WILD ENVIRONMENT

Controversial Marcellus Shale Gas Pipeline Threatens Delaware River Basin and Rural Communities in Northeast

The Delaware is the longest undammed river east of the Mississippi, flowing for 330 miles as it travels from New York State, through Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware to the Atlantic Ocean.

The Delaware River Keeper

Eleven-year-old girl registering her protest of the construction of PennEast Pipeline before the Delaware River Basin Commission at Washington's Crossing, Pennsylvania, December, 2014

Eleven-year-old girl registering her protest of the construction of PennEast Pipeline before the Delaware River Basin Commission at Washington’s Crossing, Pennsylvania, December, 2014

“Have you heard about the pipeline?”

From the Marcellus Shale in the Appalachian basin in Pennsylvania, where the fracked gas boom is in full force, to Trenton, New Jersey, just south of Washington’s Crossing––where, on December 25, 1776, General George Washington and his troops made their famous crossing and launched the Battle of Trenton––the question moved from neighbor to neighbor in the communities along the pristine upper reaches of the Delaware River, one of the healthiest watersheds in the United States.

Rumor became fact on August 12 when a consortium of companies including utility giants UGI, AGL Resources, and NJR Pipeline Company, calling themselves PennEastPipeline Co., LLC, announced that they are seeking Federal approval to launch a one-billion-dollar project to build a three-foot (36 inch) diameter pipeline with easements of one hundred feet across (equal to a third of a city block) to run from the Marcellus Shale through wetlands, farmland, and preserved open space with a projected start date of January, 2017.

Says the Marcellus Drilling News website, “It didn’t hurt that the consortium had already reserved nearly half of the billion-cubic-feet-per-day capacity for themselves!”

PennEast began putting together their plans to create a consortium to transport Marcellus Shale gas in 2011, shortly after New Jersey Governor Chris Christie unveiled the state’s Master Energy Plan with a goal of bringing more sources of natural gas to New Jersey.

“The PennEast Consortium is building an empire on land that was preserved with Pennsylvania and New Jersey taxpayer dollars for the health and wellbeing of our children and for use by all citizens,” says Alix Bacon, manager of the Western Piedmont Region for the New Jersey Conservation Foundation.

 

Natural Gas Pipeline Construction

Natural Gas Pipeline Construction

On November 4, 2014, New Jersey voters approved Public Question #2, which proposed changing the constitution of New Jersey so that a percentage of the corporate business tax be permanently allocated to fund open space, farmland and historic preservation programs.

“By targeting preserved lands,” adds Bacon, “the proposed PennEast pipeline subverts the will of New Jersey voters and flies in the face of New Jersey’s 50-year-old preservation policies and programs.

According to PennEast, the pipeline will stretch 108 miles, 87 percent of which will be within the boundaries of the Delaware River watershed, with a plan to transport roughly a billion cubic feet of natural gas per day to residents in Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey. With new partner, Spectra Energy, owner of the General Partnership of DCP Midstream Partners, LP, the consortium will have the opportunity to access Cove Point, a terminus on the Atlantic ocean in Maryland, where gas could be exported to markets outside the U.S. The PennEast project also includes siting and construction of multiple high-powered compressor stations at intervals along the line.

Proposed PennEast Pipeline Route

Proposed PennEast Pipeline Route

PennEast has claimed at meetings in local communities that their intention is to provide much-needed gas to customers in South Jersey and Southeastern Pennsylvania, and not for export. But partner Spectra plans to send natural gas to export facilities, according to Williams Partners, part of the Spectra Consortium. In Williams’s 2014 first quarter report, CEO Alan Armstrong says, “We’re excited about the accelerating pace of expansion projects at Transco, (and) will serve as important infrastructure for future LNG (Liquid Natural Gas) export facilities at Cove Point…”

While there are residents who support the pipeline in the six counties bracketing the Delaware river along the proposed route, the overwhelming majority, including elected officials on both sides of the river, has registered concerns. Laywers, teachers, legislators, business owners, farmers and long-term residents have turned out en masse at scheduled meetings with PennEast representatives and put forth letters and resolutions rejecting the pipeline’s construction, claiming that given the ecological risks, the pipeline is redundant in furthering the Northeast’s larger energy plan.

