Summer 2013: Young Voices
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.
Young Voices Editor
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.
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.
LETTER FROM THE EDITORS
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