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 from Philadelphia. His poems have appeared in About Place, Gargoyle, The Healing Muse, Right Hand Pointing, Shot Glass Journal, Subprimal, Third Wednesday, and elsewhere. He's Founder of the poetry coaching and editing service VRS CRFT. More information about his editing service is available at https://vrscrft.wordpress.com/

 


Poetry Editor: Bernadette McBride, author of three poetry collections—most recently, Whatever Measure of Light (Aldrich Press/Kelsay Books 2016), 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.


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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.


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.