VoiceCatcher Journal Header Image

Winter 2016: Young Voices

Young Voices Section Artworkfor - Winter 2016 Issue


“I was never really insane except upon occasions when my heart was touched.”
― Edgar Allan Poe

It is amazing to have your heart crack open from the intensity of truth. It is a beauty so raw that no matter how hard you try there is no looking away. A variety of truths comes to the surface from the truly interesting Young Voices that have been captured in this issue. Through these five young women, inspiration has transformed into words; words so full of meaning they evoke our senses and allow an immense range of emotions to emerge. Each of our writers has surrendered to their deeper feelings and crafted on the page a story that connects us to their utterly unique kind of truth.

In “Love Beyond Loss,” we follow along as a young girl’s belief in love is shaken by death and eventually, through ritual, restored. With a mastery of imagery, the prose piece “Submerged,” sets us down in another country and wills us to look at someone who on the surface is different than us, yet when we look closer there is something deeper. The poem, “Which Way?” asks us to choose, darkness or light. And begs the question, Why do we choose to be in this world of the light when sometimes it is so hard to bear. “To Autumn” plays with the season’s beguiling ways, all the while reminding us that time passes by. In the poem “The Storm,” we are thrown directly into an uproar of the natural world. We cower under the immense power and with the writer watch its indulgence.

These truths are large, but inspiration doesn’t ask your age, or how long you have been writing, it only asks, Are you willing to dig deep to capture the essence of an idea and lay it on the page for others to absorb? Thankfully, Isabel, Raimy, Alli, Sara, and Elie, all have answered a resounding “Yes!”

My heart has been touched by the Young Voices from Portland’s Grant, Roosevelt, and Oregon Episcopal High Schools. Their deep understanding of life has changed me, and I am deeply grateful.

Sara Bednark
Young Voices Editor

Previous Button   Next Button

Poetry Thumbnail Art   Prose Thumbnail Art   Artwork Thumbnail Art   Young Voices Thumbnail Art   Contributors Thumbnail Art

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.

Table of Contents Button


        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