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

WORDPEACE is back from a year’s hiatus. Thank you for your patience. This issue features poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and our featured artist, Russ Taylor.

The August/September online issue is now live. Submissions are open for the month of October for publication in the February/March issue.
We will now publish semi-annually, with submissions open in April (for August/Sept. publication) and October (for February/March publication).

Letter from the Editor:
– August 30, 2017

While  working on this issue of WORDPEACE, I paused to keep tabs on writer friends in Houston whose homes and neighborhoods were flooding, and those in Austin and Dallas helping to rescue and house people during a tragedy caused by poor or no regulations for building, and the thoughtless use of carbon emissions leading to climate breakdown. Meanwhile, the worst monsoon flooding in history devastates India and Bangladesh, and wars continue worldwide. It is painful to watch the news, from the blatant bigotry and racism of Neo-Nazis and the KKK, to the ridiculous posturing of our unhinged and unqualified president. 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 Lisa C. Taylor and Monica Barron to help restart 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, eventually a life of conscious caring.

Lori Desrosiers
Founding & Poetry Editor, WORDPEACE

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