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 graduate of the Writing Studies program at Saint Joseph's University. He graduated from Kent State University with a BA in English in the fall of 2013.  In the past, he has worked as the Editor-in-Chief of The Avenue, as a freelance editor, and as a writing center tutor.  He is currently an adjunct at Saint Joseph's University. When he isn't working or traveling, he's writing non-fiction.

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Managing Editor: Mark Danowsky  is a poet. He is originally from Philadelphia. Mark's work has appeared in About Place, Cordite, Gargoyle, Gravel, Right Hand Pointing, Shot Glass Journal, Subprimal, and elsewhere. He is Managing Editor for the Schuylkill Valley Journal and Founder of the poetry coaching and editing service VRS CRFT. More information about his editing service is available at https://vrscrft.wordpress.com/


Poetry Co-Editor: Bernadette McBride is author of three poetry collections. Her poems have appeared in the UK, in numerous U.S. journals, and on PRIs The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor. A former Pennsylvania Poet Laureate for Bucks County, PA, she is a three-time Pushcart Prize nominee, won second place for the International Ray Bradbury Writing Award, and was a runner-up for the Robert Fraser Poetry Prize. For many years, she taught creative writing at Temple University, currently teaches writing and literature at Bucks County Community College, and leads various writing workshops in the Bucks County and Philadelphia region. She welcomes your visit at bernadettemcbrideblog.wordpress.com.



Poetry Co-Editor: Bill Wunder is the author of three volumes of poetry: Hands Turning the Earth (WordTech Editions, 2014), national finalist for the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Pointing at the Moon (WordTech Editions, 2008,) and Kingdom of Heaven (Aldrich Press, 2015). In 2004, he was named Poet Laureate of Bucks County, Pennsylvania. His poems are widely published in poetry journals, anthologies and have twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. He has read or lectured in libraries, schools, colleges, public events, on street corners, on public television and in events sponsored by the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the National Park Service. Bill has served as poetry editor of The Schuylkill Valley Journal for the past ten years and is a Vietnam veteran.

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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.

Staff Writer and Archivist: Ryan R. Latini received his MA from the Writing Studies program at Saint Joseph’s University.  He graduated from Saint Joseph’s University with a BA in English in 2008.  He is on the editorial staff of The Avenue, has been published in The Avenue, and has contributed to SJU’s Writing Studies blog.  He has worked as a freelance writer, a tutor for Literacy New Jersey (Gloucester County), and is currently working on his first novel. You can follow him on Twitter @RyanRLatini

Social Media Coordinator: Kara Cochran is a writer, workshop instructor, and editor. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Rosemont College in May, and a BA in Creative Writing and German Studies from Denison University in 2011. She is the Social Media Manager for Schuylkill Valley Journal, the Assistant Managing Editor of Philadelphia Stories Junior and the former Managing Editor of Rathalla Review. Her articles on craft have been featured at Fiction Southeast, FlashFiction.net, and The Review Review, and her poetry can be found in Schuylkill Valley Journal. Kara also judges debates with After School Activities Partnerships and volunteers with Mighty Writers, a Philadelphia nonprofit dedicated to teaching children “to think and write with clarity.”


Art Editor: David P. Kozinski won the Dogfish Head Poetry Prize, which included publication of his chapbook, Loopholes. He has been the featured poet in Schuylkill Valley Journal. Publications include Apiary, Fox Chase Review, glimmertrain.com, Philadelphia Stories, Poetry Repairs, Margie, and The Rathalla Review. Kozinski was one of ten poets chosen by Robert Bly for a workshop sponsored by American Poetry Review and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize twice. Last November he conducted a four-session poetry workshop for teens at the Montgomery County Youth Center. He received Honorable Mention in Philadelphia Poets’ 7th Annual John & Rose Petracca & Family Award. Kozinski heads the publicity team for the Manayunk-Roxborough Art Center. He lives in Wilmington, DE with his wife, actress and journalist Patti Allis Mengers.

Cityscape Writer: Jim Brennan is a Philadelphia writer and author of the memoir Twenty-four Years to Boston. His work has appeared in Every Day Fiction, Fringe, Still Crazy Lit, Salon.com and many others. Jims fiction is a brand of urban realism that draws from his life working on the Delaware River waterfront and running the city streets. His work has been recognized at Fish Publishing in County Cork, Ireland; the Summer Literary Series at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada; and Allegory Literary Magazine. Jim is affiliated with the Muse House and Liars Club literary communities.

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 CEOprior to his retirement in 2007The global OIC movement was started in Philadelphia by Rev. Leon H. Sullivan.