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Archived Issue: Fall 2012

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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
VoiceCatcher Co-editors

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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.

Young Voices

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.

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        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