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Summer 2016: Contributors

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Deborah Akers is the author of two poetry collections: partly fallen (Airlie Press, 2015) and backward pilgrim (I-Beam Books, 2013). Deborah’s poems have appeared in many journals, including The Beloit Poetry Review, Chicago Review, Yellow Silk, Hubbub, VoiceCatcher and Writers Almanac. She has received several Pushcart Prize nominations. Deborah and her husband live as quietly as possible in Portland, Oregon. She makes her living as an educational editor and writer.

Alex Behr, of Portland, OR, has taught creative writing to teens through Literary Arts' Writers in the Schools program. Her work has appeared in Nailed Magazine, Salon, Bitch, Tin House, Propeller, Lumina, Watershed Review, and elsewhere. Two of her stories were performed in July 2016 as part of the 5th Annual Northern Writes series in Los Angeles.

Cathy Cain's honors include the Kay Snow Paulann Petersen Poetry Award from Willamette Writers; the Edwin Markham Prize for Poetry from Reed Magazine; and awards from the Oregon Poetry Association. Her work has appeared in VoiceCatcher, The Poeming Pigeon, and is forthcoming in Verseweavers. Cathy has previously served as poetry co-editor at VoiceCatcher. She is a two-year Poet’s Studio alumna and a 2014-2015 Atheneum Fellow, both at the Attic Institute. Additionally, she has studied with Portland’s Mountain Writers.

Ashley-Renee Cribbins is a writer, illustrator and graphic designer. Her short fiction has appeared in a handful of lit mags and her art and comics can be found at arcribbins.com.

Deborah Dombrowski is a writer and photographer who discovered Portland at the age of 22 and stayed. Deborah loves every form of water (except the endless winter rain) and can often be found next to a river, or at the foot of Neakhanie mountain. Her website brings words and images together to consider the passage of time, the surprising strength of our affections, and every kind of blossoming. (www.lightswim.blogspot.com)

A long-time Portland resident, Linda Drach designs and evaluates public health programs by day, and explores other parts of her brain by night. She is pleased to share her work with readers who are not looking for p-values and citations.

Carol Ellis lives in Forest Grove and works in Portland as a psychiatric nurse. She has had poems published in VoiceCatcher, Windfall, Fireweed and Verseweavers. Carol was involved in the women's movement in the 1970s and continues to be a feminist and a supporter of women's literature.

Nancy Flynn grew up on the Susquehanna River in northeastern Pennsylvania, spent many years on a downtown creek in Ithaca, New York and now lives near the mighty Columbia in Portland, Oregon. Her writing has received an Oregon Literary Fellowship and the James Jones First Novel Fellowship. Her full-length poetry collection, Every Door Recklessly Ajar, came out in 2015; her long poem, Great Hunger, was published by Anchor & Plume press in March 2016. Her website is www.nancyflynn.com.

Delia Garigan has been a research scientist, a Zen monastic and a high school teacher.

Leanne Grabel, M.Ed., is a poet, memoirist, illustrator and semi-retired special ed and language arts teacher. Her books include Brontosaurus: A Memoir; Lonesome & Very Quarrelsome Heroes; Short Poems by a Short Poet; Badgirls, and most recently Assisted Living, a chapbook of graphic rectangular prose poems. Grabel is currently finishing an anthology of 30 years of graphic flash writing called The Circus of Anguish & Mirth.

Melanie Green is the author of two collections of poetry, Continuing Bridge and Determining Sky, both of which are available through Mountains and Rivers Press, based in Eugene, Oregon.

Andrea Hollander’s first book won the 1993 Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize; her fourth was a finalist for the 2014 Oregon Book Award. Other honors include a poetry fellowship from Literary Arts of Oregon, two Pushcart Prizes (poetry and essay), the D. H. Lawrence Fellowship, the Runes Poetry Prize, and two poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. For twenty-two years, Hollander served as the Writer-in-Residence at Lyon College, where she was awarded the Lamar Williamson Prize for Excellence in Teaching. In 2011 she moved to Portland, Oregon, where she teaches writing workshops at the Attic Institute and Mountain Writers Series. Her website is www.andreahollander.net.

