PWC Board of Directors 2017-2018
This is an elected, volunteer board.
President: Jim Knipp
First Vice President: Marsha Gilbert
Second Vice President: Lisa Lutwyche
Treasurer: David Kozinski
Assistant Treasurer: David Bernstein
Recording Secretary: Eileen D’Angelo
Registrar: Uriah Young
Larry Atkins (1999) is author of Skewed: A Critical Thinker’s Guide to Media Bias (Prometheus Books). He has written over 500 Op-Eds, articles and essays for many publications, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Baltimore Sun, Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Dallas Morning News, Detroit News, The Hill, Huffington Post, Indianapolis Star, Jewish Exponent, National Public Radio, Newsday, Pennsylvania Magazine, Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, Washington Post, and The Writer. As an ASJA member, Larry wrote a chapter on op-eds and essays for The ASJA Guide to Freelance Writing. He teaches Journalism at Temple and Arcadia. [professorlarry.com] @larryatkins4
Richard (Rich) D. Bank (19934) is the author of seven books including The Everything Guide to Writing Nonfiction (Adams Media, 2010) and his first novel, Feig (PS Books, 2014). He is a past president and current board member of the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference and has published over 100 articles, essays, short stories and book reviews in various journals and periodicals. Richard has taught writing courses at the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University and other venues. He currently is on faculty at Rosemont College in the Graduate Publishing and MFA programs where he teaches courses including creative nonfiction and publishing law. Richard provides services as a writing coach for serious writers.
David Siegel Bernstein, PhD (2009) (Assistant Treasurer) is the author of Blockbuster Science (The Real Science in Science Fiction). He is a data scientist who consults as a forensic statistician. His fiction and poetry have been published in numerous print, podcast, and online magazines. Much of this work has been selected to appear in literary and genre anthologies (including Best of issues). His nonfiction has been published in academic journals, newsletters, and science fiction magazines. David has been a peer reviewer for 3 professional journals. In addition to serving on the board of directors for the PWC, David leads the Words-in-Progress writers group in Elkins Park. See: [DavidSiegelBernstein.blogspot.com] Twitter: [@DavidBernstein] Instagram: [davidjay01]
Donna Cavanagh (2017) is founder of HumorOutcasts.com (HO) and the partner publishing company, HumorOutcasts Press which now includes the labels Shorehouse Books and Corner Office Books (HOPress-Shorehousebooks.com). Cavanagh launched HO as an outlet for writers to showcase their work in a world that offered few avenues for humor. HO now features the creative talents of more than 100 aspiring and accomplished writers, producers, comics and authors from all over the world. Known for its eclectic content, HumorOutcasts has something for everyone. As a writer herself, Cavanagh is a former journalist who made an unscheduled stop into humor more than 20 years ago. Her syndicated columns helped her gain a national audience when her work landed in the pages of First Magazine, USA Today and other national media. She has taught the how-to lessons of humor, blogging and publishing at The Philadelphia Writers’ Conference and the Erma Bombeck Writer’s Workshop. Cavanagh has penned four humor books Reality: Fantasy’s Evil Twin, Try and Avoid the Speed Bumps, A Canine’s Guide to the Good Life (which she wrote with her dogs Frankie and Lulu) and the USA Books Contest finalist Life On the Off Ramp. Cavanagh hopes her latest book How to Write and Share Humor: Techniques to Tickle Funny Bones and Win Fans will encourage writers not only to embrace their humor talents but show them off as well. When not writing, publishing or promoting her authors, Cavanagh loves to spend time with her husband Ed, her daughter and son-in-law and of course, her dog and granddogs.
