Wild River Review Releases Mystery and Imagination Issue

June 21, 2006

WRR 2006

June 21, 2006
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Wild River Review Releases Mystery and Imagination Issue

New issue of Wild River Review features exclusive interviews with poet and Associate Editor of the Editorial Board of THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, John Timpane; poet and translator, J.C. Todd;  profile of Eritrean artist, Elsa Gebreyesus, as well as an upcoming blog from Iraq and MUCH MORE

JUNE 21, 2006 (Philadelphia, PA) The international online magazine Wild River Review ( released its “Mystery and Imagination” issue today, offering readers unique profiles with literary heavyweights (such as John Timpane and J. C. Todd), artwork, book reviews, fiction, poetry, columns, and blogs that delve deeply into all aspects of language and ideas.

Joy Stocke, Wild River Review’s Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief, contributes the first of a three-part exclusive interview, “This has Never Felt Like a Job,” with John Timpane, poet and Associate Editor of the Editorial Board of The Philadelphia Inquirer. In it, Timpane talks about his lifelong love of ideas and language. He also reveals his appreciation for libraries, the “clinamen,” as well as the differences between the American and British collegiate experience. Timpane received one of the first fellowships offered by the John Templeton Foundation for journalism in science and religion, subjects about which he is both passionate and knowledgeable.

  1. C. Todd, a poet and translator, grew up listening to her mother recite Shakespeare’s sonnets. As Todd puts it, these were her first lessons on how “the ear gives shape to the mind.” Wendy Steginsky, Wild River Review poetry editor, interviews Todd, describing her “speech as deliberate, her voice soft.” Todd reveals her many inspirations (napping is one!), and readers will be fascinated to learn just where poetry begins for the accomplished poet. (It’s not where you might think.)

African artist Elsa Gebreyesus, views the artistic process as akin to “jazz and improvisation, where the process rather than an end result” becomes the key element in her art. In “Free to be Wild,” Kyi May Kaung (herself a poet and political activist) profiles Gebreyesus in a frank and chilling discussion about what it means to live in a totalitarian government. Gebreyesus left her native Eritrea in 1997 when she saw that her home was becoming “a nation without laws.”

Also new in this issue, a blogger joins us from Iraq where he will serve as a prison guard.  He promises to send the “unvarnished truth” about his tour of duty. And Jessica Falcone, a doctoral candidate at Cornell University, begins her column “Bodhi Blues,” an exploration of life among the Buddhists of India.

The deadline for Wild River Review’s “Fake Memoir Contest” is coming up quickly! Fake memoirs will be accepted until September 1, 2006. Contestants should follow submission guidelines, which can be found in the “Contests” section of the site (

Wild River Review updates content throughout each month. The publication continually searches for and offers high-quality inventive voices, experimental themes, diverse subjects, and riveting images from around the world. It is the creation of a team of professional writers and artists known as the Wild River Gang.