Wild River Review

WRR 4.4 — 1 AUGUST 2007

NEW IN WILD RIVER REVIEW

NOVEL EXCERPT: In a State of Partition by Aneesha Capur

SPOTLIGHT: The Other Side Of Abu Ghraib (Part 1) — The Detainees’ Quest for Justice by Joy E. Stocke, Kim Nagy, and Chris Tiefel

COLUMN: The Mystic Pen — The Gift by Katherine Schimmel Abdel Baki

FILM REVIEW: The Prisoner, or How I Planned to Kill Tony Blair by Elizabeth Sheldon

AIRMAIL: Confessions of a Global Traveler — Hong Kong Diary: Of Courtesans and Kings by the Professor

NOVEL EXCERPT: Blood Grip Chapter 4 by Constance Garcia-Barrio

BLOG: WRR@LARGE

UP THE CREEK: Editor’s Notes — Art, Yoga, and Abu Ghraib




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.

Saad Abulhab

Saad Abulhab

Type designer, librarian, and systems engineer, Saad D. Abulhab, was born in 1958 in Sacramento, California, and grew up in Iraq. Residing in the US since 1979, he is currently Director of Technology of the Newman Library of Baruch College, the City University of New York. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Polytechnic University, and a Master of Science in Library and Information Sciences from Pratt Institute, both in Brooklyn. Involved since 1992 in the field of Arabetic computing and typography, he is most noted for his non-traditional type designs and the Mutamathil type style which was awarded a US Utility Patent in 2003. Designed more that 16 fonts families since 1998 and wrote several articles in the field of Arabetic typography and scripts.

SAAD ABULHAB IN THIS EDITION:
POEM: Hamra Night (Red Night — Arabic)

Angela Ajayi

Angela Ajayi

Angela Ajayi, WRR Contributing Editor

Born in Nigeria, Angela Ajayi came to the United States to attend college and discovered an undeniable love for literature — and books. After completing a B.A. in English literature, she spent six weeks at the Radcliffe Publishing Course in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and then moved to New York City where she worked in scholarly publishing for a number of years and completed an M.A. in comparative literature at Columbia University. She currently works for a publishing house in New Jersey and edits mainly scholarly books on Africa.

EMAIL: aiajayi@gmail.com

ANGELA AJAYI IN THIS EDITION:
PEN WORLD VOICES: Drawing on the Universal in Africa — An Interview with Marguerite Abouet
PEN WORLD VOICES: Drawing on the Universal in Africa — An Interview with Marguerite Abouet (Français)
BLOG: Live @ PEN World Voices

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

Renee Ashley

Renée Ashley

Renée Ashley is the author of three volumes of poetry: Salt, Brittingham Prize in Poetry, The Various Reasons of Light, The Revisionist’s Dream, and a chapbook, The Museum of Lost Wings, as well as a novel, Someplace Like This. She has received fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. She is a contributing editor to The Literary Review, and is on the faculty of Fairleigh Dickinson University’s low-residency MFA Program in Creative Writing. Her essay “Writing on the Brink: Peripheral Vision and the Personal Essay” will appear in the May/Summer issue of AWP’s Writer’s Chronicle.

RENÉE ASHLEY IN THIS EDITION:
SPOTLIGHT: A Voice Answering a Voice — A Conversation with Renée Ashley
POEM: The Beautiful Girl is Disturbed
POEM: What She Wanted
POEM: Why I Never Came (Apology to My Mother)

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

Eliza Drake Auth

Eliza Drake Auth


Eliza Drake Auth is a painter who lives and works in the Philadelphia area. She is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. Primarily a landscape painter, her work can be seen at Sherry French Gallery, New York City and Richard Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia.

ELIZA DRAKE AUTH IN THIS EDITION:
ART: Natural Beauty — Paintings by Eliza Drake Auth & Poems by John Timpane

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 — An Interview with Barry Eisler
SPOTLIGHT: Thrill-Ride — An Interview with David Housewright
SPOTLIGHT: Thrill-Ride — An Interview with Bill Kent

Susan Balee

Susan Balée

Susan Balée’s short story “Ineffable” will appear in the anthology Philly Fiction II, due out this fall. Her essay on playwrights David Hare and Tom Stoppard is forthcoming in The Michigan Quarterly Review and another on novelist Jim Crace will appear in The Hudson Review.

