Wild River Review art by Christopher McCauley

VOLUME 1 — NUMBER 3.3

NEW IN WILD RIVER REVIEW

SPOTLIGHT: Fly Me to the Moon — A Conversation with Mathematician and Artist, Ed Belbruno

COLUMN: Storiedmusic by DJ T’challah

AIRMAIL: Bodhi Blues — A Year in India by Jessica Falcone

NOVEL EXCERPT: Blood Grip — Chapter 2

REVIEW: Gulliver as Slave Trader — Racism Reviled by Jonathan Swift




Contributors’ Notes

Our contributors provide the source of free-flowing ideas and streaming consciousness that give this magazine its insightful and enriching current. Get to know the writers and the artists — the thinkers — that make Wild River Review the engaging experience it is.

The Wild River Review — For Thinkers, By Thinkers.

Chris Allen

Chris Allen

Chris Allen became interested in filmmaking during High School, and has pursued it ever since. He studied Bhakti Yoga (which he still practices) in Chicago before receiving a degree in Film and Television from New York University. After raising three children and producing videos in corporate America, Allen started his own film company, Open Sky Cinema, writing and producing documentaries. They include “The Delaware and Raritan Canal,” “Lost Princeton,” “A Warm and Loving Look — The Poetry of Stephen Kalinich,” and “Open Sky.”

For his current project, Quark Park, Allen has filmed and interviewed dozens of scientists, artists, sculptors, landscape architects, and architects in collaboration with Quark Park’s creators Peter Soderman, Kevin Wilkes; and with the Wild River Review.

CHRIS ALLEN IN THIS EDITION:
QUARK PARK: An Interview with Rush Holt

Janice Gable Bashman

Janice Gable Bashman


Janice Gable Bashman’s career has included working in television and film production (major motion pictures, professional sporting events, commercials, multi-media production) and in the field of clinical psychology and psychodrama.

She has published extensively in the field of psychology and has written and directed videos on psychodrama. More recently, she has been a book reviewer for Elle Magazine and the Borzoi Reader, completed an author profile for Bucks Magazine (July/August 2006), and completed an author profile for The Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market (August 2007). She is currently working in collaboration with best-selling author Jonathan Maberry on a book for writers about the inner workings of the publishing business.

JANICE GABLE BASHMAN IN THIS EDITION:
SPOTLIGHT: Thrill-Ride — The Dark World of Mysteries & Thrillers
SPOTLIGHT: Thrill-Ride — An Interview with Barry Eisler

Suzanne Ashley

Suzanne Ashley

Suzanne Ashley lives in London and works as a publishing consultant. She graduated back in 1993 with a degree in Art History, after which she carved a path through the London book industry via bookselling, marketing, and sales. In 2005, after achieving her dream of becoming UK Sales and Marketing Director at Continuum Books, she broke her back in a paragliding accident. Now fully recovered, she has decided to experience the publishing world from a freelance perspective. She set up the Publishing Results consultancy earlier in 2006 and when not working with one of her clients, Suzanne takes time out to develop her creative writing and pilates skills.

SUZANNE ASHLEY IN THIS EDITION:
AIRMAIL: London Calling

Sandra Becker

Sandra Becker


Sandra Becker’s chapbook, Foreign Bodies, was published Spring 2004 by Carolina Wren Press. Other poems have been published in the Bucks County Writer, Comstock Review, Concrete Wolf, Flesh & Bone, Freshet, Mad Poets Review, Rexdale Publishing, Schuylkill Valley Journal of the Arts, Out of Line. She was a runner-up in the 2004 Robert Fraser Poetry Contest and recipient of a writing award from the National League of American Pen Women/Simi Valley Branch, placing first in their 2000 Poetry Contest for her poem, “Honor the Stones.”

SANDRA BECKER IN THIS EDITION:
POETRY: Ice Ages

Jonathan Baylis

Jonathan Baylis

Before Jonathan Baylis wrote auto-bio comix, he interned at Marvel Comics, Valiant/Acclaim Comics, and was an Associate Editor at Topps Comics. His comix have been published locally in New York City in Free Comics NYC and The Comical Magazine. His story, “So... Only Nixon Could’ve Gone to China” was the first comic story to be published in The Florida Review. He will self-publish a collection of his stories in the next year, but currently, they can be found at www.SoButtons.com.

WEBSITE: www.SoButtons.com
EMAIL: AlchemyComix@aol.com

JONATHAN BAYLIS IN THIS EDITION:
COMICS: So... My Dad Got Drafted?
COMICS: So... Racist?

David Beyer, Jr.

David Beyer, Jr.

David Beyer, Jr. was born on the first day of the last year that the Brewers won the pennant. It is interesting to note that, because he really has no interest in professional baseball. He used to watch “Sesame Street” while eating macaroni and cheese with little pieces of hotdogs in it, and not much has changed since then. He is a smelly punk that has just moved back in with his parents, and they all live together in a southeastern Wisconsin town that used to be known as “The Saratoga of the West.”

