Stone Soup Magazine: December 2020. Volume 48, Issue 11, 48 pp.
My first day of English class, sophomore year of high school, I walked into a classroom dark except for a single candle flickering on my teacher’s desk. He stayed quiet, writing, as we all filtered into the room, nervously laughing and whispering to each other. Eventually, we took his cue and began to write too. This teacher, Mr. McGraw, soon became my favorite—because he gave us the freedom to explore language and literature in the ways that most inspired and invigorated us. In his class, I labored over poems, researched the Brontë sisters, and explored symbolism in The Scarlet Letter. I am still grateful for the space he gave me to learn and write how I wanted to.
Teachers have a huge impact on our lives—hopefully in positive ways but also, frequently and unfortunately, in negative ways. Most of the stories and poems in this issue take the classroom as setting and subject, examining the ways that teachers and schools influence who we are and what we do.
I hope you take this as an opportunity to reflect on the teachers who have nurtured your passions!
– Emma Wood, Editor
7 The Serenity of the Simple Inquiry by Ella Yamamura
12 Tales of Regret by Analise Braddock
22 Death by Kickball by Lucy Laird
27 Meet Through News by Olivia Rhee
37 Cinka Times Two by Rose Fischer
15 The Pages I Feared by Norah Grigoresco
32 Story by Asher Jenvey
4 Moods of the Week by Carolyn Lu
20 Simple by Adele Stamenov
25 Laundry by Zeke Braman
45 My Earliest Memory by Audra Sanford
46 The Dew Drop by Esther Hay
6 Cracks and Fissures by Sage Millen
11 Underwater by Claire Lu
14 Climbing Bark by Jeremy Nohrnberg
21 Happy Place by Adele Stamenov
26 Through by Jena Kim
31 Tree and Sky by Djin Thornton
33 Window of Black and White by Anya Geist
36 Splash of Sunlight by Paige Bean
47 Flower by Grace Williams
48 Honor Roll