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Summer 2013: Contributors

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Margaret (Maggie) Chula has published seven books of poetry including Grinding my ink, recipient of a Haiku Society of America Book Award. Just This, her full-length collection of tanka, has just been published by Mountains and Rivers Press. “Lovers, Molesters, and Perverts” appears in her unpublished haibun memoir Firefly Lanterns, stories about living in Kyoto. Maggie currently serves as Poet Laureate of Friends of Chamber Music in Portland and as President of the Tanka Society of America.

Ashley-Renée Cribbins is an artist and writer who is always juggling creative projects. She currently resides in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and kitty, but likes to spend her free time seeking out other interesting places. She also likes board games and tacos.

Jennifer Dorner is native to Portland, Oregon. Her poem “Fighting Fire” received an Honorable Mention in the 2012 Willamette Writers Kay Snow contest.

Linda Ferguson’s poetry, fiction and essays have been published in many journals including Perceptions, Fiction at Work, Pure Francis, Saranac Review, Square Lake and Equal Opportunity Magazine. She also teaches classes in creative writing and dance.

Jennifer Fulford finds inspiration in memory, nature and visceral imagery. A writer since college, she's trying to overcome the boundaries of journalistic style to create meaningful words in poems and novels. She blogs at www.livingonink.com and freelances.

Anne Gudger is a Portland writer and teacher. She’s married to her sweet husband and is mama of two out-of-college beautiful kids. She recently won second place in Real Simple Magazine’s essay contest with “Doors.” You’ll find it at www.annegudger.com.

Karen Guth is a writer and business consultant. Her writing draws from her background as an Iowa farm girl, wilderness guide, geologist, wife, mother, business owner, avid reader and student of human nature. Karen lives in Portland with her husband, Joe. They have two college-aged children.

Kait Heacock has work published in Portland Review, Vol. 1 Brooklyn and Housefire. As a writer, she believes in leaving things unsaid and in quiet revelations. Her realist short fiction often focuses on family relationships.

Tanya Jarvik is a writer, a reader, a freelance editor and a lover of words. She has an M.A. in English and is currently writing a book about alternative relationships.

Tricia Knoll is a Portland, Oregon poet. She is an avid gardener, practices tai chi, writes haiku and loves to dance. Recent publications include VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions, Windfall - A Journal of Poetry of Place, Flycatcher - A Journal of Native Imagination, the Elohi Gadugi Journal, Muddy River Poetry Review, Literary Mama and others. She is a regular contributor to New Verse News.

Grace Kuhns is a Portland-based escapee from the snows of Minnesota and Michigan. A past public school music teacher and psychotherapist, she currently enjoys an undemanding job which allows her brain plenty of space for poetry. Under the name Grace Bridges, her poems have appeared in The Evergreen Chronicles, The Northland Review, Great River Review and in the anthology Looking for Home: Women Writing About Exile.

Pattie Palmer-Baker’s creative output is often a partnership between her poetry and the book arts of calligraphy and paste paper, but it is the poem that inspires the image and always appears somewhere in the finished collage. None of her artwork is without a poem but many of her poems stand alone. Whether she is writing or creating an artwork, she translates the inner world into media that moves the reader away from and out of his/her habitual perception of the world.

Marjorie Power is a 65-year-old poet from Corvallis. Her poems have appeared in six chapbooks and one full-length collection. Flying on One Wing: Poems for Breast Cancer Survivors and Those Who Love Them from Samaritan Health Services is now in its third printing. Individual poems appear in many journals and anthologies including The Atlanta Review, Poet Lore, Cloudbank, 84 Over 60: Women Poets on Love from Mayapple Press, Living in Storms from Eastern Washington University Press.

Cindy Stewart-Rinier holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Pacific Lutheran University. Her poetry has appeared in publications such as CALYX, The Smoking Poet, Crab Creek Review and Ascent. Cindy also received the 2011 Crab Creek Review Editor’s Prize and was nominated for a Pushcart. She currently teaches poetry for the Mountain Writers Series, of which she has been a board member for several years. She lives in Portland.

Kelly Running is a native Oregonian, a teacher and writer. Her poem “Portland’s Living Room” was published last spring in the inaugural issue of Fault Lines, an anthology of West Coast poetry. “Jailhouse Call” was published in the Fall 2012 edition of VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions and "Saturday Visitation" in the Winter 2013 edition.

Penelope Scambly Schott's recent chapbook is Lovesong for Dufur. Her new full-length collection of poems is Lily Was A Goddess, Lillie Was A Whore which explores the history of prostitution.

Helen Sinoradzki moved to Portland, OR, 15 years ago and plans to stay for the rest of her life. She has been a bookseller at various independent bookstores for 20 years. Before that, she taught English at Ithaca College and the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos and worked as a technical writer at Los Alamos National Laboratory. With the help of the amazing writers at Pinewood Table, she has completed a memoir, Thursday’s Child, and is searching for an agent.

Laura Stanfill is a novelist, an award-winning journalist, the founder and publisher of Forest Avenue Press and the editor of the homegrown anthology Brave on the Page: Oregon Writers on Craft and the Creative Life.

Wendy Thompson is a freelance writer and Education Coordinator for Saturday Academy. She has been an arts educator for over two decades, helped open the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics in Washington State, and worked as a facilitator for The Right Brain Initiative. Her award winning poetry has been published in Arnazella, Poet’s Ink, Synapse, VoiceCatcher, and Spoleto 2000. She was selected to attend Flight of the Mind Writers’ workshop and Spoleto Writers’ Symposium in Spoleto, Italy. With an MFA in dance, Wendy published professional articles in Teaching Tolerance, Science & Children, and Impulse Journal.

