WordCity Literary Journal’s (M)othering issue is live on it’s new site!


We are live with WordCity Literary Journal's (M)othering Issue! Together with guest editors, Anne Sorbie and Heidi Grogan, we have assembled a collection that is bursting not only with literary brilliance, but every possible emotion. Please set aside some time to scroll through and find both writers you know and writers you'll now want to … Continue reading WordCity Literary Journal’s (M)othering issue is live on it’s new site!

WordCity Literary Journal Expands into its Second Home!


With its wealth and years of content on Time of the Poet Republic, this site is currently at capacity, and no further images or audio files can be added without a business upgrade by the site owner. WordCity Literary Journal, which has made its home here for the past eight months, has therefore expanded into … Continue reading WordCity Literary Journal Expands into its Second Home!

WordCity Monthly. April 2021. Issue8


Letter from the Editor, Darcie Friesen Hossack There is not a particle of life that does not bear poetry within it. -Gustave Flaubert Like the spring wildflowers (which are still a month away where I live), this spring edition of WordCity is bursting with colour. One of the living things now making its way into … Continue reading WordCity Monthly. April 2021. Issue8

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