SUSAN BALÉE IN THIS EDITION:
FAKE MEMOIR CONTEST WINNING ENTRY: Memoir of a Ghost

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:
COMIC: So... My Dad Got Drafted?
COMIC: So... I’m Dating a Comic
COMIC: So... Only Nixon Could’ve Gone to China
COMIC: 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@yahoo.com

DAVID BEYER, JR. IN THIS EDITION:
COMIC: So... Only Nixon Could’ve Gone to China
COMIC: 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:
PEN WORLD VOICES: Global Writer, Heart & Soul — An Interview with Pico Iyer
BLOG: Live @ PEN World Voices
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 — In the Begiining (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)

Gabriel Cooney

Gabriel Cooney


For many years Gabriel Cooney has photographed development and admissions projects for universities and secondary schools. His interest in people has to assignments with a variety of non-profits. Photographic essays include Bedford-Stuyvesant, Cuba, Brazil, Gees Bend Alabama, Italy, England, France, Morocco.

WEBSITE: www.GabrielCooney.com

GABRIEL COONEY IN THIS EDITION:
COLUMN: The Mystic Pen — The Gift (photo)

Dale Cotton

Dale Cotton


Dale Cotton, WRR Photo Editor

Dale H. Cotton is a freelance photograher who specializes in the built environment. He photographs everything from manhole covers to street signs to the buildings of Frank Gehry. Dale has also worked as an editor, producer, and art director/designer in the book publishing industry in Seattle, New York, Boston, and Princeton.

WEBSITE: www.hingephoto.com
EMAIL: cotton.photos@gmail.com

DALE COTTON IN THIS EDITION:
BLOG: Live @ PEN World Voices (photo)
QUARK PARK: Journey into the Male & Female Brain (photo)
QUARK PARK: Music in Stone (photo)
QUARK PARK: The Scientist as Rebel (photo)
SPOTLIGHT: Fly Me to the Moon — A Conversation with Mathematician and Artist, Ed Belbruno (photo)
QUARK PARK: Quark Park — Visions (photo)

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

Alice Drueding

Alice Drueding


BORN: 1954, USA
EDUCATION: Brown University (BA), Tyler School of Art / Temple University (BFA)

Alice Drueding and Joe Scorsone (Scorsone/Drueding aka sdposters.com) have been designing posters together since 1986. They are also faculty members in the Graphic and Interactive Design program at Tyler School of Art of Temple University. Their work has appeared in many international publications and exhibitions, has received numerous awards, and is in permanent collections around the world.

WEBSITE: www.SDposters.com

ALICE DRUEDING IN THIS EDITION:
ART: The Posters of Scorsone/Drueding by Joe Scorsone and Alice Drueding

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

Eileen Cunniffe

Eileen Cunniffe is a recovering corporate communications manager who lives and writes in Havertown, Pennsylvania. After a quarter century of putting words in other people’s mouths (and manuscripts) — as a medical writer/editor, public affairs professional and executive speechwriter — she has at long last begun filling pages with her own words.

EILEEN CUNNIFFE IN THIS EDITION:
ESSAY: The Great Butter Caper of Chartres

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:
COMIC: Insect Ash — Art Explains
COMIC: Insect Ash — Continuations of Being
COMIC: Insect Ash — The Pale Criminal
COMIC: Insect Ash — Spurgall

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
AIRMAIL: Bodhi Blues — A Year in India: Kushinagar

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

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

James Freeman

James Freeman

James A. Freeman is a transplanted Shasta County, Californian who, for twenty-five years, has taught Language and Literature and Philosophy at Bucks County Community College in Newtown, PA. The author of fifteen books, Mr. Freeman’s own favorite fiction titles are Ishi’s Journey — From the Center to the Edge of the World (Naturegrah), Never the Same River Twice (Charles B. McFadden), and Parade of Days.