WEBSITE: dascbejr.livejournal.com
EMAIL: D_Beyer_Jr@hotmail.com

DAVID BEYER, JR. IN THIS EDITION:
COMICS: So Buttons — So... Racist?

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.

ANGIE BRENNER IN THIS EDITION:
SPOTLIGHT: Rumi and Coke — An Excerpt from Anatolian Days and Nights: A Love Affair with Turkey
SPOTLIGHT: Turkish Authors Face Controversy

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.

EMAIL: benjamincake@gmail.com

BEN CAKE IN THIS EDITION:
AIRMAIL: Thursdays with Nobody

Annika Cameron

Annika Cameron

Annika Cameron was born in Hawaii and raised by anthroposophically-oriented hippie parents, her colorful backround the perfect base to grow an artist in. Coming to NYC for college she graduated from Parsons School of Design with a BFA in Illustration. She then went on to become the artist she is today, studying for many years with her mentor and renowned artist/illustrator David Passalacqua. Comfortable in many mediums and styles she works in storyboarding, editorial, digital, reportage, photography and more. Annika now calls Harlem, NYC ‘home’ where she resides with her soul mate and their son.

ANNIKA CAMERON IN THIS EDITION:
COLUMN: Storiedmusic (illustration)

Rosemary Carstens

Rosemary Carstens

Rosemary Carstens has been a freelance writer for fifteen years, focusing on writing about health, art, books, film, food, and adventure travel. She has visited most of the remote regions of the world and is the author of Dream Rider: Roadmap to an Adventurous Life (Black Lightning Press 2003), a book about women and motorcycling, and co-author of Sustaining Thought: 30 Years of Cookery at the School of American Research ( 2006). Carstens lives in Longmont, Colorado, with her most recent ride, the Road Goddess, a classic Yamaha Virago 1100.

ROSEMARY CARSTENS IN THIS EDITION:
ART: Voices of the People

Sergio Cervetti

Sergio Cervetti

Sergio Cervetti is a composer of over 150 works for orchestra, voice, chamber ensemble, dance, and film, who finds himself for the first time published as a translator of poetry. He is no stranger to poetry however, as a number of his compositions have set poetry to music.

Cervetti attended Peabody Institute where he studied under Ernst Krenek, Lazlo Halasz, and Stefan Grové. In 1966 he won the Caracas Festival prize for “Five Episodes for violin, cello and piano”. Following his graduation, he was invited by the DAAD to be composer-in-residence in Berlin. During this time he wrote “Lux Lucet in Tenebris” for chorus for which he was awarded the Gaudeamus Prize in Holland. He returned to the Unites States in 1970 and took up residence in New York City where he taught at Brooklyn College, worked for Virgil Thomson, and studied electronic music with Vladimir Ussachevsky at Columbia University. He established his reputation as a composer of electronic music with “The Hay Wain”, inspired by the Bosch painting, sections of which are used in Oliver Stone’s film, “Natural Born Killers.”

Cervetti joined the faculty of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in 1972 where he taught music composition, history and choreography as Master Teacher until 1997. During this time he began his long association with the dance world with “40 Second/42nd Variations”, “Wind Devil”, and “Inez de Castro.” For WNYC Radio’s 50th Anniversary Concert, Cervetti was among the composers who musically set John Ashbery’s poem, “No Longer Very Clear”. “Nuestras Vidas Son Los Ríos”, for soprano, string quartet and harpsichord, with a text by 16th century Spanish poet, Jorge Manrique, premiered in 2003 at the Casa de America in Madrid, cosponsored by the American, Canadian, and Mexican Embassies.

Sergio Cervetti’s opera, “Elegy For A Prince”, written in collaboration with librettist, Elizabeth Esris, has been selected to be part of the 2007 VOX Opera Showcase Festival. Excerpts of “Elegy For A Prince” will be performed by the orchestra and singers from New York City Opera at the Skirball Center at New York University in May, 2007. He is currently working in collaboration with Elizabeth Esris on his second opera based on Gilles de Rais, and a theater piece on Asperger’s Syndrome. More information concerning “Elegy For A Prince” is at www.elegyforaprince.com.

SERGIO CERVETTI IN THIS EDITION:
POETRY: Gaucho (Español)

Jonathan Cox

Jonathan Cox

Jonathan Cox is an Associate Professor of Art (Sculpture) at Marshall University in West Virginia. He has a BFA from the University of Florida and an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design.

