Kelsi Long is the poetry co-editor for Mud Season Review. Born and raised in Denver, Colorado, she now lives in Montpelier, Vermont, where she is an MFA student in the Writing and Publishing program at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her poems have appeared in Scribendi and Metrosphere. She loves long walks in unfamiliar places, and has been knitting the same blanket for two years.
Aurora Nowak is co-editor of poetry for Mud Season Review. She graduated from the University of Hartford with a major in creative writing and minor in technical writing. She enjoys creating poetry, plays, and short stories. Her published works include a triptych cycle called “The Pirate” (with music written by Jay Kaplon) and a poem, “Mary Read Reveals Herself,” published in Vermont Woman while she interned for the local journal.
Grace Safford is co-editor of fiction for Mud Season Review. She is currently earning a degree in Professional Writing with a specialization in Editing and Publishing at Champlain College. She has been a writer and editor for multiple publications, including The Voice, The Well, The Weathervane, and The Broadside. Grace’s genre of choice is realistic fiction, and she is currently in the beginning stages of writing her first novel. Grace enjoys writing, nature walks, and fiercely defending the use of the Oxford comma.
Kathrin Hutson is co-editor of fiction for Mud Season Review and a freelance editor for fiction of all sub-genres. She studied Creative Writing Fiction at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and her passion for editing is paralleled only by her obsession with writing fiction, particularly dark fantasy and sci-fi. Kathrin is the author of Daughter of the Drackan, Mother of the Drackan, The Unclaimed trilogy, and Sleepwater Beat. For more about her editing business and fiction, visit klhcreatworks.com and kathrinhutsonfiction.com
Amber Colleen Hart is co-editor of nonfiction for Mud Season Review. Her short stories have appeared in Neon, Cheat River Review, Gone Lawn, Ponder Review, The Danforth Review, LUMINA, and other journals. Her debut collection of short stories, No Landscape Lasts Forever, earned a silver medal in the 2017 Independent Book Publisher’s Awards. Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Amber currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee.
Julie Patterson is co-editor of nonfiction for Mud Season Review. She is an adjunct professor of English at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis and a teaching artist in grades preK-12 at schools throughout Indiana. Trained in narrative nonfiction, Julie writes stories that explore and reveal why people do what they do. Grief and its impact on identity are recurrent themes in Julie’s work, shaped by the sudden death of her older brother as a young adult, and the equally unexpected death of her mother when Julie was a new mom herself. She has an MFA in creative writing from Lesley University and 150,000 honeybees in her backyard. Visit her at www.juliepatterson-writer.
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. She 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.
Karin Ames is a consulting editor for Mud Season Review. She is interested in the intersection of social justice and writing. She explores opportunities to use writing to advocate for social change, elevate voices not often heard, and encourage self-expression of all. Professionally, Karin pursued an engineering career for fifteen years before transitioning to education. After ten years of classroom teaching, she teaches part-time at the Community College of Vermont, facilitates racial justice workshops, and mentors in community settings. She holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, both from the University of Vermont. When not teaching or writing, Karin heads to the mountains for spiritual renewal found only while hiking.
Linda M. Ayer is a consulting editor for Mud Season Review. She taught process writing, literature and critical reading to middle and high school students for 25 years. As a fellow of the NEH Vermont Writing Program, Linda developed and conducted process writing workshops to teach teachers how to teach writing – the premise being that good teachers of writing are writers themselves. Other relevant experiences include copy editing for educational institutions and corporations, writing human interest stories for community newspapers, and working as a freelance editor and writing coach. She regularly attends the Burlington Writers Workshop providing feedback on creative nonfiction, submitting chapters of her memoir for review, and engaging in discussions about craft. Though an intrepid traveler, a tai chi practitioner, and a mentor for refugees, Linda finds time every day to write and especially loves to read the work of emerging writers.
Consulting fiction editor
Michael Freed-Thall is a consulting fiction editor for Mud Season Review. He and his wife settled in Vermont in 1979, built a house, and raised two children. Since he retired as a school principal, writing has been one of his passions. Involved with the Burlington Writer’s Workshop since 2013, his work has appeared in the 2014, 2015, and 2016 anthologies, as well as Seven Days. Recently he helped edit the 2018 Cold Lake Anthology and is close to finishing his first novel.
Cathy Beaudoin is a fiction reader for Mud Season Review. A retired business woman and academic, her fiction has appeared in Schuylkill Valley Journal, Angel City Review, Freshwater, FICTION on the Web, Scarlet Leaf Review and Literary Yard. Her nonfiction stories have been published in Triathlon Magazine Canada, Firsts: Coming of Age Stories by People with Disabilities, Five on the fifth and Kind Magazine.
Madeline DeLuca is a fiction reader for Mud Season Review. She studied English at Penn State University and is currently an MFA candidate in Fiction Writing and Publishing at Fairfield University. She writes and reads for various literary journals, and works at a bookstore. She plans to fill her life with books and words as much as she possibly can. She also loves summertime and her two adorable puppies.
