Ryan Hudgins is a rising junior at the University of Richmond, double majoring in Journalism and Leadership Studies. She currently resides in her hometown of Chicago, a few blocks away from the mailbox where she submitted her first Stone Soup story, which appeared on the “Honor Roll” of the September/October 2016 issue. As the editorial intern for Stone Soup’s Editor-in-Chief Emma Wood, Ryan conducts a first read of fiction and personal narrative submissions and assists with the production of the monthly issues.
Gina Marie Gruss (she/her) is a senior at the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College of FAU, double majoring in Creative Writing and Visual Art. She is a born-and-raised south Floridian. She is an award-winning writer, artist, and photographer, and her works have been featured by Amazon Prime Video, Mensa America, Wattpad, and FAU. She recently received a grant in creating a piece that fuses art and technology, called “Hotspot.” Her eclectic works often touch on underrepresented and liminal narratives. When not making her next creative work, she loves planning events, swimming, cooking, baking, and spending time with her two cats, Athena and Apollo.
As a Stone Soup Intern, Gina is working on multiple projects to boost engagement across the website and various social media platforms in order to further solidify Stone Soup’s visual identity and branding.
Sabrina Guo is a fifteen-year-old from New York. She is an award-winning student journalist, poet, novelist, violinist, entrepreneur, and a young humanitarian. She is the recipient of the Civic Expression Award and five Gold Medals from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and a winner of the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Awards, the Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Awards, and Poetry Society of Virginia’s Jenkins Prize. She is also the founder of Long Island Laboring Against COVID-19 (LILAC) and Girl Pride International. She loves being in nature, going to the beach, riding her black bike with pink streaks, listening to music, and playing with her tabby cat Daisy 24/7.
As a Stone Soup intern, Sabrina interviewed all of the company’s senior management (CEO, EIC, etc.) and developed an in-house operation manual. She laos worked with the leadership team to develop an ongoing program that features works by young refugee artists, including film, photography, art, and writing.
Sam Rozal is currently an undergraduate student (but soon-to-be a masters student) who got involved with Stone Soup after taking a course about literary journals with Emma Wood at UC-Santa Cruz! During her time interning at Stone Soup, she was blown away by the level of talent within the community. Sam loves writing, especially science writing, and she is currently working on a research project about beach litter.
As a Stone Soup intern, Sam worked on social media and outreach as well as reading through submissions for the book contest in 2019.