My father gave me my first toolbox when I was four. He cleared the trees from the land that he bought from my grandmother, then used the wood from the trees to build the house that I grew up in. Before I was fourteen, we had built five boats together. The process that I engage in with my sculpture today begins with wood and with skills that I learned as a child. From there, I add whatever material will best communicate the idea. I am most intent on producing works that edify and elevate the consciousness of others. I am currently working on a large, suspended self-portrait piece and planning an extended trip to Japan.

WEBSITE: www.JonathanCoxSculpture.com

JONATHAN COX IN THIS EDITION:
ART: The Art of Jonathan Cox

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.

WILLIAM COLE-KIERNAN IN THIS EDITION:
COLUMN: Ask the Philosopher

Gunter David

Gunter David

Born in Berlin, Germany, Gunter fled with his parents to Paris, France, with the ascent of Hitler to power in 1933. The family migrated to Palestine in 1935. Gunter grew up in Tel Aviv, where he attended elementary and high school. He came to the US in January, 1948, several months before Israel became a state, to study journalism. He was a reporter on major city newspapers for 25 years, and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize by the Evening Bulletin of Philadelphia. He covered the Yom Kippur War (1973) for the Daily News of Philadelphia. He has been to Israel a dozen times in the last three decades as a correspondent and on visits to his relatives and friends. He speaks Hebrew perfectly. His wife, Dalia, is a native of Haifa, Israel. She belongs to the fourth generation of her family to have been born in what was then Palestine. Both Gunter and Dalia are American citizens.

GUNTER DAVID IN THIS EDITION:
BLOG: The Long Road to the Promised Land
SHORT STORY: The Wanderers

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.

WEBSITE: www.InsectAsh.com
EMAIL: Eopoe@aol.com

DANIEL ELISII IN THIS EDITION:
COMICS: Insect Ash — Art Explains
COMICS: Insect Ash — Spurgall
COMICS: Insect Ash — X-mas Shadows

W. D. Ehrhart

W. D. Ehrhart


W. D. Ehrhart’s most recent collection is Sleeping with the Dead (Adastra Press 2006); he lives in Philadelphia and teaches at the Haverford School.

WEBSITE: www.wdehrhart.com

W. D. EHRHART IN THIS EDITION:
POETRY: Untitled Temple Poem

Elizabeth Esris

Elizabeth Esris

Elizabeth Esris was published in the Bucks County Writer in Fall, 2002. Most recently she completed the libretto for an opera, “Elegy For A Prince”, written in collaboration with composer Sergio Cervetti, who translated “Gaucho”. (The website for the opera is www.elegyforaprince.com) She has taught English in the Central Bucks School District for thirteen years.

ELIZABETH ESRIS IN THIS EDITION:
POETRY: Gaucho
POETRY: Gaucho (Español)

Jessica Falcone

Jessica Falcone


Jessica Falcone is a PhD candidate in Anthropology at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. She is currently spending a year in India to conduct research for her dissertation on the changing dynamics of Buddhist pilgrimage in India. This is Jessica’s fourth trip to India.

JESSICA FALCONE IN THIS EDITION:
AIRMAIL: Bodhi Blues — A Year in India: Friends and Fiends
AIRMAIL: Bodhi Blues — A Year in India: From The Passenger’s Seat

Robbin Farr

Robbin Farr


Robbin Farr recently completed a year sabbatical from teaching high school and explored life without the ubiquitous mountain of papers to grade. After retrieving a few pages of incomprehensible poems wisely hidden in the back of a cabinet, she set off for a workshop at a wholly organic, macrobiotic, vegan retreat where she and fellow writers drank a lot of wine late at night. She is now, despite the unbelieving retorts from relatives, writing poetry in an MFA program at Queens University of Charlotte, which she insists is one of the four most meaningful events of her life.

ROBBIN FARR IN THIS EDITION:
FIRST BYLINES: Design
FIRST BYLINES: First Communion

Russ Fee

Russ Fee


Russ Fee is a former civil rights attorney who now teaches elementary school in the Chicago area. He is a graduate of the College of William and Mary, where he majored in English. His poems have appeared in journals such as Barnwood Poetry Magazine and Potato Hill Poetry. Russ is the author of a book of poems about his teaching experiences entitled, A Dash of Expectation (Poems of the Classroom). He has three grown children and lives in Oak Park, Illinois, with his wife Joan, a university professor.

RUSS FEE IN THIS EDITION:
POETRY: A Different Concept
POETRY: Grand Junction Cemetery

Vicky Fish

Vicky Fish


Vicky Fish has published short stories in the Northwoods Journal and Slowtrains. She lives in Vermont with her husband and three boys, where she is a freelance writer and a hospice volunteer among other things.

VICKY FISH IN THIS EDITION:
SHORT STORY: Perambulating the Bounds

Silvia Foti

Silvia Foti

Silvia Foti’s first novel, a mystery titled Skullduggery, was published by Creative Arts Book Company, San Francisco, in 2002. With a master’s degree in Journalism from Northwestern University, she has been writing for publication for twenty years, much of her business derived from her freelance company called Lotus Ink. Residing in Chicago with her husband and two children, Silvia is the president of Chicago Sisters in Crime and Love Is Murder, a multi-genre readers’ and writers’ conference.