Tina DeMarco is a fiction reader for Mud Season Review. She is a graduate of Fairfield University’s first Master of Fine Arts cohort in Creative Writing and was a fiction reader and a craft co-editor for their newly formed literary magazine, Mason’s Road, a literary journal. When she isn’t working on a writing project or teaching creative writing, Tina spends her spare time driving to Maine or flying to Michigan to see her family. Mostly, she goes to the gym and walks her dogs Annabelle and Beans around the neighborhood. (Beans is a little guy. He barks at everything, especially Bella, the cat!) Tina lives in Connecticut and is a memoir writing coach. She helps people write the stories of their lives, including the hard parts. You can find more at www.memoirmuse.com
Brian Furman is a fiction reader for Mud Season Review. He’s from Cleveland, Ohio, where he tries like the dickens to write and process life in his own time. His work has been featured in NEAT Literary Magazine, Bohemian Renaissance, and Odd Tales of Wonder. He currently resides in Tampa, Fla., with his beautiful wife and three children.
Emily Griffith is a fiction reader for Mud Season Review. She graduated from Ohio University with a bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in History. She has interned for New Ohio Review, and currently works as a library assistant in Marietta, Ohio. On her days off she can be found walking dogs, brainstorming new story ideas, or catching up on the newest fiction and graphic novel releases.
Josh Michael is a fiction reader for Mud Season Review. He is a writer and educator living in Billings, MT, where he works as an Adjunct at Montana State University-Billings, and as a poetry teacher for the non-profit Arts Without Boundaries. He has an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and attended Berklee College of Music in Boston. In his spare time he is a drummer in various rock and funk bands.
Rachel Peck is a fiction reader for Mud Season Review. Rachel graduated from the University of Vermont with a bachelor’s degree in Public Communication and a minor in English. During college, she wrote for the university newspaper. Currently she works in marketing; she develops and writes content. In her free time, you can find her outside running or indulging her love for 19th-century British literature.
Jen Edwards is a poetry reader for Mud Season Review. A Vermont native with close ties to the area, she attended the University of Vermont for her B.A. in English and History and M.S. in Communication Sciences. She lives in Concord, N.H., with her family and brindle boxers and works as a preschool speech therapist. Her poem, “I’m Not Sure What to Do With This,” was nominated for Pushcart XLIV. Her poems can be found in The Mountain Review, The Poets’ Touchstone, Ekphrastic Review, and Portrait of New England. She is active with the New Hampshire Poetry Society, and the Down Cellar Poets group based out of Chichester, N.H. She’s active on Facebook (Jennifer Jennett Edwards), Instagram (Jenedwards8), and Twitter (@Jennife00420145).
Karen Stewart is a poetry reader for Mud Season Review. She grew up in the poetic hills of East Tennessee in the heart of Appalachia. Karen holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Masters of Public Health in Community Health. She enjoys writing technical science papers, personal essays and poetry. Her recent writing can be found on Burlington Vermont Moms Blog. Being a mother to two young children keeps her busy and in her spare time she enjoys sleeping.
Kayla Branstetter is a nonfiction reader for Mud Season Review. She is a mother, educator, writer, and artist who holds a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies degree in art, literature, and culture from the University of Denver. Her writing, photography, and art have been published in Ozark Hills and Hollows, bordertown, Fredericksburg Literary and Art Review, The Esthetic Apostle, the gyara journal, From Whisper to Roar, The Human Family, the North Dakota Human Rights Festival , Light Space & Time Online Gallery–8th Annual All Women Online Art Competition, Crowder Quill, 805+, High Shelf, and Echo through the Paragon Press.
Steve Lausier is a nonfiction reader for Mud Season Review. Born and raised in eastern Massachusetts, he earned his master’s degree in English Literature at the University of Vermont in 2013, and he has continued working and living in the north country ever since. A proud, lifelong nerd, Steve enjoys passions in both the arts and sciences and is especially excited by works in which the two intersect. Current works-in-progress include a cyberpunk/fantasy epic series, a horror/comedy novel featuring Vermont vampires, and a series of faux-journalistic short histories of the “paranormal north.” Steve lives in Montpelier with his partner and their precious cat, Rhu.
Abi Newhouse is nonfiction reader for Mud Season Review. An MFA candidate in creative nonfiction at George Mason University, her work has been published in a few different literary journals, including, coincidentally, Mud Season Review itself. Abi currently lives in Washington D.C. where she tries to put her research fellowship to good use, writing and reading in her sunroom with her cat, Jo.
Coty Poynter is a nonfiction reader for Mud Season Review. Born and raised in Baltimore, he continues to live there with his significant other, their cat Pudge, and a hodgepodge of plants. Currently, he focuses on memory and how it shapes us, identity, pain and the resilience of the human spirit through poetry and short fiction. His work has appeared in Black Fox Literary Magazine, Equinox, Grub Street, and Underwood Press. His second collection of poetry, Delirium: Collected Poems, was published in October 2018 by Bowen Press.
Edmund Sandoval is a nonfiction reader for Mud Season Review. His fiction, essays, and poetry have been published in the minnesota review, The Common, Hobart, The American Literary Review, Mud Season Review, and others. He resides in Oakland, California, with his wife.