In multiple meetings with PennEast officials and communities, residents and businesses (who will not benefit from the fracked gas), have asked, “If the pipeline must be built, instead of disturbing one of the few remaining rural stretches of land in the region, why not co-locate it along existing easements?”

A Farmer’s Story

Three generations of the Fulper Famly in Front of their farmhouse

Three generations of the Fulper Famly in Front of their farmhouse


Robert Fulper II, a fourth-generation dairy farmer and owner of Fulper Family Farms, established in 1909 in West Amwell, New Jersey, is one of the landowners whose property lies in the path of the pipeline.

“In the 1940s and 50s, one of the gas companies, Texas Eastern, I believe, put a pipeline through a farm I rent through the State Agriculture Development Committee (SADC),” recalls Fulper, “and I definitely see extensive damage. The pipeline generates enough heat to change the temperature of the ground. When we have a hot, dry summer, those areas get severely damaged.  And when I look at one of my yield maps, in that field of 10 acres, 2.3 acres show losses––more than 20% of the field–-yield drop can be as much as 30 or 40 bushels of corn. The problem is,” adds Fulper, “that companies like PennEast might show concern in the beginning stages of the project, but over the years, a land owner or farmer has no right and the companies can just come in anytime and do repairs on the pipeline, causing damage to crops and ruining the soil.”

Last year, without notifying Fulper, an emergency repair was made on the line that already runs through the SADC property Fulper rents. “They tore the ground up and didn’t put the topsoil back. They dug up my crops and left the crops a mess, left rocks on top,” he says. “The crop yield was zero. I called the SADC first. They didn’t know anything about it. It took days to find out what happened. Finally, I got a little reimbursement, but not enough to cover the damage.”

On October 17, after a series of meetings with townships along the pipeline route, fourteen of which called for resolutions opposing the pipeline, PennEast announced that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) had approved its request to initiate the pre-filing review process. According to the PennEast website: “The pre-filing process includes a formal structure for interested parties along the proposed route to provide input regarding the proposed PennEast Pipeline. It also creates the framework for the environmental analysis required of the location, design and permitting of the proposed natural gas pipeline. PennEast chose the comprehensive, multi-step pre-filing approach as a way to ensure greater stakeholder (meaning affected landowners along the route) involvement early in the project’s development and to work cooperatively with the FERC staff on stakeholder outreach, as well as the technical, engineering and environmental aspects of the project before a formal application is submitted. PennEast plans to complete pre-filing and file a formal application in third quarter 2015.”

“Interstate natural gas pipelines are subject to stringent review and FERC oversight,” said Peter Terranova, chairman of the PennEast board of managers. “PennEast requested to use the pre-filing process because it provides an ideal framework for obtaining early input from potentially affected landowners and other stakeholders. Their input helps identify areas of concern that we can try to address from the start through the design of the project.”

According to Eastern Environmental Law Center staff attorney, Alice Baker, pipeline proposals must comply with the Natural Gas Act, passed in 1938, and divides control over the natural gas industry between the federal government and the states. Under the Natural Gas Act, FERC has the authority to regulate the transportation of natural gas in interstate commerce, the sale in interstate commerce of natural gas, and natural gas companies engaged in such transport.

In order for a company to construct new natural gas facilities, FERC must issue a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity. FERC considers whether the applicant has made efforts to eliminate or minimize any adverse effects the project might have on existing pipelines in the market and their captive customers, and landowners and communities affected by the route of the new pipeline.

“However,” says Carolyn Elefant, whose law firm focuses on FERC practice and policy, “FERC does not have jurisdiction over siting local gas pipelines used purely in intrastate commerce. Nor does FERC have jurisdiction over facilities used for production or gathering of natural gas, such as a 30-mile gathering pipeline system which would gather Marcellus Shale natural gas from wells for transport to interconnections with interstate pipelines and storage facilities.”

“This,” says Alice Baker, “is essentially an economic test. Only where the benefits outweigh the adverse effects on economic interests will FERC proceed to complete the environmental analysis required.” Baker also warned that the PennEast consortium would have the right to exercise eminent domain and claim land along the path, should FERC approve the project.

“I thought that when I put my land into farmland preservation, I was protecting it,” says Robert Fulper. “I gave up the ability to develop it and build houses. What really bothers me is that the State of New Jersey has a law that says eminent domain cannot be used on farmland. But since the pipeline is coming from Pennsylvania, PennEast is able to use federal law.”

