The new Associate Editor brings in a wealth of ideas , creativity ,organisational energy and literary arts prowess. Darcie Friesen Hossack oversees , engineers , edit and curates WordCity Monthly ( newest TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC monthly project). Hossack becomes the new Project Manager of the FREEDOM Voices PRIZE and the 2020 installment covers all literary genres. Prolific Storyteller and dedicated Literary Arts Curator , Darcie Friesen Hossack also acts the Projects Advisor to the TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC Founder and Chief Editor. In July 2020 Darcie Friesen Hossack proved beyond measure that she is a capable Literary Arts Projects Curator, she successful coordinated the most recent TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC Canada Collaborative gig
In the last three weeks, I have been closely observing the wonderful activities by the amazing organic farming expert, highly empowered, profoundly creative, multi- talented storyteller and distinguished Cameroonian Scholar GERALDINE SINYUY. Sinyuy writes intriguing folktales. As if that is not enough, Geraldine is a certified educator, a determined writer. She also tells her stories through sustainable organic agriculture. She eats the food from her lush farm and her food recipes speak stories of diversity, talent, hope and promise. TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC is a highly charged platform spirited to archive, profile, publish and exhibit diverse talents. We find this installment refreshing, new and unique. We are bringing her food exhibition and that seeks to educate us that we can write, speak, influence and as well work hard for to grow the food we eat and even read the stories we write. ONE STOP SHOP. Dr. Sinyuy is trendsetting an example of creativity, sustainability, self-empowerment, promise and community leadership. The greatest traits God gave us is the mind, commitment, dedication, tenacity, creativity and resilience and this we need to embrace and walk the talk- ( Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA)
Prolific LAURENCE FULLER tells mind -riveting stories through short film. His stories are packed with head rolling conflict coupled with marrow-ripping, mounting internal and external tension. Intriguing. The urgency of surprise the plot twists, undulate and turns positively fulfills the amount of time, the literary prowess, the cinematographic dexterity and artistic thoroughness as exhibited in action packed stories by legendary Fuller. The stories speak to peoples, tells of lives lived and lost, exposes of human moral decadence, homelessness and quandary as in synchrony with today’s humanitarian crisis and global tension that have since hung heavily over our heads like the devil’s scythe. LAURENCE FULLER is a prolific storyteller , an internationally acclaimed Writer and multi-award-winning film Artist. This feature installment covers his award-winning short film, ECHOES OF YOU, endorsements from critics, media and other film Arts Practitioners, Memories, Anecdotes and his short resume. Legendary. TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC is proud to feature this prominent film Arts Personality. ICONIC Laurence Fuller- (Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA).
It is bravery, deep belly- pit emotional recollection, real creative wit and spiritual consciousness that makes Gail Newman a distinguished poet. Newman is a chronicler of lives survived under the rough spike of war; lives lived under the cruel hard knuckle of death. Her poetry is succulent with hard truth. The verses tremble with confessional vibe. Reason within the marrow of each verse is heart blazing and the emotional carried within is blood chilling. Gail Newman is an extraordinary poet, a merchant of truth and a survivor of the most vicious holocaust. Her poetry speaks to the bones of causalities of the deadly holocaust, to the spirits of her people roaming in the cemeteries, her poetry speaks to the soil of her motherland, the soil today that heave with grief of her sisters and brothers burnt to cinder by the devilish fires of darkness. Legendary literary combatant Newman chronicles heart rending memories and soul pricking poetic hymns in her latest poetry collection Blood Memory. The TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC is profoundly registering gratitude to the prolific Poet, Acclaimed Writer and Accomplished chronicler Gail Newman- (Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA)