WEBSITE: www.SilviaFoti.com

SILVIA FOTI IN THIS EDITION:
SHORT STORY: The Diva’s Fool

Constance Garcia-Barrio

Constance Garcia-Barrio

A native Philadelphian, Constance Garcia-Barrio has roots that reach back to Fredericksburg, Virginia, home of her great-grandmother, Rose Wilson Ware, or Maw, born into slavery about 1851. Some details of Garcia-Barrio's novel come to her as oral heirlooms from Maw, who lived to age 113. Garcia-Barrio spent some summers of her childhood on Maw's farm.

Garcia-Barrio, an associate professor at West Chester University, West Chester, PA, has held writing fellowships at the Ragdale Foundation, Dorland Mountain Arts Colony, and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. Her credits include Pennsylvania Magazine, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Christian Science Monitor, and other publications. The National Association of Black Journalists gave her a magazine journalism award in 2000 for her article on African Americans in circus history. This past summer the Interact Theatre Company chose her short story, “The Sitting Tree,” for its “Writing Aloud” series.

Widowhood and approaching retirement have given her a second wind, and she means to sail on it.

CONSTANCE GARCIA-BARRIO IN THIS EDITION:
NOVEL EXCERPT: Blood Grip — Chapter 1
NOVEL EXCERPT: Blood Grip — Chapter 2

Denise Gess

Denise Gess


Denise Gess is the author of two critically-acclaimed novels, Good Deeds (Crown, 1984) and Red Whiskey Blues (Crown, 1989), and the nonfiction book Firestorm At Peshtigo: A Town, Its People and The Deadliest Fire in American History (Holt, 2002). Her short fiction has appeared in the North American Review and anthologized in The Horizon Reader. Her personal essays have appeared in Remarkable Reads: 34 Writers and Their Adventures in Reading (Norton 2004), Philadelphia Stories, Philadelphia Magazine, and Writer’s Digest. She received honorable mention in creative nonfiction in the New Millennium Writing Awards Contest (2002). She is an assistant professor of creative writing at Rowan University.

“Bad For Boys” is the lead essay in a collection of the same title.

DENISE GESS IN THIS EDITION:
ESSAY: Bad For Boys

Johnny Goodyear

Johnny Goodyear


Johnny Goodyear is a London-born writer living in Lambertville, New Jersey for now.

JOHNNY GOODYEAR IN THIS EDITION:
SHORT STORY: Metaphysics, Cinema

Donald Hall

Donald Hall

Donald Hall is one of our foremost men of letters, widely read and loved for his award-winning poetry, fiction, essays, and children’s literature. He has published sixteen collections of poetry and has edited numerous anthologies. His poetry has won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, The National Book Critics Circle Award, a Lenore Marshall Award, and the Robert Frost Medal of the Poetry Society of America. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He was installed as the nation’s Poet Laureate in October of 2006. Since 1975, when he resigned his university teaching position, Hall has lived in New Hampshire, on Eagle Pond Farm, an old family house, which he shared with his wife, poet Jane Kenyon. Their life together and her tragic death from leukemia have been the subjects of many of his poems.

DONALD HALL IN THIS EDITION:
PROFILE: Thinking with Muscle and Tongue — The Poetry of Donald Hall
POETRY: Great Day in the Cows House
POETRY: Kicking the Leaves
POETRY: The Man in the Dead Machine
POETRY: Mount Kearsarge Shines
POETRY: Weeds and Peonies

Dan Kopcow

Dan Kopcow


Dan Kopcow is the author of numerous short stories, novels and screenplays and has always been fascinated with the art and craft of storytelling. His passion for stories is also reflected in his love for film and theater. He is a founding member of the Ambler Writers Group. He earned his B.S. in Chemical Engineering at Syracuse University and, by day, is an environmental remediation project manager.

DAN KOPCOW IN THIS EDITION:
FIRST BYLINES: When Jilted Alice Spoke

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 France Press’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.

GARY LEE KRAUT IN THIS EDITION:
AIRMAIL: A Letter from Paris

Anna Kushner

Anna Kushner


Anna Kushner was born in Philadelphia and first traveled to Cuba in 1999. Her current projects include the writing of a memoir about a family divided by divorce, exile, death, and politics and a translation of The Autobiography of Fidel Castro. Her work has appeared in The Bucks County Writer and her translations have appeared in Words Without Borders. She lives in Queens, New York.