Maya van Rossum, head of the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, a non-profit organization that monitors the health of the Delaware River and its tributaries, says, “When a pipeline cuts through a community, literally nothing — wetlands, woodlands, farms — stands in its way. PennEast says it will restore the land to what it was before the pipeline was put in. Not only won’t they, they can’t.”

State Representatives Join Across Party Lines to Oppose Pipeline

Rep Leonard Lance

Representative Rush Holt

 New Jersey State Representatives Leonard Lance & Rush Holt

New Jersey representatives have crossed party lines to join the protest.On October 9, Republican senator Leonard Lance of Hunterdon County issued a press release:

My constituents are right to be concerned about the current PennEast pipeline project. After careful consideration and review, I have significant questions about the project’s current path and expected use of lands under farmland preservation protection and within the Delaware River Watershed.

As someone who has lived here my entire life, I fully understand how important open space and farmland preservation are to the residents of Hunterdon County and surrounding communities.  I have sponsored legislation in the Legislature to protect and preserve these open spaces.

It is my hope that PennEast Pipeline company representatives will reexamine the project’s proposed path and work with New Jersey’s two U.S. Senators, the congressional delegation, state and local elected officials as well as concerned citizens in presenting a new plan that protects property rights and preserves public and private lands.”

A week later, on October 16, Democratic congressman Rush Holt sent a letter to Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary of the Federal Energy Commission, requesting

“a full review and comprehensive assessment of the potential impacts and need for this project. It is absolutely essential that the review of this project takes into account the input of all concerned citizens and affected communities. Considering that this will be a new pipeline spanning approximately 108 miles and crossing multiple states and water bodies, an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) should be required as part of the review of this project…The EIS should consider an analysis of project alternatives, including a “no action” alternative.”

“We need to address how we as a country are going to ensure affordable heat and electricity for all,” says Carina Sayles, who chose to preserve 213 acres of her 220 acre Hunterdon County family farm through the state agricultural program, with taxpayer dollars from the state, county and her township. “But as a third-generation farm owner whose preserved land is threatened by the pipeline, I was turned down when I wanted to put solar panels in my field because the state said it would be an eyesore. It makes no sense. Instead, a consortium of companies will come, rip up my land, lay down pipes and create an easement where in the future they can rip the land up again and lay down more pipes.”

Delaware River Basin Commission Requests a Full Review from PennEast

On November 17, residents along the pipeline route received good news. After responding to multiple requests by the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, supported by hundreds of letters from individuals, the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC), tasked by the federal government with protecting states that border the river, determined that the PennEast Pipeline Project would be subject to DRBC jurisdiction and will need to obtain a docket before it can proceed with its plans.

DRBC Executive Steve Tambini wrote: “…based upon our internal review of recent submittals by the project sponsors to the DRBC and other agencies, we have advised the sponsors that the project is subject to review…The PennEast project sponsors have been requested to submit an application to the DRBC and to request a pre-application meeting.”

According to the DRBC, the PennEast Pipeline “triggered” a project review after raising concerns in three areas: water withdrawal, discharge of testing water, sending pipelines in, on, under or across an existing or proposed recreational area or reservoir” designated in the agency’s comprehensive plan.

As for Robert Fulper, fresh off a seven-day-a-week harvest work jag on their newly solar-powered farm, the plan is to continue to tend their herd of dairy cows, and sell milk and cheese.

“I treat my land like I treat my kids. I’m an environmentalist, but I’m a realist, too. I know it’s a balancing act. I’m concerned for farmers throughout the state, who supply all kinds of crops for our food supply. And I have concerns about energy for the future of our country and that we pursue using more renewable energy whenever possible.”

Along the Delaware River Basin, residents, like Fulper, are waiting to see what happens next.Delaware River Nov. 2012

 

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

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

COMBS – Hazard: A Sister’s Flight From Family and a Broken Boy

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

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
KHWAJA – Waqas Khwaja: What a Difference a Word Makes
MAURO: New World Monkeys: An Interview with Nancy Mauro
MORGANSing, Live, & Love Like You Mean It: An Interview with Bertha Morgan
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
HOLT – Rush Holt: An Interview with Rush Holt
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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