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The Other Side of Abu Ghraib – Part Two:
The Yoga Teacher Goes to Istanbul

When lawyers Susan Burke and Shereef Akeel traveled to Baghdad, Amman, and Istanbul to record testimony of the Abu Ghraib detainees, the full horror of what the former prisoners had lived through began to sink in.

Having filed a class action suit against private contractors Titan and CACI Corporations, charging the firms – whose employees worked as translators and interrogators at Abu Ghraib – with conspiring with the American military and civilian personnel to commit torture, Burke and Akeel now waded into the substance of the legal action, obtaining testimony from detainees who were never charged with any crime.

The lawyers listened as former prisoners told of being stomped and punched, covered in excrement, kept awake for days, and sodomized. Stories that deeply disturbed them.

Art by Daniel Heyman

Art by Daniel Heyman

“The stories began to take their toll,” says Burke. “Each time I returned home to my husband, my children and my practice, I realized that I had transferred what I was hearing onto myself.”

Burke turned to yoga for the strength she needed to record the detainee’s testimony and mount an uphill legal battle against Titan and CACI.

On a Saturday morning, after attending class with instructor Jennifer Schelter, Burke had an epiphany. Perhaps Schelter could offer her years of experience teaching breathing techniques and movement to help manage the stress and grief Burke was feeling.

“I thought if yoga is helping me so much, clearly Jennifer would be able to help the people taking testimony and the Abu Ghraib prisoners who had been hurt so badly,” says Burke. “So I asked Jennifer if she would consider coming with me.”

Women Screaming
Detainee Testimony

I only saw a few women in Abu Ghraib. One woman was without clothes. She was around thirty-four years old.

I heard women screaming. “Where are you, Iraqi people? Can you help?”

There were about ten boys between the ages of ten and eighteen. All were dressed. Sometimes they would give them a ball to play with in the middle of the hall.

There was a new prisoner—he was the bodyguard for Saddam Hussein. When he [the new prisoner] asked another prisoner for a biscuit, the bread was thrown across the room. A soldier saw the biscuit being thrown and said something I couldn’t understand. But he, the night soldier, told the morning soldier about the incident, so I was made to stand from morning to night. Even though I didn’t do it, I didn’t say anything.

Another soldier came. [When he came] I was standing and every four to five hours he told me to sleep. But after ten to fifteen minutes, he told me to get up.

I stayed there from 6am – 6pm. “Get back! Stand up!”[he shouted.]So I stood against the wall.

Art by Daniel Heyman

Art by Daniel Heyman

Istanbul 2006 —
More than a legal Team

Taking Testimony

In August 2006, Schelter joined Burke, Akeel, artist Daniel Heyman, and filmmaker, Rory Kennedy (Ghosts of Abu Ghraib) in Istanbul.

Schelter served as transcriber of detainee testimony. In a simple hotel room, Akeel or Burke asked difficult questions, Heyman sketched portraits, and interpreters translated as the detainees told their stories. Testimony could last one or two days.

“One by one, the detainees would be introduced, give their names, their ages, the amount of time they spent in Abu Ghraib,” says Schelter. “The lawyers would walk them through a series of questions, asking about their stories and what it was like for them in Abu Ghraib, starting with their abduction. What it was like for them to be taken from their homes usually at two in the morning.”

The group would break for lunch and then continue the depositions. Often the detainees were shown a binder full of photos depicting the torture. As they looked at the photos the detainees were asked questions, “Were you on this floor? Did you see this beating?”

They were asked if they could identify any of the people in the photographs.

Blowing Smoke
Detainee Testimony

He was a black guy – took me out, cuffed me to the bars and put a hood on me. He brought a cigar, a long one, and he lit it. He lifted my hood, blew smoke at me, and then covered my face back up.

He pulled his gun out and was speaking and moved the gun up my body. I didn’t understand what he was saying. After four to five hours he told me to go to sleep. I’d fall asleep for fifteen to twenty minutes, and then he’d say, “Get up! Get up!”

Once I threw up. A doctor came and said, “There is no problem.”

And then the soldier said, “Get up! Go to the back!”

Istanbul, August 2006
Yoga By The Pool

On dark green Astroturf on the rooftop of the hotel, Jennifer Schelter began her morning yoga practice as she had done every morning since arriving in Istanbul. But today, she was surprised when two Iraqis who were working with Burke joined her.

