Archived Issue: Fall 2012
Letter from the Editors
As we contemplated this inaugural issue of VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions, we were uncertain about a number of things.
First of all, we wondered if we could create a new online format that would attract the kind of creative women writers and artists who had submitted to our last six print anthologies. Like Emily Trinkaus, the editor of the first VoiceCatcher (2006), we didn’t know if anyone would respond to our call for submissions – particularly since it came with a short window during the late summer months.
But what a response we had! Over 150 pieces of poetry, prose and art from 82 women. The credentials of the submitters and the quality of the submissions were extraordinary. We were impressed with the diversity of voices and visions that spoke to our minds, hearts and souls. Even submissions we couldn’t use this time revealed a level of craft and commitment that was inspiring and encouraging for future issues.
Secondly, we were all new to our positions as co-editors. Suddenly, we were creating new electronic processes to receive, document and review submissions as well as to communicate with one another. The miracle of this trial-and-error process was that it worked! With only two meetings, we were able to make selections, engage in the editing process with authors, and send feedback letters in a comparatively short time. We’ll get better at this process for the next issue, but we were delighted with the results for this one.
Finally, as new editors, we had to learn how to trust each other’s ability to read and respond to each submission. Some of us already knew one another; others were new to VoiceCatcher. In either case, we gradually came to respect each other’s insights into what worked well – or not – in any given piece.
Thanks to all our published authors for your openness during our email editing conversations. You helped us become better editors as we hope we helped you produce more effective writing.
To those readers who know VoiceCatcher as a print anthology and to those who are finding us for the first time online, welcome to our inaugural issue. We are pleased to share these greater Portland/Vancouver voices and visions with you.
Ginger Duncan, Lisa Maier, Helen Puciloski and Celina Wigle
Fourteen poets fill this section with mothers, daughters, sons; with dreams, promises, hauntings; with joy, pain and what lies in between.
I am a world creator ... . I am a voice finder. (S. H. Aeschliman, “On Voice”) Meet five prose writers who will guide you into unique worlds and invite you to hear their creative voices.
Three photographers and two painters make the pages of this journal sparkle with color, light, variety.
We are proud to introduce five emerging writers whose work shows a depth of talent and creativity that will delight you.
Here are the 27 authors and artists whose work make our first online issue so extraordinary.
LETTER FROM THE EDITORS
To the Friend Who Talked Me Down by Amy Schutzer
Memorial Day on South Greeley Avenue by Penelope Scambly Schott
Lost Rubies by Deborah Brink Wöhrmann
Everything between your palms by Jaime R. Wood
315C by Kristen Roedell
In 4th Grade, Sally Teaches Me the Bases by Betsy Fogelman Tighe
Swan Song by Jaime R. Wood
We by Carrie Padian
The Supplicant by Emily Pittman Newberry
Jailhouse Call by Kelly Running
spoon by Brandi Katherine Herrera
my in mind ungrammared kiss by Melanie Green
Beyond Reach by Leah Stensen
You must give up your dead by Kristin Roedell
Tree Ghosts by Tricia Knoll
Personal Interview by Penelope Scambly Schott
Fairy Tale I Haven't Read Yet by Donna Prinzmetal
One Small Thing Right by Nicole Rosevear
How Mom Played Sad by Sally K. Lehman
Running with Dragons by Trista Cornelius
High Priest by Robin Schauffler
On Voice by S.H. Aeschliman
Lush iii by Tina Tran
The Commuter by Denise Hrouda
Which Witch by Denise Hrouda
The Center of Two by Jolyn Fry
A Knot Unties by Jolyn Fry
weight bags by Calli Storrs
No Parking by Frances Bringloe
Falling in Love by Chaquita McClendon
Go On Then, Gunslinger by Allison Stein
Fishing Float by Sage Freeburg