ANNA KUSHNER IN THIS EDITION:
ESSAY: Orlando’s House

Heather Leabman

Heather Leabman

Heather's first byline was at the tender age of twelve. She has lived in Bucks County for twenty-two years. She was part of the original group of Pennsylvania Homeschoolers and was selected as one of seven children to appear in Kathy Henderson's Market Guide for Young Writers. She also starred in several plays including “Arsenic and Old Lace”, “Stages: A Musical”, and David Hare's “Plenty”. She graduated Bucks County Community College in 1998 with a degree in human services and performance and studied at Holy Family University. She has also lectured at Arcadia. This is an excerpt from her second novel.

HEATHER LEABMAN IN THIS EDITION:
NOVEL EXCERPT: Seasons of Frost

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 has been profiled in a recent edition of Pastel Journal.

WEBSITE: www.ChristopherMcCauley.com
EMAIL: chris@christophermccauley.com

CHRISTOPHER McCAULEY IN THIS EDITION:
Masthead Illustration

Christine McKee

Christine McKee


Christine McKee has played around the edges of poetry for many years while pursuing meaningful employment. Now that retirement is on the horizon, she understands her past folly and has reversed her priorities. Some of poems have been published in the Bucks County Writer and L’Stange Café. Other interests include opera, travel, reading, and being outdoors.

CHRISTINE McKEE IN THIS EDITION:
POETRY: Where are you now?
POETRY: Where I Belong

Jonathan Maberry

Jonathan Maberry, WRR Co-Founder

Jonathan Maberry 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.

WEBSITE: www.JonathanMaberry.com
EMAIL: jmaberry@wildriverreview.com

JONATHAN MABERRY IN THIS EDITION:
SPOTLIGHT: Thrill-Ride — The Dark World of Mysteries & Thrillers
SPOTLIGHT: Thrill-Ride — An Interview with Barry Eisler
NOVEL EXCERPT: Tales From the Fire Zone

Birute Mar

Birute Mar


A poet and actress, Birute Mar’s poetry collections include Neissiusti Laiskai (VPU Press, 1995), Kokoro (Vaga, 1999) and Solo (Strofa, 2001). A member of the ensemble of the prestigious Lithuanian National Drama Theatre, she has traveled across Europe and to South America and the United States giving award-winning solo performances of her adaptations of “The Lover,” “Antigone,” and “Words in the Sand” under the stage name of Birute Marcinkevicuite. This is her first publication in the United States.

BIRUTE MAR IN THIS EDITION:
POETRY: Necklace of Silence

 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.

FRAN METZMAN IN THIS EDITION:
BLOG: The Age of Reasonable Doubt
PROFILE: The David vs. Goliath Struggle of an Independent Bookstore Owner

John Moskowitz

John Moskowitz

John Moskowitz, WRR Contributing Editor

John Moskowitz oversees the Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror content of the publication as well as directs WRR special projects.

John is a professional business consultant that has performed project management, coaching/training and process improvement for clients in the pharmaceutical, credit card and construction materials industries among others.

He has been responsible for the design of PowerPoint presentations for executive management, training materials focused on financial analysis, project management and process improvement and flow mapping, step-by-step instructions for software self-help menus and templates for teaching six sigma statistical control concepts. He has also authored numerous corporate internal change management communications to reinforce company-wide policy.

EMAIL: jmoskowitz@wildriverreview.com

JOHN MOSKOWITZ IN THIS EDITION:
ART: The Art of Jonathan Cox

Steve Myers

Steve Myers

Steve Myers grew up in Holicong, Pennsylvania and since has lived for extended periods in various corners of the state as well as in Rochester, N.Y. and Glasgow, Scotland. His poetry collection, Memory's Dog, appeared from FootHills Publishing in 2004; his chapbook, Work Site, was published by FootHills in 2003. Individual poems have recently appeared or will soon appear in Atlanta Review, caesura, The Dark Horse, Kestrel, The Malahat Review, Potomac Review, Quarter After Eight, and Sentence, as well as in the anthology Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania. He is Professor of English at DeSales University in Center Valley.

STEVE MYERS IN THIS EDITION:
POETRY: Moon in March with Fieldstone
POETRY: What I Became

Kim Nagy

Kim Nagy

Kim Nagy, WRR Public Relations Director

Kim Nagy is a freelance writer and consultant with extensive experience in marketing/public relations for publishers, corporations, state agencies, and nonprofits. She received her M.A. from the Department of History at the University of Connecticut. Kim’s experience includes work with major publishers, such as Princeton University Press, W.W. Norton, and Routledge UK. She has also written articles on subjects ranging from biotechnology and higher education to yoga, poetry, and parenting.

