Wild River Review art by Christopher McCauley

VOLUME 1 — NUMBER 1





Contributors’ Notes


Phyllis Carol Agins

Phyllis Carol Agins

Phyllis Carol Agins’ fiction includes two novels: Suisan and Never the Same River Twice, as well as numerous short stories, published in Kalliope, Paragraph, and Lilith Magazine (Fall ‘06), among other journals. Her children’s book, Sophie’s Name, has been in print since 1990, and she also co-authored One God, Sixteen Houses, an architectural study. For many years, she served on the board of the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference and taught writing at Penn State Abington. Lately, she divides her time between Fairmont Park and the Mediterranean coast. She has completed a comic novel about young widowhood and is polishing a literary mystery centering on the Shakespeare authorship question. Her next book will follow a Jewish family as they leave Algeria to make a new life in France and America.

Manya Bean

Manya Bean

Manya Bean Ph. D. is a poet, writer and translator, as well as training and supervising analyst at the Philadelphia School of Psychoanalysis and the Southern New Jersey Psychoanalytic Institute. She lives and works in New Jersey and Philadelphia.

Lili Bita

Lili Bita

Author, actress, and musician, Lili Bita has been one of contemporary Greece’s foremost cultural ambassadors. The brilliant interpretations of Greek culture and history in her acclaimed one-woman shows, “The Greek Woman Through the Ages” and “Freedom or Death,” have brought the legacy off Hellenism around the world. Her own poetry and fiction have won praise from such figures as Nikos Kazantzakis, Anais Nin, and Kenneth Rexroth. Tasos Athanasiadis, the former director of the Greek National Theater, calls her “among the most talented women of her generation.”

Angie Brenner

Angie Brenner

Freelance writer Angie Brenner is currently working on her first book: Anatolian Days and Nights. Brenner has written articles about Turkey for local papers, and facilitates travel literature reading groups and presentations at bookstores and libraries in southern California and Oregon. Brenner has traveled extensively through Africa, Turkey, and Vietnam bringing back both hair-raising and humorous stories. In 1997 she closed her store in order to travel and write, and works with elementary students in their Language Arts program near her home in Julian, California. She has recently returned from her fifteenth journey to Turkey.

Ben Cake

Ben Cake

Ben Cake graduated from Kenyon College in May of 2001, four months before the collapse of the twin towers and the American job market. Since then, he has read a lot of books, filled a lot of journals, and slept on a lot of floors. After spending a very good year in Doylestown, PA, working for The Bucks County Writer and other local publications, he moved to New York City, where he works as a copy editor and lives in the Lower East Side. All signs of life are welcome.

William Cole-Kiernan

William Cole-Kiernan


William Cole-Kiernan was a full time philosophy professor at St Peter’s College in Jersey City, New Jersey for thirty-three years before he retired. Now a Professor Emeritus at the College, he continues to teach part time. The main goal in his teaching has always been to teach philosophy as a context for students to expand their consciousness and learn to think for themselves.

His undergraduate work was at New York University, where he completed a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. After college, he served three and a half years in the United States Army as an officer and a pilot flying reconnaissance and light cargo aircraft.

Returning from the service, he switched directions from engineering and started his study of philosophy. He has a Master’s and a PhD from Fordham University, and specialized in American Philosophy, especially focusing on the thought of William James and John Dewey.

He lives in Lambertville, New Jersey with his wife Barbara, and has four grown children and six grandchildren.

Tramon Crofford

Tramon Crofford


Tramon Crofford recently graduated from Loyola University in Chicago with a BA in English/Creative Writing where she received the John Gerrietts Award for Excellence in Creative Writing. Elephants is her first published fiction. She lives in Chicago and has a love/hate relationship with the city. She grew up in a rural area where she feels her true home is, but the city has so much to teach her and so much to offer in that there is a huge population where no two people are alike. She likes the mystery and anonymity of the city, and often catches glimpses or scenes, but seldom gets the whole picture. Since there are so many different ways to fill in the blanks, she can never be too sure what is reality (and what is dream/memory). She likes to revisit a moment in time, but her memory is not always as reliable as she’d like it to be: the colors, moods, motivations and outcomes all change blending into a daydream.