“They said that they wanted to practice with me,” says Schelter. “They were wearing mirror sunglasses in which I could see the blue sky reflecting back at me.”

The men had never practiced yoga before, but Schelter saw that they were different than most beginners. “They didn’t giggle, or say things like. ’Don’t expect me to bend over and touch my toes!’” she says.

Breathing deep through their noses they stretched their spines toward the sky and Schelter wondered what they were thinking as they turned their faces to the sun. It was only 7:30 a.m., but already it was hot and sweat was dripping down their temples.

“Breathe in the sun,” she said.

Above their heads, she saw a single white feather floating in the sky.

“Do you guys see that feather?” she asked.

“Yeah,” said one. “I’ve been watching it.”

“Me too,” laughed the other. “I thought it was a bird!”

The feather floated higher and higher caught in an updraft and the pool filter gurgled, and somewhere below car alarms went off, and Schelter saw the men smiling.

For the final relaxation pose, Schelter helped them adjust their heads and necks so that they lay still. As she listened to their breath slow, she wondered how long had it been since they lay down in the warm sun without the threat of gunfire or bombs?

When they brought their hands to their chests for the closing of the practice, Schelter shared the Sanskrit word,Namaste, explaining that it means, the light in me honors and bows to the light in you.

“Namaste,” they repeated, and then one said, “That was…difficult.” He looked at Schelter, his eyes carrying a competitive twinkle. “How many times a day do you do yoga?”

“About two hours,” she said, “Depending on my teaching schedule and my own practice.”

“I know what yoga is,” he said. “It’s body prayer. I do it five times a day for 20 minutes. You want to see my yoga?”

He stood and brought his hands into prayer position. Bending his knees, he knelt and touched his forehead to the ground before standing up again.

“I do that five times a day. To Allah. It is my yoga.”

Art by Daniel Heyman

Art by Daniel Heyman

A Broken Toothbrush
Detainee Testimony

They changed my cell and one night I found a broken toothbrush in it. I was tapping this broken toothbrush when the guard passed, and said, “What’s that?”

I showed him.

“Give me,” he said.

He was white and I didn’t know him. They brought the translator.

He asked, “Why is this with you?”

I told him, “It was here when I came.”

He told me, “You made it. You want to kill an American soldier with it!”

“How am I going to kill with a broken toothbrush?”

He said, “I worked in a place that makes knives. There is no difference between a knife and a toothbrush. We are going to take your clothes and sleeping things out. You have to be naked and punished.”

There were five, including two women. The women were sitting on a chair looking at me. Outside the cell, they cuffed my hands, back and feet. I was naked in front of them and they were talking and laughing. I think they were joking about the hair on my body.

You can’t imagine what it is like to have two ladies laughing at you. After four or five hours, the guard put me inside the cell. I was without covers, or a bed. I slept on the ground. It was very cold. I was fed Army food that had plastic over it. I covered my privates with the plastic. The guard saw this and said, “Give me that!”

So I was naked again.

Istanbul, August 2006
The Best of What Humanity
has to Offer

“So many detainees just wanted to be listened to outside the context of the stories they were telling,” says Schelter. “We would go out to dinner and they would ask questions about the United States. They wanted to know simple things like, how could this happen?

They have had an image of the United States for so long as a wonderful place where opportunity and hope can thrive. And if we represent, like Susan says, ‘The best of what humanity has to offer humanity,’ then we need to be available for difficult conversations that might not have answers.

In the process, I realized, that I had a stereotyped view about what an Arab man would say and think. Some of those stereotypes were created in Hollywood and became ingrained in me when I was a child. I thought when I went to Istanbul that I was an open person, and I guess I wasn’t so open.”

Still, I felt like I could be an ambassador because I was neutral. I didn’t have any agenda with the detainees. I wasn’t the lawyer. I wasn’t the diplomat. I was simply an American citizen who got to say, ‘I’m sorry.”

The Enemy Really is
our own Fear

When Shelter returned home, she found the welcome wasn’t what she had expected.

People would say, “Well, why were you helping terrorists?”

And Shelter would say, “You aren’t getting this. The misinformation surrounding the detainees is deceptive. It’s heartbreaking because it breeds hatred both ways.”

Schelter says that before she went to Istanbul, she thought of torture as disgusting, but like most Americans, it was removed from her life. Even the photographs seemed unreal. It was only when she sat listening to the men talk, it began to strike her that the torture committed at Abu Ghraib was real.

