Current Issue: Winter 2016
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
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.
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.
LETTER FROM THE MANAGING EDITOR
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