WEBSITE: www.KimNagy.com
EMAIL: knagy@wildriverreview.com

KIM NAGY IN THIS EDITION:
QUARK PARK: An Interview with Rush Holt
QUARK PARK: Labor of Love — An Interview with Kevin Wilkes
QUARK PARK: Journey into the Male & Female Brain — An Interview with Tracey Shors
SPOTLIGHT: Boundless Theater — An Interview with McCarter Theatre’s Emily Mann
SPOTLIGHT: Keeping Time — An Interview with Historian James McPherson
COLUMN: The Triple Goddess Trials

Tim E. Ogline

Tim E. Ogline

Tim E. Ogline, WRR Art Director & Comics Editor

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.

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, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern Pennsylvania, Damon’s Grill, NAPA, SmithKline Beecham and many more in its eight year history.

WEBSITE: www.TimOgline.com (illustration)
WEBSITE: www.OglineDesign.com (graphic design)
EMAIL: togline@wildriverreview.com
TEL: 215.431.3086

TIM E. OGLINE IN THIS EDITION:
ART: The Art of Tim E. Ogline
COMICS: Panel Discussions — Cartoon Violence
COMICS: Electrical Activity of the Heart — The Vision Thing
COMICS: Electrical Activity of the Heart — New Year’s Resolution
Cover Illustration
Website Design and HTML/PHP Programming

Faith Paulsen

Faith Paulsen


Faith Paulsen has wanted to be a fiction writer since 4th grade but life interfered with her plans. This is her first published fiction. She lives, writes, and carpools in Norristown Pennsylvania with her husband, three sons, and multiple pets.

FAITH PAULSEN IN THIS EDITION:
FIRST BYLINES: Seascape

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.

THE PROFESSOR IN THIS EDITION:
AIRMAIL: Confessions of a Global Traveler

Katherine Schimmel Abdel Baki

Katherine Schimmel Abdel Baki


Katherine Schimmel Abdel Baki holds a BA degree in Professional Music from Berkley College of Music and a graduate degree in Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University. She spent an extensive amount of time in the Middle East conducting research for her dissertation on the importance of the Adhan, or call to prayer, for the Muslim community in Egypt. While at Harvard, she had the unique opportunity of working with scholars at the Semitic Museum, then funded by a large grant from the Agha Khan and the Saudi Royal family, and was privileged to research and transcribe the earliest recordings of the adhan in Medina. Next to the Adhan, her primary area of study focused on Islamic Mysticism, namely the works of Jalaloddin Rumi, and the great Pakistani Sufi Mohammad Iqbal. She also had the honor of being the Islamic representative for the United Nations World Religion and Peace project (Boston Chapter).

After getting married and moving to Miami, Florida, Katherine worked with Caribbean mogul, Allen Chastanet, on the marketing of the Island Outpost Hotels an exclusive collection of 12 boutique style retreats located in the Caribbean and in South Beach, Florida, before gaining enough momentum and support to open her own research and marketing business. While at Island Outpost she worked with internationally acclaimed interior designer Barbara Hulinicki (founder of Biba), and with Sir John Pringle (founder of Round Hill) For years she worked independently as sole head of S&B Solution Providers, supported by a highly skilled team of artists. Later, she was approached to become CEO and General Partner of the Don Shula sports conglomerate of spas, restaurants, and golf courses.

KATHERINE SCHIMMEL ABDEL BAKI IN THIS EDITION:
COLUMN: The Mystic Pen

Marc Schuster

Marc Schuster


Marc Schuster teaches English at Montgomery County Community College. His fiction has appeared in Weird Tales, Redivider, and Philadelphia Stories, among other journals. He is currently a reader for Philadelphia Stories.

EMAIL: marc.schuster@verizonmail.com

MARC SCHUSTER IN THIS EDITION:
SHORT STORY: Slow

Jill Sherer

Jill Sherer


Jill Sherer, WRR Contributing Editor

Jill Sherer Murray is an award-winning journalist, whose work has appeared in a variety of business- and health-related media. In addition to writing feature articles, scripts, books and other marketing, corporate and creative communications for more than 18 years, she designs and facilitates corporate communication workshops and seminars for clients like Gatorade, PepsiCo, Tellerx, and Quaker Oats (to name a few). A former “Weight Loss Diary” columnist for Shape Magazine, 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. Currently, Jill is working on her second novel and rewriting her first—again—so she can get it to her agent before he dies or retires. You can read about her writing and other pursuits (i.e., dating and marriage) in her blog “Diary of a Writer in Mid-Life Crisis,” which is featured on the Wild River Review. She lives in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, with her husband Dan, her rescue dog Winnie, too many houseguests, and a lot of chocolate and over-the-counter pain medication.

EMAIL: jsherer@wildriverreview.com

JILL SHERER IN THIS EDITION:
BLOG: Diary of a Writer in Midlife Crisis

Eric Steginsky

Eric Steginsky


Eric Steginsky, WRR Staff Photographer

Eric Steginsky graduated from George School in 2005. He incorporates his hunger and passion for photography into his daily life. He takes great joy in traveling and loves literature. Eric plans to graduate from Guilford College in 2009 with a degree in Fine Arts.