“What I’ve seen is that the detainees and me are no different,” she says. “We all have the opportunity to show up and to speak. That’s 99.9 % of it, and by doing that we can make a difference.

Gandhi said it best. ’The enemy really is our own fear.’”

Part III follows the continuing efforts of Akeel, Burke, Heyman, and Schelter in the Abu Ghraib case.

Part One: The Other Side Of Abu Ghraib —The Detainees’ Quest For Justice

Joy E. Stocke

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Joy E. Stocke

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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.

EMAIL: joy@wildriverbooks.com

FACEBOOK: facebook.com/joy.stocke

Works by Joy E. Stocke in this Edition

AIRMAIL – LETTERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

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

AIRMAIL – VOICE FROM SYRIA

Where Were the Shells Fired From?

ARTS – ART

Suzanne Opton and Michael Fay – The Human Face of War

COLUMNS – THE MYSTIC PEN

Katherine Schimmel: A Meeting in a Garden and a Mystic Pen

FOOD & DRINK – ANATOLIAN KITCHEN

Anatolian Kitchen: Cuisine at the Crossroads – For the Love of Beets

INTERVIEWS

ABULHAB – Arabic from Left to Right: An Interview with Type Designer, Saad Abulhab

BELBRUNO- Ed Belbruno – The Colors of the Universe: Microwaves and Art

FREYMAN & PETERSON- Your Life is a Book: How to Craft and Publish Your Memoir

CLARKE – Rock & Roll, Cybernetics, and Literature: Bruno Clarke’s Intersecting, Interconnecting World

EARLE – An Extraordinary Hope Spot: Sylvia Earle on the 20th Anniversary of Cabo Pulmo Marine Park and the Future of the World’s Oceans

FULBRIGHT –  Harriet Mayor Fulbright- World Peace through Education

JOSEPH GLANTZ –  Inner Lights, Electric Kites – The Sparks of Philadelphia’s Creativity

HALIFAX – Joan Halifax, Roshi – Letting Go, Letting in Light: Halifax Talks about Her Life & Groundbreaking Book, Being with Dying

HONEY – The New York Hall of Science Hosts 1001 Inventions – Muslim Heritage in Our World: A Conversation with Dr. Margaret Honey

KUPCU – How to Weave a Culture: The Art of the Double-Knot with Murat Küpçü

Jonathan Maberry’s Ghost Road Blues

MAJOR – A Landscape Critic in the Gilded Age: Judith Major and Mariana Griswold Van Rensselaer

MAURO – New World Monkeys: Primates, Boars, and a Conversation with Author, Nancy Mauro

MEHTA – Talking about Global Healing with Political Scientist Vipin Mehta

OLSEN – Greg Olsen – Reaching for the Stars: Scientist, Entrepreneur, and Space Traveler

SHOR – Music in Stone: Jonathan Shor Constructs a Lithophone for Quark Park

SMITH – ROLEX ARTS INITIATIVE-Poet Tracy K. Smith: Memory, Creation, Mentoring, and Mastery

SODERMAN – The Solace of Vacant Spaces: An Interview with Visionary Peter Soderman

EVAN THOMPSON – Waking, Dreaming, Being: Philosopher Evan Thompson Explores Self and Consciousness in Neuroscience and Meditation

TIMPANE – This Has Never Felt Like A Job
Poetry, Science and the Big Bang: John Timpane Goes to Cambridge

YUNUS – Opening the Gates of Capitalism: In Ecuador with Economist Muhammad Yunus, “Banker to the Poor”

ZALLER – Robert Zaller – Cliffs of Solitude – A World of Activism: Talking of Troubadours and Poetry with the Historian

Every River Tells A Story: Founders Kim Nagy and Joy Stocke

Dorion Sagan and Tyler Volk – Death and Sex: Dorion Sagan and Tyler Volk Get Intimate about Their New Book

Orhan Pamuk – The Melancholy Life

Per Petterson: Language Within Silence

LITERATURE – BOOK REVIEWS

Istanbul, Memories and the City: by Orhan Pamuk, Translated by Maureen Freely
The Road to Home: Rachel Simon’s The Story of Beautiful Girl

LITERATURE – ESSAYS

Anatolia – Istanbul’s Flaming Horn
End Times Down at the Kingdom Hall
Reclaiming Friday the 13th

LITERATURE – MEMOIR

Love Affair with Turkey

Anatolian Days and Nights – The Steamy Side of Istanbul

LITERATURE – POETRY

The Bath: Athens, Greece

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

PEN COVERAGE

 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..

