Our Environmental and Marketing News Fellow Program is one of the best things about Stone Pier Press. It gives participants a chance to develop stronger writing and marketing skills, and become more effective advocates for change. Fellows are a big part of what allows our publishing company to push for a cooler, kinder, and more environmentally sound food system, and we're grateful for their energy, smarts, and activism.
News Fellows have produced book trailers for Gwen and Sprig. Built out an extensive archive of climate friendly recipes. Helped research and write books on regenerative gardening. Added to our archive of helpful hints for would-be carbon farmers. Shared our message on social media channels. Launched email campaigns that have landed author interviews and book reviews. They’ve also written dozens of solutions-oriented stories, many of which have been picked up by Independent Media, and shared with millions of readers.
Prospective News Fellows can apply for a Spring, Summer, or Fall session, each of which runs four months. The program is part-time and remote. Apply here or send a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
MEET OUR NEWS FELLOWS FOR SUMMER 2019
Originally from the East coast, Kira is a freelance marketer living in San Francisco. She loves outdoor adventure and was drawn to the Bay Area by its natural beauty and delicious food. She is passionate about sustainability and has spent years supporting food recovery programs that prevent waste by redirecting quality, excess food to those who desperately need it. As a child, Kira remembers the delicious smell of tomatoes growing in her family garden. She loved to pick them right off the vine and eat them like an apple. Today, she shares that joy with her own kids while eating the wholesome food grown in their own family garden.
Heather is a Queens, NY transplant currently living in Philadelphia with her husband and their vast collection of plant babies. She has loved playing in the dirt and caring for injured animals since she was a small child. Her love for the earth and its inhabitants evolved into a much larger passion to use her creative abilities in order to make the world a better place for future generations to come. Heather studied psychology and biology in college and naturally went on to open a traveling paint and wine studio after graduation. She has worked as an EMT, zookeeper, veterinary technician, bartender, art teacher, marketing manager, interior designer, and technical recruiter. She can often be spotted smelling produce or building her house.
Sage lives in Denver, Colorado with two cats and four roommates. In 2018, he graduated from the University of Denver with degrees in Environmental Science and English; he is currently pursuing a masters in Literary Studies. Eventually, he hopes to combine his passions for science and writing to communicate about pressing environmental issues. Sage has worked as a barista, petition collector, bread baker, dish washer, and tour guide. As an undergraduate, he conducted research on topics ranging from fungal diversity to water security. In his free time, Sage can be found hunting mushrooms, thinking about birds, and drinking coffee.
Katie grew up in the rolling hills of the Idaho Panhandle and spent the past four years studying Geography and International Studies at the University of Denver. She has worked on organic farms, advocated for sustainable food through her university and local non-profits, and conducted research on food security in Uganda. When she's not farming, Katie can be found skiing in the Rockies, playing Bananagrams, or eating a good cheese board.
Tia is a recent graduate of Stanford University, where she studied Human Biology with a concentration in Food Systems and Public Health. She was born and raised in Austin, TX, and her passion for creating a healthy, just, and sustainable food system began after reading Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma.
Working in a low-waste restaurant sparked Ari’s interest in creating a healthier, more sustainable food system. Previously an English major at Reed College, she transferred to The New School to study food system sustainability, design, and policy. She wrote and edited environmentally focused food content for The New School Free Press, and she spent nights crafting crusty loaves in a local bakery. Learning more about grain and farming at Blue Hill Stone Barns convinced Ari to continue baking after graduating last May. If not deep in dough, she is likely reading or staring awestruck at plants.
Originally from Texas, Monica just moved to the Bay Area after stints in Malaysia, Singapore, and Philadelphia. This spring, she finished a Masters in English at Princeton University, where she pursued postcolonial and urban studies. Through this work, she became interested in the good food movement’s potential to foster broad-based, anti-elitist environmental justice, and she is fascinated by the ways that art and popular culture shape the movement. She can often be spotted at her local bookstore, taco truck, bubble tea shop, lakeside picnic spot, or a redwood trail.
After over 25 years of working in the food industry, Brooke Thornton is living her dream of going to college. A senior at the University of California at Berkeley, she is finishing up her Bachelor’s Degree with a major in English Literature and a minor in Creative Writing. Living in the Bay Area, she is passionate about making sure healthy food is accessible to everyone, hiking the hills in Oakland, and her rescue dogs. She can usually be found in her backyard, firing up the pizza oven or working in the garden.
Erin was born and raised in St. Louis, MO, where she admittedly watched too much PBS cooking shows - a love affair that led her to study food-focused, documentary filmmaking at the University of Alabama. After graduation, she cooked and farmed her way through Denmark, England, and Italy, eventually finding herself at The University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo, Italy, where she received a Masters in the Theory and Practice of Sustainable Gastronomy. She currently lives in Steamboat Springs, CO, where she works as an on-farm-chef/wanna-be farmer, teaches cooking classes, and gets her hands in the dirt whenever possible.
Emily is a junior at Stanford University studying Symbolic Systems and Philosophy. She’s from Maryland and spent a few years cleaning up hay on a farm there. In the past, she’s worked at a women’s empowerment nonprofit, with labor unions, and at a movie theater in Cambodia. She cares about social and environmental justice and creative writing. In her free time, she watches reality television and explores the California coast.