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Joy E. Stocke
Joy E. Stocke, Executive Editor & Founder
Joy E. Stocke has published poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, and has written about and lectured widely on her travels in Turkey and Greece, as well as religion, ancient and modern.
In addition to a travel memoir, Anatolian Days and Nights, she is working on her second book of poems set in Greece, and a novel set in the U.S., Germany, and Crete.
A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison with a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics/Journalism, she participated in the Lindisfarne Symposium on The Evolution of Consciousness with William Irwin Thompson at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City. She is founding partner of Writers Corner USA, where she consults with writers at all levels, specializing in book proposals and book length manuscripts.
JOY E. STOCKE IN THIS EDITION:
PEN WORLD VOICES: Language Within Silence An Interview with Norwegian Writer Per Petterson
PEN WORLD VOICES: Tonight We Rest Here An Interview with Poet Saadi Youssef
SPOTLIGHT: Arabic from Left to Right An Interview with Saad Abulhab
SPOTLIGHT: Fly Me to the Moon A Conversation with Mathematician and Artist, Ed Belbruno
SPOTLIGHT: The Other Side Of Abu Ghraib (Part 1) The Detainees’ Quest for Justice
SPOTLIGHT: Poetry, Science, and the Big Bang John Timpane Goes to Cambridge
SPOTLIGHT: Rumi and Coke An Excerpt from Anatolian Days and Nights: A Love Affair with Turkey
QUARK PARK: Of Algorithms, Google & Snow Globes An Interview with Computer Scientist David Dobkin, Dean of Faculty at Princeton University
QUARK PARK: The Scientist as Rebel Freeman Dyson Talks About Nuclear Weapons, Space Travel, and the Future
QUARK PARK: The Solace of Vacant Spaces Interview with Peter Soderman
QUARK PARK: Music in Stone Sculptor Jonathan Shor
UP THE CREEK: Editor’s Notes
Raquel B. Pidal
Raquel B. Pidal, Contributing Editor
Raquel B. Pidal is a freelance editor and writer who has worked on a variety of projects, including memoirs, business and
career management books and articles, health articles, book proposals, and novel synopses and analyses. She has also taught
several workshops for children and young writers. Raquel graduated Cum Laude from Ursinus College with a degree in English
and Creative Writing. She earned Departmental Honors for her senior thesis, a memoir about her Cuban mother, and has won
several awards for her writing. Raquel’s creative nonfiction has been published in The Bucks County Writer, The
Bucks County Review, and Wild River Review. She currently lives in Cambridge, MA, where she is working on her
M.A. in Publishing and Writing at Emerson College. She writes a blog,
CopyRighteous, about writers’ rights as part of her
coursework, and she also works for the Emerson College literary magazine,
RAQUEL B. PIDAL IN THIS EDITION:
ART: The Cutting Edge An Interview with Artist Chris Resko
Bryan Palmer, WRR Web Team
Bryan Palmer is a senior in the Information Science & Technology program at Temple University. He is currently working with
Microsoft as a Campus Representative and serving as President of the Association for Computing Machinery chapter at Temple.
Bryan was recognized with the Student Leadership Award from the Computer Information Sciences department for his work with
faculty, staff, and peers in the academic year. He also serves on several technology planning committees and is a member
of the Philadelphia Linux Users Group.
John Moskowitz, WRR Contributing Editor
John is a professional business consultant that has performed project management, coaching/training and process
improvement for clients in the pharmaceutical, credit card and construction materials industries among others.
He has been responsible for the design of PowerPoint presentations for executive management, training materials
focused on financial analysis, project management and process improvement and flow mapping, step-by-step
instructions for software self-help menus and templates for teaching six sigma statistical control concepts.
He has also authored numerous corporate internal change management communications to reinforce company-wide policy.
JOHN MOSKOWITZ IN THIS EDITION:
ART: The Art of Jonathan Cox
Jill Sherer Murray
Jill Sherer Murray, WRR Contributing Editor
Jill Sherer Murray is an award-winning journalist, whose work has appeared in a variety of business- and
health-related media. In addition to writing feature articles, scripts, books and other marketing, corporate
and creative communications for more than 18 years, she designs and facilitates corporate communication
workshops and seminars for clients like Gatorade, PepsiCo, Tellerx, and Quaker Oats (to name a few). A
former “Weight Loss Diary” columnist for Shape Magazine, she took six million readers
(who now know how much she weighs) on her journey to get fit each month through a series of personal essays
and live chats. Currently, Jill is working on her second novel and rewriting her first again so she can get
it to her agent before he dies or retires. You can read about her writing and other pursuits (i.e., dating
and marriage) in her blog
“Diary of a Writer in Mid-Life Crisis,”
which is featured on the Wild River Review. She lives in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, with her husband Dan, her
rescue dog Winnie, too many houseguests, and a lot of chocolate and over-the-counter pain medication.
JILL SHERER MURRAY IN THIS EDITION:
BLOG: Diary of a Writer in Midlife Crisis
Brian O’Connell, WRR Contributing Editor
Brian O’Connell is a Bucks County, PA based freelance
writer. A former Wall Street bond trader, O’Connell is the author of 15 books, including two bestsellers. His work has also
appeared in publications like The Wall Street Journal, Men’s Health, USA Today, Cigar Magazine,
CBS News Marketwatch, Newsweek, and many others.
Rosa Sophia, WRR Associate Editor
Rosa Sophia is a writer of suspense, mystery, and psychological horror. She has had several short stories
published and has written a number of unpublished novels including Taking 1960, Smile America,
Safe, and Out on the Bluffs. She is currently working on a mystery novel called Dissonance,
which tells the story of an Indie rock band forced to solve a series of brutal murders as they make their way
cross-country. Other than writing, Rosa is also interested in criminology, forensics, auto-mechanics, and
playing her bass guitar, Charlotte. Rosa’s work can be viewed online at the Writer’s Café.
She also has a Myspace website dedicated to her writing as well as her continued progess with
WRITER’S CAFÉ: www.writerscafe.org/profile/rosysophia/
ROSA SOPHIA IN THIS EDITION:
PROFILE: Murder, He Wrote An Interview with Jeff Markowitz
Jonathan Bush, WRR Web Team
For as long as Jon can remember he’s had a story in his head. They are sometimes short and simple,
others are deep and warrant a bit of time to write down. He’s currently a senior at Penn State
as a communications major. Jon is open to learning about the world but he has a seething anger toward
stupidity. Unfortunately the latter surrounds him more often then not. He writes a blog online and is
working on a short story and a novel.
Christopher Tiefel, WRR Associate Editor
Christopher Tiefel is a noun & verb collector & organizer. A poet working as a freelance editor & writer, Chris has discovered
that his favorite word is steep. In June he attended the Juniper Writing Institute after graduating from Kutztown University with
a degree in English/Professional Writing. While at Kutztown he managed the literary magazine Shoofly & also received the
Raymond Ford award for poetry, & the Mary S. Kittle award for social & environmental justice. Now engaged, Chris is working on
a chapbook & a catalog of this work can be found at Treefull,
a collaborative poetry blog updated maybe regularly.
CHRISTOPHER TIEFEL IN THIS EDITION:
SPOTLIGHT: The Other Side Of Abu Ghraib (Part 1) The Detainees’ Quest for Justice
BLOG: Live @ PEN World Voices
REVIEW: What Feeds Us by Diane Lockward