Tim Delehaunty

Tim Delehaunty


Tim Delehaunty is a graduate of Holy Cross College and the Bread Loaf School of English. He has published fiction in the magazine Aethelon, the anthology Meridien Bound, and the Blue Parlor chapbook series. He is a winner of the Philadelphia Voices writing contest. He currently teaches English and is the director of studies at Lawrence Academy where he teaches a novella-writing workshop called Writing in Diners. He lives with his wife and two children in Groton, Massachusetts.

Daniel Elisii

Daniel Elisii

Daniel Elisii resides in Pennsylvania where he writes draws and dreams his subconscious comics into solid shapes. He graduated from the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon & Graphic Art and has had work published in an alternative comics anthology. He has recently begun to self publish his own mini-comics and illustrated stories.

Visit InsectAsh.com to see more of his words and pictures.

James Hubbell

James Hubbell

James Hubbell sculpts unique living environments from nearby materials, providing beautiful shelters for humans to dwell in harmony with nature. Over the past fifty years he has shared an inspiring vision of the spirit of nature made tangible in glass, wood, metal, concrete, and stone, in homes, schools, gardens, pavilions, nature centers and peace parks around the globe. He is also founder and guiding light of the Ilan Lael Foundation.

Gary Lee Kraut

Gary Lee Kraut

Gary Lee Kraut is a travel and fiction writer and travel consultant living in Paris and returning frequently to his hometown of Trenton, New Jersey. His most recent book is Paris Revisited: The Guide for the Return Traveler. He is the recipient of FrancePress’s 1995 Prix d’Excellence for an earlier guide to France. He operates the website ParisRevisited.com. He has taught several travel writing workshops at the Writers Room of Bucks County.

Dorothy Lehman Hoerr

Dorothy Lehman Hoerr holds a Master’s degree in English and Publishing from Rosemont College. She has published articles, essays, and poetry in Writer’s Digest, Berks County Living, Schuylkill Living, The Explicator, and American Writing, among others. Dorothy teaches for Writer’s Digest Online Workshops and serves as a judge for the Writer’s Digest self-published book contest. She is member of the part-time English faculty at Montgomery County Community College and several other Pennsylvania colleges.

Christopher McCauley

Christopher McCauley

Christopher McCauley is an award-winning artist from Bucks County, PA. His pastels have been exhibited in galleries throughout the tri-state area in both group and solo shows. He is a graduate of the Tyler School of Art, and continues to paint and teach pastel painting workshops locally. Chris and his work are profiled in the latest edition of Pastel Journal.

Visit ChristopherMcCauley.com to view McCauley’s body of pastel, illustration and design work.

Jonathan Maberry

Jonathan Maberry, Co-Founder & Co-Executive Editor, has been a professional writer for thirty years and has sold over a dozen nonfiction books, three novels (including Ghost Road Blues, June 2006, Pinnacle), and over 900 articles, as well as short stories, poetry, plays, video scripts, song lyrics, and more. He is a book doctor and writing teacher, and is a frequent lecturer at writers’ conferences. Visit his website at: JonathanMaberry.com

 Fran Metzman

Fran Metzman


Fran Metzman has published numerous short stories, a novel, and essays. She is fiction editor for the Schuylkill Valley Journal, has led workshops and taught about working with small presses at Rosemont College on the Main Line near Philadelphia. At work on a new novel, Metzman says that while truth may be stranger than fiction, fiction unleashes the unconscious.

Tim E. Ogline

Tim E. Ogline

Tim E. Ogline is a Greater Philadelphia based illustrator and graphic designer. Ogline’s illustrations have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Utne Reader, Outdoor Life and Philadelphia Style among others. Tim serves as the Comics Editor and Art Director of the Wild River Review.

Ogline, an alumnus of and former instructor at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art, is the principal of Ogline Design. Ogline Design has proudly served a clientele including Florida Tourism, the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Governor Ed Rendell, The White House, Lois Murphy for Congress, Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern Pennsylvania, Damon's Grill, NAPA, SmithKline Beecham and many more in its eight year history.

Visit TimOgline.com to view Ogline’s illustration gallery. Visit OglineDesign.com to view Ogline Design’s capabilities and creative.

