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editors

Julia Shipley

staff mentor

Julia Shipley is an independent journalist and author of The Academy of Hay, winner of the 2014 Melissa Lanitis Gregory Poetry Prize and Adam’s Mark, named a Best Book of 2014 by the The Boston Globe. Her poems and essays have appeared in 32 Poems, Gettysburg Review, Green Mountains Review, RiverTeeth, The Rumpus, Utne Reader and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from The Bennington College Writing Seminars and lives in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. Read more about Julia at writingonthefarm.com.

 

 
managing editor
 
Erin Post is managing editor 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.
 

Candelin Wahl

poetry co-editor

Candelin Wahl is co-editor of poetry for Mud Season Review. She is a writer who creates web content by day, poetry and song lyrics after hours. She has a B.A. in English from the University of Connecticut, and is an active member of the Burlington Writer’s Workshop. Her work can be found in Stonecoast Review, Cold Lake Anthology, Scarlet Leaf Review, Red Wolf Journal, MockingHeart Review and other journals. Candelin finished hiking the 46 High Peaks of the Adirondacks in 2011. She lives with her husband in Burlington, Vermont.

 

poetry co-editor

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.

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fiction co-editor

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

fiction co-editor

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 DrackanThe Unclaimed trilogy, and Sleepwater Beat. For more about her editing business and fiction, visit klhcreatworks.com and kathrinhutsonfiction.com

 

Amber Colleen Hart

nonfiction co-editor

Amber Colleen Hart is co-editor of nonfiction for Mud Season Review. Her short stories have appeared in NeonCheat River ReviewGone LawnPonder ReviewThe Danforth ReviewLUMINA, 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

nonfiction co-editor

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.com or on Twitter at @julie_patter.

 

Jennifer Barrett

art editor

Jennifer duToit-Barrett (b. Butte, Montana) is an artist, writer, and researcher whose work focuses on the vast interpretations of house and home.  She has a BFA in printmaking and a dual minor in art history and criticism from the University of Montana, Missoula (2013), and an MA in Critical Theory & Creative Research from the Pacific Northwest College of Art (2016).  She has exhibited her work at spaces throughout Montana, including The Phoenix Gallery, FrontierSpace Missoula, and Real Good.  She has also shown work throughout the nation at The University of Alaska (Anchorage, AK), The Academy of Art University (San Francisco, CA), and at the (former) Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland, OR.  She now resides in Vermont and is part of the development staff at Shelburne Museum.
 

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consulting editor

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 QuarterlyRaintown Review, and elsewhere. Her fiction has been published in Crab Orchard Review and Tahoma Literary Review. For links to her work visit: rebeccastarks.com

 

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consulting editor

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

consulting editor

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 Ayers

consulting editor

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.

 

Michael Freed-Thall

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.

 

associate editors

Kelsi Long

poetry associate editor
 
Kelsi Long is the associate poetry 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.
 
 
 
Ann Fisher
 
fiction associate editor
 
Ann Fisher is the associate fiction editor for Mud Season Review. A counselor by trade, Ann lives, works, and writes at the base of the Green Mountains. She co-founded the South Street Writer’s Cooperative in Bristol, Vermont in 2012. Ann has previously published fiction and non-fiction work in AcrosstheMargin, The Sonder Review, Heartwood Literary Magazine, and ZigZagLitMag.

 

readers

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fiction

Stephanie Peake is a fiction reader 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.

 

 
 
 
Cathy Beaudoin
fiction

Cathy Beaudoin 
is a fiction reader for Mud Season Review. A retired business woman and academic, her fiction has appeared in Schuylkill Valley JournalAngel City Review, Freshwater, FICTION on the WebScarlet 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

 

fiction

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

fiction

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

 

Josh Michael

fiction

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

fiction

Rachel Peck is a fiction reader for Mud Season Review. Rachel graduated from the University of Vermont with a Bachelor’s 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.

 

 

 
Catherine Fahey
 
poetry
 
Catherine Fahey is a poetry reader for Mud Season Review. She lives in Salem, Massachusetts, where she’s a librarian at Salem State University. Her first chapbook, The Roses that Bloom at the End of the World, is forthcoming from Boston Accent Lit. When she’s not reading or writing, she’s knitting or dancing. Find more of her work at http://www.magpiepoems.com
 
 
 
poetry
 
Kristin LaFollette is a poetry reader for Mud Season Review. She is a writer, artist, and photographer, as well as a Ph.D. candidate at Bowling Green State University. Her work was featured in the anthology Ohio’s Best Emerging Poets (Z Publishing, 2017,  and she is the author of the chapbook, Body Parts (GFT Press, 2018). She currently lives in northwest Ohio. You can visit her on Twitter at @k_lafollette03 or on her website at kristinlafollette.com.
 
 
 
 
poetry
 
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.
 
 
 
Jonah Meyer
 
poetry 
 
Jonah Meyer is a poetry reader for Mud Season Review. A writer and editor based in Greensboro, NC, he holds a bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology and a master’s degree in Library & Information Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His work has appeared in O.Henry, Ampersand Literary, Carolina Peacemaker, Bohemian Review, Introvert, and The Mountaineer, among others. When not crafting new poems, Jonah enjoys playing guitar, piano, shooting photography, studying neuroscience, and dabbling in Zen philosophy. He has had a hankering for orange sherbert since second grade.
 
Rebecca O'Bern
 
poetry
Rebecca O’Bern is a poetry reader for Mud Season Review. Her work has been awarded the Leslie Leeds Poetry Prize and has appeared in Blue Monday Review, Storm Cellar, Hartskill Review, South 85 Journal, Connecticut Review, and elsewhere. When not writing, or teaching writing, she can be found catching up on old episodes of Star Trek. She holds an MFA in creative writing and lives outside Philadelphia.
  

poetry

Emma Parkinson is a poetry reader for Mud Season Review. She grew up in the Chicago suburbs and studies English at Boston University. Her parents recently moved to Vermont, and so far she has enjoyed the natural beauty of the mountains and has resisted the urge to buy Birkenstocks. When she is not trying to catch up on New Yorker or making to-do lists, she can be found trying to decide which local coffee shop she likes best.

Karen Stewart

poetry

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.

 

Olivia Box

nonfiction

Olivia Box is a nonfiction reader for Mud Season Review. She is currently a master’s student at the University of Vermont, where she studies forests, climate change, and management strategies. Olivia is interested in the areas where personal narratives and nature meet, and her writing explores sense of place and ecology. She has a BA from Hamilton College, and before moving to Vermont she lived in Colorado where worked as a beekeeper, a bookseller, and worked on a forest fire mapping project.

 

nonfiction

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.

 

Abi Newhouse

nonfiction

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. 

 

nonfiction

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 MagazineEquinoxGrub Street, and Underwood Press. His second collection of poetry, Delirium: Collected Poems, was published in October 2018 by Bowen Press.

 

nonfiction

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.

 

 

 

nonfiction

Mindy Wong is a nonfiction reader for Mud Season Review. She holds an MFA in nonfiction from The New School and a Master of Science in Childhood Education. She was awarded the 2017 Emerging Writer Fellowship at A Public Space, where her work is published in A Public Space No. 26. Born on the outskirts of Chinatown, New York City, she lives in Vermont with her husband and their pup, Maple.