I am terribly sad to announce the passing of my beloved friend, co-founder of Wordpeace and poetry editor, Monica Hand on December 16, 2016 after a short illness. She was a PhD student at the University of Missouri and a professor at Stephens College, and has been a force for poetry through her enthusiasm, her scholarship and through her book, “me and Nina” which won the Alice James Award in 2012. Monica was looking forward to a new book to be published in 2018, also from Alice James.
Here is a link to some of her poems in the Paris Review.
We are working on bringing Wordpeace back online soon, in response to the recent political upheavals. Thank you all for your wonderful work and your support and friendship.
From the Editors:
Welcome to the third issue of WORDPEACE, a quarterly literary journal dedicated to peace and justice. I started this along with Monica Hand and Oonagh Doherty with the goal of trying to make some small difference in the light of the pervasive violence in the world due to racism, sexism, totalitarianism and ethnocentrism.
One gets a sense, gleaned from the upheaval and constancy of wars and racial violence, that many people may believe this is a given; as if there is nothing that can be done about it. However, we know there is something that can help. We can raise our voices in protest, in prayer, and in conversation.
The viability of literary conversation is why we decided to put WORDPEACE together, to put forward, through literature, the possibility of peace, that there might be change in the US and elsewhere to lead us toward a united world where there will be no extremes of wealth and poverty, and where all people of all faiths will feel safe to enter into not just conversation, but abiding friendship.
– Lori Desrosiers