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Current Issue: Winter 2016

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Letter from the Managing Editor

“There are only two or three human stories, and they go on repeating themselves
as fiercely as if they had never happened before.”
– Willa Cather

“I feel there is something unexplored about woman that only a woman can explore.”
– Georgia O'Keeffe

Welcome to the eighth issue of VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions. For ten years, VoiceCatcher has celebrated the stories, poems and artwork of women in the Portland-Vancouver metro area through print and online journals, workshops, readings and other events. More than a literary journal, VoiceCatcher is a true community of women.

In this eighth online issue, you’ll find a diverse array of voices sharing in the human stories common to us all, yet bringing new perspectives and insight to that experience, as only women writers and artists can.

This is an issue with both a local and a global focus. From the unique sense of place in Wendy Thompson’s "Gradations of Gray" and in Elizabeth Stoessl’s "Canning Factory Road" to the work of featured artist, Clare Carpenter, we see the familiar landscape of the Pacific Northwest in all her wintertime glory. But farther afield, a young teacher discovers the aftermath of war in Pam Bejerano’s novel excerpt, "A Nicaraguan Spring," while first time Young Voices contributor Raimy Khalife Hamdan witnesses the reality of immigration and displacement in her nonfiction piece, "Submerged."

Whether encountering the world outside their door or the world 5,000 miles away, the voices in this issue grapple with universal questions about the human condition. How do we connect with others? When should we stay and when should we go? If we go, how far afield must we travel in search of ourselves? And finally, how do we define self in a world equally filled with beauty and with heartache?

As writers and artists, we believe that the answer to these questions lies in the arts. Please join me in celebrating the thirty-five women in this issue who dare to ask and answer the difficult questions and in doing so, make important works that enrich us all.

Yours in the arts,

Tiah Lindner Raphael
Managing Editor

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Celebrating nature, home and the cycles of life – twenty poets light the winter night.


Six stories use magic to explore loss, grief and healing.


With imagery of flora and fauna, four artists animate the winter landscape.

Young Voices

Five young women dig deep to each speak their individual truth .


From emerging to established writers – meet the women behind our eighth issue’s voices and visions.

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        Northwest Equinox by Kris Demien

        Gradations of Gray by Wendy Thompson

        With Gladness by Sara Graves

        Home by Leora Marialicia González

        For a Grade School Classmate by Joan Maiers

        Canning Factory Road by Elizabeth Stoessl

        To Make a Prairie by Carolyn Martin

        At Home by Suzy Harris

        Family Disagreement by Tricia Knoll

        The Bullfrogs by Katherine Boyer

        Cows by Rebecca Jamieson

        Lesson by Stacey Vallas

        Stardust by Erin Iwata

        Perspective by Carolyn Martin

        Lacrosse Season by Elizabeth Harlan-Ferlo

        The Tangled Path by Suzanne LaGrande

        Matched Set by Tanya Jarvik

        False Bus Stop by Elizabeth Harlan-Ferlo

        Last Visit by Erin Iwata

        October Walk with My Mother by Ann Sinclair

        First Rothko Exercise by Elizabeth McLagan

        Fractions by Susan Blackaby

        Tea by Melineh Yemenidjian

        Return by Stacey Vallas


        Scarab Man by Cynthia McGean

        Planetary Influences by Alida Thacher

        Bone of the Past by Burky Achilles

        Teachings: A Buddhist Ghost Story by Ann Sihler

        Wrangler by Desiree Wright

        A Nicaraguan Spring by Pamela Russell Bejerano


        Into the Wonder by Annamieka Hopps Davidson

        Deep Blue Meditation by Annamieka Hopps Davidson

        Weave Me Into the Sea by Annamieka Hopps Davidson

        Crassula 2 by Alison Foshee

        Crassula 5 by Alison Foshee

        Crassula 6 by Alison Foshee

        Warm Autumn by Tamar Hammer

        Girl with Conch by Tamar Hammer

        With Her Dog by Tamar Hammer


        Love Beyond Loss by Isabel Lickey

        Submerged by Raimy Khalife Hamdan

        Which Way? by Alli Rodenbaugh

        To Autumn by Sara Barkouli

        The Storm by Elie Doubleday