Alongside Green Street Poetry and St. Michael's Lutheran in Kensington, we present Toho Journal.

In ancient Japanese, toho means sword.  That sword cuts to the essential.  We seek essential pieces, pieces that speak to our souls.  We publish fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art, and photography.

While we focus on Philadelphia, creatives of all geographies (and stages) are invited to submit. 

For our submission guidelines, go here.

 

A BRIEF HISTORY

 

In 2018, a group of Philadelphia writers, poets, and artists came together in a living room.  We have since banded to create, in partnership, a high-caliber journal—a work of art and beauty—and have published ~200 writers and artists.

Below are images of Brooklyn Aikikai Journal on which our own work is based.  If you are interested in helping out in some way, please contact us.  

 

Cover, photos, artwork, and design by Ryugan Savoca, Lorenzo Tijerina, Sean MacNintch, Rebecca Scheckman, and Takamasa Ota.

 
 

THE FIRST EDITION

 

In May 2019, Toho Journal launched its first edition.  We are proud to have published over 50 writers, poets, and artists. 


Our launch sold out—and we sold out of journals too!  Below are some pictures of the event.  Join us at the next one!

To see what our journal looks like, buy a digital copy here.

 

MASTHEAD

Executive Editor:     Andrés Cruciani

Fiction Editors:        Thatcher Snyder (head), Jonathan Koven

Nonfiction Editors:  Patrick McGee (head), M. Elizabeth Hershey

Poetry Editors:         Sean Hanrahan (head), Sam Fischer, L.M. Camiolo

Art/Photo Editors:   Caroline Furr (head), Caitlin Peck

Editors-at-Large:     Parker Hilley, Bashir Bryant

Event Coordinator:  Juliet Pennay

CCP Liaison:  Chamarra McCrorey

Director of Marketing:  Josh Martin

 

BASHIR N. BABBAR

Editor-at-Large (Diversity Outreach)

Bashir is a Philadelphia born playwright, screenwriter, and actor who uses Black life—past and present—for inspiration.

L.M. CAMIOLO

Poetry Editor

A Philadelphia-based poet and aspiring taxidermist, Lin studied literature and creative writing at Purchase College and holds hauntology, descriptivism, and all things macabre close to heart.

ANDRÉS CRUCIANI

Executive Editor

Andrés is the founder of Toho Publishing and has been writing, teaching, and editing for over fifteen years. Find his work in the publications section above.

SAM FISCHER

Poetry Editor

Sam was born in Bala Cynwyd, and spent four incredible years out west at Whitman College before moving back to Philadelphia to live and work. He has a forthcoming poetry chapbook and wants to start a band. Please email him at samuel.t.fischer@gmail.com to connect.

CAROLINE FURR

Head Art Editor

MA in sculpture, ongoing visual arts exhibitions since 1974, founding director of The Children’s Museum in La Habra, California. Painted sets for TV and film in LA, collaborated with a furniture designer, a sculptor, and a children’s theatre in Barcelona. Freelance surface designer in Manhattan and interior designer on the East Coast (carolinefurr.com).

SEAN HANRAHAN

Head Poetry Editor

Sean is a poet originally hailing from Dale City, Virginia. He is the author of the chapbook Hardened Eyes on the Scan published by Moonstone Press.  His work has also been included in several anthologies and journals.  He currently serves on the Moonstone Press Editorial Board and as a workshop instructor for Green Street Poetry workshop.

M. ELIZABETH HERSHEY

Nonfiction Editor, Workshop Coordinator

M. Elizabeth is an artist, writer, and musician originally from Indiana who works full-time as a freelance photographer in Philadelphia. Her other interests include Italian film, viola, and piano, and she is an avid reader.

PARKER HILLEY

Editor-at-Large

Parker is the cofounder of the generative writing group Drafts on Draft and an editor at Palm Sized Press. When this Atlanta native isn’t freelance writing or proofreading, she can be found reading or watching South Park with her dogs.

JONATHAN KOVEN

Fiction Editor, Workshop Coordinator

Jonathan is a writer from New York. He holds a bachelor's from American University and lives in Philadelphia. Jonathan works at Teleflora as a technical writer, freelance editing on the side. He has edited for The Adolphus Press, is featured in American Literary and Echo Journal, and is working on publishing his debut fiction novel.

JOSH MARTIN

Marketing Director

Josh is a marketing specialist in the architecture and design industry, and he is the founder of Green Street Poetry in Philadelphia. He is a poet and the author of the upcoming chapbook Yowl. He is also the marketing manager at P. Agnes, Inc., and the director of public relations for SMPS Philadelphia.

CHAMARRA MCCROREY

CCP Liaison

Chamarra is currently the Press and Digital Assistant in the Mayor's Office of Communications in Philadelphia. She is a Temple University graduate and has a bachelor's in education and a creative writing concentration. She has always found writing to be the best form of communication and means of self-expression. When she is not at work and writing speeches for the mayor, she is working on her science fiction novel that she hopes to publish. She has also contributed to Blavity, Elite Daily, and the Knockturnal and is exploring screenwriting. 

PATRICK MCGEE

Head Nonfiction Editor

Patrick is an award-winning writer and editor based in Philadelphia. Over the course of his career he has covered medicine, the life sciences, and technology, and worked as a reporter at a daily newspaper. He has also taught composition and journalism at Bucks County Community College in Newtown, Pennsylvania.

JULIET PENNAY

Event Coordinator

Juliet is a mother, writer, artist, and sustainable event planner, in that order. She has a passion for saving the planet and throwing great parties. She lives in Philadelphia with her five-year-old son, Luca, and their crazy cat, Guapo.

THATCHER SNYDER

Head Fiction Editor

Thatcher Snyder is a copy editor, writer, and cook based in Philadelphia. His interests include the psychological effects of aging, gentrification, compulsive practices, and the impetus to art-making. His work can be found in Z, Bard Papers, and BOMB.