In a 5/5/05 Philadelphia Inquirer review of Parade of Days, reviewer Marc Shagol wrote, “The engaging characters’ stories stay with you for days.” Books Editor Frank Wilson, writing of the reissued Ishi’s Journey in a 1/6/06 review as his “Editor’s Pick,” said: “This is a wise and wonderful book. The descriptions are lovingly precise, and the whole novel is a moving elegy for Ishi, the last wild Indian in North America, and of his vanished people. If this book doesn’t sometimes make you smile and also move you to tears, then you are in need of a heart transplant.”

Jim lives in Newtown, PA with his daughter Kellie, one dog, one thoroughbred horse, and a cockatiel. His new collection of poems Fire in the Hole is forthcoming, as is his new novel Liars Tale of True Love.

JAMES FREEMAN IN THIS EDITION:
POEM: Three Months After

M. Frost

M. Frost

When not writing, M. Frost works as a veterinarian in Pennsylvania. Finishing Line Press published her first chapbook, Cow Poetry and other notes from the field. Her work has appeared in numerous journals, including Philadelphia Stories, Schuylkill Valley Journal of the Arts, Mad Poets Review, Potomac Review, and Nimrod.

M. FROST IN THIS EDITION:
POEM: Vision

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
NOVEL EXCERPT: Blood Grip — Chapter 3
NOVEL EXCERPT: Blood Grip — Chapter 4

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

Daniel Heyman

Daniel Heyman


Daniel Heyman graduated Cum Laude from Dartmouth College with a degree in Visual Studies, and holds an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania. His work has been exhibited worldwide and collected by the Yale University Library, New York Public Library, and Rhode Island School of Design, among others. In 2005 and 2006, Heyman traveled to Amman, Jordan and Istanbul, Turkey to visually record testimony of Iraqis detained at Abu Ghraib. Working quickly by hand in the drypoint technique on copper plates used in printmaking, Heyman not only made portraits but transcribed parts of the translated testimonies by writing backwards on the plate. When he ran out of copper plates, Heyman switched to watercolor as his medium for the portraits. He currently teaches Printmaking at Swarthmore College.

WEBSITE: www.DanielHeyman.com

DANIEL HEYMAN IN THIS EDITION:
SPOTLIGHT: The Other Side Of Abu Ghraib (Part 1) — The Detainees’ Quest for Justice (illustrations)

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 — The Electrician
AIRMAIL: A Letter from Paris — Still Life with Eiffel Tower

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

Nick Ladany

Nick Ladany

Nick Ladany has written extensively about the training of psychologists, which is about as exciting as it sounds. In the end, he’d much rather spend his day writing fiction based on the quirky realities of life. He is currently working on his first novel about a woman who unknowingly starts dating her therapist’s best friend.

NICK LADANY IN THIS EDITION:
ESSAY: Jesus and the Guinea Pig

Peter Leitner

Peter Leitner

Peter Leitner grows Vinifera and makes wine at his Hunterdon County farm, near Pittstown, New Jersey, where he lives with his wife, two children, and a Dachshund named Liesl. He planted his first vines in 2005, more than two decades after minoring in vineyard exploration as an undergraduate in the Finger Lakes Region of New York. A recovering investment banker and itinerant entrepreneur, Peter — in his day job — acquires companies on behalf of a global healthcare IT firm. En vino veritas.

PETER LEITNER IN THIS EDITION:
COLUMN: The Winemaker of Hunterdon County

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:
ART: The Art of Christopher McCauley

Amy Small-McKinney

Amy Small-McKinney

Amy Small-McKinney lives in Blue Bell, PA with her husband and daughter. In 2004, her chapbook, Body of Surrender, was published by Finishing Line Press and showcased, that same year, at Poet’s House in New York. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2004 and again in 2006. Her work has appeared, or will appear in forthcoming journals, including The Cortland Review, The Pedestal Magazine, ForPoetry, Elixir Press, Mad Poets Review, Schuykill Valley Journal of the Arts, upstreet, Umbrella, and wordsonwalls Literary Fresco. Small-McKinney was guest editor for the June 2006 issue of The Pedestal Magazine and interviewed Pulitzer Prize nominee poet, Bruce Smith, for their April 2006 issue. She has a Masters in Clinical Neuropsychology from Drexel University and makes her living as a group facilitator and counselor for families and children.

