PWC Board of Directors 2019-20
This is an elected, volunteer board.
President: Autumn Konopka
First Vice President: Stephanie King
Second Vice President: Lisa Lutwyche
Treasurer: David Bernstein
Assistant Treasurer: Joe O’Loughlin
Recording Secretary: Dina Leacock
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]
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.
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 Fractured Lit. 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.
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 2013. Poet, author, artist, produced playwright, and actor, she has been published in numerous literary magazines across the US and in the UK. Her full-length poetry collection, A Difficult Animal, came out in 2016 (Saddle Road Press). Lisa was nominated for a Pushcart twice, for poetry, in 2000 and in 2015; she was nominated for inclusion in The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2017 anthology for a short story. She also holds a BFA in painting and a BA in art history. Her artwork has appeared on book covers and in galleries and art events. Lisa is an adjunct Professor of English at Cecil College in Maryland, and Delaware Technical Community College. She lives with her British poet/actor/aero-space engineer husband in the woods of southern Chester County.
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.
Miriam Segal Shnycer (1990) is the author of a recently published creative nonfiction book, Of Love and Death: Young Holocaust Survivors’ Passage to Freedom. She is a freelance writer specializing in speeches, profiles, and business and organization writings. While in the employ of a Philadelphia publishing company, Miriam was an editor of three magazines. She has authored numerous articles published in magazines and newspapers, including the Philadelphia InquirerOp-Eds. She is a graduate of Temple University School of Communications and Theater (now Media and Communication) and a life member of Kappa Tau Alpha, the journalism honor society.
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