Welcome to WORDPEACE’s Summer/Fall 2018 issue!
WORDPEACE is a literary journal dedicated to peace and justice.

This issue features poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and the work of artist Venantius J. Pinto.

Submissions were open from October 1 – November 30, 2018.
Next submission period will be March 1 – April 30, 2019.
Submissions are open for publication in the Winter/Spring issue.
We publish semi-annually, with submissions open in March or April (for August/Sept. publication) and October (for February/March publication).

Letter from the Editor:
– August 1, 2018

While  working on this issue of WORDPEACE, I am accosted daily by the consequences of the poor choices we have made in America. It seems each day brings more efforts by Republicans and far-right groups to take hard-won rights away from women, LGBTQIA and other marginalized communities. We watch on TV and on the internet the angry posturing of our unhinged and unqualified president, school shootings, the fraying away of immigrant rights and trans rights. Some days my country seems unrecognizable. I do see great hope, however, in the beautiful young people who are unafraid to speak up and protest, and in all  of us who are going into the streets to speak our minds and show our support. We can write, and we can resist.

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 Ciona Rouse, Lisa C. Taylor, Russell Taylor and Monica Barron 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, eventually a life of conscious caring.

Lori Desrosiers
Founding Editor & Publisher, WORDPEACE