Wordpeace Summer/Fall 2019 issue 4.2

Welcome to WORDPEACE’s Summer/Fall 2019 issue!
WORDPEACE is a literary journal dedicated to peace and justice.

This issue features poetry, fiction, non-fiction and artwork.
Cover art is “Everyone Everywhere is on a Rock” by Jan Donley.

We will be open for submissions October 1- Nov. 30, 2019
We publish semi-annually, with submissions open in March / April (for August/Sept. publication) and October /November (for February/March publication).

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Letter from the Editor:
– August 28, 2019

It has been more and more difficult to compose a reasonable, well-argued letter to you, dear readers. I find myself each day barraged by the news of what is happening here in America, and most of the time I just want to cry or scream. Finding words to express myself, to empower myself to make some sort of difference sometimes seems impossible. And yet, it is so imperative that we speak out, find the courage inside ourselves to push back against a myriad of injustices – unfair actions by the powers that be against immigrants, voiceless children, people of color, women, LGBT and other marginalized communities, in which I and members of my family can count ourselves. We continue to see, on television and the internet, the angry posturing of our unhinged and unqualified president, school shootings (more than 250 now in one year), the fraying away of immigrant rights and trans rights. Some days our country seems unrecognizable. I’m sure many of us are desperate to find a way to raise our voices. This is one reason WORDPEACE was founded.

Monica Hand and I founded WORDPEACE in the hope of making a difference, despite having to live our lives, care for our families, and continue writing and publishing. Monica isn’t here anymore to see the continuation of this vision, and I miss my friend. Every issue of this journal will be dedicated to her. This time around I’m so blessed to have Monica Barron, Ciona Rouse, Lisa C. Taylor and Russell Taylor to choose work for the journal. We all want to stand up to indifference by publishing work that inspires people to think, in the hope that it will spur someone to activism, and, hopefully, a way to make a change to kindness, sensibility, peace and true justice.

Lori Desrosiers
Founding Editor & Publisher, WORDPEACE.CO

in memorium

This and subsequent issues are dedicated to my beloved friend, co-founder of WORDPEACE and poetry editor, Monica Hand who passed 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 RaedLeafPoetry. 

WORDPEACE is now back online, in response to the recent political upheavals. Thank you all for your wonderful work and your support and friendship.

Lori Desrosiers