Founder and Principal Joy E. Stocke has been professionally writing and editing fiction, nonfiction and poetry for more than twenty years. She has shepherded hundreds of writers from concept to first and subsequent drafts into print. Stocke embraced digital media early on and has worked in all aspects of publishing in print and on the web. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, with a BS in Journalism and a Minor in French, Stocke was influenced by Journalism Professor, Wilmott Ragsdale who taught the legendary class, Literary Aspects of Journalism, and who believed that great journalism means great storytelling, that often well-written fiction comes closer to the truth than “journalism”, and who additionally encouraged his students to read poetry because “poets care the most about language.”
Stocke went on to contribute essays, Op-Eds, and articles to newspapers including The Pennsylvania Law Journal, The Philadelphia Bulletin, Philadelphia City Paper, The Philadelphia Inquirer and The New York Times; and short fiction to numerous literary journals.
She has published a novel, Ugly Cookies (Pella, 2000), and a bi-lingual book of narrative poems (English/Greek), Cave of the Bear (Pella 1999), based on her travels in Crete. Her travel memoir, Anatolian Days and Nights: A Love Affair with Turkey, Land of Dervishes, Goddesses & Saints co-written with Angie Brenner, was published in March 2012 by Wild River Books. Her cookbook, based on her travels, and co-written with Angie Brenner, Tree of Life: Turkish Home Cooking, will be published in March 2017 by Quarto Books/Burgess Lea Press.
In 1989, Stocke co-founded the Meridian Writer’s Collective. In conjunction with the Philadelphia Free Library, the University of the Arts, the Painted Bride Arts Center, and the Pennsylvania Center for the Book, Stocke and her colleagues launched a reading series of short fiction that continued for ten years, expanding into poetry, essays and performing arts. During those years, Stocke nurtured many new writers who went on to win awards and publishing contracts. She and her colleagues also edited and published a limited chapbook Series, and in 2000 edited and published Meridian Bound (Pella) an anthology of 50 writers, poets and artists.
In 2003, Stocke became editor in chief of the literary magazine, Bucks County Writer, interviewing and publishing the work of Paul Muldoon, Jane Hirshfield, Donald Hall, Orhan Pamuk among others. In 2006, Stocke and a group of colleagues launched the international online magazine, Wild River Review. Many of Stocke’s clients have appeared within its pages.
– Editorial Experience: Shepherd book-length manuscripts from concept to print. Coaching writers as they develop their projects through one-on-one mentoring and editing. Helping writers create and maintain a narrative arc in their work.
– Coaching in all aspects of publishing — print and web-based.