Our Staff

Editor-in-Chief: Peter Krok has been the Editor-in-Chief of the Schuylkill Valley Journal since 2001. The journal was founded in 1990. He also serves as the humanities/poetry director of the Manayunk Roxborough Art Center where he has coordinated a literary series since 1990. Because of his identification with row house and red brick Philadelphia, he is often referred to as “the red brick poet.” His poems have appeared in the Yearbook of American Poetry, America, Mid-America Poetry Review, Midwest Quarterly, Poet Lore, Potomac Review, Blue Unicorn and numerous other print and online journals. In 2005 his poem “10 PM At a Philadelphia Recreation Center” was included in Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania (published by Penn State University).  His book, Looking For An Eye, was published by Foothills Press in 2008.

Managing Producer: Jordan Heil is a writer and educator living in the Northern Liberties neighborhood of Philadelphia. By day, he is the Assistant Director of the Writing Center at Saint Joseph’s University, where he is also an adjunct instructor of English. By night, he is the editor of the Collective Creamery podcast. In his free time, he works as an ESL Specialist in the Drexel University Writing Center, teaches at the Community College of Philadelphia, and gazes longingly at beagle puppies on Instagram.

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Managing Editor: Mark Danowsky is a writer from Philadelphia and author of the poetry collection As Falls Trees (NightBallet Press, 2018). 



 Submissions Reader: Jenna Geisinger is a recent graduate of the Literature Program at Stockton University with a concentration in Creative Writing and a Writing Minor. She was an editor for the school-affiliated magazine, The Sojourn, and has had her fiction published in Philadelphia Stories, where she has since become a submissions reader.

Poetry Editor: Bernadette McBride, author of four poetry collections—most recently, Everything Counts (Aldrich Press / Kelsay Books 2019), is an adjunct college professor and editor. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies domestically as well as in the UK, Canada, and on PRI’s The Writer’s Almanac. A three-time Pushcart Prize nominee, she is a Pennsylvania county Poet Laureate, poetry winner, second place, for the International Ray Bradbury Writing Award, and runner-up for the Robert Fraser Poetry Prize. She welcomes your visit at bernadettemcbrideblog.wordpress.com


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Flash Fiction Editor: M.J. Iuppa's flash fiction has appeared in 100 Word Story, Grey Sparrow Review, Eunoia Review, Jellyfish Review, Otoliths, Scarlet Leaf Review,  Poppy Road Review, Black Poppy Review, Inside The Bell Jar and others. She is Director of the Visual and Performing Arts Minor Program and Lecturer in Creative Writing at St. John Fisher College, and is a part time lecturer in Creative Writing at The College at Brockport.  Most recently, she was awarded the New York State Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching, 2017. She and her husband Peter Tonery lives on a small farm where they have been practicing organic food sustainability for the past 16 years.


Art Editor: David P. Kozinski received the 2018 Established Professional Poetry Fellowship from the Delaware Division of the Arts. His first full-length book of poems, Tripping Over Memorial Day was published by Kelsay Books in 2017. He received the Dogfish Head Poetry Prize, which included publication of his chapbook, Loopholes (Broadkill Press). Kozinski was named 2018 Mentor of the Year by Expressive Path, a non-profit that encourages youth participation in the arts. He serves on the Boards of the Manayunk-Roxborough Art Center and the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference.

Features Writer: Mike Cohen hosts Poetry Aloud and Alive at Philadelphia's Big Blue Marble Book Store. His articles on sculpture appear in the Schuylkill Valley Journal in which he is a contributing editor. His wry writing has appeared in the Mad Poets Review, Apiary Magazine, Fox Chase Review,  and other journals.  Mike has performed in cafes, libraries, book stores and venues from Princeton’s Café Improv to Harlem’s Apollo Theater to Philadelphia’s Laurel Hill Cemetery Mike's poetry can be found at http://mikecohensays.com/ and in his book BETWEEN THE I'S.

Staff Writer: Ray Greenblatt has been connected with the SVJ from its inception as a poet, essayist and fiction writer. Thirty years ago he and Peter Krok, Editor-in-Chief of the SVJ, formed the Overbrook Poets, a group that meets monthly to critique poems and continues to thrive into the present. Ray Greenblatt's poetry has been published around the world, translated into Gallic, Polish and Japanese, as well as set to music at the University of Siena in Italy. He has been on the Board of the Philadelphia Writers Conference and spoken at the John Steinbeck Festival in Salinas, California. A handmade book of his poetry, Shadow with Green Eyes, has been published by Meg Kennedy Press. His online novel, Twenty Years on Graysheep Bay, has just come out.

Staff Photographer: Ron Howard is a photographer, painter, poet and the current President of the Manayunk-Roxborough Art Center (MRAC), an art and humanities center in Philadelphia, which hosts many SVJ events. Along with his talents as a photographer, visual artist and writer, and his appreciation of the arts, Howard has brought his non-profit organizational development and international institution building skills to the MRAC. He was Chief Operations Officer for the Opportunities Industrialization Centers International (OICI) for more than thirty years and served from 2004 to 2007 as the organization's Acting CEO, prior to his retirement in 2007. The global OIC movement was started in Philadelphia by Rev. Leon H. Sullivan.


Social Media Coordinator: Zoe Musselman studied English at West Chester University with a minor in Women's & Gender Studies. She has volunteered at Dr. Kim Bridgford's Poetry by the Sea conference. She has had work published in both of West Chester's literary journals, Literati and Daedalus.

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Social Media Assistant: Cleveland Wall is a poet, editor, and teaching artist. Her work has appeared in Philadelphia StoriesMöbiusFull of Crow, and beyond.  She is a founding member of the poetry improv group No River Twice and cohost of Tuesday Muse, a monthly poetry and music series at Bethlehem’s Ice House. She and her husband Michael create live poetry/classical guitar mashups. Between whiles she does mail art and makes little chapbooks. Her first book, Let X=X, drops in fall 2019.