Dzvinia Orlowsky

Dzvinia Orlowsky

Dzvinia Orlowsky is a founding editor of Four Way Books and the author of three poetry collections including Except for One Obscene Brushstroke (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2004). Her poetry and translations have appeared in numerous anthologies including A Map of Hope: An International Literary Anthology; From Three Worlds: New Writing from the Ukraine; and A Hundred Years of Youth: A Bilingual Anthology of 20th Century Ukrainian Poetry. She currently teaches at the Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program at Pine Manor College.

Raquel Pidal

Raquel B. Pidal

Raquel B. Pidal is a freelance editor and writer who has worked on a variety of projects, including memoirs, business and career management books and articles, health articles, book proposals, and novel synopses and analyses. She has also taught several workshops for children and young writers. Raquel graduated Cum Laude from Ursinus College with a degree in English and Creative Writing. She earned Departmental Honors for her senior thesis, a memoir about her Cuban émigré mother, and has won several awards for her writing. Raquel’s creative nonfiction has been published in The Bucks County Writer, The Bucks County Review, and Wild River Review, including book reviews and a regular column in Wild River Review called Around the Block. She is currently working on a novel.

The Professor

The Professor

The Professor, as he is known to legions of business contacts throughout Asia, has been traveling to Hong Kong and elsewhere in the region since late in the last millennium. He is a native of Philadelphia, PA and maintains his permanent residence there. His poetry, fiction, interviews and articles have been published by Philadelphia-area newspapers, magazines and anthologies, and he is currently planning another trip abroad. He is shown here at left, about to join the Maclehose Trail in Sai Kung.

Jennifer C. Schelter

Jennifer C. Schelter

Jennifer C. Schelter is a professional yoga teacher, life coach, actress, writer, painter, photographer, and model.

She is the founder and director of Yoga Schelter studio in Philadelphia and Yoga Unites a non-profit, anti-violence Out Reach program that promotes yoga as a tool for health, partnership and transformation. She is known for leading over 500 people at the annual Yoga Unite for Living Beyond Breast Cancer on the Philadelphia Art Museum steps. She is the producer of AM Awake audio CD and a yoga DVD, The Art of Vinyasa Yoga.

As an actress she has performed in New York City Off-Broadway in her one-woman show Lingerie at Surf Reality and at the Clurman Theatre. In 1998 she founded the role of Cordelia in the World Premier of Taking Leave by Nagle Jackson at the Denver Center Theatre Company where she shared in receiving the Tony Award for best regional theatre. She has traveled to Europe, the Balkans, Asia, Southeast Asia, South America and the Caribbean photographing and painting watercolors of landscapes, architecture, animals and people. In the summer of 1997, she was selected for Art Retreat Week on the Island of Great Spruce Head, Maine, at the home of American Artist Fairfield Porter. She sells her work by word of mouth.

Ceren Semerci

Ceren Semerci


Ceren Semerci is a portrait and fashion photographer. In addition, she is a principal in the photography studio, Boom, based in Istanbul, Turkey.

Jill Sherer

Jill Sherer

Jill Sherer is a former Weight Loss Diary columnist for Shape Magazine. During that time, she took six million readers (who now know how much she weighs) on her journey to get fit each month through a series of personal essays and live chats. An award-winning journalist, whose work has appeared in a variety of business- and health-related media, she’s also been writing feature articles, scripts and other marketing, corporate and creative communications for more than 18 years. (Somebody has to pay the mortgage.) She is currently rewriting her first novel, again, so she can get it to her agent before he dies or decides to retire. She lives in New Hope, Pennsylvania, with her fiancé, her Golden Retriever, too many houseguests, and a lot of over-the-counter pain medication.

C.J. Spataro

C.J. Spataro

C.J. Spataro is a 2005 Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship recipient. Her work has been both a finalist and won second place in the Philadelphia City Paper Fiction Contest and she has had two stories presented at the InterAct Theatre’s Writing Aloud. Her short fiction has been published or is forthcoming in XConnect and Hackwriters.com. Currently, she is the fiction editor and co-publisher of Philadelphia Stories Magazine and an MFA candidate at Rosemont College.

