News from Wild River Books:
Brief Eulogies at Roadside Shrines
Pushcart Prize nominee and director of the Philadelphia Storytelling Project, Mark Lyons builds “story shrines” along US highways, and depicts struggles and insights of undocumented Mexican immigrants,hospital “lifers,” returning veterans and highway philosophers, among other unforgettable characters.>
Wild River Books announced that it will publish award-winning author and director of the Philadelphia Storytelling Project, Mark Lyons` Brief Eulogies at Roadside Shrines, on October 7. Brief Eulogies constructs story shrines, or descansos (“resting places”) — those intimate memorial shrines we glimpse at the edge of highways and rural roads that mark profound loss, but also serve as acts of redemption.
“We are pleased to publish Mark Lyons’ beautifully-crafted, funny and moving collection of short stories that taps into social issues such as displacement, immigration and post-traumatic stress disorder experienced by returning veterans. Lyons’ stories fit Wild River Books’ mission to publish literary works that speak to the interconnectedness of all people and societies, and humanize controversial issues,” says Co-Founder of Wild River Books, Joy E. Stocke.
A snake-handling preacher—cast out on the highway—finds faith in a junkyard. A hitchhiker feasts on roadkill with a hobo on the Great Plains and discovers the Cosmos. A Mexican-American Border Patrol officer arrests a mojado—a wetback—who asks him a question that makes him confront his own history. An artist whose paintings are rendered colorless by her abusive husband commits an act of vengeance and deliverance. A soldier returns from Iraq and meditates on the fate of the tumbler pigeon he left at home. Brief Eulogies are stories about communities–people finding ways to survive their histories, addictions, fears–seeking a better place. A collection that reminds us how our lives can change in an instant, usually when we’re not looking.“It doesn’t matter if it’s a dirt road or a highway, those roads ache with unfinished business. I knew I was in the hands of a masterful storyteller in this…truly accomplished collection,” says Lev Raphael, Author of Dancing on Tisha B’Av and Finalist Judge, Leapfrog Press.
Lyons is the Director of the Philadelphia Storytelling Project (PSP), where he uses digital storytelling in his work with teens and the immigrant community. In his most recent work with PSP, Project HOME, he produced a series of audio stories on homeless veterans, collaborating with photographer Harvey Finkle. Lyons` past literary work includes writing, translating and co-editingEspejos y Ventanas / Mirrors and Windows, Oral Histories of Mexican Farmworkers and Their Families,published in English and Spanish. With twenty–five years of experience working in the Latino community as a health worker and community organizer, he was the director of the Farmworkers Health and Safety Institute. With a passion for community and storytelling, Lyons additionally serves as the editor of Open Borders, the Wild River Review series of immigrant stories.
About Wild River Books: With over thirty years of publishing, editing, design and marketing experience, Wild River Books–a full-service publishing house–upholds the top standards of the industry and offers strategic publishing solutions for the 21st century. Through editorial consultation, marketing, publicity expertise and crafted packaging, Wild River Books helps authors tell and promote stories that make a difference in the world. Through Wild River Consulting & Publishing, LLC, Wild River Books also runs the international online literary and arts magazine Wild River Review with loyal readers from every corner of the world.
Founder and Principal. Kimberly Nagy received a 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 has an extensive background and interest in anthropological, oral history and cultural research.
Nagy pursued a publishing career 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 Magazine, Routledge UK, and Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic. She extensive experience in editorial management and marketing/ public relations for corporations, publishers, state agencies, and nonprofits.
Combining her love of writing, editing and publishing, Nagy is an editor, poet and professional storyteller who helps clients discover, rediscover and deepen their authentic voice as well as sculpt good ideas into refined, structurally-sound articles, essays, brochures, and book-length manuscripts (among other written communications). Nagy has worked for authors, publishers, businesses, non-profit organizations, and universities alike. In partnership with poet and award-winning literary journalist Joy Stocke, Nagy is a principal of Wild River Consulting and Publishing (WRCP) Services which offers comprehensive manuscript evaluations, coaching, social media guidance, publishing advice (in a rapidly changing landscape) and enthusiasm for the writing process itself. Stocke and Nagy mentor many talented students and clients.
Partnering with Stocke, Nagy serves as Executive Editor for Wild River Review, an internationally renowned non-profit cultural literary magazine, for which Nagy commissions articles and curates content. Noted by the Utne Reader for exceptionally interesting interviews, Nagy has profiled many artists, writers, philosophers, poets, film-makers, photographers, and business leaders who are making a beneficial difference in the world.
Praised for her literary yet down-to-earth style, Kimberly Nagy is the author of the column (and forthcoming book) Triple Goddess Trials, a mythology/memoir that draws on the divine feminine archetype, phases of the moon, and timeless stories (Medea, Aphrodite, Kali and Syrinx to name but a few) to shed light on women’s experiences in the modern world. Readers have called Nagy’s work “thought-provoking,” “funny,” “deeply important” “inspiring” and “real.”