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Summer 2013: Prose

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At VoiceCatcher, we don’t set “themes” for our journal, instead preferring to discover them among the wealth of submissions we receive. Themes tends to emerge on their own and feel like a gift wrapped in a Tiffany blue box when they do. Early on in the reading process, the theme that emerged among the prose entries seemed to be “roles” – women’s roles as daughter, mother, wife. But as I neared the end of the reading process, the theme shifted to “transformations” – illness, divorce, death, rebirth.

At first, I felt some sort of weird tension, like I had to decide between the two. Now it seems perfectly reasonable that they exist in this issue side-by-side. For we do not stay static in one role. We start as daughters and become mothers – where hope and pain are poignantly portrayed in “Your Hand at Your Throat.” Then we are lured back into our role of daughters as seen in “Black Sharpie.” “Something Permanent” and “For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow” show us the trajectory of going from single to married life and then finding ourselves alone again. We are healthy and then not healthy, and – hopefully – become healthy again in “Diagnosis.” We yearn for a kind of rebirth that is ached for in “After the World Ends” and gloriously achieved in “Breathing Underwater.” These are all corporeal stories, stories of the body. Our bodies. Ourselves.

It was an honor and a joy to work with each of the prose authors featured in this issue. Reading their work taught me a little bit more about what it means to be human. I can’t think of any higher aim for literature.

Liz Prato
Guest Prose Editor

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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