Meet the Staff

Myrtle Jones

Journal Founder and Managing Editor

Myrtle Jones is an independent scholar and former assistant professor at Rochester Institute of Technology’s School of Media Sciences. Her research interests include monetization of digitally distributed content, media portrayal of elite groups within urban areas, and qualitative research methods in media studies and marketing. Currently, she is completing an ethnography entitled, “They Chose to Stay: The Black Elite in Harlem 1980 to the present.” Her media experience includes publicity management, domestic and international newspaper distribution, Internet-based management, and digital marketing.

Seretha D. Williams

Journal Founder and Editor-in-chief

Seretha D. Williams, Ph.D. is an interim department chair and a professor of English and Women’s and Gender Studies at Augusta University. She earned a M.A. and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Georgia and a Masters in Library Information Science from Valdosta State University. Her research areas are in Africana Studies, women’s literature, the Black Chicago Renaissance, the Black Arts Movement, and Digital Humanities. She focuses on the work of Margaret Walker (Alexander) and is completing a project on Walker’s unpublished novel. Dr. Williams is co-editor of the collection Afterimages of Slavery: Essays on Appearances in Recent American Films, Literature, Television and Other Media. She is a Cohort I Extending the Reach Scholar for the Black Book Interactive Project at The University of Kansas.

Content Editors

Editorial Board

Jaydlyn Rogers, Intern
Damaris Billups, Intern

Want to join the editorial staff or advisory board of Third Stone?


Third Stone—a peer-reviewed journal devoted to Afrofuturism, African-futurism, and other modes of the Black Fantastic—is expanding its staff with two exciting new volunteer opportunities: a grant writer and social media coordinator. The individuals who assume these positions will play a vital role in the growth and development of Third Stone, enabling us to innovate and reach a wider audience as we engage critical and creative conversations on the topics mentioned above. Provided below are an overview of the responsibilities for each position:

Grant Writer:

  • Researches grants and other funding opportunities for which Third Stone Journal can apply
  • Collaborates with Editorial Board to develop and write grant proposals
  • Maintains a proposal calendar and manages the proposal submission process to ensure timely submission of all required materials.
  •  Develops an annual grants strategy

Social Media Coordinator: 

  • Develops guidelines for social media posts (along with the Editor-in-Chief and co-managing editors) to ensure that posted content is relevant to the journal and its mission
  • Communicates the Third Stone brand in a positive, authentic way 
  • Creates and publishes content and shares existing content relevant to the journal’s mission
  • Maintains existing Third Stone social media accounts on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, including responses to direct messages tagged posts
  • Facilitates the build out of Third Stone accounts on new, relevant platforms such as Youtube

Individuals interested in applying for these positions should reach out to In the body of the email, please describe your qualifications and experience working with grants or social media. You may submit a resume or CV.

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