Folia is a literary magazine published by the Medical College of Georgia in Athens, Georgia.


Our mission is to foster a deeper appreciation for the poetry of life, death, and medicine. 


Folia was conceived in 2014 by medical students and faculty at the Medical College of Georgia who had a desire to create something beautiful and edifying.  Since the human condition is common to us all, we draw material from people of all walks of life and publish material for people of all walks of life.  Our hope is that Folia will serve as an outlet for expression, a source of healing, and most importantly, a good read.


We are always looking for new and interesting ways to improve upon our mission, so if you have any questions, ideas, or feedback, we would love to hear from you. 


Our Spring 2015 is now online!  See submission guidelines for more details.




folium (Latin = "leaf"; plural = "folia") is a wrinkle (gyrus) on the surface of the cerebellum. The cortex (skin or rind) of a folium consists of three layers of cells:  the top molecular layer, the Purkinje layer, and the bottom granular layer - and this cortex covers deeper white matter (interconnecting fibers).

“Nothing will sustain you more potently than the power to recognize in your humdrum routine, as perhaps it may be thought, the true poetry of life – the poetry of the commonplace, of the plain, toil-worn woman, with their loves and their joys, their sorrows and their griefs.”


– William Osler, MD..

Folia Editorial Board

Shub Agrawal


Shub Agrawal is a second year medical student at the Medical College of Georgia. She earned her B.S. in Neural Science and Linguistic Anthropology at New York University. She has researched a variety of topics, including plant genomics, meditation, and medical education. Currently, she's interested in pursuing a career in Neurology.

Saumya Dave, M.D.


Saumya is a recent graduate of the Medical College of Georgia who completed her undergraduate work at Georgia Tech.  Her writing has landed her a volunteer trip to Niger with New York Times journalist Nicholas Kristof as well as publications in Lancet Student among others.  She is now a psychiatry resident at Mount Sinai in New York.





Kalie Deutsch


Kalie is a fourth year medical student at the Medical College of Georgia who earned a B.A. in neuroscience from Vanderbilt University.  She has researched neuronal synaptogenesis as well as eye movements in schizophrenics, has held a number of leadership positions at the Medical Partnership, and is now pursuing a career in OB/GYN. 




Will Dunlap


Will studied music at the University of Michigan and received his MFA from the James A. Michener Center for Writers. There he studied fiction and screenwriting, and received the Keene Prize for Literature.  He lives with his wife and son in Athens, where he is a PhD candidate in Creative Writing at the University of Georgia.​

Arron Foster


Arron is a first year MFA student in the printmaking and bookarts program at the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia. Prior to relocating to Georgia, he earned his BFA in studio art and art education from East Carolina University and taught visual arts at an IB world school in Raleigh, NC. He currently lives in Athens with his wife Ann and their two children.

Joseph Vinson


Joseph is a fourth year medical student at the Medical College of Georgia.  He earned his B.S. in Cross-Cultural Studies and Biology at Toccoa Falls College.  He interned at Yale's Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics in 2013, where he studied Spinoza's philosophy of pain, and he is currently interested in a career in psychiatry.

Sarah Whelchel


Sarah is a third year medical student at the Medical College of Georgia who received her degree in History of Medicine from Princeton.  Between college and medical school, she got an inside look at the pharmaceutical industry by working as a copywriter, and she also published work on agricultural ethics.  She is interested in, among other things, pursuing a career in psychiatry.