Dear Friends,

Indiana Voice Journal exists to promote the unheard voices of new writers alongside the more familiar voices of experienced authors.  As a monthly online literary journal, IVJ considers fiction, creative nonfiction,  poetry, essays, visual art and interviews.  Always looking for regional stories and writers with an Indiana connection, but will read, consider and appreciate everything sent to us.  
Open to all writers.

We want to hear YOUR voice.  We seek work that breathes and moves and is alive. We believe that "good art" comes forth from the spirit to reveal, to comfort, to heal, to bring joy,  to surprise!

Our goal is to move beyond an online presence and into a print journal or an anthology of  works compiled from this website.

We will participate in promoting and nominating authors for prizes and awards.

We invite you to "create" along with us on our journey

Thanks for your support!
Janine Pickett, Founding Editor
I can be reached at indianavoice@gmail.com.

~Editorial Staff~

Janine Pickett, Founding Editor/Editor-in-Chief
Shirley Pearson, Editorial Assistant
Jennifer Criss, Art Editor
David Allen, Poetry Editor
Kathy Patterson, Social Media Manager

Janine Pickett:

Janine's nonfiction work has appeared in various print magazines including Country Woman and Chicken Soup For The Soul series. Her fiction has been published in Thema Literary Journal, An Unlikely Alliance, Autumn 2003 and Math & Music, Autumn 2010. Her fiction was nominated by Thema for The Year's Best Horror and Fantasy #17.  Her poetry has appeared in various magazines and anthologies. She co-edited a poetry anthology titled "Poets of Madison County".

Janine received her Diploma in Journalism and Short Story Writing in 1986. She has written ad copy for local businesses and a Precertification Training Manual for Central Indiana Gastroenterology Group. She attended Ivy Tech Community College in Anderson, IN.

"I was raised camping and hiking the trails in southern Indiana. Titles and degrees don't impress me, but I understand society's need for them. Compassion, love, faith, family, animals, nature, God, the homeless and the broken are dear to my heart. I love finding, sharing and promoting that creative flow we all carry inside of us, especially when it breaks loose in the form of a story, a poem, or a painting.  I'm not afraid to break rules or traditions to touch upon the treasures inside."

Editorial Assistant
Shirley Pearson:

Shirley Pearson is retired from an accounting career.  She has long had a love for writing and her first job out of high school was writing copy for Sears Big Book in Chicago.  She’s been published in several venues which include job and business manuals,  short magazine articles, bylines for newspapers in Ohio and Indiana, poetry anthologies, and research and monthly articles for Air, a publication out of Boulder County, Colorado.  She served as head of public relations for Terra State Community College/Elder College which included writing all public relations materials, newspaper articles and class descriptions.  Shirley has taken awards for poetry contests and an award from Writer’s Digest.  She leads a support group for writers and is currently collaborating on an anthology for older adults.   In addition, she is working on a post-Civil War novel based on the life of her great, great grandmother.  Shirley has one daughter, three granddaughters and six great grandchildren.

Art Editor
Jennifer Criss

Jennifer Criss graduated from Ball State University with a minor in Creative Writing. Jennifer writes mostly short stories but has discovered a love for writing poetry.  Her poetry has been published in Poebita Magazine, Whispers, The Poet Community, NY Literary Magazine and Indiana Voice Journal. Her work also appears in several print anthologies. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2016. She now works at Ball State, is a busy mother of two girls and the art editor at Indiana Voice Journal. 


Poetry Editor
David Allen:

I am a freelance writer and poet now living in Central
Indiana. I was born in South Carolina and raised on
Long Island, NY, which is enough to make anyone a bit
crazy. I am a former sailor, war resistor, and
journalist, writing for newspapers in Virginia, Indiana,
and the Far East. On Okinawa, Japan,  I was part of the “Eat 
Write CafĂ© and Traveling Poets Society” and published
a poetry e-zine, the "Eat Write Cafe," for several years.
I published a literary magazine in Virginia in the early 1970s.
My poems and short stories have been published in several journals
and I have two books of poetry, "The Story So Far," and "(more)," both 
available from Amazon.com and by e-mailing me at david@davidallen.nu.
I have a blog at www.davidallen.nu and am an active member of the
Last Stanza Poetry Association in Elwood, Indiana.
I have been writing ever since I learned how to hold a
pen. It's what I do best. 

David is Vice President for the Poetry Society of Indiana (DBA as the Indiana State Federation of Poetry Clubs.)

Social Media Manager
Kathy Patterson

Kathy Patterson, originally from Indiana, makes her home in sunny California. She enjoys cooking, gardening, reading, dogs, and conducting interviews with musicians on her radio programs: Blog Talk Radio, and Kat Pat Radio. 

She is an expert at Digital Media Marketing and Website Design. Awards for her work include:

~2010 Hardback Edition book of Cambridge Who's Who book.
~ 2015 Liner note on "Southern Thunder Project" music CD

You can learn more about Kathy, and her programs, at the following links:


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