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 got to work on this issue with a group of eight students in a Porter College classroom at UCSC. It was exciting to hear their ideas for the magazine and to discuss their reactions to submissions as we went through the difficult process of selecting pieces for the issue. I’m very proud of the result. What ties these pieces together is a spirit of experimentation and adventure. I hope this issue inspires you to try new things—whether that’s a screenplay, a review of a TV show, or a short poem. For those of you reading online, a few of these pieces also include audio of the writers reading their work!