Wordpeace, Winter/Spring 2020 – Issue 5.1

Welcome to WORDPEACE’s Winter/Spring 2020 issue!
WORDPEACE is a literary journal dedicated to peace and justice.

This issue features poetry, fiction, non-fiction and artwork.
Cover art is “Camp Views II Arizona Border 2019” by Josh Stein

Issue 5/2 Summer/Fall 2020 coming in August!

We ARE OPEN for submissions March 1 – April 30, 2020
We publish semi-annually, with submissions open in March / April (for August/Sept. publication) and October /November (for January/February publication).


Letter from the Editor:
– February 19, 2020

Stepping into this election year, it becomes hard to keep a level head while being barraged by the news of what is happening here in the United States. Soon, we may find ourselves either mired in another four-year cycle of back-stepping (goose-stepping?) inanity, or we are on the verge of a re-definition of democracy for the better, providing all of us who believe in the possibility of an open-hearted, open-minded, moral and intelligent future decide enough is enough and we VOTE.  On that note, it is imperative that we find ways to speak out, to find the courage inside ourselves to protest the 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.

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 with us anymore to see the continuation of this vision, and I miss my friend. Every issue of this journal will be dedicated to her.  We are so blessed to have Monica Barron (non-fiction), Ciona Rouse (poetry), Lisa C. Taylor (fiction) and Russell Taylor (art) choosing 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 will help pave the way to kindness, sensibility, peace and social 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’s powerful second collection, DiVida: Poems was published posthumously in 2018 by Alice James Books.

Here is a link to some of her poems at poets.org, the site of the Academy of American Poets.


Lori Desrosiers