WordCity: A Call for Manuscripts Related to Mothering


For our May 2021 issue of WordCity Monthly, our editorial board is delighted to join together with Anne Sorbie and Heidi Grogan, editors of the forthcoming (M)othering Anthology (Inanna Publications, 2022), in announcing a call for fiction, non-fiction, poetry and visual art related to (M)othering. It is our hope to feature poetry and prose from … Continue reading WordCity: A Call for Manuscripts Related to Mothering

Rising Rwandan Poet Akimana Divine writes about the scars of her heart.


Rwandan Poet and youth activist, Akimana Divine writes bold verses that speak to all young people of her nation and beyond. She exposes moral decadence and other vices that corrupt the lives and dignity of her generation. Her poetic hymns are original, genuine and emanate from inner depth pit of herself. The heart-seizing passion, the mind raving rhythm and abundant reason illustrate her love of her people and her respect to the dignity of humanity. She writes this poetry volume with the voice of a teenager, despite her being of an old, thus the collection projects her life experiences, memories and tragedies she encountered during her teenage years. Divine's SCARS THAT SHAPE US is a testimony that she is a true voice of the youth, the voiceless, the abused, the poor and the vulnerable. This poetry collection is a story that carries voices of young African people and a voice representing those suffering in the dungeons of poverty, locked in chains of deliquesces and imprisoned behind the high walls of decadence. It is prose –poetry collection of an up and coming poet. She carries the promise of Rwanda, Africa and the globe. She is a wonderful daughter of Africa using her poetry voice to speak the truth, child rights, youth freedoms, disease, evils, delinquency and more.

WordCity Monthly March 2021 Issue7


Letter from the Editor, Darcie Friesen Hossack There is not a particle of life that does not bear poetry within it. -Gustave Flaubert March 10, 2021 When I began to write this letter, it was March 8th: International Women's Day. Needing to drive to the city for an appointment, I ended up far from home, … Continue reading WordCity Monthly March 2021 Issue7

Daughters of Smoke and Fire, a novel excerpt by Ava Homa. WordCity Monthly March 2021 Issue7


Daughters of Smoke and Fire (courtesy of HarperCollins) Chapter 14   When his grandpa drew a yogurt mustache above Alan’s lips, the boy dissolved into giggles. Picturing himself with real whiskers thrilled Alan, who thought that facial hair might make up for being shorter than the other boys in his class. “Your laughter woke me … Continue reading Daughters of Smoke and Fire, a novel excerpt by Ava Homa. WordCity Monthly March 2021 Issue7

Surfacing, prose poems by Susan Tiberghien. WordCity Monthly March 2021 Issue7


Surfacing Star Chair A first photo shows him six months old, sitting in a small straw chair. A second photo show him one year old, upright, holding on to the back of the same straw chair. He’s now two years old. We’re waiting at the airport. When we try to stand him on his own, … Continue reading Surfacing, prose poems by Susan Tiberghien. WordCity Monthly March 2021 Issue7

Spectacles, Testicles, Wallet and Watch. Fiction by Alex Keegan. WordCity Monthly March 2021 Issue7


  Spectacles, Testicles, Wallet and Watch   Late February, 1991. Friday. Friday afternoon, very cold, and Thomas Smith, sales manager, leaves his London offices for home. Tom has left a little early. Once a week he allows himself the chance to beat the crush of commuters travelling from Waterloo to the South Coast. He knows … Continue reading Spectacles, Testicles, Wallet and Watch. Fiction by Alex Keegan. WordCity Monthly March 2021 Issue7

We didn’t read the news. Prose Poem by Neil McCarthy. WordCity Monthly March 2021 Issue7


  We didn’t read the news   I was at my usual booth, half a cold cappuccino in front of me, my daughter crawling over my lapin an attempt to crayon the paper I was reading.The man at the table across the floor looked like the prison warden from The Shawshank Redemption.Whatshisface. I'd seen him in a few things recently.He smiled. Stared just long enough for … Continue reading We didn’t read the news. Prose Poem by Neil McCarthy. WordCity Monthly March 2021 Issue7

Literary Spotlight and Writing Advice: Sue Burge with Elżbieta Wójcik-Leese. WordCity Monthly March 2021 Issue7


Elżbieta Wójcik-Leese. Photo by Peter Leese Translanguaging: A conversation with Elżbieta Wójcik-Leese      This month I’m really excited to have the opportunity to talk to Elżbieta Wójcik-Leese, who is a multilingual poet, literary translator, editor, cognitive linguist, scholar, artist, and so much more! Elżbieta combines her experience of living and working with/in languages with a … Continue reading Literary Spotlight and Writing Advice: Sue Burge with Elżbieta Wójcik-Leese. WordCity Monthly March 2021 Issue7

3 poems by CORINA OPROAE. WordCity Monthly March 2021 Issue7


Anastasis   She died at night I mourned her three days, then I lay beside her patiently waiting for her to resurrect.   I was told that someone among us, who was a saint, rose from the dead on the third day and then ascended into heaven.   She was a saint too, I thought, … Continue reading 3 poems by CORINA OPROAE. WordCity Monthly March 2021 Issue7

The Word, a poem by Christopher Galano. WordCity Monthly March 2021 Issue7


The Word   za Anu   I met a man who sang of lilies down-spiralling on a bier garden— who sang of ivory petals alighting ashen corpses and red dust— who sang of dancers kicking up red dust into the atmosphere— who sang of dancers banging glasses, splashing drinks on ashen corpses— who sang of … Continue reading The Word, a poem by Christopher Galano. WordCity Monthly March 2021 Issue7