We are thrilled to introduce Sonia Montalvo as our new Editor-in-Chief at Vinegar Hill Magazine! Sonia is a 2015 graduate of Elizabeth City State University and a Charlottesville native, bringing a degree in Communications and a fervent passion for storytelling to our team. She embodies the essence of our magazine, guided by her personal principle: “Be creative, but be factual.”
Sonia’s journey is a testament to her dedication. Her commitment to empowering marginalized voices shines through her role as the founding director of The Girls Are Alwrite (TGAA), a program focused on nurturing creativity among Black and Latinx girls in grades 6-12 through free creative writing workshops in central VA. Sonia also served as the former Assistant Editor for HBCU Buzz and has contributed journalistic work to various news outlets like Atlanta Black Star and other online platforms.
Her association with Vinegar Hill Magazine began in 2015 when she initially joined as a contributing writer, assisting in sharing the narratives of the Charlottesville community. Notably, in collaboration with TGAA, she curated our inaugural Takeover issue in 2021, highlighting exceptional talent in the area.
Sonia Montalvo’s warmth and dedication to language and storytelling make her the perfect fit to lead us forward. In addition to her editorial expertise, she’s also the author of the thought-provoking books “What If I Fly?,” and “Ad-lib.” Join us in welcoming Sonia as she takes the helm, shaping narratives that engage, resonate, and celebrate the richness of our community.”
Sonia takes the helm as our previous editor Katrina Spencer went off to journalism school this past fall. We are honored to continue to have the very best and brightest fill this important role for Vinegar Hill Magazine.