Wendy Steginsky

Wendy Steginsky


Wendy Fulton Steginsky was born and raised in Bermuda. She found her way to the U.S. via Europe in the late 70’s. She was a special education teacher for many years and worked most recently as program director at the Writers Room of Bucks County. She is Managing Editor of the Wild River Review. Poetry is her passion and she writes the column, The Fire and Blood of Poetry.

Harvey Steinberg

Harvey Steinberg


Harvey Steinberg looks at himself as an artifact of the world rather than the world as an artifact of himself. Harvey submits writings, and over 20 journals in 10 states have published his poems, and occasionally other forms of literature as well. He is now writing theater works and finds this to be the most fulfilling medium (some short pieces have been staged). He will ultimately work toward the creation of quality verse plays and poetic drama. So although retired, he is not deterred.

Joy E. Stocke

Joy E. Stocke

Joy E. Stocke is Co-Founder of the Wild River Review. She is author of a novel, Ugly Cookies (Pella Publishing, 2000) and a volume of bilingual (English/Greek) narrative poems, The Cave of the Bear (Pella Publishing, 1999) based on her travels in Crete.

She has published poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, and has written about and lectured widely on her travels in Turkey and Greece, as well as religion, ancient and modern. She appeared on the syndicated NPR radio program A Chef’s Table in May 2004 to talk about Turkish Cuisine.

In addition to a literary travel memoir, Anatolian Days and Nights, she is working on her second book of poems set in Greece, and a novel set in the U.S., Germany, and Crete for which she was awarded a fellowship at the Ragdale Foundation in Lake Forest, IL.

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison with a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics/Journalism, she participated in the Lindisfarne Symposium on The Evolution of Consciousness with William Irwin Thompson at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City. Currently she is completing a three-year program in Tantric Studies at the Saraswati River Yoga School in New Hope, PA.

William Irwin Thompson

William Irwin Thompson

William Irwin Thompson was born in 1938 in Chicago Illinois. The family moved to Southern California at the end of World War II where he earned a B.A. at Pomona College. His formal education continued at Cornell University, where he held a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship (M.A. [1964]; Ph.D. [1966]). He became a member of the faculty in Humanities at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1965 and remained until 1968, when he left MIT to teach at York University in Toronto (1968-1973).

Although he has held various other visiting appointments — at Syracuse University, the University of Hawaii, University of Toronto, Western Behavioral Sciences Institute, and the California Institute of Integral Studies — Thompson has since remained outside of academe. In Passage About Earth, Thompson writes about individuals from the ‘60s — among them Ralph Nader, Buckminster Fuller, Alan Watts, Timothy Leary, John Lilly — who “left institutions behind to become institutions in their own right.”

In 1972, Thompson founded The Lindisfarne Association, originally based in New York, later to find a permanent home in Crestone, Colorado, home of the Lindisfarne Fellows House and the Lindisfarne Chapel. For 25 years, under the sponsorship of its Dean — and chair of the Association — James Park Morton, Lindisfarne was headquartered in the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York.

The Association also gave rise the Lindisfarne Press, which, though no longer an independent house, still publishes under its own imprint for The Anthroposophical Press.

Jerry Waxler

Jerry Waxler

Jerry Waxler, M.S., is a workshop leader and therapist, specializing in the challenges faced by writers. He has established a reputation as a mentor and coach for writers who want to achieve their goals. His motivational and self-development workshops with titles such as Self-development for Writers, The Writing Habit, and Going Public form the basis for a 200 page workshop packet named Four Elements for Writers, How to Get Beyond ‘Yes-But,’ Conquer Self-Doubt and Inertia, and Achieve Your Writing Goals available from his website. Jerry’s columns appear regularly in the Doylestown Patriot and the Wild River Review.

Sara Jo West

Sara Jo West


Sara Jo West is the Program Director and an Editor for Career Doctor for Writers.

Eveline Zoutendijk

Eveline Zoutendijk

Eveline Zoutendijk owns and manages the Sarnic Hotel, built over a fifth-century Byzantine cistern in Istanbul’s historic district of Sultanahmet. Cordon Bleu-trained chef, she also gives Turkish cooking classes. Her essay, The Painting or the Boy, appears in the collection Tales From the Expat Harem, Foreign Women in Modern Turkey released in Turkey by Dogan/Kitap Press and to be released in March in the U.S. and Canada by Seal Press.