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Summer 2014: Young Voices

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For our fifth edition, we are delighted to publish writing from several different high schools: two pieces from Franklin, one from Oregon Episcopal, one from Lincoln and one from Riverdale. I am grateful to each wonderful young author, both for the brave act of submitting her work and for her willingness to revise her pieces as we worked together to make them even stronger.

These young women explore a variety of interesting topics with great attention to detail. In “A Work of Art,” an “uncaged bird” sings loudly and beautifully in a poem filled with striking voice and imagery.

In the nonfiction story “What the Bees Gave Me,” the author uses rich details to paint a vivid – and sometimes painful – picture of coping with allergies and allergy testing.

It is often difficult to have a strong voice in a poem, but this is not the case in “Things I Never Said.” This poet is unafraid to speak her truth powerfully and clearly about what is often unspoken in a relationship.

A different kind of spotlight focuses on relationships in an unusual piece of fiction called “Wabi-Sabi.” Here the narrator of this engaging piece is, of all things, a vase!

Finally, both nature and relationship come alive in “Foresters,” a poem that investigates loss through the vivid imagery of the forest.

All of these women are fine writers whom we are proud to publish in our journal – and we expect to hear more from all of them in the future.

Donna Prinzmetal
Young Voices Editor

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Young Voices

Savor the poetry and prose of five talented young authors whose voices you will want to hear again and again.


Meet the 25 authors and 5 artists whose voices and visions enliven the fifth edition of our journal.

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        Out of Eden by Melanie Green

        Under the Tongue by Cindy Stewart-Rinier

        it wasn’t the rain by Ann Sinclair

        And the King Was in the Counting House by Geraldine Foote

        Aurelia Aurita: Moon Jelly by Lois Rosen

        What Cape Alava Was Like Then by Linda Strever

        ʻAʻā by Burky Achilles

        Still Life With Cabbage by Margaret Chula

        Mother of the Drowned Child by Penelope Scambly Schott

        Summer, When Green Turns by Cindy Stewart-Rinier

        Relic by Jennifer Foreman

        From the yes column of “is there a god?” checklist by Jennifer Foreman

        Binders Full of Women by Shawn Aveningo

        Even in February Every Woman Wants to Be a Feast by Claudia Savage

        Weddings I Have Ruined by Tanya Jarvik

        Thicker Than Water by Claudia Savage

        Weekend Wayfarers by Elizabeth Stoessl

        Wordscape by Tanya Jarvik

        Talking Herself into Onward by Melanie Green


        Tribes by Thea Constantine

        Carnage by Heidi Beierle

        Owyhee Barbie by Marylynne Diggs

        Permeable Divide by Kamala Bremer

        Pepper Anderson Meets the Amazon by Linda Ferguson

        The Day I Stopped Typing by Kate Comings


        Brooke by Oriana Lewton-Leopold

        Elizabeth by Oriana Lewton-Leopold

        Silence Considered by Carole Murphy

        The Egg Sisters by Carole Murphy

        Garden Gate by Koka Filipovic

        Purple Shade in the Garden by Koka Filipovic

        Untitled with a Flamingo by Amy Robinson

        It's My Party by Amy Robinson


        A Work of Art by Leilani Garcia

        What the Bees Did to Me by Colette Au

        Things I never said by Molly Benson

        Wabi-Sabi by Janet Webster

        Foresters by Sophia Mautz