FROM THE EDITORS
Up the Creek: Editor’s Notes
Volume 1, Number 1
Welcome to the Wild River Review, an interactive exchange of writers, artists, and thinkers examining our shared experience through a prism of stories. As co-founder and editor, I have a deep appreciation for the artist’s voice because it speaks so intimately to my own.
Since I was a small child, I’ve fancied myself to be a collector of stories. I remember my grandfather talking to me as he sat in his green, nubby-wool easy chair, a lace doily pinned to the headrest to protect the chair from his Brylcreemed head.
In German-accented English, he spoke of his love for the East German city of Berlin, “the most beautiful city in the world.” How in the years after the First World War, he would put on a suit and tie, and with his cousin leave his village by train to sit in the lobbies of the grand hotels on the Kurfurstendamm, the city’s glittering main boulevard. “Oh, we watched the ladies,” he would say, with a chuckle. “And sometimes we would buy them a glass of beer.” Already I knew there was more to the story and so I invented the rest ending in his meeting my grandmother, something which in reality, had occurred years earlier in his own village.
<p?Later, I toured America with my parents and siblings in a black and yellow Chevy Caprice stopping at places like Deadwood on the edge of the Badlands, where we children imagined ourselves to be cowboys and cowgirls. Finally, I traveled on my own through Europe into the Aegean region across Turkey to every border I could reach. Except, I never went to Berlin. An image had lodged in my head in black and white of my grandparents’ village before the rise of Nazism, an Eden of sorts where time had stopped, where farm chores and church-going and dancing at the beer garden on Sundays were a matter of course. Instead, I spent years immersed in the time period before and after the war and wrote a never-published novel.
My personal history and travels have continued to make me question the way our world works, how other cultures see the world, what we forget and remember, where we intersect. I have sought out answers in print, visiting every bookstore I can find in every country.
For more than fifteen years, I’ve edited thousands of manuscripts, and written my own stories often about travelers confronting new cultures. In addition, I’ve edited journals, story collections, and chap books, all in the sensuous and tactile medium of ink and paper.
But the one thing my beloved print medium can’t do is bring readers, thinkers, and artists together in an interactive forum; hence, the birth of the Wild River Review. While none of our staff believes the Internet will replace print, we do believe that the Internet can provide an opportunity for the cross-pollination of cultures and ideas, traversing borders in a way no other medium can.
We hope you’ll find our vision reflected in our debut issue, where we feature a roster of artists and thinkers with a special emphasis on Turkey, a country currently in the running to become part of the European Union. Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk talks about his latest book and what it’s like to rely on translators. Another well-known and controversial Turkish writer, Elif Shafak, describes her upbringing in Europe and what it’s like to teach at an American university.
Cultural historian William Irwin Thompson’s epic poem, Canticum Turicum, which takes the reader from Cambridge to Zurich to New York City and places in between, appears in its entirety here, something we wouldn’t have been able to do in a print journal. In addition, we’ve embedded links within the interview, which will enhance and define the numerous subjects Thompson discusses, creating a cyber palimpsest.
In Airmail, we gather voices from around the world, offering intimate views of daily life in places we might not get a chance to visit. And hopefully, we’ll find a columnist willing to write about present-day Berlin. In Comics, we present another intersection, that of language and image. And our bloggers will take he plunge and share their most intimate thoughts on the writing life.
We hope you’ll browse the site, find your favorite columns, and return to them for updates. And we encourage you to contact us. Tell us where you agree. Disagree. Educate us. Enlighten us. Challenge us.
When you join us on this journey, you join in our excitement, worry, and in places where we might feel uncomfortable (like when we sit next to someone on a plane who doesn’t look like us).
Beginning a journey requires a leap of faith that a new and different world is within our grasp. And the funny thing is, the journey never turns out the way we imagined. Because ultimately the people we meet, the stories they tell, the stories we bring back, shape us as much as we shape them.
— Joy E. Stocke, Co-Executive Editor
In 2006, Joy E. Stocke founded Wild River Review with Kimberly Nagy, an outgrowth of the literary magazine, The Bucks County Writer, of which Stocke was Editor in Chief. In 2009, as their editorial practice grew, Stocke and Nagy founded Wild River Consulting & Publishing, LLC.
With more than twenty-five years experience as a writer and journalist, Stocke works with many of the writers who appear in the pages of Wild River Review, as well as clients from around the world.
In addition, Stocke has shepherded numerous writers into print. She has interviewed Nobel Prize winners Orhan Pamuk and Muhammud Yunus, Pulitzer Prizewinner Paul Muldoon, Paul Holdengraber, host of LIVE from the NYPL; Roshi Joan Halifax, founder of Upaya Zen Center; anthropologist and expert on end of life care, Mary Catherine Bateson; Ivonne Baki, President of the Andean Parliament; and Templeton Prizewinner Freeman Dyson among others.
