About Philadelphia Stories

The mission of Philadelphia Stories is to cultivate a community of writers, artists, and readers in the Greater Philadelphia Area through publications, professional development, and promotion of area writers.

Philadelphia Stories is a 501c3 that has been serving the writing, reading, and art community of the Greater Delaware Valley since 2004. Co-founders Carla Spataro and Christine Weiser began Philadelphia Stories to build a Philadelphia-based community of writers, artists, and readers through the free magazine and affordable educational programs and events. Program highlights include:

Philadelphia Stories Magazine (since 2004 – FREE): The primary vehicle for this mission is the free print magazine, which publishes work by local writers and artists. Five thousand copies of the free print magazine are distributed each quarter to more than 200 locations throughout the Delaware Valley, including all 52 branches of the Free Library of Philadelphia.

Philadelphia Stories, Jr. (FREE): This bi-annual print and online literary magazine by writers age 18 and under from the Philadelphia area is distributed for free throughout the region. Philadelphia Stories, Jr. has two release parties each year where young readers and musicians share their talents through performance. Since 2012, Philadelphia Stories, Jr. has also partnered with Mighty Writers, the ¬†Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, the Arden Theatre Company, Montgomery County Poet Laureate Program, the Musehouse Literary Arts Center, area public schools, the PoetryWITS (Writers in the Schools) Program, That’s So Philly, Philly Girls Read, and more.

PS Books: This books division of Philadelphia Stories showcases local writers through book-length works.. Titles include collections by Randall Brown, Alison Hicks, P.C. Scheponik, and more.

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Publisher/Executive Director:
Christine Weiser

Carla Spataro Philadelphia StoriesPublisher/Editorial Director:
Carla Spataro 


Fiction Editor
Mitchell Sommers

Assistant Fiction Editor
Amy Luginbuhl
Shelley Schenk

Poetry Editor
Courtney Bambrick

Assistant Poetry Editor
Nicole Marie Pasquarello

Nonfiction Editor
Susette Brooks

Art Editor
Pam McLean-Parker

Production Manager
Derek Carnegie

Web Design
Loic Duros

Contest Coordinator
Nicole Marie Pasquarello

Editorial Assistants
Lena Van
Dom Saunders

Editorial Board

Aimee LaBrie
Brian Ellis
Darrah M. Hewlett
Owen Hamill
Shelley Schenk
Elizabeth Green
Lena Van
Conor Mintzer
Nathan Long
Abigail Reed
Chelsea Covington Maass
Walt Maguire
Leslie McRobbie
Robert Kerbeck
Kathleen Furin
Addison Namnoum
John Barwick
Ally Evans
Kathleen Furin


Nicole Mancuso, Asst. Poetry Ed.
Peter Baroth
Deb Burnham
Liz Chang
Kara Cochran
Blythe Davenport
Pat Green
Vernita Hall
Kathryn Ionata
Donna Keegan
Aimee Penna
Maria Thiaw
Liz Dolan
Monique Gordon
Colette Grecco
Shira Moolten
Kristina Moriconi
Eli Tomaszewski


Deborah Off
Sarah Wecht
Rachel Mamola
Sam Dodge
Conor Mintzer
Andrea Vinci
Julia MacDonnell Chang
Will Marschewski
Joseph Thomas

Board of Directors
Concha Alborg
Alison Hicks
Alex Husted
Mitchell Sommers
Will Woldenberg

PS Junior/Teen
Aileen Bachant, director
Kara Cochran, assistant director
Sharada Krishnamurthy, Lead Editor, PS Teen
Heather Kristian, Lead Editor, PS Junior

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