Spring/Summer, 2020 Issue
I would like to start off by thanking my incredible staff, who I am so blessed to have by my side during this chaotic semester. Even though a literary magazine isn’t often considered “essential” work, many of my staff members were dedicated to our purpose enough to sacrifice their time and money to produce this issue on a volunteer basis. In January, when we planned this issue, we talked about the future of the 2020s and the pessimism our generation often faces. We were optimistic. This year has been a difficult one, to say the least, for a lot of people and for a lot of reasons. And though we never would’ve expected to be where we are now, I’m so glad to have this team and their continued optimism.
I’m reminded of a quote from Dead Poet’s Society: “Medicine, law, business, engineering: these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love... these are what we stay alive for.” This team and this magazine has often been what’s kept me going this semester. I’m so thankful for Berry’s Creative Writing department, Sigma Tau Delta, and Ramifications for providing me with a group of fantastic friends who believe like I do: that survival is insufficient — we must live. And we need art to help us.
Ramifications, Spring 2020
Fall, 2019 Issue
Every moment since I've started working for Ram has been such a blessing. Thanks with all my heart to Darian and Miranda for setting prime examples of how to be a great Editor for Ram. I hope I've made them proud to be their successor. Thank you to my incredible Ram Team - I have the best crew yet, and I'm so incredibly thankful for each and every one of them. Thanks to you wonderful readers, writers, and artists who keep this magazine alive and thriving! I'm excited to release a new website for future Ramifications use, and I'm happy to pass the baton on to Shannon as I graduate in December. This has been a wild ride, and I'm so sad to see it come to a close. As a member of Sigma Tau Delta, a Creative Writing student, a writer and an editor, thank you to Ramifications for nurturing my skills and being my happy place these last three years.
-Emory R. Frie
Ramifications, Fall 2019
My favorite part of working for Ramifications over the years has always been reading the submissions. I love to see what Berry students have to offer. My goal with Ramifications is always to create a beautiful magazine where people are proud to show off their work. I’ve dedicated countless hours along with my staff to this magazine, and we are so proud to share it with all of you. I want to thank Abigail Stallings, our art editor, for creating the cover, back cover, centerfold, and all the other beautiful illustrations that you see spread throughout our magazine. As it is my last semester at Berry I’m sad to leave Ramifications behind, but I know I couldn’t be leaving the magazine in better hands than with our upcoming Editor-in-Chief, Emory Frie. I want to thank our readers, and our submitters for helping us make this magazine into what it is today.
Ramifications, Spring 2019
This is my third year working for Ramifications and my first semester as Editor-in-Chief. We had to say goodbye to many of our beloved staff last year as they went on to the next chapter of their lives. We’ve rebuilt our staff, and I am so thankful for all the hard work and dedication they have put toward our magazine this year. I want to thank everyone who submitted and encourage them to keep creating beautiful works to share with the world. It is so important for people to have a platform where they can showcase their creativity. I want to thank the remarkable artists and writers who are being published; we are so proud to showcase your talent and artistic abilities. I am so honored to be able to share our magazine with our readers and I hope that they will enjoy this issue as much as we enjoyed putting it together.
Ramifications, Fall 2018
I have poured my heart into all editions of RAM that I have been a part of, but this one in particular has been a passion project more than any preceding it. For the past three semesters I have been pushing the limits of our magazine from changing the font (for the first time since the early 2000's) to developing a website this semester, and I couldn't be prouder of what we have accomplished. I also want to take a moment to thank our staff illustrator, Hillary Albertson, for creating the cover, back cover, centerfold, and all of the other beautiful illustrations that you see scattered throughout the pages.
This is my last semester on staff, which is heartbreaking. I knew that I wanted to work for Ramifications from the moment that I decided I was going to Berry, and after four years of showcasing our incredible student talent, I couldn't be happier with all of the work that we have done. Now, I am extremely excited to see where the upcoming Editor-in-Chief, Miranda Heyman, will take this magazine.
Thank you, readers, for picking up RAM, and thank you, submitters, for being talented creators and keeping the literary & arts community alive at Berry.
Ramifications, Spring 2018
I would like to thank, first, my staff for working diligently to help create a space that showcases Berry's student talent. We have created a beautiful magazine packed with pieces that we hope you, the reader, will be moved by just as much as we are. Secondly, I would like to thank the wonderful writers and artists who we are publishing. We received more submissions this year, particularly in art, than we have in all of my four years working for this magazine, and I am thrilled. Keep it up. Finally, I want to thank our readers for helping us keep our love of the arts alive. We want to spread our passion to everyone who will give us a minute of their time, and we hope that you will share this magazine with friends and family or perhaps leave a copy on a bus for a stranger to pick up. Next semester, my last semester before I graduate, we will be bringing RAM back bigger than ever, keep an eye out.
Ramifications, Fall 2017
This spring has been full of transition and change. Our magazine has gone through a complete redesign and is now full of life and in full color! Our staff has worked hard learning all of the format changes and helping choose submissions to showcase in Ram. I am so proud of the staff and our final product, but we will still continue to push creative boundaries and create an increasingly better publication.
We have put together a beautiful magazine, and I can't wait to continue to innovate Ramifications next year.
Ramifications, Spring 2017
This year has been a big one for the Ramifications team. Not only did we have the most submissions in the history of the magazine, but we also had the most diverse set: nonfiction pieces, creative essays, sculptures, novel excerpts, poems, a whole children's book, etc. You name, we got it. Nothing could have made us prouder or happier. Our magazine is dedicated specifically to make sure your voices get heard, and we've heard so many voices with this edition. We have more genres and more people represented than ever before. To top it all off, this is out fiftieth year of publishing. I can't think of a better time to celebrate the diversity that encompasses our campus. In order to do that, we wanted to include something special: on pages four and five we've included a double spread of the many diverse and beautiful covers that Ramifications has seen. Remember that we are here, as always, to support everyone. Thank you to everyone who submitted, to everyone who made beautiful art and trusted us with it. We are always so appreciative and thankful for our artists, our writers, and our community. We are hopeful for the future, and we are grateful for our past.
Thank you for being on this journey with us.
Ramifications, Fall 2016