Eileen M. D’Angelo (20015) (Secretary) is the Editor of Mad Poets Review, has poetry and book reviews published or forthcoming in Rattle, Manhattan Poetry Review, Drexel Online Journal, Paterson Literary Review, Wild River Review, One Trick Pony, The Independent Review, Negative Capability, Aurealean, HiNgE, Philadelphia Poets, and others. She led workshops or lectured on WXPN – World Café Live, St. Joseph’s University, Rutgers, Rosemont College, Delco Community College, National Federation of State Poetry Societies, Montco Writers Conference, Delco Women’s Conference, and judged open auditions for HBO’s Def Poetry Jam. As Director of Mad Poets since 1987, she coordinated over a thousand special events in the tri-state area. See: [ www.madpoetssociety.com]
William (Bill) T. Delamar (19785) has a BA degree from the University of Pittsburgh and an MS degree from Antioch University. Currently he has four novels scheduled for release by two publishers in the next year and a half. They are “The Brother Voice,” a Civil War novel, “The CareTAKER, An Insider’s Story,” a hospital novel based on personal experience, “Patients in Purgatory,” an expose of nursing home abuse, and “The Hidden Congregation,” previously published but picked up by another publisher. Bill is working on a sequel to “The Brother Voice” called ” The Other Voice,” based on the Restoration Period in the South.[www.delamar.org]
Gregory Frost (2014) is author of eight novels including the YA duology Shadowbridge and Lord Tophet, historical thriller Fitcher’s Brides, and the alternate-Philadelphia SF novel The Pure Cold Light. Over sixty of his short stories have been published in major genre magazines and anthologies; and he has been a finalist for every award in the fantasy genres, including the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy Awards. He contributed to The Cambridge Companion to Fantasy Literature and is a co-founder of The Philadelphia Liars Club. He has been the Fiction Workshop Director at Swarthmore College since 2004. http://www.gregoryfrost.com
Marsha Gilbert (2015) (1st Vice President) graduated from Northwestern University with a master’s degree in creative writing and from Eastern University with a bachelor’s degree in English-writing and psychology. She was a contemporary fiction contest winner and a two-time Words on the Wall winner at the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference. Marsha has worked as newspaper reporter, magazine editor, and wrote articles and blogs for several publications and websites including: Time, Ebony, Associated Publications, Inc., Today’s Chicago Woman, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, Yahoo! VOICES.com, SmoothJazzTimes.com, and Suite101.com. Marsha was president of the South Carolina Chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists. She founded the Delaware Valley, bi-monthly publication, Talent Expo, the Magazine for the Creative Arts.
Missy Grotz (2012) has followed a gypsy’s jaunt, including education at Penn State and a myriad of careers. Her poetry has been published in the Mad Poets Review and Dining and Entertainment Weekly. Missy is a member of the Wild Women Poets and The Round Robin Poets, and has had the pleasure of reading at many venues around the Philadelphia area. A series of children’s books known as the Aunt Missy books, inspired by her 14 nieces and nephews, is in the works. She has a collection of cat poetry entitled Cat Chat that will be out one day soon.
Amy Hollinger (2016)is one of the founders and former president of the South Jersey Writers’ Group. She is the editor of Tale Tales and Short Stories from South Jersey as well as the creator of Hypothetical Press, which has published the anthologies Reading Glasses and Tall Tales and Short Stories from South Jersey II. Her day job includes organizing events that raise the visibility of STEM professions for the Girl Scouts of America.
Joshua Isard (2014) is the author of Conquistador of the Useless, a novel, and his short stories have recently appeared in journals such as Northwind and StoryChord He is the director of the MFA program at Arcadia University. He lives outside Philadelphia with his wife, daughter, and two cats.
Stephanie King (2017) received her MFA in Writing and Literature from Bennington College, where she was the Editor of the Bennington Review. Her stories have won the 2006 Quarterly West Novella Prize and the 2013 Lilith Short Fiction Prize, as well as PWC’s 2015 Spring Warmup Contest. Her work has also appeared in Loch Raven Review and Lumen, and she is a fiction reader for Memorious. She is an advocate for Philadelphia public schools and the hockey mom of a figure skater.
