Lauren Bender is the editor-in-chief of Mud Season Review. She is a graduate of Green Mountain College where she earned her BFA in Writing and served as co-editor of the literary magazine Reverie. Her poetry has appeared in IDK Magazine, Coe Review, Tulane Review, The Collapsar, Gyroscope Review, Sobotka Literary Magazine, and others. Find her on Twitter @benderpoet.
managing editor, art and design
Lee-Ann Wilder is managing editor of art and design for Mud Season Review. She considers herself to be a Jane-of-All-Trades, a life-hacker and a crafty individual. She is armed with her mind, her words, her knitting needles and a couple tubes of paint. She has been searching for the next big thing, and that thing is Mud Season. Lee-Ann graduated Magna Cum Laude from New England College and received a bachelor’s degree in Communications and Fine Art, with concentrations in Journalism and Photography. She held the editor-in-chief position at NEC’s student-run newspaper, The New Englander; her photography has been published in The Henniker Review. She leads a freelance lifestyle, and posts irregularly to her blog JustBeCreativity.com.
managing editor, projects and communications
Etiane George is managing editor of projects and communications for Mud Season Review. A self-described geek, with degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Business, she specializes in herding cats to coordinate and produce world class communications, customer experiences and business strategies. Etiane hasn’t published under her own name recently but is looking forward to changing all that soon with humorous and candid stories of her travels and odd-duck family. She also creates one-of-a kind stained glass, enjoys crocheting and puzzles, and can often be found reading at the beach.
managing editor, print issue
Brian Biunno is managing editor of the annual print issue for Mud Season Review. He has been writing avidly since graduating with his Computer Science degree in 2003. Turns out, changing fields while raising a family is hard, and Brian still works in IT during the day, burning the midnight oil writing and editing his Middle Grade fantasy series, Tales of Arythia. Brian has also been known to delve into more adult themes in short story format and to write bad poetry that makes his wife smile.
Erin Post is the manager of marketing and public relations for Mud Season Review. She started writing poetry in college and has kept it up ever since. She also enjoys helping others with their poems through participation in the Burlington Writers Workshop. In 2014, she graduated with a Master of Education from UVM in the Interdisciplinary Program, and attended the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies (writing track) and Hamilton College (BA in English). She works at the University of Vermont. She enjoys gardening, riding her bike, and eating creemees.
Natasha Mieszkowski is co-editor of fiction for Mud Season Review. She earned a BA in English from Bowdoin College an eternity ago. After about twenty years working as a theater professional in Portland, Maine, she decided to try something different and moved to Boston to obtain her MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College. She is excited and grateful to be on the inaugural staff of Mud Season Review.
Patrick Brownson is co-editor of fiction for Mud Season Review. Patrick was raised in Vermont and earned a degree from Concordia University in frigid Montreal, QC. He started the Burlington, VT chapter of Infinite Summer, a group reading of David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest, hosted by the Burlington Writer’s Workshop. He also leads the BWW Literature Series, in which members vote on a novel to read and he facilitates the meetings. Patrick likes reading Melville, Eliot (T.S. or George, depending on his schedule), Kafka and Nabokov, and is currently scouring the world for every slab of vinyl that Elvis Costello ever released.
Michelle Watters is co-editor of poetry for Mud Season Review. She received her BA in creative writing from Hampshire College. She predominantly writes poetry and nonfiction. Her work has appeared in Bop Dead City, Red Paint Hill Poetry Journal, Vending Machine Press, The Lake and elsewhere. For links to her work visit: michellewatters.wordpress.com/
Samuel Hughes is co-editor of poetry for Mud Season Review. He is a poet living in Burlington, VT. He has studied literature at St. John’s College Annapolis and the Bread Loaf School of English. He is a facilitator and organizer for Pomeroy Poets and Lit Club at the Light Club in Burlington. His work can be found in Poet Lore, Rattle, Paper Nautilus, and Oberon Poetry Magazine. He is a recipient of the Robert Haiduke Poetry Prize from the Bread Loaf School of English.
Katie Stromme is editor of nonfiction for Mud Season Review. She has a BA in professional writing and communication from Southwest Minnesota State University, where she was the editor-in-chief of the student-run newspaper and a fiction editor at Perceptions, SMSU’s literary journal. She discovered the perverse joy of the critique process at the Attic Institute and is currently pursuing an MFA in writing and publishing at the Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier. She and her best friends from high school self-publish a zine called Children of the Stairs on a very irregular schedule. She hopes to one day be the literary equivalent of a poor man’s Lucinda Williams.
