PWC Board of Directors 2018-2019
This is an elected, volunteer board.
President: Autumn Konopka
First Vice President: Amy Hollinger
Second Vice President: Lisa Lutwyche
Treasurer: David Kozinski
Assistant Treasurer: Joe O’Loughlin
Recording Secretary: Dina Leacock
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) 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: [davidsiegelbernstein]
Cathy T. Colborn (2018) has been published numerous times in fiction, poetry, and essay. She is the author of Madame Lola’s Marvelously Amazing Medicine Show, a New Orleans steampunk novel (WragsInk Publishing), and Weekly Furapy (Bizarro Pulp Press an Imprint of Journalstone Publishing). Catt is currently working in the romance genre. Catt’s the creator of Philly Flash Inferno, a literary journal, focused on flash fiction and the seven deadlies. She works as a professor at Atlantic Cape Community College and Camden County Community College, New Jersey. Cathy loves attending readings and teaching workshops.
Eileen M. D’Angelo (20015) 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]
Marsha Gilbert (2015) 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)(1st Vice-President) 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) is a graduate of Rutgers College with a BA in English. He is the creator of the humor blog KnippKnopp and a frequent contributor to the pop culture site 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. Jim’s first book, Everything you Need to Know About Being a Grandfather, will be published in 2019.
Autumn Konopka (2013) (President) Autumn Konopka was the 2016 poet laureate of Montgomery County, Pa. Her poems have appeared in local newspapers, national journals, and international anthologies. Her chapbook, a chain of paper dolls, was published by the Head & the Hand Press (Philadelphia, 2014). Autumn teaches composition, critical reading, and creative writing in college classrooms and community-based settings. She has also written professionally for nonprofit organizations, arts & culture magazines, and trade publications. She curates the Arthur Krasnow Poets & Poetry Series in Elkins Park, Pa., and is working on a poetry collection inspired by TV teen dramas. Find her online at autumnkonopka.com.
David P. Kozinski (2013) (Treasurer) David P. Kozinski received the 2018 Established Professional Fellowship in Literature: Poetry from the Delaware Division of the Arts. His first full-length book of poems, Tripping Over Memorial Daywas published by Kelsay Books in 2017. He received the Dogfish Head Poetry Prize in 2009, which included publication of his chapbook, Loopholes. Publications include Apiary, Cheat River Review, Fox Chase Review, Mad Poets Review, Philadelphia Stories, Rasputin, The Rathalla Review and Schuylkill Valley Journal. He was one of ten poets selected by Robert Bly for a workshop sponsored by American Poetry Review. Kozinski serves on the board of the Manayunk-Roxborough Art Center and is Arts Editor of Schuylkill Valley Journal Online He conducts 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 encourages youth participation in the arts.
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]
Dina Leacock (2017) (Secretary) writing fiction under the name Diane Arrelle, has sold more than 250 short stories and three published books. Her newest, Seasons On The Dark Side, was published in May 2018. Retired from being director of a municipal senior center, she is co-owner of Jersey Pines Ink LLC. Writing under her real name Dina has published essays in newspapers, magazines and the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. Dina is one of the founding members of the Garden State Horror Writers and previously served on the PWC board, including three years as President (1996 – 1998).
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.
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. [firstname.lastname@example.org – 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