AMY SMALL-MCKINNEY IN THIS EDITION:
POEM: Map of Remembering

Jonathan Maberry

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 — An Interview with Barry Eisler
SPOTLIGHT: Thrill-Ride — An Interview with David Housewright
SPOTLIGHT: Thrill-Ride — An Interview with Bill Kent

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 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 Commissioning Editor

Incorrigible collector of ideas, Kim Nagy serves as Commissioning Editor for Wild River Review. In between scoping out writing talent, new articles, interviews and creating new series, she is a poet, professional writer, and dedicated reader who has interviewed a number of leading thinkers, including historian James McPherson, playwright Emily Mann, and philosopher Alain de Botton.

Nagy received her Bachelor’s in History at Rider University and M.A. from the Department of History at the University of Connecticut. She has worked in public relations and marketing for publishers, such as W.W. Norton, Routledge UK, and Princeton University Press.

She is currently writing a book called The Triple Goddess Trials, based on her Wild River Review column of the same name. In it, she explores every stage of women’s lives through the timeless insights of myth.

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

KIM NAGY IN THIS EDITION:
COLUMN: The Triple Goddess Trials — The Triple Goddess
COLUMN: The Triple Goddess Trials — Aphrodite and the Lightbulb Factory
COLUMN: The Triple Goddess Trials — Meet Medea
COLUMN: The Triple Goddess Trials — Kali’s Ancient Love Song
PEN WORLD VOICES: The Art of Connection — A Conversation with Alain de Botton
BLOG: Live @ PEN World Voices
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 Emily Mann
SPOTLIGHT: Keeping Time — An Interview with Historian James McPherson
SPOTLIGHT: On the Rocks — Global Warming and the Rock and Fossil Record — An Interview with Peter Ward — Part 1
SPOTLIGHT: On the Rocks — Global Warming and the Rock and Fossil Record — An Interview with Peter Ward — Part 2
SPOTLIGHT: The Other Side Of Abu Ghraib (Part 1) — The Detainees’ Quest for Justice
SPOTLIGHT: A Voice Answering a Voice — A Conversation with Renée Ashley

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 Philadelphia Inquirer, the Utne Reader, Outdoor Life and Philadelphia Style among others. His award-winning “Electrical Activity of the Heart” story, “Opening Books & Closing Doors,” has recently been published in The Florida Review Volume 32.1.

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 Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell (notably the 2003 and 2007 Gubernatorial Inaugural Celebrations), The White House, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern Pennsylvania, Florida Tourism, the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Damon’s Grill, NAPA, SmithKline Beecham and many more in its nine year history.

Tim will be leaving the pages of the Wild River Review on 31 August 2007 in order to focus his full attention on the growth of Ogline Design. Ogline Design is a full-service graphic design venture. Full-service includes identity development, print and collateral design, interactive, illustration, copywriting and exceptional customer service. Specializations include identity development, websites and illustration. Contact Tim Ogline at 215.431.3086 or at tim@oglinedesign.com to discuss your creative service needs.

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:
PEN WORLD VOICES: Myth, Magic, and the Mind of Neil Gaiman — A Conversation with the Dream King
BLOG: WRR@LARGE
ART: The Art of Tim E. Ogline
COMIC: Electrical Activity of the Heart — Opening Books & Closing Doors
COMIC: Electrical Activity of the Heart — Money Talks
COMIC: Electrical Activity of the Heart — Rise and Shine
COMIC: Electrical Activity of the Heart — The Vision Thing
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 — Hong Kong Diary: Of Courtesans and Kings
AIRMAIL: Confessions of a Global Traveler — Hong Kong Diary: Old China Hands
AIRMAIL: Confessions of a Global Traveler — Hong Kong Diary: They Call Me ‘Mister’ Professor

Chris Resko

Chris Resko

Chris Resko was born and raised in upstate New York along the Hudson River. He received his BFA in Graphic Design from Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia. He has worked in various media throughout the years and has been working with cut paper for over six years. He currently lives and works in Philadelphia.