Before social media, it would've taken twelve lifetimes to meet the writers, activists and peace-makers who've come into my life. That is as true for this unexpected collaboration with Mbizo Chirasha and Time of the Poet Republic, as for the Canadian poets and storytellers who responded for this very special issue. Even if we weren't featuring themes of Tolerance and Peace-building, it would still be necessary for this collection to feature writers as varied as this country itself. And so, I went everywhere I could, asking Indigenous, People of Colour and writers from our vibrant LGBTQ2+ community for their words. Soon, the poetry, followed by prose, began to arrive, from the West to the East coast, and the cold far North. Our first offering came from Calgary, Alberta poet Lori D. Roadhouse Haney, and it was immediately clear, within a single line of verse, that this issue had the potential to be bring us to our knees with grace. Juan Ramirez, meanwhile, calls all who will listen to participate in a social re-Genesis, while Dew Williams brings us into the realities of her Indigenous-Canadian life, through the simple act of drawing her teacher a picture, and then drawing it again. And again. Our youngest storyteller, nine year old Raelynn, carries with her the hope that our next generation is already as gifted and inclusive as anyone who's been spilling ink for decades. Hers is a talent that needs to be supported in the literary arts, and we're proud to do that here. We have a sonnet. We have a poem about the human mathematics of war. The Poet Laureate of the Yukon has graced us with two selections, while yet more poets of note than I can mention, including first-time authors, award winners and a contributor with 17 books to his name, have poured out their pens to speak peace and love and heartbreak to a listening world. I have no diplomatic status, but I have nonetheless anointed one honourary Canadian in the person of Iraqui-American, Pulitzer Prize nominated, Pushcart Prize winning poet, Faleeha Hassan. Although she's made America her home, Faleeha embodies the deepest, best, shared belief of our two countries: that an immigrant is as Canadian, is as American, as anyone whose great-great-grandparents were born here. With that belief in contention in the nation she's adopted, we welcome her into this collection with gratitude and love. Then...then there's Patrick Friesen Patrick (of no known relation to myself) is a Mennonite writer who needs no introduction to Canadian writers and readers. A pioneer of writing about the culture and religious tradition into which he and I were born, a generation apart, this poet has been shortlisted for our country's highest literary honour, while clearing a path for writers like me to speak truth into and outside of our communities. If you missed it at the top of this page, scroll back before reading on. Turn on your sound and hear the voice of the poet himself. In this graciously-given video, Friesen's words are punctuated and amplified through the extraordinary musicality and production of his son Niko Friesen. We couldn't be more proud and grateful to them both for allowing us to present this gift to you. Dear readers: Thank you for spending the following time with us in Canada. In choosing the order of works, I tried to tell a story. Sincerely, Darcie Friesen Hossack
Iconic story-telling Artist Rosella Laeng presents an intriguing cinematographic collage wittingly touching complexities and realities of life. The vivid interrogation of death, depiction of identity crisis, realities of womanist-feminist lifestyles, projection of political imbalances and racial inequalities within the American terrain and most probably the entire world. The films carry within them traces of comedy, dents of tragedy, glints of faded of promise and harsh realities on matters of identity. Rosella Laeng is a prolific storyteller, short film writer, documentary producer and social media expert currently plying her trade expertise with Pulp_pit Magazine in United States of America. We are featuring a set of three short films namely, Puppets, Jenny Carolin, Egg Donor Artist and La Reina Del Grito. We are proud to present our first film profile here on TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC with Acclaimed Social Media Expert, Distinguished filmmaker and prolific storyteller Rosella Laeng- (Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA)
A Thank you UNESCO-RILE
In May 2020, Zimbabwean poet in exile Mbizo Chirasha joined our Affiliate Artist Network. Mbizo writes spoken word poetry, page poetry, essays, short and flash fiction, political commentaries, book reviews, memoirs, critical
reviews, blog posts and articles. He is also a spoken word artist and a performance poet.
His main artistic interest is infreedom ofexpression, resistance writings and arts,Arts and Human Rights, African cultural anthropologies, global politics, lives and experiences of exile, asylees and the homeless, the plight of the girl child, women and the elderly, social justice and economic equity as well as voices against dictatorial regimes, corruption, warlords and drug cartels.
Find out more about Mbizo Chirasha on his Affiliate Artist profile.
