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Archived Issue: Winter 2013

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Letter from the Editors

As we put the finishing touches on the second issue of VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions, our own vision as editors became clear: The new online format was providing a place for local women – from the newly skilled to the experienced pro – to share their passion frequently, something which wasn’t possible with our annual print anthologies. We felt grateful to create a venue which could offer more than one opportunity for publication each year, and we now look forward to sharing many more of your voices and visions in the future.

Once again, we were impressed by the quality of work and breadth of material included in the more than 100 pieces of poetry and prose and the dozens of art submissions we received. Thank you for entrusting us with your personal expressions, and for your willingness to revisit your pieces if editing was needed. The final collection of talented writers and artists represented in this issue combine to tell a story of who VoiceCatcher is: a diverse group of women dedicated to their craft and to the support of their greater Portland/Vancouver area peers.

We are very proud of our Winter 2013 edition. When you delve into it, we know you will feel inspired, empowered and connected to our VoiceCatcher community.


Ginger Duncan, Lisa Maier, Helen Puciloski, Celina Wigle

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Enjoy the richness: thirteen poets, nineteen poems, and a diversity of style and craft.


Three memoirists share their emotional truths in these slices-of-life.


Our featured artist, as well as painters and photographers, provide colorful visions that will leave you seeing the world in new ways.

Young Voices

Three emerging writers share talent and creativity far beyond their years.


Learn more about the contributors who make us proud of our Winter 2013 edition.

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        A Convention of Ordinary Astophysicists Attends by Jodie Marion

        A Father's Love by Darlene Pagán

        Before Going to Murder by the Book, We Stop at Zell's by Carol Frischmann

        Decomposition by Pat Phillips West

        Dream by Jodie Marion

        Fishtail by Margaret Chula

        From the 7th Floor of Doernbecher Children's Hospital by Larina Warnock

        Inside the Basilica del Voto Nacional, Quito, Ecuador by Stella Jeng Guillory

        Interview with My Mother by Cindy Williams Gutiérrez

        Mail Call by Darlene Pagán

        Midnight Choices by Kathryn Ridall

        My First Butcher by Barbara Drake

        On the Banks of the Indian River by Jodie Marion

        Placental Abruption by Larina Warnock

        Playboys by Andrea Hollander

        Saturday Visitation by Kelly Running

        The Blizzard of '78 by Darlene Pagán

        The Hundred Names of Love by Annie Lighthart

        The Old Life by Andrea Hollander


        Bennett's Outing by Julia Clark Salmon

        Whale by Lyssa Tall Anolik

        Wisdom Tree by Julie Rogers


        Man with Chicken by Anne John

        Ancient Abstract by Anne John

        Blowing Bubbles by Betty Joe Armstrong

        Stormscape by Jean Harkin

        Nick's Jays by Huon Quach

        Diptych by Huon Quach


        Different by Emily Boring

        Old Clock by Erin Blackburn

        Drink by Julien Signorini