Mike Sweeney is editor of art for Mud Season Review. Mike is a painter, photographer, and woodworker. He pretty much loves anything having to do with art and hands-on craft work, and has worked in a variety of related positions, including gallery assistant, special education art instructor, sign maker, carpenter, and mold maker in an architectural façade, restoration, and design shop. Mike’s paintings and 3D work have been exhibited throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania (his home before Vermont), where he was an active member of The Da Vinci Art Alliance. He holds a degree in visual arts from Rutgers University. He also completed a post-graduate certificate in art education at Rutgers, where he served as teaching assistant to a premier sculpture professor. He lives with his family in a big, old farmhouse in Jericho, Vermont, which is sure to keep his hands busy for many years to come.
Katie Taylor is a copy editor for Mud Season Review. She is a collector of hobbies and still can’t decide what she wants to be when she grows up. She holds a degree in English from Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia; an MFA in theatre from Catholic University; and a JD from George Washington University. She would go back for another if she could. Katie writes fiction and creative nonfiction and has an on-again, off-again relationship with her blog ktmade.com. She endears herself to her wife by correcting the grammar in her text messages.
E. T. Perry is a copy editor for Mud Season Review. She is a writer and editor originally from Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, who currently resides in Burlington, VT. Her work includes poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, as well as arts journalism, literary criticism, and book-making. In 2013 she earned her BA in English from Vassar College, specializing in literature and literary theory. Her writing and editorial contributions have appeared in various magazines and journals, both in print and online, including The Best of the Burlington Writers Workshop, REDEFINE, The 22 Magazine, and The Paper Shell Review.
Rebecca Starks is a consulting editor for and a founding editor of Mud Season Review. She teaches literature and writing courses part-time for the Osher Institute of Lifelong Learning program at the University of Vermont. She has a PhD in English from Stanford University and a BA in English from Yale University. Her poems have appeared in Slice, Rattle, Crab Orchard Review, Carolina Quarterly, Raintown Review, and elsewhere. Her fiction has been published in Crab Orchard Review and Tahoma Literary Review. For links to her work visit: rebeccastarks.com
Danielle Thierry is a consulting editor for and a founding editor of Mud Season Review. Danielle served as managing editor of the journal for its inaugural year and is now organizer of the Burlington Writers Workshop, the nonprofit writing organization that publishes Mud Season Review. Danielle is a freelance writer, editor, and digital content strategist who plans, creates, and manages content for a wide range of projects, including managing the magazine of a global nonprofit organization. She also blogs for the Flynn Theater in Burlington, Vermont. Danielle holds a BA in radio/television/film and an MA in creative writing and journalism from Rowan University, where she was active in the university’s literary magazine (Avant). She has taught writing and literature in the past and is thankful to be back in a position where she can work with other creative writers to help them hone their craft and strengthen their voice.
consulting fiction editor
Robin Lauzon Farrell is a consulting fiction editor for Mud Season Review. She earned her MFA in Fiction from the University of Arizona in Tucson in 1998, where she served as fiction editor of the Sonora Review. Since then she has worked as a copy editor for several magazines in New York City, including One Story. Her fiction has appeared in One Story, Puerto del Sol, Mangrove, Eratica, The Recorder, and Quarterly West. For the past 13 years, she has been an educator and administrator at public high schools both in Queens, New York, and in Chittenden County, Vermont, where she currently lives. She has taught creative writing and journalism, and continues to freelance edit and write.
consulting fiction editor
Peter Biello is a consulting fiction editor for and a founding editor of Mud Season Review. He is the host of All Things Considered on New Hampshire Public Radio and a writer of short stories, novels, book reviews, and essays. At NHPR, he’s the host of The Bookshelf, a series of interviews with authors from or writing about the Granite State. He holds an MFA in fiction from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and a BFA in creative writing from the University of Maine at Farmington. He is the founder of the non-profit Burlington Writers Workshop, a free writing workshop for all Vermonters that is now the largest and most active writing organization in the state. Born and raised in Fall River, Massachusetts, he lives in Concord, New Hampshire.
consulting nonfiction editor
Emily Ferro is a consulting nonfiction editor for Mud Season Review. She holds an MLitt in Publishing Studies from the University of Stirling in Scotland and works as the Marketing and Sales Manager at Vermont Stage. In the past, she has worked as a Marketing Coordinator at Ashgate Publishing and as Production Editor at Dartmouth Journal Services. Emily spent a majority of her undergraduate years editing in her university’s writing center while serving as both the editor-in-chief of the student-run newspaper and the art editor of the campus literary journal, The Willow. In her spare time, Emily can be found writing (or editing) her book, or buried under a blanket binge-watching documentaries.
fiction associate editor
Stephanie Peake is the associate fiction editor for Mud Season Review. She graduated from the University of Vermont with a degree in English, minors in psychology and French, and a deep fondness for 19th-century British literature and all things Gothic. She has worked as an editor for a magazine publisher and an academic book publisher. She has every intention of finishing her novel one day.
poetry associate editor / interviews editor
Bette Jane Camp is the associate poetry editor and interviews editor for Mud Season Review. She has crossed over from Seattle, Washington to regale in the literary wonders of Vermont and learn to knit amid the Green Mountains. She studied creative writing and diversity at the University of Washington; she loves trains, long walks and poetry; she really enjoys a good sandwich.
nonfiction associate editor
Deena Frankel is the associate nonfiction editor of Mud Season Review. By day she is a communicator and facilitator in the electric power industry where she energizes words, images, and people to evolve Vermont’s power grid for a brighter, greener future. When not communicating about electrons, she is a writer and editor of creative non-fiction, an oral storyteller and a producer of storytelling events, including the monthly Storytelling VT. Deena edited the non-fiction for the 2014 Best of the Burlington Writers Workshop, and designed the 2014 and 2015 editions. She began working with Mud Season Review as a non-fiction reader.