Tricia Knoll is a Portland poet who has loved VoiceCatcher's mission for many years. Her most recent book, Ocean's Laughter, combines lyric and eco-poetry about Manzanita, Oregon. Her work appears in numerous journals and anthologies.

Edee Lemonier's work has appeared in Nailed Magazine, Flash Fiction Magazine, the Clark College magazine Partners, and a few other places online and in print, and she has served as a selection committee member for Forest Avenue Press. She has lived in Vancouver, Washington for twenty years, and is currently writing her first novel.

Barbara LaMorticella watches the clouds from a cabin in the hills outside Portland. She’s a long-time poetry radio host on KBOO Portland. She won the Holbrook Award for Outstanding Contributions to Oregon Literary Arts and the first Oregon Literary Arts fellowship for Women Writers. Her second collection of poems, Rain on Waterless Mountain, was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award.

Jone Rush MacCulloch practices and teaches the art of poetry and writing. A teacher librarian, she shares her passion with students through Poetry Rocks: A Performance Poetry Club and her annual Poetry Postcard Project, now in its eighth year. Jone is published in POETRY FRIDAY ANTHOLOGY: CELEBRATIONS as well as Acorn: A Journal of Contemporary Haiku. Her current work includes a middle grade verse novel in verse. Her camera is at the ever ready to capture poems for later. Find her at Deowriter and @JoneMac

As seen adjusting her undergarments in public, writer,humorist, nut-job, Carisa Miller, lives in SW Portland with her exceptionally patient husband, two fireball daughters, an ill-tempered cat, a dog she’s allergic to, and horrendous PMS. Her published essays, one-liners, blog, and social media gobbledygook can be found at CarisaMiller.com.

Eileen Pettycrew was raised on a cotton and potato farm in California’s San Joaquin Valley and has been a Portland resident since 1981. Her poems have appeared in Gold Man Review.

Joanna Rose has published stories, essays, poems, reviews, and a novel, Little Miss Strange (Algonquin), as well as other pieces that don't fall into any of those categories. Her work has appeared most recently in Cream City Review, CloudBank, Oregon Humanities, and in the anthology The Night, and the Rain, and the River (Forest Avenue Press). With her teaching partner Stevan Allred she is co-host of the Pinewood Table critique group. She has dogs, and would usually rather be at the beach. She sometimes hangs out at www.joannarose.xyz.

Elizabeth Scott is a writer and clinical psychologist who has lived in Portland for nearly 30 years. She studied with Tom Spanbauer for many years as well as with other accomplished local and national writers. She has had numerous stories published in literary journals and recently received honorable mention in a Glimmer Train contest. She served two terms on the board of Oregon Literary Arts.

Suzanne Sigafoos is author of Held in the Weave, a collection of poems published by Finishing Line Press. Her poems have appeared in The Oregonian, in Windfall: a Journal of Poetry of Place, and the anthology The Knotted Bond: Oregon Poets Speak of Their Sisters. Her lyric essay, “Green,” published in Bellingham Review’s Issue 71, has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Sigafoos is co-founder of River Rock, a poetry critique group in Portland, Oregon, her home since 1999.

Charlotte Udziela has been writing little poems off and on since childhood. She believes good poetry both confirms what we know about ourselves and the world, as well as offers new and startling ways to encounter what we would not otherwise see or experience. After a childhood spent moving all over the country, Charlotte landed post-college in Chicago where she met her husband. They soon moved to the Northwest to live their own adventure and raise their family and have been together in the Portland area for over forty years.

Pat Phillips West lives in Portland, OR. A Pushcart and Best of the Net nominee, her work has appeared in Haunted Waters Press, Persimmon Tree, VoiceCatcher, San Pedro River Review, Slipstream, Gold Man Review and elsewhere.


