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 essays. 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 projects are two:
The Way to Jerusalem (tentative title): A collection of biblical stories made real, flesh-on-the-bone, as I crawl under the skin of one of the Bible’s characters in each story.
Through the Word: Leonard Swidler in life, in stories, in dialogue (tentative title): A book about Leonard Swidler, born 85 years ago to a Ukrainian Jewish father and an Irish Catholic mother, and his unequaled journey of faith, rejection, self-doubt, spiritual discovery, intellectual pursuit, and social cause to his current renown as one of the “fathers” of inter-religious dialogue with a world-wide following.
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.