Started by a group of creative minds and middle Georgia-transplants, On the Veranda Literary Journal seeks to produce pieces that exemplify what it means to be southern. From moss covered live oak trees to dusty Texas tumbleweeds to sting-your-throat Kentucky bourbon. We are looking for pieces that paint a picture of the wide variety of culture, people, and places that the South has to offer.
Verandas are a place for friends, family, and strangers to gather and share stories and experiences. It is our hope that On the Veranda Literary Journal will emulate that veranda atmosphere in a virtual realm. We believe the best stories are shared while relaxing in a rocking chair and drinking a Mint Julep!
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Georgia Knapp: After spending 3 years working in Chicago’s nonprofit theatre world, Georgia uprooted her life to Flannery O’Connor’s homeland. A military brat and avid traveler, Georgia has spent nearly half her life in the South. She loves North Carolina barbecue, Spanish moss, and saving sand dollars on Georgia’s barrier islands.
Michael McClelland: Mike spent a decade working as a marketing strategist in London, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Hong Kong, New York, and Chicago, before deciding to try writing full time. He serves on the editorial staff of Georgia College’s literary journal Arts & Letters and on the scholarly journal The Flannery O’Connor Review. He lives in Georgia with his husband and a menagerie of rescue dogs.
Simon Williamson: Former travel writer and current political columnist, Simon hails from South Africa and recently set up residence in Bulldawg territory. At times he has found even the mild middle-Georgia temperatures too cold for his South African blood and has dreams of moving to the coast. He enjoys writing about the atrocity that is Donald Trump and singing Adele while he walks his and Mike’s rescue dogs.
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Photography courtesy of Laura Marshall