Gabrielle Sutherland is a fiction reader for Mud Season Review, and a Management of Creative Media major specializing in publishing at Champlain College. While she is a Pennsylvania girl at heart, Gabrielle has fallen in love with the art and beauty Vermont has to offer. She is deeply passionate about language, food, and music and can often be found enjoying all three with the people she loves most.
Susan Mula is a fiction reader for Mud Season Review. She lives in Essex Junction, where she can most likely be found pulling weeds and beets at the West Street Community Gardens or taking long walks around town with her hound dog, Mason. Susan graduated summa cum laude from Suffolk University with a degree in English and an even deeper love of Shakespeare. While grant writing and sponsor relations for the statewide nonprofit Girls on the Run Vermont take up most of her day, Susan also fills her time with writing workshops, yoga classes, and mastering the perfect homebrew. She is currently writing her second book, an illustrated collection of poetry for all ages.
Joanna Johnson is a fiction reader for Mud Season Review. She has a BA in English and History from Smith College, where she was editor-in-chief of the student-run newspaper. In her free time she can be found cooking, making more coffee, and trying to finally finish Moby Dick.
Ashleigh Ellsworth-Keller is a fiction reader for Mud Season Review. She currently serves as Camp DREAM Director for The DREAM Program, Inc., a mentoring non-profit based in Vermont. Ashleigh graduated from Wake Forest University, Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, and Northern Arizona University, where her thesis focused on the intersection of women, literature, and the environment. She loves reading, writing, running, and hiking with her husband all over Vermont.
Jenna Pacitto is a fiction reader for Mud Season Review. She has a BA in English from University of Vermont, where she was literary editor for the fine arts journal, Vantage Point. She currently lives and works in Burlington, VT as a copywriter/content coordinator.
Laura Bramley is a fiction reader for Mud Season Review. She earned a BA from University of Southern Maine and has since relocated to Montpelier, VT where she works as a graphic designer and bartender. In her free time she practices silversmithing, lapidary, and writing short stories.
Meg Reynolds is a poetry reader for Mud Season Review. She is a teacher and poet living in Winooski, VT. She holds her BA in English and Arts and Visual Culture from Bates College and her MFA in poetry from Stonecoast at the University of Southern Maine. Her work has been published in Est journal and The Salon. She teaches English and art at a Centerpoint School in Winooski, VT and is the assistant director of writinginsideVT, an organization that offers supportive writing instruction at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility in Burlington, VT.
Laura Napolitano is a poetry reader for Mud Season Review. She is a transplant to Vermont from the suburbs of Philadelphia known as the one and only Bucks County, PA. The Green Mountains have always been like a second home to Laura, as she spent her summer vacations and Thanksgiving break visiting family there. Her love of writing, primarily poetry, led her to earn her BA in Communications from Temple University. Her day job keeps her busy in the development office at Middlebury College. Outside of work she enjoys hiking, softball, passionate discussions with her book club Vermont Books ’n‘ Brews, and blogging various inspirations, including book reviews, at lauranap12.blogspot.com.
Nancy Malhotra is a poetry reader for Mud Season Review. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Masters of Science in Nursing with certification as a Nurse Practitioner. She moved to Burlington in 2015 from Richmond, VA. In the last 5 years, she has found that writing fiction and poetry has provided therapy for the stress experienced as a trauma nurse. She grew up reading traditional poetry but developed an affinity to prose poetry in the last 5 years.
Grier Martin is a poetry reader for Mud Season Review. She grew up in Saratoga Springs, NY. She has lived and worked in Washington, DC, Minneapolis, MN and San Antonio, TX. She recently moved to Burlington, VT to be closer to family, and is loving life in the Green Mountain State. She started attending the Burlington Writers Workshop in March 2016 and is excited to be involved in Mud Season Review, and to further contribute to the BWW community.
Gillian English is a nonfiction reader for Mud Season Review. She is originally from Shreveport, Louisiana, but is now studying Professional Writing and Communications at Champlain College.
Louisa Wakefield is a nonfiction reader for Mud Season Review. Raised in Burlington, Vermont, she spent the last six years in New York City, where she attended school, worked as a writing tutor, and befriended balletomanes in Lincoln Center. She is currently pursuing her degree in English and Writing at The University of Vermont.