Angie Brenner

Angie Brenner

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Freelance writer and illustrator, Angie Brenner, is a contributor to the online magazine, Wild River Review, covering PEN World Voices Festival and Los Angeles Times Festival of Books events, international topics, current events, political issues, and author interviews such as those with Orhan Pamuk, Elif Shafak, and Pico Iyer.

Brenner is currently writing a cookbook with co-author and Wild River Review founder, Joy E. Stocke, Anatolian Kitchen: Turkish Cooking for the American Table, to be published by Burgess Lea Press in the fall of 2016. Her first book, a travel memoir, also co-authored with Stocke, Anatolian Days and Nights: A Love Affair with Turkey, Land of Dervishes, Goddesses, and Saints was published in March, 2012, by Wild River Books.

Brenner left the security of a managerial job to follow her passion and opened a travel planning service, Journeys by Angie, where she created personalized travel itineraries for clients that included researching history, art, and cuisine. Later, she bought and operated a travel bookstore, Word Journeys, in Del Mar, CA. For nearly ten years, Brenner nurtured her inner travel bibliophile by buying and selling travel literature. She closed her store in order to travel and write.

With a business background, Brenner worked in the health care industry in Southern California for several years, and later as Business Manager for a public school district. Yet, a love of travel and a curiosity of foreign cultures led her to explore Europe, East Africa, Vietnam, and South America. For over twenty-five years, she traveled the four corners of Turkey, and became immersed in all aspects of Turkish culture from food, to politics and religion. She is a member of the Turkish Women’s International Network.

It was during a research trip to Turkey that Brenner began to sketch and watercolor, and to create the illustrations that are included in her memoir. A certified yoga instructor, Brenner lives, writes, and facilitates weekly yoga classes in Julian, California.

Works by Angie Brenner


The Eagle of Ararat

The Eagle of Ararat-Part II: The Meaning of Freedom


ANATOLIAN KITCHEN: Cuisine at the Crossroads: For the Love of Hazelnuts


DREW: Gardens of Water, L.A. Style: Dinner with author, Alan Drew

IYER:Global Writer, Heart & Soul: An Interview with Pico Iyer

KINZER: Resetting the Future: A Conversation with Journalist Stephen Kinzer

SHAFAK: Elif Shafak: A Writer on the Edge of Her Culture


In the Footsteps of a Twentieth Century Explorer

SHAFAK: Elif Shafak: Writing with Black Ink


Anatolian Days & Nights – The Steamy Side of Istanbul


Changing The Face of Banking

Rumi and Coke

The Slow Web Movement: Wild River Review’s Philosophy on the Media

Is Turkey’s Future Back to the Past?