CHRIS RESKO IN THIS EDITION:
ESSAY: Jesus and the Guinea Pig (illustration)

Elizabeth Rivers

Elizabeth Rivers

Elizabeth Rivers has published work in the Schuylkill Valley Journal and The Christian Century. She has won the Milton Dorfman Poetry Prize and the Portland Pen Poetry Contest and has also received countless rejections. She is grateful for the community of poets she is getting to know in the Philadephia region and for her present opportunities to learn more about reading and writing poetry.

ELIZABETH RIVERS IN THIS EDITION:
POETRY: Shelled Almonds

Katherine Schimmel Abdel Baki

Katherine Schimmel Abdel Baki


Katherine Schimmel Baki is co-founder of haut>art, an art consulting company whose mission is to acquaint the public with the work of new artists and to create visually compelling spaces for its clients. Katherine has a longstanding interest in the perceptual dynamics of visual and aural phenomena. She holds a BA degree in Professional Music from Berklee College of Music and a graduate degree (ALM) in the field of Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University. She has spent a considerable amount of time in the Middle East conducting original research on the Adhan, the Islamic oral call to prayer. Her field work in Cairo resulted in a dissertation entitled, Hayya ‘ala al-Salat: The Socio-Religious Impact of the Adhan on the Muslim Community of Cairo, (1994). In 2005-2006, she was part of the Quark Park team of Princeton, New Jersey, whose goal was to generate greater public interest in science and art through the creation of an interactive 18,000 square foot science park in the heart of town. Katherine is currently working on a number of research projects within the fields of ethnomusicology and social anthropology.

KATHERINE SCHIMMEL ABDEL BAKI IN THIS EDITION:
COLUMN: The Mystic Pen — Introduction
COLUMN: The Mystic Pen — Interview with Dr. William A. Graham
COLUMN: The Mystic Pen — The Phenomenology of Islam
COLUMN: The Mystic Pen — The Gift

Joe Scorsone

Joe Scorsone


BORN: 1942, USA
EDUCATION: The University of Buffalo (BFA), The University of Illinois (MFA)

Joe Scorsone and Alice Drueding (Scorsone/Drueding aka sdposters.com) have been designing posters together since 1986. They are also faculty members in the Graphic and Interactive Design program at Tyler School of Art of Temple University. Their work has appeared in many international publications and exhibitions, has received numerous awards, and is in permanent collections around the world.

WEBSITE: www.SDposters.com

JOE SCORSONE IN THIS EDITION:
ART: The Posters of Scorsone/Drueding by Joe Scorsone and Alice Drueding

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

Elizabeth Sheldon

Elizabeth Sheldon


Elizabeth Sheldon is a media executive who works in New York City as Vice President of Lorber HT Digital. She is the recipient of three National Endowment for the Humanities Television & Radio Grants and a frequent industry speaker and writer. She has an M.A. in Germanic Languages & Literatures from Princeton University and as a Fulbright Scholar she researched and produced a film on the effects of reunification for east German women. She attended Humboldt University in Berlin and received her B.A. from Mills College in Philosophy. She lives in Princeton with her husband and son.

ELIZABETH SHELDON IN THIS EDITION:
REVIEW: The Prisoner, or How I Planned to Kill Tony Blair

Jill Sherer

Jill Sherer Murray


Jill Sherer Murray, 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 MURRAY 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:
BLOG: The Age of Reasonable Doubt (photo)
ESSAY: The Great Butter Caper of Chartres (photo)
FIRST BYLINES: Design (photo)
COLUMN: Fire and Blood of Poetry (photo)
FIRST BYLINES: First Communion (photo)
POETRY: Ice Ages (photo)
POETRY: Shelled Almonds (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 grew up on the island of Bermuda where she developed an affinity for the ocean and a deep respect for nature. After attending St. Anne’s College, Oxford and Ohio State University, she worked as a special education teacher in the U.S. Poetry is her passion and her column, “Fire and Blood of Poetry” is a regular feature of the magazine. Several of her poems were published in Bermuda Anthology of Poetry in November 2006. At present she is working on a nonfiction book about creativity, sensitivity, and giftedness.

