River Adams is my pen name. She is the writer that I am, the creator of my worlds and of the persons who populate them. This is my chosen name and therefore meaningful in ways that a given name cannot be.
As River Adams, I write short stories and novelettes, poetry, and creative non-fiction. I rediscover and re-imagine biblical narratives through the eyes of Noah, Delilah, or Mary Magdalene. I become victim or perpetrator in the violent struggles of today’s world: in Kosovo, in Liberia, in America, in Russia, in Chechnya. I ponder the heavens and the passage of time. I think and feel in black symbols on white spaces, shaping them into traces of doubt, vengeance, forgiveness, pain, faith, or relief. But whatever the story, it’s always about love.
I write about love. This is my craft, my desire, and my vocation.
My current project is:
Seven Lives of Dinah Ash: a novel with autobiographical features. Dinah Ash is a Jewish Soviet ballerina in the midst of a turbulent era, as USSR is falling apart, who finds herself a refugee in America. It’s about loss and survival and love, but very much it’s about identity–any kind really, but in Dinah’s case, ultimately, Jewish. What does it mean? What does it do? How to find it? And is it worth it?
Come wander about the Cave of Poems and the Cave of Stories for a bit of reading, love that has poured from the quill of River Adams.