EMAIL: esteginsky@wildriverreview.com

ERIC STEGINSKY IN THIS EDITION:
FIRST BYLINES: Design (photo)
COLUMN: Fire and Blood of Poetry (photo)
FIRST BYLINES: First Communion (photo)
POETRY: Ice Ages (photo)
PROFILE: Thinking with Muscle and Tongue — Donald Hall (photo)
COLUMN: The Triple Goddess Trials (photo)
FIRST BYLINES: When Jilted Alice Spoke (photo)

Wendy Steginsky

Wendy Steginsky


Wendy Fulton Steginsky, WRR Managing Editor

Wendy Fulton Steginsky was born and raised in Bermuda. She found her way to the U.S. via Europe in the late seventies. 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 currently Managing Editor of the Wild River Review. Poetry is her passion and she writes the column, “Fire and Blood of Poetry”. In September 2006 two of her poems appeared in Bermuda’s First Anthology of Poetry.

EMAIL: wsteginsky@wildriverreview.com

WENDY STEGINSKY IN THIS EDITION:
COLUMN: Fire and Blood of Poetry

Joy E. Stocke

Joy E. Stocke

Joy E. Stocke, WRR Executive Editor & Co-Founder

Joy E. Stocke is the 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.

EMAIL: jstocke@wildriverreview.com

JOY E. STOCKE IN THIS EDITION:
SPOTLIGHT: Fly Me to the Moon — A Conversation with Mathematician and Artist, Ed Belbruno
SPOTLIGHT: Rumi and Coke — An Excerpt from Anatolian Days and Nights: A Love Affair with Turkey
SPOTLIGHT: Poetry, Science, and the Big Bang — John Timpane Goes to Cambridge
QUARK PARK: Of Algorithms, Google & Snow Globes — An Interview with Computer Scientist David Dobkin, Dean of Faculty at Princeton University
QUARK PARK: The Scientist as Rebel — Freeman Dyson Talks About Nuclear Weapons, Space Travel, and the Future
QUARK PARK: The Solace of Vacant Spaces — Interview with Peter Soderman
QUARK PARK: Music in Stone — Sculptor Jonathan Shor
SPOTLIGHT: For Armenians, Scars of Genocide Remain Visible
EDITOR’S NOTES: Up the Creek

PURCHASE ITEMS BY JOY E. STOCKE:
BOOK: The Cave of the Bear

Marylou Kelly Streznewski

Marylou Kelly Streznewski

Marylou Kelly Streznewski’s career has included theater, journalism, and the teaching of creative writing at high school and college level. She is the author of Gifted Grownups: The Mixed Blessings of Extraordinary Potential, a study of one hundred gifted adults, and two chapbooks of poetry, Woman Words and Rag Time. Her short story, “Nonna’s Room” will appear shortly on Amazon Shorts. Formerly the Poetry Editor of The Bucks County Review, Streznewski lives in Bucks County and is at work on her second novel.

MARYLOU KELLY STREZNEWSKI IN THIS EDITION:
PROFILE: Thinking with Muscle and Tongue — The Poetry of Donald Hall

DJ T'challah

DJ T’challah

Groomed to be an accomplished dealer of funky music from childhood, T’challah has studied all genres of music as an avid listener and drummer, guitarist and singer. He began Dee-Jaying parties at eight years old. He graduated from Essex County College where he majored in communications. T’challah has done approximately sixty weddings and 105 award ceremonies. A graduate from The Center for Media Arts with their “Golden Ear” Award, T’challah studied to become a recording and video engineer. He has worked for Hype Williams and Erik White as a live sound engineer and on videos for successful Rap Artist D.M.X., Ja-rule, and Nelly. He’s currently producing Hip-Hop and R&B acts with Erik White and Michael “Moon” Reuben.

DJ T’CHALLAH IN THIS EDITION:
COLUMN: Storiedmusic

Kazunori Takenaga

Kazunori Takenaga


Kazunori “Ken” Takenaga is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War, where he first met W. D. “Bill” Ehrhart. Takenaga, then a Japanese National, now holds dual American and Japanese citizenship. He is currently a tourism specialist working for hotels in the Seto Inland Sea area of Japan.

KAZUNORI TAKENAGA IN THIS EDITION:
POETRY: Untitled Temple Poem

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.