PRESS ROOM

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

Quark Park

Algorithms, Google & Snow Globes: David Dobkin

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

WRR@LARGE – WILD ENVIRONMENT

Conservation – East of an Aquatic Eden and into the Desert
Controversial Marcellus Shale Gas Pipeline Threatens Delaware River Basin and Rural Communities in the Northeast

WRR@LARGE – WILD FINANCE

Migration, Remittances and Latin America

WRR@LARGE – SLOW WEB

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

WRR@LARGE – WRR BOOKS

Rumi and Coke

ARCHIVES

Post-Thanksgiving Plane Ride with a Soldier on His Way to Iraq
Turkey – Of Protests and Fruit: A Report & Updates from Istanbul

Kimberly Nagy

Kimberly Nagy, Contributor

Kimberly Nagy

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In 2006, Kimberly Nagy founded Wild River Review with Joy E. Stocke; and in 2009, they founded Wild River Consulting & Publishing, LLC.  With more than twenty years in the field of publishing, Nagy specializes in market outreach and digital media strategies as well as crafting timeless articles and interviews. She edits many of the writers who appear in the pages of Wild River Review, as well as clients from around the world.

Kimberly Nagy is a poet, professional writer, and dedicated reader who has interviewed a number of leading thinkers, including Academy-Award winning filmmaker, Pamela Tanner Boll, MacArthur Genius Award-winning Edwidge Danticat, historian James McPherson, playwright Emily Mann, biologist and novelist, Sunetra Gupta and philosopher Alain de Botton.

Nagy is an author, editor and professional storyteller. She received her BA in history at Rider University where she was influenced by professors who stressed works of literature alongside dates and historical facts–as well as the importance of including the perspectives of women and minorities in the historical record. During a period in which she fell in love with writing and research, Nagy wrote an award-winning paper about the suppression of free speech during World War I, and which featured early 20th century feminist and civil rights leader, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn.

Nagy continued her graduate studies at University of Connecticut, Storrs, where she studied with Dr. Karen Kupperman, an expert in early contact between Native Americans and the first European settlers. Nagy wrote her Masters thesis, focusing on the work of the first woman to be accepted into the Connecticut Historical Society as well as literary descriptions of Native Americans in Connecticut during the 19th century. Nagy has extensive background and interest in anthropological, oral history and cultural research.

After graduate school, Nagy applied her academic expertise to a career in publishing, in which she worked for two of the world’s foremost publishers—Princeton University Press and W.W. Norton—as well as at Thomson, Institutional Investor MagazineRoutledge UK, and Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic.

WEBSITE: www.kimnagy.com
EMAIL: knagywrr@gmail.com
FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/iknagy?ref=profile”
TWITTER: kimnagy

Kimberly Nagy in this Edition

AIRMAIL – LETTERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

Postcard from Haiti

AIRMAIL – VOICE FROM SYRIA

Lady of the Largest Heart: Remembering Muna Imady

ARTS – ART

Pamela Tanner Boll – Dangerous Women: Creativity, Motherhood, and the World of Art
Suzanne Opton and Michael Fay – The Human Face of War

ARTS – FILM REVIEWS

Slim Hopes
Who Does She Think She Is?

ARTS – MUSIC

Beata Palya – The Secret World of Songs

ARTS – PHOTOGRAPHY

Christine Matthäi – The Light of Innocence: On Playfulness, Trees and Growing up in the former East Germany
Every Face Tells a Story: A Conversation with Photographer, Beowulf Sheehan

COLUMNS

The Triple Goddess Trials: Fire in the Head: Brigit’s Mysterious Spark
The Triple Goddess Trials: Introduction
The Triple Goddess Trials – Meeting Virginia Woolf at the Strand
The Triple Goddess Trials: Me and Medusa
The Triple Goddess Trials: Aphrodite and the Lightbulb Factory
The Triple Goddess Trials: Goddess of Milk and Honey
The Triple Goddess Trials: Kali’s Ancient Love Song