Mbizo has kindly agreed to share some of his latest work created during the pandemic:
Iron Wind (Hybrid Essay)
The world has known divisions for as long as history can remember. From
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Acclaimed Translator and Artist MIROSLAVA PANAYOTOVA has since joined on global audience building strides with Bulgarian prolific poet and writer VIOLETA BONCHEVA . Panayotova have been translating poetry and writings of poets from across the globe and in this installment , she has adapted poems by another Poet BONCHEVA from Bulgarian into English in order to reach international readership . Both of them are prolific and artistic personalities and have published widely across genres.PANAYOTOVA-graduated from Plovdiv University, specialized in Bulgarian philology. She has have published poems, stories, tales, aphorisms, essays, criticisms, translations, articles and interviews in periodical and collections. Panayotovas poetry booksincludes: Nuances, 1994, God of the senses, 2005, Whisper of leaves, 2017, Green feeling, 2018; two books with stories: An end, and then a beginning, 2017, The path of love, 2018; two eBooks: Laws of communications /aphorisms/, 2018, Old things /poetry/, 2018. She an ardent a member of the Union of the Independent Bulgarian Writers and a member of the International Association of Independent Writers “Sodrujestvo”.VIOLETA BONCHEVA is the author of the following books:”Wet Etude”, poetry – published by “Izblik” 1990.”Mirror“, poetry – ed. Litforum, 1995 “Invited moment, poetry” – ed. Palmyra ”, 1998“History of the disease”, prose – ed. “Silver Lion”, 1998“There will be no farewell”, poetry – Kota Publishing House, 2005 The Big Sombrero, bilingual, for children – Palmira Publishing House, 2003VIOLETA BONCHEVA is the author of the following books:“Wet Etude”, poetry – published by“Izblik” 1990.“Mirror”, poetry – ed. Litforum, 1995 “Invited moment, poetry” – ed. Palmyra ”, 1998“History of the disease”, prose – ed. “Silver Lion”, 1998“There will be no farewell”, poetry – Kota Publishing House, 2005 The Big Sombrero, bilingual, for children – Palmira Publishing House, 2003 “In the navel of the moon”, poetry, bilingual – ed. Domino, 2007 “Contemporary Mexican playwrights”, collection, translation, electronic – ed. “Liternet.bg”, 2010. TIME OF POET REPUBLIC is rooted in the values of Diversity , Inclusivity and Creativity . We feature English poems by Writer VIOLETA BONCHEVA as translated by Poet , Artist and Translator MIROSLAVA PANAYOTAVA-( Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA).
Her skull digging reflections turn mental tables upside down. She has discovered her on literary style like a gold mine- prosaic poetry. Stories tucked in her golden verses are told with the rhythmic precision of a sculptor and they are carved wittingly not for just for the pleasure of the reader but to usher positive … Continue reading Kenyan Writer Jerusha rises up to literary stardom armed with a revolutionary metaphor .
Powerful writer and essayist pen a rhythmic spirited hybrid mix of mind boggling verse and a soul touching story of unwarranted butchery, demise, pain, loneliness and a sudden -death caused grief in a world that is vastly wretched by bloody crimes, goriness, hate, carelessness, banditry, terrorism, greed and widespread disrespect of lives. I stand with this powerful message, this strong message must rattle the hate hardened marrow and bone of die-hard dictators, lords of war and terrorist groupings disguising to be architects of democracy and repentant peaceniks. We stand right now amidst xenophobia perpetuated cemeteries, racism marked graves and a whole lot of savagery and barbarism. This strong literary message by a Poet, Lyricist, Peace maker and story teller in Jambiya Kai requires leadership from America to Africa to do a cross check on how they have plundered lives, the hope and promise of a great united world. Let’s repent. Thank you great story teller Jambiya KAI for penning this bold and vigorous hybrid mix. We are proud this powerful and well writ message . We pay tribute to talent , truth and a diversity of ideas. ALUTA CONTINUA-( Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA).