Darcie Friesen Hossack, my revolutionary literary arts activism twin sister. Your creative vibe is nerve -shredding and the verve of your prowess is extraordinaire. In a short space of just two months, you have accomplished a decade long accomplishment. Your tenacity mesmerizes, your resilience is revolutionary. Your mental box is a red honey- beehive blessed with dripping sweetness of positive literary consciousness and artistic glory. Your heart -cave is a pot frothing with ingredients of diligence, excellence, dexterity, prowess, love, tolerance, creativity and positivity. Revolutionary sister, your star is rising and will never dim. You are a trailblazer, a pacesetter and a trendsetter.  I believe in singing the beauty and the prowess of legends as they walk on this clay earth.   Among other comrades, I salute Poetry Chef Michael Dickel, Producer Emeritus Thomas Block, Poetry Tigress Nancy Ndeke, The Zine Team and BeZine publication, and the indomitable literary arts lioness Jamie Dedes, Acclaimed Editor Michael Rothenberg, Publisher Lola Thomas and the Diasporan family. All Brave Voices, Poets, readers, supporters and friends from around the globe. Despite mounting challenges. We keep writing, we keep resisting and representing.  This my profound dedication and pit belly gratitude to the elephantine of work, you are doing at Word City Monthly. Darcie Friesen is the Associate Editor of TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC and Managing Editor of WordCity Monthly .A prolific and widely published around the word. Hossack is the author Mennonites Don’t Dance . Aluta Continua!!!  Revolutionary Sister Darcie Friesen Hossack. Together We Rise- (DEDICATION by Mbizo CHIRASHA).

A Great Message from WordCityMonthly Head Curator( Darcie Friesen Hossack)

(Meanwhile, following the election of Donald Trump in the United States, a night I subsequently spent vomiting into a freshly-scoured toilet bowl, I became something every Sunday and Sabbath School class, every church school teacher and every preacher had every told me I must not be. I became loud. I became furious. I became determined to not be part of any silent majority, not any more.I didn’t know where it might ever lead, if anywhere. It was possible I could be destined to forever break my heart on current events, repackaging it for the social media consumption of those who I suspected were all in agreement. (I was wrong, about the destiny and the agreement.

Instead, I met Mbizo Chirasha, a UNESCO-Rila affiliate poet-in-exile from his home in Zimbabwe. He gave me a single assignment, and taught me how to channel my efforts into the work of a literary activist.

Since then, I’ve taken on a leadership role as the Managing Editor of WordCity Monthly, a global online literary journal, dedicated to fostering understanding and inclusion of different people and cultures, while curating poetry, prose and spoken word that also speaks to peace-building and human rights.

Together with a dream team of editors, we have now begun to publish works of world class literature from writers who range from novices to Pulitzer nominees and Pushcart winners. Our first issue presented pieces from six continents and more than twenty distinct voices.

There’s a lot more to the story of where I’ve been for the last several years. This is a start, at least, and if you’re reading this, thank you. There’s a lot more to do and a lot more to come!)

Mennonites Don’t Dance Paperback by Darcie Friesen Hossack  (Author)

This vibrant collection of short fictions explores how families work, how they are torn apart, and, in spite of differences and struggles, brought back together. Darcie Friesen Hossack’s stories in Mennonites Don’t Dance offer an honest, detailed look into the experiences of children – both young and adult – and their parents and grandparents, exploring generational ties, sins, penance and redemption.Taking place primarily on the Canadian prairies, the families in these stories are confronted by the conflict between tradition and change – one story sees a daughterin- law’s urban ideals push and pull against a mother’s simple, rural ways, in another, a daughter raised in the Mennonite tradition tries to break free from her upbringing to escape to the city in search of a better life. Children learn the rules of farm life, and parents learn that their decisions, in spite of all good intentions, can carry dire consequences.Hossack’s talent, honed through education and experience, is showcased in this polished collection, and is reflected in the relatable, realistic characters and situations she creates. The voices in the stories speak about how we measure ourselves in the absence of family, and how the most interesting families are always flawed in some way.

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From the Back Cover

Darcie Hossack’s stories reverberate with what has been left unsaid, the silence between people that speaks of betrayal, forgiveness, and the power of love to prevail. This is a fine debut by a very promising writer.~ Sandra BirdsellUncompromising and often devastating, the stories in this collection prove the title true-both literally and metaphorically-but these very constraints make the stories’ hard-won moments of joy and insight especially memorable. A vivid, breathtaking book.~ Andreas SchroederDarcie Hossack introduces a culture in which dancing is verboten but the sensual pleasures of food are celebrated with artery-clogging abandon; life is cruel but rich in moments of grace. With unflinching honest, black humour and compassion, she serves up prose as richly palatable as cream gravy.~ Betty Jane Hegerat, author of Delivery

There’s an unfussy purity of expression here, and of narrative control, that sometimes recalls the short fiction of Alistair MacLeod.Globe&Mail

Hossack’s writing may remind readers of…Mennonite authors Patrick Friesen and Miriam Toews.~Winnipeg Free Press

The stories are well written, with vivid imagery, by someone who knows well the rural prairies and the Mennonites who lived there.~Mennonite Weekly Review.

EXTRACT FROM   LITTLE LAMB  by Darcie Friesen Hossack

(But then Henry figured it out, too, when he inherited a pair of ice skates with the slackest boot leather you’ve ever seen. They’d already been worn by three cousins and our other two brothers. With no support, his ankles fells inwards and ached. It was colder than a witch’s tit that day, too (I learned that saying at recess from Erich Wiens, who everyone knows is going straight to hell). When my brother tried to skate on the frozen slough that he trudged a whole mile from the house to get to, the ice was too cold to thaw under the blunted blades, and all he managed to do was shuffle from end to end, his feet growing cold, then dangerously hot, then numb. Then he had to walk all the way home in the deep snow and, by the time he got back, was howling like we’d stuck him in the meat grinder. He blubbered even more when Mom dunked his feet in a bowl of warm water and rubbed his toes, which had gone white. But he stopped pretty quick when Dad came in and gave him the biggest bawling out of his life for being such a little wiener. None of his toes even fell off.)- Extract from   LITTLE LAMB  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 LA Crete 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 Lightning), Darcie is now completing her first novel where, for a family with a Seventh-day Adventist father and a Mennonite mother, the End Times are just around the corner. 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, an international award winning chef.

Mbizo CHIRASHA( Time of the Poet Republic Curator)   Author of a Letter to the President. co-Authored Whispering Woes of Ganges and Zambezi. Co-Edited Street Voices Poetry Collection (Germany Africa Poetry Anthology). Co- Editor of the Corpses of Unity Anthology.  Associate Editor at  Diasporia(n) online. Chief Editor at Time of the Poet Republic. Founding Editor at WomaWords Literary Press. Publisher at Brave Voices Poetry journal.  Curator at Africa Writers Caravan. UNESCO-RILA Affiliate Artist at University of Glasgow. 2020 Poet in Residence Fictional Café. 2019 African Fellow, IHRAF.ORG. Project Curator and Co-Editor of the Second Name of Earth is Peace (Poetry Voices Against WAR Anthology). Contributing Essayist to Monk Arts and Soul Magazine.  Poetry and writtings appear in  FemAsia Magazine ,Wrath -Bearing Tree, Inksweat andtears journal , One Ghana One Magazine, Ofi Press, World Poetry Almanac, Demer Press , Atunis Galaxy poetry online , IHRAF Publishes , The Poet a Day , Bezine.Com , Sentinel UK, Oxford School of Poetry Pamphlet , Africa Crayons, PulpitMagazine,Poetry Pacific, Zimbolicious , Best New Poets ,Poetry Bulawayo , Gramnet webjournal, Diogen Plus , Poeisis.si , Festival de Poesia Medellin and elsewhere .

TIME OF THE POET-An Internet based Writers Center, Archiving Theme based Digital Poetry Anthologies and publishing Iconic Poets ,Writers and Artists from around the globe. TIME OF POET REPUBLIC was founded by UNESCO-RILA Affliate ARTIST. Freedom of SPEECH Fellow PEN-Zentrum Deutschland.2019 African FELLOW ihraf.org and Acclaimed Literary Arts Diplomatie,Mbizo CHIRASHA.

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