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Winter 2015: Young Voices

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As the new editor of the Young Voices section, I was unsure of what to expect. What a delightful surprise to find dedicated young women across our region who are able to confront some of the more terrifying aspects of human experience with clear eyes and articulate voices. For our sixth edition we present five fresh, bright perspectives about the difficulty of facing grief and isolation.

In “Visions From a Playground,” the author helps us see the same setting from several lenses while offering a transcendent perspective.

The sensory detail and the author’s deft handling of time and perspective in “Chasing Thunder” evoke stories from the news media with a voice both naive and intimate.

The author of “Elegy for Christy,” the youngest writer to have her work published by VoiceCatcher, speaks directly to a close friend, asking some pointed questions whose answers must come from the heart of the reader.

The author of “Social Media” gives a detailed description of the pressures experienced by 21st century students and the paradoxically isolating aspects of social media.

Finally, in “A Hundred Acre Wood," the author paints a rich spectrum of detail in a holiday family scene that delicately outlines the negative space and evokes an appreciation for all that strong family relationships can provide.

In this time of year, when the days grow short, we are happy to publish these young writers – brave lights facing the darkness.

Kris Demien
Young Voices Editor

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Young Voices

With clear eyes and articulate voices, five young women confront terrifying aspects of human experience.


Meet the authors and artists – from first-timers to well-established – who grace our sixth issue with their voices and visions.

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        A Great Wild Goodness
 by Annie Lighthart

        Going South by Christine Gray

        a welcome week by Hannah Sams

        Ophelia, at Fifty, in a Blue Blow-up Canoe by Deborah Dombrowski

        A Passing Music by Barbara LaMorticella

        Girl Fishing with Grandpa by Helen Kerner

        Perimeter by Amy Schutzer

        Two Poets in the Weight Room by Tricia Knoll

        Skeletons by Christa Kaainoa

        A Poem for Dany by Suzy Harris

        Lineage by Amy Schutzer

        The Bucket by M.K. Moen

        Bernier River by Christine Dupres

        Silence by Margie Lee

        Advice by Donna Prinzmetal

        Sometimes at Night by Jennifer Pratt-Walter

        Fissure by Elizabeth Moscoso

        Whale by Cathy Cain

        In the Modern World by Annie Lightheart

        Love poem to an acquaintance by Allegra Heidelinde

        Dialogue between Magician and Tattooist by Christine Gray

        Under the sign of the water bearer by Jennifer Kemnitz

        city spacious heart by Pearl Waldorf


        Bless Our Great Nation, Zambia! Zambia! by Gypsy Martin

        Liminal by Stephanie Golisch

        The Tomorrow Fire by Kelly Coughlin

        Ablaze by Heather Durham

        Left As It Was, It Would Come Apart by Jackie Shannon-Hollis


        Sibling 1 by Michelle Latham

        Sibling 2 by Michelle Latham

        Sibling 3 by Michelle Latham

        Totem by Kelly Neidig

        Stratum by Kelly Neidig

        Swift by Kelly Neidig

        Breaking Free by Erin Leichty

        Capture Threads by Erin Leichty

        Hardware by Erin Leichty


        Visions on the Playground by Meghana Mysore

        Chasing Thunder by Berkeley Franklin

        Elegy for Christy by Lily Boyd

        Social Media by Maya Coseo

        A Hundred Acre Wood by Audra McNamee