EMAIL: wsteginsky@wildriverreview.com

WENDY FULTON STEGINSKY IN THIS EDITION:
BLOG: Live @ PEN World Voices
COLUMN: Fire and Blood of Poetry
PROFILE: Kyi May Kaung — Activist, Artist, and Poet in Exile
SPOTLIGHT: The Quiet Maverick — An Interview with J. C. Todd

Joy E. Stocke

Joy E. Stocke

Joy E. Stocke, WRR Executive Editor & Founder

Joy E. Stocke 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.

In addition to a 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.

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. She is founding partner of Writers Corner USA, where she consults with writers at all levels, specializing in book proposals and book length manuscripts.

EMAIL: jstocke@wildriverreview.com

JOY E. STOCKE IN THIS EDITION:
PEN WORLD VOICES: Language Within Silence — An Interview with Norwegian Writer Per Petterson
PEN WORLD VOICES: Tonight We Rest Here — An Interview with Poet Saadi Youssef
BLOG: WRR@LARGE
SPOTLIGHT: Arabic from Left to Right — An Interview with Saad Abulhab
SPOTLIGHT: Fly Me to the Moon — A Conversation with Mathematician and Artist, Ed Belbruno
SPOTLIGHT: The Other Side Of Abu Ghraib (Part 1) — The Detainees’ Quest for Justice
SPOTLIGHT: Poetry, Science, and the Big Bang — John Timpane Goes to Cambridge
SPOTLIGHT: Rumi and Coke — An Excerpt from Anatolian Days and Nights: A Love Affair with Turkey
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
UP THE CREEK: Editor’s Notes

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 — In the Beginning
COLUMN: Storiedmusic — Where DJ T finds a home. Or does he?

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

Christopher Tiefel

Christopher Tiefel


Christopher Tiefel, WRR Associate Editor

Christopher Tiefel is a noun & verb collector & organizer. A poet working as a freelance editor & writer, Chris has discovered that his favorite word is steep. In June he attended the Juniper Writing Institute after graduating from Kutztown University with a degree in English/Professional Writing. While at Kutztown he managed the literary magazine Shoofly & also received the Raymond Ford award for poetry, & the Mary S. Kittle award for social & environmental justice. Now engaged, Chris is working on a chapbook & a catalog of this work can be found at Treefull, a collaborative poetry blog updated maybe regularly.

CHRISTOPHER TIEFEL IN THIS EDITION:
SPOTLIGHT: The Other Side Of Abu Ghraib (Part 1) — The Detainees’ Quest for Justice
BLOG: Live @ PEN World Voices
REVIEW: What Feeds Us by Diane Lockward

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:
ART: Natural Beauty — Paintings by Eliza Drake Auth & Poems by John Timpane
POETRY: Song of the Blessed One — The Bhagavad-Gita, Canto 11
SPOTLIGHT: Poetry, Science, and the Big Bang: John Timpane

Pilar Timpane

Pilar Timpane

Pilar Timpane is a Social Work student at Rutgers University, in New Brunswick, NJ. Currently she is serving a year as a short-term missionary in Valle de Chalco, Mexico where she is working at la Biblioteca Lampara del Camino (Light for the Path Library). The library provides tutoring, english classes, and works in tandem with the local church to serve the area’s children.

PILAR TIMPANE IN THIS EDITION:
AIRMAIL: Here is Your Neighbor — This is Mexico

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:
SPOTLIGHT: The Quiet Maverick — An Interview with J. C. Todd
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

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

Jennifer Williamson

Jennifer Williamson


Jennifer Williamson grew up in Vermont. She went to college in upstate New York, and has been living in Philadelphia for the past few years. She’s had her work featured in Interact Theatre’s “Writing Aloud” series, and has won prizes for poetry from the Academy for American Poets and NPR. She is a freelance copywriter by day, and by night can be found at open readings and theatre auditions throughout the Philadelphia area.

JENNIFER WILLIAMSON IN THIS EDITION:
POEM: Tall Naked Ships in Spike Heels
SHORT STORY: Bone by Bone

Dave Worrell

Dave Worrell

Dave Worrell studied literature and philosophy at Union College in beautiful Schenectady, New York. His poems have appeared in US 1 Worksheets and Mad Poets Review. He has performed poems at Chris’ Jazz Café in Philadelphia. He is a fatalistic Phillies fan.

