A Tribute to WordCity Literary Journal by Nancy Ndeke


n idea whose time has come, like a full term pregnancy must birth.

Word is as alive as life is. Word is a force and carries a moment often beyond itself. It consolidates thoughts and makes a presentation like a well choreographed musical where the instruments and instrumentalists become a unified rhythm of sounds and cymbals to present a mesmerizing outcome that only one present at such a show may tell with breath held and an open mouth in wonder. A running eye is the climax of such a psyched otherworldly experience.

So has WORDCITY, which bounced with health at first breath. Under the able hands of the beautiful soul artist par Excellent sister Darcie Friesen Hossack, and the iconic black poet, Cde brother Mbizo Chirasha, words met at a stage where Excellence calls the shots. From the cold climes of the Canadian large hearted humanity, from Europe and all its diverse philosophies and ancient love of the written words, from the America’s and it’s diversity in race representation that’s sometimes begs fairness, from the heart of Africa where drums still beat resistance to poor governance and mass frustration, from the Middle East and it’s tumultuous times at war and peace, from  Asia and the far East with their it’s cultural heritage still visible beyond the temples and rich spices, from the Australia and New Zealand where life is calmer than most places, to the Alaskan territory where climate change is beginning to speak clearly, WORD CITY is well represented in voices that shine human situations, conditions and social issues in the physical, spiritual, emotional, thought and the literal world.

And a city in all its privacy and public departments, in it’s avenues, highways, streets and alleys speak a common language at the intersection of Poesy, essays, short stories, photography and excerpts from old scripts. The vivacious voices of the city guests and dweller’s stream their thoughts through the river of the written words.

Such is the awesome and incredible journey that has begun and is already archived by the dexterity of fine editors and great contributors in the WORDCITY.

Mine is the most humbled of appreciation to have had a sip at this fresh flow of a gigantic spring of moving spirits to bring humanity into a Communion of connectedness.


Nancy Ndeke.

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Published by darcie friesen hossack

Darcie Friesen Hossack is a graduate of the Humber School for Writers. Her short story collection, Mennonites Don’t Dance, was a runner-up for the Danuta Gleed Award, shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Ontario Library Association's Forest of Reading Evergreen Award for Adult Fiction. Citing irreverence, the book was banned by the LaCrete Public Library in Northern Alberta. Having mentored with Giller finalists Sandra Birdsell (The Russlander) and Gail Anderson Dargatz (Spawning Grounds, The Cure for Death by Lightening), Darcie's first novel, Stillwater, will be released in the spring of 2023. Darcie is also a four time judge of the Whistler Independent Book Awards, and a career food writer. She lives in Northern Alberta, Canada, with her husband, international award-winning chef, Dean Hossack.

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