Editor’s Note

Stone Soup Magazine
April 2019

By Emma Wood

It’s spring! The season of blooming flowers, blue skies, and baby birds cheeping in their nests. So, in this issue, in honor of spring, I wanted to celebrate...

This issue includes the winners of our concrete poetry contest; the winning poems are both beautiful visual works in their own right and inventive, singular...

This issue is unusual: it is made up of a novella (a short novel) and a cycle of poems. When I came across the novella Dancing in the Rain, I immediately sat...

Imagine if animals could talk: what we would learn, and how we might be different, and how much chatter we’d hear every time we entered a forest! In the...

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...