WEBSITE: www.WilliamIrwinThompson.org

WILLIAM IRWIN THOMPSON IN THIS EDITION:
POETRY: Canticum, Turicum

John Timpane

John Timpane

John Timpane is Associate Editor of the Editorial Board of the Philadelphia Inquirer. He edits “Currents”, the Inquirer’s Sunday ideas section; he also writes editorials and op-eds and consults on the daily “Commentary Page.” Before coming to the Inquirer in 1997, he taught English at colleges and universities for 17 years. He has published poetry, fiction, essays, criticism, and four books: Writing Worth Reading (coauthored with Nancy H. Packer: NY: St. Martin, 1994), It Could Be Verse (Berkeley: Ten Speed, 1995), Poetry for Dummies (coauthored with Maureen Watts: NY: Hungry Minds, 2000), and Usonia, NY: Building a Community with Frank Lloyd Wright (coauthored with Roland Reiseley: NY: Princeton Architectural Press, 2000). He is married to Maria-Christina Keller, copy executive of Scientific American; they live in Lawrenceville with their children, Pilar and Conor.

JOHN TIMPANE IN THIS EDITION:
SPOTLIGHT: Poetry, Science, and the Big Bang — John Timpane Goes to Cambridge
POETRY: Song of the Blessed One — The Bhagavad-Gita, Canto 11

J. C. Todd

J. C. Todd’s poems and translations have appeared in the anthology Shade 2004, and in American Poetry Review, The Paris Review, Prairie Schooner, Crab Orchard Review and other journals. Pine Press published two chapbooks: Nightshade (1995) and Entering Pisces (1985).

Awards include a fellowship in poetry from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, two awards for poetry from the Leeway Foundation, a Virginia Center for the Creative Arts international artist exchange fellowship to the Schloss Wiepersdorf colony in Germany, a scholarship to The Baltic Centre for Writers and Translators in Sweden, and a stipend from the Latvian Cultural Capital Foundation. Her poems have received five Pushcart Prize nominations.

She is an associate editor for the poetry web magazine, The Drunken Boat (www.thedrunkenboat.com), where she has edited special features on contemporary Lithuanian and Latvian poetry in translation, and she was guest poetry editor for the Summer, 2005 issue of The Bucks County Review, and co-editor of “Recurrence in Another Tongue: Poets Translating Poets” that appeared in Frigate 4 in 2003.

A lecturer in Creative Writing and in the Writing for College program at Bryn Mawr College, she has an MFA from the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.

J. C. TODD IN THIS EDITION:
POETRY: Instant of Turbulence
POETRY: Men Kissing
POETRY: Necklace of Silence
POETRY: Nightshade
POETRY: Pissing

Steve Tomsko

Steve Tomsko

Steve Tomsko lives in Harleysville, PA with his lovely wife, two wonderful daughters, four loyal dogs, and one Zen cat, where he writes fiction for the love of it and nurtures the dream of a best-seller.

STEVE TOMSKO IN THIS EDITION:
SHORT STORY: The First Pinto

Jennifer C. Werner

Jennifer C. Werner

Jennifer C. Werner is a recent graduate of Franklin and Marshall College, having received her B.A. in English with a concentration in Creative Writing in May 2006. She is currently playing the waiting game, having applied to multiple MFA programs in Poetry. She resides in Princeton, NJ.

JENNIFER C. WERNER IN THIS EDITION:
REVIEW: Gulliver as Slave Trader — Racism Reviled

Kelley Jean White

Kelley Jean White

A New Hampshire native, Kelley White studied at Dartmouth College and Harvard Medical School and has been a pediatrician in inner-city Philadelphia for more than twenty years. Her poems have been widely published over the past five years, including several book collections and chapbooks, and have appeared in numerous journals including Exquisite Corpse, Nimrod, Poet Lore, Rattle, and the Journal of the American Medical Association.

KELLEY JEAN WHITE IN THIS EDITION:
POETRY: Crossing the Equator

Phoebe Wilcox

Phoebe Wilcox

Phoebe Wilcox grew up in river communities along the Delaware River in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Through her writing she aspires to tell an engaging story while imparting a message of hope for people in difficult circumstances. She takes inspiration from the idyllic rural character of her childhood’s landscapes, and the beauty that is still prevalent in her local area. She is employed by The County of Bucks as a social worker and lives with her husband and two children. This is her first publication. The larger story, a novel entitled Angels Carry the Sun, is currently in pursuit of an agent.

PHOEBE WILCOX IN THIS EDITION:
NOVEL EXCERPT: Angels Carry the Sun

Bill Wunder

Bill Wunder

In 2006, Bill Wunder’s manuscript Pointing at the Moon was chosen as a finalist in The T.S. Eliot Prize, The Autumn House Press Poetry Prize, and The May Swenson Poetry Award. Bill, a Pushcart Prize nominee in poetry, was named Poet Laureate of Bucks County in 2004. His poems have been finalists in The Robert Fraser Competition, The Mad Poet’s Society Competition two times, and The Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards three consecutive years. His work has appeared in The Manhattan Review, The Paterson Literary Review, Lips, The Mad Poet’s Review, Drexel University On-Line Journal, and many others.

BILL WUNDER IN THIS EDITION:
POETRY: A Distant Shore
POETRY: Topless