Carolyn Campbell’s poetic, melancholic and at times haunting, intricate photographs and collages explore the challenges women face, and have faced, both personally and culturally. Her evocative dreamlike images create lyrical stories that combine dark humor, wit and psychological tension. Drawing on her work as a mask maker, muralist, theater director, and leadership coach she is drawn to looking at how women navigate the shadowy crevices of life. For more information about her art, her vision cards and her upcoming projects visit CarolynCampbellStudio.com.

Sarah Laird is an artist working with dye and cloth in Portland, OR. She received her BFA from the Oregon College of Art and Craft in May 2013. She was the recipient of the Juror's Choice Award in Coastal Fiberarts 2013 and has been a finalist in the Niche Awards. Her work has been shown at a variety of venues in Portland, Astoria, Corvallis and Pendleton, OR. She sells a line of one-of-a-kind fashions and home goods under Studio One O Eight. She can be found on the web at www.sarahelaird.com and on Instagram @studiooneoeight.

Jeni Lee is a working artist located in Portland, Oregon. She holds a BA in Painting from Portland State University and has attended residencies in the diverse landscapes of New Mexico, Kauai and the Vermont Studio Center. Her work is represented in art collections nationwide and she shows her work locally and beyond, including venues in Portland and Cannon Beach, Oregon. See more at www.jenileeart.com.

Katherine Mead's work is rooted in her architectural background – the prism through which she views the world. She uses multiple forms of media to produce graphic blocks of color, grids and ordered compositions that reflect her experience as an interior architectural, graphic and lighting designer. Katherine has shown her work throughout the Northwest, was curated into Portland Open Studios for two years and has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions. Katherine received her BFA with an emphasis in design from California State University at Long Beach. More at www.katherinemead.com.

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A sampling of the powerful female creative force thriving in our region.


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Meet the fabulous women behind the voices and visions of our ninth issue.

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        Isabel's Purse by Deborah Akers

        refuge by Deborah Akers

        Kiteboarder at Road's End by Cathy Cain

        Caramel is Made at the Verge of Burning by Deborah Dombrowski

        Controlled Burn by Linda Drach

        Approaching Seventy by Carol Ellis

        Zygote by Nancy Flynn

        In Collision by Delia Garigan

        My Mother's Hair by Leanne Grabel

        Sheen by Leanne Grabel

        Allegiance by Melanie Green

        on my two thousand, seven hundred and fourth sabbath by Melanie Green

        Sitting Shiva on My Birthday by Andrea Hollander

        Laws of Physics by Andrea Hollander

        I Want to Unfold by Tricia Knoll

        My Stairway by Tricia Knoll

        Fancy by Barbara LaMorticella

        How to Know When You are Dreaming by Jone Rush MacCulloch

        Didn't We Touch Clouds? by Eileen Pettycrew

        Playlist by Suzanne Sigafoos

        No Exit by Charlotte Udziela

        Living Alone by Pat Phillips West

        My Husband's Handwriting by Pat Phillips West


        Let Me Explain by Carisa Miller

        The Itching by Elizabeth Scott

        Ben by Edee Lemonier

        The Passenger by Alex Behr

        Risk Takers by Ashley-Renee Cribbins

        Cooking Lessons by Joanna Rose


        Featured Art by Jeni Lee

        I Never Promised You a Rose Garden #1 by Katherine Mead

        I Never Promised You a Rose Garden #4 by Katherine Mead

        I Never Promised You a Rose Garden #5 by Katherine Mead

        Stasis by Sarah Laird

        Candescence by Sarah Laird

        Candescence (detail) by Sarah Laird

        Homage to Comfort Women Throughout the World by Carolyn Campbell

        The Beguiling Beauty of Life in Distress by Carolyn Campbell

        Reflections of Transitioning by Carolyn Campbell