James Knipp (2012) (President) is a graduate of Rutgers College with a BA in English and is the creator of the humor blog KnippKnopp and a frequent contributor to the pop culture blog Biff Bam Pop He has had work published in Philly Flash Inferno and the anthologies Long Tales and Short Stories from South Jersey and In a Flash.
Autumn Konopka (2013) is a poet, writer, and grammar geek who teaches creative writing and composition at Chestnut Hill College. Her poems have appeared in Literary Mama, Apiary, Philadelphia Stories, the Mad Poets Review, the Schuylkill Valley Journal, Crab Orchard Review, and others. She has also published work in magazines and online such as arts & culture writer and a trade journalist. In her “free” time, Autumn bakes, runs, and wrangles her two small kiddos.
David P. Kozinski (2013) (Treasurer) David P. Kozinski’s first full-length book of poems, Tripping Over Memorial Day was published by Kelsay Books. He won the Delaware Literary Connection’s 2015 spring poetry contest judged by B.J. Ward and received the Dogfish Head Poetry Prize, which included publication of his chapbook, Loopholes, in 2009. Publications include Apiary, Cheat River Review, Fox Chase Review, Mad Poets Review, Philadelphia Stories, Rasputin, The Rathalla Review and Schuylkill Valley Journal. He serves on the board of the Manayunk-Roxborough Art Center and is the Arts Editor of Schuylkill Valley Journal Online (www.svjlit.com). He has conducted poetry workshops for teens at the Montgomery County (PA) Youth Center and at Roosevelt High School in Norristown, PA, for Expressive Path, a non-profit organization that facilitates youth participation in the arts.
Ed Krizek (2013) holds a BA and MS from University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA and MPH from Columbia University. He has published over sixty articles, poems and short stories in various publications, and won prizes in several poetry and short story competitions. His short story collection Afterlife and Other Stories is available on Amazon.com as well as other online outlets. His chapbook of poetry What Lies Ahead is available from Flutter Press. You can see more of his work at www.edkrizekwriting.com.
Don Lafferty (2010) is a writer, lecturer and Web 2.0 marketing consultant. He’s written corporate communication, marketing and advertising copy, and feature articles for several national magazines. On his blog, “Don Lafferty’s Practical Social Media Strategies and Tactics for Connecting with Your Public”, Don is a regular contributor to the global conversation revolving around marketing through online social networks, defining effective strategies and tactics for authors and publishers to connect with their readers like never before. Don is the social media director of the literary magazine, Wild River Review, and a member of the Philly Liar’s Club. [www.donaldlafferty.com]
Lisa Lutwyche (2013) (2nd Vice President) received her MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College (in Vermont) in 2013. She is an Adjunct Professor of English at Cecil College in North East, MD, and is also an instructor in the Fine and Performing Arts department at Cecil. Poet, playwright, essayist and novelist (at work on two books), her work has been widely published in the US and in the UK. Her publications include Mad Poets Review, Image and Word, Poppy Fields, Piano Press, Pitkin Review, Falklands War Poetry, Minerva Rising, the cancer poetry project 2, and Fiction Vortex. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2000.
Camille Nocella (2017) studied poetry at Temple University, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of the Arts. She has been a featured reader at Robin’s and the Big Blue Marble Book Stores in Philadelphia, Barnes and Noble, the Main Line, the Wallingford and Manayunk Art Centers, Hedgerow Theater, Fergie’s Pub and at the libraries of Haverford, Lansdowne and Swarthmore as well as other Delco, Philadelphia and New York venues. Camelia has given poetry presentations for the Delaware Valley Women’s Conference at Delaware County Community College and elementary schools as well as participated in the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, the South Street and Media Arts Festivals. In addition, she was the associate editor of The Mad Poets Review for ten years, was an award-winning poet at the Philadelphia Writer’s Conference and a member of the Wild Women of Poetry. Her poetry has been published in the Mad Poets Review, The Schuylkill Valley Journal, The Tribune and Pegasus where she was a guest author. Currently a retired Philadelphia School District teacher working part-time in a private school, Camelia assists with the Young Poets Competition, is a Board Member of the Mad Poets Society, hosts a MPS poetry series, Rhyme, Rhythm and Reason at the Regency Café in Lansdowne PA, and manages a book club called Beautiful Minds.
