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

This issue features poetry, fiction, non-fiction, an interview, and artwork.
Cover art is “Summer Carneval” by Jim Ross.

LINK HERE to our Winter/Spring issue 4.1

We are OPEN for submissions March 2 – April 30, 2019 (link to submit is below)
Submissions will also be open from October 1 – November 30, 2019.
We publish semi-annually, with submissions open in March / April (for August/Sept. publication) and October /November (for February/March publication).

Letter from the Editor:
– March 2, 2019

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 want to mention, however, the deep hope I am feeling since the midterm elections. The influx of women in Congress is heartening, and I believe I see a modicum of light at the end of the tunnel.

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


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