DAVE WORRELL IN THIS EDITION:
POEM: Snowfall

Bill Wunder

Bill Wunder

Bill Wunder’s poems have twice been nominated for The Pushcart Prize, and in 2004 he was named Poet Laureate of Bucks County, Pennsylvania. His poems have been a finalist in The Robert Fraser Poetry Competition, The Mad Poet’s Society Competition twice, and The Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards three times. Recently, his work has appeared in The Manhattan Review, Lips, The Paterson Literary Review, Mad Poet’s Review, Drexel University On-Line Journal, Wild River Review, and others. He has read or lectured in many venues, including local schools, James A. Michener Museum, Bucks County Community College, The Poetry Project at The Montgomery Theater and The Joaquin Miller Cabin Poetry Series sponsored by the National Park Service. Via Dolorosa Press in Cleveland, Ohio published Bill’s chapbook titled A Season Of Storms. His book Pointing At the Moon is forthcoming from Wordtech Communications.

BILL WUNDER IN THIS EDITION:
POEM: Morocco

Chellis Ying

Chellis Ying

Chellis Ying received her MFA at the University of San Francisco and her BA at Kenyon College. She has been published in Best Travel Writing 2005, Best Women’s Travel Writing 2005, SoMa Literary Review, Driftwood Literary Review, and throughout the Guardian. She is the Program Coordinator for Abroad Writers’ Conference, volunteer for the Progressive Reading Series, and the Marketing Director at China Books.

CHELLIS YING IN THIS EDITION:
SHORT STORY: Red Bean Soup

Dan Zegart

Dan Zegart


Dan Zegart is a veteran writer with a comprehensive range of non-fiction experience, from investigative journalism to first-person memoir.

In addition to more than twenty years as an investigative reporter for newspapers, television and national magazines, he also authored an intimate memoir, presented as a series of letters from a 9/11 widow to her infant daughter.

Zegart’s journalism has been featured in Ms., Playboy, Reader’s Digest, Salon.com and The Nation, for which he frequently covers legal and political issues. He has written, reported or produced for PBS’s “Frontline,” ABC News “20/20,” and the ABC “Directions” documentary series. He has consulted for PBS “Nova.”

He also reports and writes for The New York Times.

Zegart’s first book was Civil Warriors: The Legal Siege on the Tobacco Industry (Delacorte, 2000) of which The New York Times Book Review said, “Zegart succeeds in his ambitious goal of condensing the details of seven litigations, including three trials, into a single strong narrative populated by vivid characters. Along the way, he provides numerous surprising portraits.”

The premier text on the “cigarette wars” of the nineties, Civil Warriors has been taught in political science, public health, and law school classes. To write it, Zegart criss-crossed the country over a six-year period, conducting some three hundred interviews and acquiring more than a million pages of documents.

His latest book, Your Father’s Voice: Letters for Emmy about Life with Jeremy — and Without Him after 9/11, is the story of Lyz Glick, widow of Jeremy Glick, who died during a failed attempt to drive terrorists from the cockpit of Flight 93 on September 11th. A paperback version was published in September 2005.

Your Father’s Voice was co-written with Glick and published in 2004 after excerption in Reader’s Digest. Publisher’s Weekly called it a “beautiful book... unflinching and emotionally powerful,” while Kirkus Reviews said it is a “poignant addition to the literary legacy of 9/11....an act of preservation as much as of mourning.”

In support of books and articles, Zegart has appeared on ABC television’s “World News Tonight” and “Nightline,” the BBC World Service, National Public Radio’s “Marketplace,” Air America Radio’s “Ring of Fire” and “Morning Sedition,” and more than 100 other radio and television programs across the United States and in Canada and Australia. He has spoken or lectured at the University of Virginia School of Law, Wesleyan University, Princeton University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, the World Conference on Tobacco OR Health and elsewhere.

Zegart lives in Lambertville, New Jersey.

DAN ZEGART IN THIS EDITION:
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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 was released in March 2006 in the U.S. and Canada by Seal Press.

EVELINE ZOUTENDIJK IN THIS EDITION:
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