What’s New at South85 Journal

on Feb 7, 14 in Blog by with No Comments

Debby DeRosa

2014 brings many changes to our journal.  First of all, we are sad to say goodbye to Sarah Gray, our Editor-in-Chief.  Sarah has worked hard to get our journal up and running since its inception, and she has done an amazing job.  Now, she is ready to spend some more time focusing on her writing and the Young Writer’s Workshop at Converse College.

Fortunately, the rest of our volunteers are staying on staff.  In addition, several new people decided to join us:  David Colodney, Kristi Hébert, Rebecca Landau, and Jacob Allard.  Check out our Masthead for a complete staff listing.

Because of our growing staff, we have added several new positions to our team.  We now have a Blog Editor, a Review Editor, and an Artistic Director.  With these positions, we hope to provide more interesting content to our readers as well as more opportunities for our contributors to participate.

Therefore, look forward to weekly posts to our blog…  Starting now!  All of the editors on our staff are writers themselves, and we will share with you the joys and frustrations of being a writer.  In addition, we are inviting guest contributors to share their perspective.  We already have several weeks of content from talented writers planned, so we hope you will check back soon (and often) to laugh, vent, and be inspired about what it’s like to live the life of a writer.

If you would like to contribute to our blog, we’d love to hear from you.  Check out our Blog Submission Guidelines for more information.  And stay tuned for information about how to submit artwork or become a reviewer.

We are excited about everything we plan to share with you this year!



Debby DeRosa holds a BA in English from the University of South Carolina-Columbia and an MFA in Creative Writing from Converse College.  In addition to being Editor-in-Chief of South85 Journal, she is the Marketing Manager of Five Star Plumbing Heating Cooling in Greer, SC, and she freelances as a copywriter and content developer.  She and her husband, Joe, live in Greenville, SC, with their two daughters, Aimee and Ruby.

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