INTERVIEWS

ASHLEY – Renee Ashley: A Voice Answering a Voice
BELLI – Giocanda Belli – The Page is My Home
BOLL – Pamela Tanner Boll: Dangerous Women: An Interview with Academy Award Winner Pamela Tanner Boll
DANTICAT – Create Dangerously- A Conversation with Edwidge Danticat
CHARBONNEAU – A Cruise Along the Inside Track: With Le Mobile’s Sound Recording Legend Guy Charbonneau
de BOTTON – The Art of Connection: A Conversation with Alain de Botton
GUPTA – Suneptra Gupta – The Elements of Style: The Novelist and Biologist Discusses Metaphor and Science
HANDAL – Nathalie Handal – Love and Strange Horses
HOLT – Rush Holt: An Interview with Rush Holt
KHWAJA – Waqas Khwaja: What a Difference a Word Makes
MAURO: New World Monkeys: An Interview with Nancy Mauro
MOSS – Practical Mystic–Robert Moss: On Book Families, Jung and How Dreams Can Save Your Soul
OGLINE – BEN FRANKLIN.COM: Author & Illustrator Tim Ogline explains why Ben Franklin would be a technology evangelist today
OLSEN – Greg Olsen – Reaching for the Stars: Scientist, Entrepreneur and Space Traveler
PALYA – Beata Palya – The Secret World of Songs
SCHIMMEL – Moonlight Science: A Conversation with Molecular Biologist and Entrepreneur, Paul Schimmel
SHORS – Journey into the Male & Female Brain: An Interview with Tracey Shors
von MOLTKE and SIMMS – Dorothy von Moltke and Cliff Simms: Why Independent Bookstores Matter, Part I
WARD – On the Rocks: Global Warming and the Rock and Fossil Record – An Interview with Peter Ward, Part One, and
On the Rocks: Global Warming and the Rock and Fossil Record – An Interview with Peter Ward, Part Two
WILKES – Labor of Love: An Interview With Architect Kevin Wilkes

LITERATURE – MEMOIR

Truth Hunger – A Meditation on Mary Karr’s The Art of Memoir

LITERATURE – POETRY

PEN WORLD VOICES – The Chador and the Walled Homestead: Modern Poetry of Pakistan
PEN WORLD VOICES – Found Poetry: A Wishing Poem

LIVE FROM THE NYPL

Fountain of Curiosity: Paul Holdengraber on Attention, Tension and Stretching the Limits of Conversation at the New York Public Library
The New York Public Library at 100: From the Stacks to the Streets
Paul Holdengraber: The Afterlife of Conversation
That Email Changed My Life: Rolex Arts Initiative. Pulitzer Prize Winning Poet Tracy K. Smith Celebrates Rolex Arts Initiative

PEN COVERAGE

First Editions / Second Thoughts — Defending Writers: PEN and Christie’s Raise One Million Dollars to Support Freedom of Expression
ON AFRICA: May 4 to May 10 — Behind the Scenes with Director Jakab Orsos: Co-curated by Award-Winning Author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Page is My Home: Giaconda Belli – Nicaraguan Poet, Writer and Public Intellectual
Georgian Writer David Dephy’s Second Skin
The Power of Conversation: David Grossman and Nadine Gordimer – The Arthur Miller Freedom to Write Lecture

PRESS ROOM

NEW FROM WILD RIVER BOOKS – Brief Eulogies at Roadside Shrines
Daring Collaborations: Rolex and LIVE from the NYPL at the New York Public Library
Wild River Books Announces the Stoutsburg Cemetery Project: The Untold Stories of an African American Burial Ground in New Jersey
Wild River Books: Surprise Encounters by Scott McVay
Wild River Review and Minerva’s Bed & Breakfast Presents – “BITTER” Writing in a Weekend: How to Write About the Things We Can’t Change

QUARK PARK

ALLEN – Quarks, Parks, and Science in Everyday Life: Filmmaker Chris Allen’s Documentary Where Art Meets Science in a Vacant Lot
MANN – Boundless Theater: An Interview with Emily Mann
Keeping Time: A Conversation with Historian James McPherson

VOICE FROM SYRIA

Lady of the Largest Heart: Remembering Muna Imady

WILD COVERAGE

Living the Dada Life: Andrei Codrescu Style
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

WRR at LARGE – WILD ENVIRONMENT

Controversial Marcellus Shale Gas Pipeline Threatens Delaware River Basin and Rural Communities in the Northeast
Down on Honey Brook Farm

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