Her publication, a collection of poems titled, “it has been a long time since,” is mainly a poetic autobiography published by Infinity Press and on Amazon.com.
Joseph (Joe) O’Loughlin (1994) (Assistant Treasurer) is a freelance writer on topics ranging from human interest, faith/spirituality, and adoption, to sports and humor. Since 1992, he has been a full-time contributor to the News of Delaware County, for which he writes a weekly column. Joe’s work has appeared in St. Anthony Messenger, PRAY!, Ministries Today, Jewel Among Jewels Adoption Magazine, Baseball Digest, Basketball Digest, Main Line Times and Phillies Report, among other publications.
Carol Sabik-Jaffe (2009) Screenwriter, Fiction writer, Occasional Blogger, Carol holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Rosemont College. The International Family Film Festival awarded her work three Best Screenplay prizes. Be Careful What You Wish For and The Devil’s Due won Best Comedy honors and Living Again, Best Drama. Be Careful What You Wish For is in development with Beverly Nero Productions. Nancy McKeon (The Facts of Life) will direct. The PCA awarded Carol a Fellowship in Theatre/Scriptworks in 2008. She has taught Screenwriting and Writing for TV at Rowan University and Filmtech School. Carol is at work adapting a script into a novel. www.carolsabikjaffe.com @CarolSabikJaffe
Miriam S. Shnycer (1990) has recently completed her non-fiction book, The Shadows of Death, A Story of Young Holocaust Survivors, and is in the process of seeking an agent. She is a freelance writer specializing in speeches, profiles, editing and newsletters. While in the employ of a Philadelphia publishing company, Miriam was the editor of three trade magazines. She has authored numerous articles published in magazines and newspapers including The Philadelphia Inquirer op ed page. She is a Life member of Kappa Tau Alpha, the journalism honor society.
David (D.L.) Wilson (1997) is the author of The Kitchen Casanova–A Gentleman’s Guide to Gourmet Entertaining for Two, which resulted in a national book tour with features on CNN, Evening Magazine, and Regis & Kathy Lee. His magazine articles have been featured in Writer’s Digest and The Writer. Wilson’s first novel, Unholy Grail, a religious thriller by Berkley of Penguin USA reached #9 & #8 on the Nielsen National Bookscan ratings and is being translated into seven languages. New York Times bestselling author Clive Cussler called Unholy Grail “a tale rich with intrigue that grips the imagination. A must read.” [www.dlwilsonbooks.com]
Alice Wootson (2000) is the author of eleven romance novels: Snowbound With Love, Dream Wedding, Home for Christmas, Trust in Me, To Love Again, Escape To Love, Kindred Spirits, Aloha Love,Perfect Wedding, Ready to Take a Chance and Border Love which was released in May, 2014. She also writes short stories and prize-winning poetry. Alice is a member of Mad Poets Society. She also belongs to the Romance Writers of America, as well as the local RWA chapter, VFRW. A retired teacher, she often conducts writing workshops and meets with book clubs. [email@example.com – www.alicewootson.net]
Uriah Young (2015) (Registrar) Uriah Young is an educator, vlogger, publicist, and voice-over artist. He has taught reading and writing in New Jersey to middle school students since 2002, and he has been published on the National Education Association’s website. His website, www.questionsforthedriven.com features dozens of interviews by passionate professionals in their respective fields. He’s taught blogging courses at Bucks County College, and his publicity agency has executed campaigns for artists in the literary, acting, and music industries. Recently, he recorded an Audible book, How to Make $100,000 Per Year in Passive Income, and he is in the works to record his next project, 27 Ways to Increase Your Child’s IQ.
Dates represent the date the member joined the board.
The superscript refers to the number of full terms the board member served as past president