Hear these contributors and meet other VoiceCatcher members including the new president of the board of directors, Tiah Lindner Raphael, at the Rain or Shine Coffee House, Portland, Oregon, Thursday, January 29, 2015. Come before the 7:00 p.m. reading to mingle and have a bite or something to drink.
Our readers from the Winter 2015 issue of VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices and visions:
Kelly Coughlin is a fire lookout at Dutchman Peak in Southern Oregon. She has been a firefighter for the US Forest Service since 2001. Having had a long-standing habit of writing and taking pictures wherever she goes, she has documented her fire career in words and pictures. Kelly lives in Portland, Oregon during her off-seasons. She has co-founded a writer’s group and has also helped select entries for a recent Write Around Portland anthology. In 2013, she won a fellowship to the Tomales Bay “Writing by Writers” conference.
Deborah Dombrowski is a writer and photographer who discovered Portland at the age of 22 and has lived here ever since. She fell in love with the visual world and earned a BFA in photography, but is also drawn to the perceptions and secrets that a poem can hold. Deborah is fascinated by the way a poem accumulates meaning and sound so that it becomes a room that contains comings and goings. Her website brings words and images together to consider the passage of time.
A 2014 Oregon Literary Arts fellow, Stephanie Golisch writes screenplays, short stories and travel essays. She has spied on penguins in New Zealand and Chile, hiked the Yellow Mountain in China and endured several traffic jams on the Autobahn. She has been published in Bengal Lights, Word Riot, and Mission at Tenth. She will have pieces in upcoming issues of Rivet and Ragazine. She lives in Portland. Read about her adventures on and off the road.
A life-long Oregonian, Christa Kaainoa is a writer, rock climber, feminist, activist, and life enthusiast. She teaches middle school English at Catlin Gabel School in Portland, Oregon. Her poetry is featured in the Winter 2015 issue of VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions.
Annie Lighthart started writing poetry after her first visit to an Oregon old-growth forest. Since those first strange days, she published her poetry collection Iron String with Oregon’s own Airlie Press and earned an MFA in Poetry from Vermont College. Annie has taught at Boston College, as a poet in the schools, and now teaches poetry workshops through Mountain Writers. She lives in a small green corner of Portland, Oregon.
Audra McNamee is a freshman at Franklin High School, dabbling in writing and drawing and, Audra says, “in gently meta third-person biographies.” She’s still trying to figure out why she writes, but suspects it has something to do with excess commas.
Here is the flyer (PDF) for this event, for your own sharing and posting.