WordCity Literary Journal. December 2020 Issue 4

Letter from the Editor, Darcie Friesen Hossack When we decided to create an Autumn and Winter Holiday-themed issue of WordCity for December, we had hoped to gather together a celebration of as many religious, cultural and seasonal offerings as possible. We hoped. We held our breath. And then, poets and writers began to respond. WeContinue reading “WordCity Literary Journal. December 2020 Issue 4”

WordCity Literary Journal. November 2020 Issue 3

Letter from the Editor, Darcie Friesen Hossack I wrote what will follow before the election in the United States was called for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. I’m tempted to delete and replace it with nothing more than this quote from a beloved leader, Jack Layton, in his posthumous letter to my country. My friends,Continue reading “WordCity Literary Journal. November 2020 Issue 3”

Examining HBO’s Lovecraft Country. Essay by Olga Stein

Lovecraft Country: Monsters in America Embarking on a review of Lovecraft Country, an HBO series currently trending on Crave, is, I suspect, either like coming to a celebration late, having missed all of the excellent tributes, or it’s like arriving in time to hear a great keynote speech and realizing that something can yet beContinue reading “Examining HBO’s Lovecraft Country. Essay by Olga Stein”

WordCity Literary Journal. October 2020 Issue 2

Letter from the Editor: Darcie Friesen Hossack On my desk is a copy of D-L Nelson’s coat hangers & knitting needles, Tragedies of Abortion in America Before Roe v. Wade. The book is heavy for its size—not for the weight of its bindings—and has been accompanying me from room to room since it arrived hereContinue reading “WordCity Literary Journal. October 2020 Issue 2”

On Justice Ginsburg’s Passing, and Why I’m Seeing Red. Non-fiction by Olga Stein

On Justice Ginsburg’s Passing, and Why I’m Seeing Red As I started to write this, I kept an eye on the live broadcast of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Lying in State ceremony. Justice Ginsburg, who died on September 18, is only the 35th individual to be granted this honour since 1852. Holding the ceremony inContinue reading “On Justice Ginsburg’s Passing, and Why I’m Seeing Red. Non-fiction by Olga Stein”

WordCity Literary Journal. September 2020 Issue 1

Letter from the Editor: Darcie Friesen Hossack I wrote a letter from the editor for this, our first issue of WordCity Monthly. I wrote about the pandemic, and how governments were using it as cover to defund and commit aggression against the arts. I wrote about how writers and poets have responded by creating more,Continue reading “WordCity Literary Journal. September 2020 Issue 1”

WordCity Literary Journal. 100 Thousand Poets for Change

Table of Contents Letter From the Editor. Darcie Friesen Hossack Welcome to WordCity Literary Journal’s September 2021 issue. For this month’s theme, we joined the 100 Thousand Poets for Change movement, and sought works to shine light into dark places. As ever, more brilliant writers and poets than we ever expect, came together with theirContinue reading “WordCity Literary Journal. 100 Thousand Poets for Change”

The Disappeared Poet. A poem by Olga Stein

The Disappeared Poet (For all those courageous enough to stand up to tyranny, and for Mbizo Chirasha ) He is believed to have been killed by nationalist forces in the midst of the civil war in _______. She was last seen being removed from her home, accused of incitement against ________, a regime without toleranceContinue reading “The Disappeared Poet. A poem by Olga Stein”

WordCity Literary Journal. July 2021

Table of Contents Letter from the Editor, Darcie Friesen Hossack Welcome to WordCity Literary Journal’s July 2021 issue. For this collection, while we accepted works that address many different themes, we also expanded on one that was brought forward by our fiction editor, Sylvia Petter. Sylvia noted that 2021 marks only 50 years since WomenContinue reading “WordCity Literary Journal. July 2021”

Sussing out the Olympic Movement: Where are the Women? An essay by Olga Stein

Sussing out the Olympic Movement: Where are the Women:? As I tell the students in my sociology of sports course, the Olympics, and the organization at its centre, the International Olympic Committee, is worth studying. So much of what goes on in the world of sports—the good, the bad, and the ugly, pardon the cliché—convergesContinue reading “Sussing out the Olympic Movement: Where are the Women? An essay by Olga Stein”