Editor’s Note

Stone Soup Magazine
October 2018

By Emma Wood

I remember the first time I sat down in a room different from the room where I’d grown up, in my parents’ house, and said, “This is home.” I was in college,...

I’m thrilled to finally share the winners of our Science Fiction Contest with you, in this special Science Issue of the magazine. Each story is inventive,...

Stone Soup was co-founded by William Rubel 45 years ago this year at Porter College at the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC). This past semester, I...

Friends! “Without them,” as Neel Rangan writes in his poem “Dreamland,” “we would have the most boring sleep.” Even when they bring us pain, as in the friends...

What is a self portrait? What do we learn about ourselves when take a selfie, or when we paint our draw ourselves, or even when we write a story or a poem? Any...

“April is the cruelest month,” the poet T.S. Eliot famously wrote in The Wasteland. Maybe it’s cruel, but it is also National Poetry Month—a month when poems...

Our March issue revolves around themes of friendship, kindness, and belonging. Kate Choi’s story “Zachary, Sophie” asks, among many questions: Why do we often...

A princess stuck in a tower. A very ill girl confined to her room. A poem that enacts the feeling of being trapped in a love/hate relationship. A young boy...

I write to you before a crackling fire. It is officially winter in the Santa Cruz mountains, which, for us, means rain, not snow. But I grew up in the...

This is an ambitious and unusual issue for the magazine—the first half is made up of five stories, all touching on food in some way, though sometimes...