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Forrest Clonts Photography Editor

Forrest Clonts is a Columbia native. He was born here, received a BS in media arts from the University of SC, and now lives here with a lovely new family. Before he dies here he’d like to become a pretty okay photographer and at least the world’s fifth-best dad and husband. Modest to the core, Forrest says he joined the Jasper team in an attempt to become a productive member of the arts scene, “after having not done much of anything for the first 27 years of life.” He thinks the jury is still out on whether he has been productive in this endeavor, but we think he may be the best photography editor we could ever wish for. His them song is “Mahna Mahna” by The Muppets.

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William Garland Staff Writer

Born and raised in a small town in Georgia, William Garland is a writer who wants to create work that belongs on a shelf with a few of those legendary writers from small town GA. He is currently working on a book that tells the story of an individual family’s struggle amidst the changing landscape in Milledgeville, GA. William received his undergraduate degree from Wofford College, and has a MA in Religious Studies from the University of SC. He currently teaches in the English Department at USC, where he recently earned an MFA in Creative Writing. His work has appeared in Real South Magazine, The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, Black Fox Literary Magazine, and other literary journals. William and his wife, Leah, are both enjoying the joys and perils of new parenthood, as they try to teach their son, Tyler, a thing or two. William believes that the lifeblood of a community revolves around its involvement with the arts’ scene, and magazines like Jasper give communities a window into the vibrancy of that scene. The theme song to his life is Pearl Jam’s “Yellow Ledbetter,” because he is always open to interpretations of what any of it might actually mean.

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