FROM THE EDITOR
Up the Creek: Thicker than Water
Volume 1, Issue Number 3.3, Wild River Review
“Thicker than water.”
Say those words in a room full of people and it’s likely someone will reply, “Blood is…”
But is blood thicker than water? The authors and artists in our third issue of Wild River Review set out to explore how we make connections, and ultimately who and what binds us together.
In her essay, “Orlando’s House”, Anna Kushner follows her blood ties back to Cuba to meet her Uncle Orlando and to claim her place in the family’s fractured history. Constance Garcia-Barrio, whose great-grandmother Rose Wilson Ware — called Maw—was born into slavery, weaves Maw’s oral history into a sprawling historical novel, Blood Grip. Over the next year, we will serialize Garcia-Barrio’s story of Ilse Stone and her sons Jake and Jerusalem — escaped slaves who try to make a place for themselves in the North.
And what about language? Can it be thicker than water? What ties are created when a Latvian poet’s work is translated into English? Or when a translation of a Japanese poem is rendered even further into English with a second interpretation? And after you read Elizabeth Esris’s poem, “Gaucho,” does it matter that you don’t know Spanish when you read Sergio Cervetti’s translation? Is it the same, or does it become a larger poem?
Into this mix, we welcome to our Airmail section, Suzanne Ashley’s column, “London Calling.” More than a year ago, Ashley, who was in charge of sales and marketing for a London publisher, reluctantly left a full work schedule and had taken a few days off to go paragliding in France. And then it happened: a bad landing, a broken back. How Ashley’s accident changed her life focus and career will unfold as she reports from London.
Regular columnist Ben Cake continues to search for connection in New York City and finds it in an interesting club on the Lower East Side. And on two different continents, Jessica Falcone and the Professor describe how they use public transportation. For Falcone, transportation becomes a literal life and death tie to India. For the Professor, commerce ultimately links him to one of the world’s greatest cities, Hong Kong.
Wild River Review continues to evolve. Along with three yearly issues, we update content regularly. Quark Park, the vision of Peter Soderman, has spawned more than twenty interviews with prominent scientists, architects, sculptors, and writers. Over the next few months we will feature: Shirley Tilghman, Professor of Molecular Biology, and President of Princeton University; Emily Mann, Director of the acclaimed McCarter Theater; Guggenheim Fellow and Professor of Computer Science, Perry Cook; American Civil War Historian, James McPherson; Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, Paul Muldoon, and many other notables.
Due to popular demand, Fran Metzman, the Sexy Grandmom, begins her blog, sharing her years of dating experience, and offering pithy observations of the most elusive of ties, that of man to woman, and woman to man.
So dig in, bookmark us, watch as a dialogue unfolds between columnists and poets; short storywriters and scientists. Thicker than water? Thicker than blood? Or as thick as consciousness will allow?
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