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Giving Back

Before I came to Portland, I wrote without contact with fellow writers. Some writers work that way their whole lives. It didn't work for me. After taking several classes at Attic Writers, I joined The Pinewood Table. I submitted one of the pieces I workshopped there to VoiceCatcher, a local on-line journal of women's poetry, prose, and art. The editor who accepted the piece insisted I unpack the ending. At first, I resisted. Then I found the true ending of the piece. I'm grateful someone pushed me to do that and I ended up doing line editing for the last two issues, my way of giving back.

VoiceCatcher, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary in 2015, needs a new Board of Directors: a president, treasurer, and secretary. Without women in these strategic positions, the journal cannot legally exist. The deadline to fill these offices is December 31, 2014.

VoiceCatcher also has immediate openings for an events coordinator to plan readings and fundraising workshops for 2015 and an editor for its bi-monthly newsletter.

If you are a local woman writer or artist (Greater Portland/Vancouver area), I urge you to take a look at the journal ( and the website and consider giving your time.

Consider submitting your work, too. Submissions for the Winter 2015 issue open 1 September and close 15 October.

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