In 2006, along with Nagy, Stocke interviewed scientists and artists including former Princeton University President Shirley Tilghman and Dean of Faculty, David P. Dobkin for the documentary Quark Park, chronicling the creation of an award-winning park built on a vacant lot in the heart of Princeton, New Jersey; a park that united art, science and community.
She is president of the Board of Directors at the Cabo Pulmo Learning Center, Cabo Pulmo, Baja Sur, Mexico; and is a member of the Turkish Women’s International Network.
In addition, Stocke has written extensively about her travels in Greece and Turkey. Her memoir, Anatolian Days and Nights: A Love Affair with Turkey, Land of Dervishes, Goddesses & Saints, based on more than ten years of travel through Turkey, co-written with Angie Brenner was published in March 2012. Her cookbook, Tree of Life: Turkish Home Cooking will be published in March, 2017 by Quarto Books under the Burgess Lea Press imprint . Stocke and Brenner are currently testing recipes for a companion book, which will feature Anatolian-inspired mezes from around the world.
Stocke’s essay “Turkish American Food” appears in the 2nd edition of the Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America (OUP, 2013). The volume won both International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) for Beverage/Reference/Technical category, 2014; and the Gourmand Award for the Best Food Book of the Year, 2014.
She is the author of a bi-lingual book of poems, Cave of the Bear, translated into Greek by Lili Bita based on her travels in Western Crete, and is currently researching a book about the only hard-finger coral reef in Mexico on the Baja Sur Peninsula. She has been writing about environmental issues there since 2011.
A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, with a Bachelor of Science in Broadcast Journalism from the Agriculture Journalism School where she also received a minor of Food Science, she participated in the Lindisfarne Symposium on The Evolution of Consciousness with cultural philosopher, poet and historian, William Irwin Thompson. In 2009, she became a Lindisfarne Fellow.
Works by Joy E. Stocke in this Edition
AIRMAIL – LETTERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
AIRMAIL – VOICE FROM SYRIA
ARTS – ART
COLUMNS – THE MYSTIC PEN
FOOD & DRINK – ANATOLIAN KITCHEN
FREYMAN & PETERSON- Your Life is a Book: How to Craft and Publish Your Memoir
LITERATURE – BOOK REVIEWS
LITERATURE – ESSAYS
LITERATURE – MEMOIR
LITERATURE – POETRY
LIVE FROM THE NYPL
The Euphoria of Ignorance: Being Jewish, Becoming Jewish, The Paradox of Being Carlo Ginzburg
Fountain of Curiosity: Paul Holdengraber on Attention, Tension and Stretching the Limits of Conversation at the New York Public Library
Paul Holdengraber – The Afterlife of Conversation
2013 – Three Questions: Festival Director Jakab Orsos talks about Art, Bravery, and Sonia Sotomayor
Critical Minds, Social Revolution: Egyptian Activist Nawal El Saadawi
INTERVIEW – Laszlo Jakab Orsos: Written on Water
Tonight We Rest Here: An Interview with Poet Saadi Youssef
Georgian Writer David Dephy’s Second Skin
On the High Line: Diamonds on the Soles of Our Shoes
Car Bombs on the West Side, Journalists Uptown
New York City – Parade of Illuminations: Behind the Scenes with Festival Director Jakab Orsos
The Pen Cabaret 2008: Bowery Ballroom — Featuring..
Anatolian Days and Nights: A Love Affair with Turkey, Land of Dervishes, Goddesses and Saints
Daring Collaborations: Rolex and LIVE from the NYPL at the New York Public Library Composing a Further Life: with Mary Catherine Bateson
WRR@LARGE: From the Editors – UP THE CREEK
Up the Creek: Volume 1, Number 1
Up the Creek: Volume 1, Number 2.5
Up the Creek: Volume 1, Number 3.3
Up the Creek: Number 4.4
Up the Creek: Beautiful Solutions
Up the Creek: Blind Faith, July 2009
Up the Creek: Create Dangerously
Up the Creek: What Price Choice?
Up the Creek: Before and After: September 11, 2001
Up the Creek: Candle in a Long Street
Up the Creek: Crossing Cultures: Transcending History
Up the Creek: Man in the Mirror; A Map of the World
Up the Creek: Stories and the Shape of Time
Up the Creek: The Divine Road To Istanbul
Up the Creek: What It Means to Yearn
WRR@LARGE – WILD COVERAGE
UNESCO World Heritage Site Under Threat of Mega-Devlopment Sparks International Protests
The Other Side Of Abu Ghraib — Part One: The Detainees’ Quest For Justice
The Other Side of Abu Ghraib – Part Two: The Yoga Teacher Goes to Istanbul