Schuylkill Valley Journal
The Schuylkill Valley Journal (SVJ) was founded in 1990 by Jim Marinell as a staple-bound publication. Jim would attend readings at the Manayunk Roxborough Art Center in the early 1990’s where Peter Krok coordinated and hosted literary programs. In 1996 the SVJ became part of the Manayunk Roxborough Art Center. On November 11, 2001, Jim Marinell died. At that point Krok worked with Suzy Marinell, Jim’s wife, and it was decided in order to maintain the SVJ that Krok should become the editor. When Marinell was editor of the journal he basically was a one-man staff. Krok developed a staff to run the journal including a poetry editor and fiction editor (Fran Metzman).
Krok made the following changes: journal changed from a stable-bound to a perfect-bound publication; the page total was increased; and the journal was published semiannually. In 2004 it became necessary for Krok to become the publisher and the editor developed a fiction editor and poetry editor and an additional staff to maintain the journal. The next major change occurred in 2007 when the SVJ online fixture was created. That site was meant to be a display of selections from each new issue and an archive of previous issues. In the Spring of 2008 with volume 26 the editor started to use City of Philadelphia sculptures as the cover page. The SVJ has continued to publish twice a year. The SVJ has become one of the fewer and fewer print publications.
It became increasingly clear that the demands for maintaining the online site established in 2007 were onerous and outmoded. In 2013 the editor decided that the SVJ needed an online presence. The internet is the preferred medium for information and literary matters.
Because it is so difficult to reach out to a larger audience in a print journal, it was time to update the reach and breadth of the SVJ, particularly through the setting up and developing a well-developed online site. The SVJ will remain a print journal and be titled as SVJ Print, and there will also be SVJ Online (svjlit.com)
The SVJ Online will not be a billboard (as the old SVJ online site was) but, above all, strive to be a conversation. The goal is to provide a dynamic online presence and to serve as a useful exchange for those engaged in the arts. My theme of the SVJ has always been, as E.M. Forster advised in the epigraph to Howard’s End, “Only Connect!...”