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Summer 2013: Young Voices

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For the third edition of VoiceCatcher, we decided to focus on young voices from one school in greater Portland/Vancouver. Our choice was Oregon Episcopal School in Portland.

I was fortunate to engage several English teachers in identifying work that was distinct and surprising. They sent me nine poems and prose pieces from which to choose five. It wasn't an easy task but, after making my choices, I found all five young writers willing to work with me on revisions. Although I never met any of them, I feel like I know them through their fine work. To their credit, they did not blindly follow my editorial suggestions; they stood up for what was important to them in their stories and poems. The writing, in each case, is wise and written well beyond their years.

These young women explore familial relationships and the complex landscape of memory. They offer us a touching account of a father and his teenage daughter (“We Will Read to You”), a luscious and timely poem about summer fruit (“Strawberry Party”), a young girl's surprising memory of an evening spent with a favorite uncle (“A Young Night”), an interaction with a very alive ocean (“Beach Wanderer”) and a wonderful story about art, innate talent and sisters (“Light and Dark”). These young voices are all extraordinary and we are proud to include them in our community of VoiceCatcher authors.

Donna Prinzmetal
Young Voices 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