes have allowed her to fully experience the joy of walking around the block with her cat. She’s been published in the online journal, Halfway Down the Stairs, and Momentum, the magazine of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. She gratefully acknowledges the instrumental critiques of her beloved writing group, Broads on the Side.
Jodie Marion is from the Indian River region of Florida but has lived in the Pacific Northwest for the past twelve years. She is mother to four wild children and teaches writing and Spanish at Mt. Hood Community College. Some recent work appears in The New Guard Literary Review and is forthcoming in the Floating Bridge Review.
Meredith Stewart received an MFA in poetry from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2007. Her poetry has been published in damselfly press, Relief, Rock & Sling, and The Santa Clara Review. The poem “Said & Meant 2” was inspired by a debate with a friend. Meredith lives in and loves the Lents neighborhood of Portland, Oregon and she teaches English at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington—usually making the trip between them by bus or bike.
Alida Thacher, co-founder of PDX Writers, holds a BA in English and an MA in Instructional Technology from the University of Wisconsin. An editor, teacher, television producer, multimedia creator, and web programmer, she’s published stories, memoirs, non-fiction, and technical articles, and is also the author of eight children’s books and producer of several award-winning television programs. Her story, “The AquaContrarium,” came from a crazy workshop prompt: a photo of naked women in a fish tank.