Valerie Wagner lives and writes in Vancouver, Washington. She has had a long and diverse career as a registered nurse. She loves to travel and in the last few years has been to China, Turkey, Central Europe and Italy. When she isn’t working on her novel, she is writing short stories and flash fiction.

Pat Phillips West moved so often even her closest friends asked if she was in the Witness Protection Program. She refused to comment, except to say she’s in Portland, OR, for now. Her poems have been published in several print and online publications, including Persimmon Tree, Imagination & Place: Weather, VoiceCatcher6, Manzanita Writers Press, and San Pedro River Review.

Ursula Whitcher grew up in West Linn, Oregon, where she learned to drive on twisty roads and distinguish types of mist. She is currently employed as a mathematician at a university located in a former logging town in the old Northwest.

Cristina White writes poetry and plays, memoir, fiction and creative non-fiction. Her essays have appeared in Orion Magazine and The Spirit of Corvallis. Her published work includes a children’s play and a non-fiction book. Two recent short plays have been staged at the Majestic Theatre in Corvallis and by Red Octopus Theatre in Newport. She is an avid line dancer, loves to walk and does Tai Chi daily. She and her life partner live in Corvallis, where they tend a pocket garden.


Nani Chesire works in the energy industry with a background in business and marketing. She actively volunteers with the Connector Project and Open Arms and enjoys spending time with her family. She has been photographing for over fifteen years following a passion she shares with her father who taught her to appreciate the beauty of the moment. Visit her website.

Anne John’s artistic roots began in Bellevue, Washington, where she declared herself an artist at the age of seven. She moved to Vancouver, Washington in 1969, and she continued her education at PNCA and OCAC. She has been active within the art community as an instructor, jurist and participating member of the Arts of Clark County. Her images have been featured in regional and local publications. Public works are on display at the Peace Health Medical Center, the Kearny Breast Care Center and the Vancouver Public Library. Find more at her website.

Jocelyn White, a hospice and palliative medicine physician in Portland, values empathy and compassion. She seeks connections with patients and families in her work as a physician. Just so, she forges connections through photographs hoping to better understand another's perspective.

Young Voices

High school sophomore Colette Au loves music and, by newly discovered extension, words. Besides writing, she sings in her school choir and a cappella group, and plays piano, violin and guitar at home. Upon entering high school, she thought writing would always be a struggle, but found her voice in memoirs and poetry while taking sophomore English. “Light and Dark” is her first published work.

Clara Beaumont is a junior at Oregon Episcopal School in Portland, Oregon. Though Clara has lived in Portland for most of her life, her heart lies on the east coast, scattered from Boston (her birthplace) to New York (where Uncle Jim lives). When Clara isn’t enjoying a nice cup of tea and a good book, she’s usually sitting in English class.

Rebecca Cleveland-Stout grew up in McMinnville, Oregon. She’s been writing short stories since before she can remember, and this summer attended the Sewanee Young Writers’ Conference in Sewanee, Tennessee. Besides writing, she enjoys singing, acting, playing soccer and traveling. She has a younger brother and a pet cat.

Natalie Lerner was born and raised in the great city of Portland. From an early age, she enjoyed writing, focusing mostly on creative stories. As her life progressed, she learned how to write analytically and also developed a knack for poetry. She is interested in political activism and current issues, as well as public health, and wants to work internationally when she grows up. She enjoys hiking and traveling and her ideal day would include a long run, good friends, going to a concert and Indian food. Her favorite band is Tegan and Sara and her spirit animal is a leopard.

Isabella Waldron resides in Portland, Oregon with her four fat cats. Isabella recently finished a historical-fiction novel called The Four Marys and enjoys writing poetry and short stories about a multitude of places and people.

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Rich, strong, poignant, humorous and inspiring. We’ve caught twenty never-before-published poems by sixteen unique voices.


Seven talented women search for themselves in their bodies, their family, themselves.


Established dynamos and aspiring voices add colorful visions to our third issue.

Young Voices

Language leaps off the page in the poetry and prose of five young authors who delight in sensory detail.


Meet the authors and artists who make this Summer 2013 edition a rich, varied and engaging experience.

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        Abandoned Church by Tanya Jarvik

        Commencement by Kelly Running

        Depoe Bay by Wendy Thompson

        Directive by Cristina White

        Hawk Moth by Wendy Thompson

        How to Recycle Love Letters by Jennifer Dorner

        I Swapped a '74 Mustang for This by Jennifer Fulford

        Polaroid of My Mother by Cindy Stewart-Rinier

        Lover, Molester, and Maidens (Haibun) by Margaret Chula

        Savory by Pat Phillips West

        Seascape by Marjorie Power

        Suspended by Grace Kuhns

        The Hand-Off by Pattie Palmer-Baker

        The Ride by Linda Ferguson

        The Ticking Shirt by Tricia Knoll

        Three Facts about Sperm by Ursula Whitcher

        Three True Stories by Penelope Scambly Schott

        Today at the Library by Pat Phillips West

        Trapped Birds by Grace Kuhns

        You, who will be alive and reading after I'm gone by Penelope Scambly Schott


        After the World Ends by Kait Heacock

        Something Permanent by Ashley-Renée Cribbins

        Your Hand at Your Throat by Karen Guth

        Black Sharpie by Anne Gudger

        Diagnosis by Helen Sinoradzki

        For He's a Jolly Good Fellow by Laura Stanfill

        Breathing Underwater by Valerie Wagner


        Unity by Anne John

        Rearguard by Anne John

        Speculation by Anne John

        Wire by Jocelyn White

        Taitian Trio by Nani Chesire

        Catch Your Breath by Nani Chesire


        We Will Read to You by Rebecca Cleveland-Stout

        Strawberry Party by Natalie Lerner

        A Young Night by Clara Beaumont

        Beach Wanderer by Isabella Waldron

        Light and Dark by Colette Au