Table of Contents. WordCity Literary Journal. Spring 2023

Letter from the Editor. Darcie Friesen Hossack

Fiction. Edited by Sylvia Petter

The Fig Tree. by Ivy Ngeow

The Bell Wars. by D-L Nelson

The Last First Friday. by William Baker

The Chair. by Rick Gillis

Non-fiction. Edited by Olga Stein

Two Readings, Three Authors: On the Pleasures of Listening to Women Talking. by Olga Stein

Risking Life to Earn Crust. by Diary Marif

Literary Spotlight.

Poet Roy McFarlane Leads Us through Troubled Waters

Books and Reviews. edited by Geraldine Sinyuy

Kirstie Millar’s The Strange Egg. by Sue Burge

Eva Tihanyi’s Circle Tour. by Anne Sorbie

Everyone Talking. a review of books by Gordon Phinn

Books Referenced:
If Not for You & Other Stories, Niles Reddick (Big Table Publishing 2023)
Moon of the Crusted Snow, Waubgeshig Rice (ECW 2018)
Who by Fire, Matti Friedman (Penguin Random House 2022)
Inspiring Canadians, Mark Bulgutch (Douglas & MacIntyre 2022)
A Book of Days, Patti Smith (Knopf Canada, 2022)
Common Tones, Alan Licht, ed. (Blank Forms Editions 2021)
This Strange Invisible Air, Sharon Butala (Freehand Books 2021)
Unmask Alice, Rick Emerson (BenBella Books 2022)
A Lab of One’s Own, Rita Colwell (Simon & Shuster 2020)
Making History, Richard Cohen (Simon & Schuster, 2022)
Poetica Dystopia, Stephen Roxborough & Karl Blau (2022)
Report from The Betts Society/Report from The Reid Society
Report from The Ross Society/Report from The Brockwell Society/
Report from The Hall Society (above/ground press 2022)

Claudia Serea’s Self-Ironic Surrealism in Immigrant Sociopolitical Poetry.
a review by Diana Manole

Poetry. Edited by Clara Burghelea

3 poems by Bobby Parrott

4 poems by Mansour Noorbakhsh. WCLJ poet-in-residence

2 poems by Jonathan Wittmaier

3 poems by Benard Berinyuy

3 poems by Anna Ferriero

3 poems by D.R. James

A Place Inside. a poem by Christopher Johnson

3 poems by Katherine Matiko

3 poems by Vyacheslav Konoval

2 poems by Debra Black

3 poems by Karolin Frick

4 poems by Michael Lee Johnson

3 poems by Anna Yin

3 poems by James Croal Jackson

Mirage of Greatness. a poem by Gerald Seniuk

Floating Clouds. a poem by Bhoj Kumar Dhamala

3 poems by Jasna Gugić

I won’t give you pathos for flowers. by John Echem

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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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