Stone Soup Magazine
October 2018

William Rubel, Executive Director.

William is founder of Stone Soup and the Children’s Art Foundation. In 1972, he gathered together a group of fellow students at the University of California Santa Cruz who shared his vision of creating a magazine written by and for children to highlight their creative talents and inspire them.

William is also an author specializing in traditional foodways, the history of bread, and Early Modern British kitchen gardens. His book on hearth cooking, The Magic of Fire (2002), was a World Gourmand Cookbook award winner and a James Beard nominee. His second book is Bread, a global history (2011). He is currently writing a history of bread for the University of California Press.

William lives in Santa Cruz with his daughter, Stella, their cat, Moxie, and their chickens, rabbits, and aviary birds. You can read more about his other interests at his personal website.


Emma Wood, Editor.

Originally from New York City, Emma holds a BA from Harvard in Russian History & Literature and an MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she taught literature and poetry writing. Her poetry has received fellowships from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, and the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, in addition to appearing in a number of literary journals. She has worked previously as an editor for the online magazines The Morning News and The Rumpus.

Her first book, A Failed Performance: Collected Plays of Daniil Kharms, a collaborative translation with the poet C Dylan Bassett, is forthcoming in 2018.

She currently lives in the redwoods of Santa Cruz, CA, with her husband and their two dogs, Franny and Charlie, and is training for her third marathon. You can read more about her on her personal website.


Jane Levi, Operations Manager.

Jane brings to Stone Soup years of experience in infrastructure design and operations, as well as being a cultural historian who researches, writes and thinks about food and utopianism.
Currently a Visiting Research Fellow at King’s College London and at Mount Vernon, VA, Jane is working with colleagues on the Georgian Papers at the Royal Archives at Windsor Castle. She has written articles and book chapters (the co-authored Food, Politics & Society is forthcoming in 2018 with University of California Press), curated an exhibition for the Foundling Museum, and recently co-founded Edible Utopia, an urban food-growing artist’s co-op at London’s Somerset House. 

Jane lives in London, but also spends time in Santa Cruz, where she reunites with her favorite cat, Moxie. You can read more about her on her personal website.


Sarah Ainsworth, Special Projects and Customer Service.

Sarah recently joined the Stone Soup team after graduating from UC Santa Cruz in 2017. She was an avid reader of Stone Soup when she was young (although never published!) and is now planning on attending graduate school to become an archivist.





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