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, Tulane Review, The Collapsar, Gyroscope Review, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, Yes Poetry, and others. Find her on Twitter @benderpoet.
Natasha Mieszkowski is coeditor 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.
Sonya Krakoff is coeditor of fiction for Mud Season Review. She holds a BA in creative writing from St. Lawrence University, where she served as senior nonfiction editor of The Laurentian Magazine, the school’s literary publication. After growing up around the world (in Hong Kong, Kazakhstan, South Africa, and Massachusetts), she settled in Vermont in 2013, where she now works in marketing by day and works on finishing her memoir by night.
Grier Martin is coeditor of poetry 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.
Candelin Wahl is coeditor of poetry for Mud Season Review. Candelin visited Vermont on a July weekend many years ago and never left. After a career in business, her writing practice is like reuniting with a college sweetheart – less drama and more joy this time around! She now writes 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 participant in the Burlington Writers Workshop. She was published in the 2017 Best of Burlington Writers Workshop. An avid hiker, Candelin finished the 46 High Peaks of the Adirondacks in 2011. She lives with her husband in St. Albans, Vermont.
Katie Stromme is coeditor 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.
Mindy Wong is coeditor of nonfiction for Mud Season Review. She holds an MFA in nonfiction from The New School and an MS in childhood education. She was awarded the 2017 Emerging Writer Fellowship at A Public Space, where her work will be published in A Public Space No. 28. Born on the outskirts of Chinatown, New York City, she recently moved to Vermont with her fiancé.
Mike Sweeney is coeditor 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 Moritz is coeditor of art for Mud Season Review. Originally from the Northeast Kingdom, she now resides in South Burlington, Vermont. She received her master’s degree from Dartmouth College, where she studied literature & writing. Although she has worked mostly with pencil and pen & ink, she appreciates a wide range of artistic mediums. She is currently working on a photomontage and her first collection of poetry. Her favorite painter is Andrew Wyeth, her favorite photographer is Brassaï, and her favorite writer is James Joyce.
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
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.
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.
Ann Fisher is a fiction reader for Mud Season Review. She facilitates the Middlebury Branch of the Burlington Writers Workshop and is co-founder of the Bristol Writer’s Community in Addison County. A psychologist-MA by trade, Ann works in a local middle school, learning from the best teachers in the world – 7th and 8th graders. She lives at the base of Mt. Abraham in Lincoln, where she and her partner take care of the Cooley Glen Shelter on the Long Trail now that the kids are gone. Ann has published two nonfiction pieces, one in Vermont’s own ZigZagLitMag and an upcoming piece in the spring publication of Heartwood Literary Magazine.
Matt Andrews is a fiction reader for Mud Season Review. He studied English Literature at Le Moyne College, focusing primarily on Romanticism. He completed his grad work in Education at SUNY Potsdam. As an educator, he taught at schools in Hawaii, China, and Vermont. He enjoys hiking and traveling, writing little haiku about his experiences along the way.
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.
Aurora Nowak is a poetry reader 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.
Jocellyn Harvey is a poetry reader for Mud Season Review. She graduated from Champlain College in 2013 with a BS in Professional Writing. During college she enjoyed writing poetry and, on the flip side, research papers. Jocellyn works at a local automotive marketing company, and while she enjoys writing about cars from time to time, she’s excited to get back to her creative, poetic roots.
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.
Kerri McGilvreay is a nonfiction reader for Mud Season Review. She received a M.A. in Clinical Psychology from St. Michael’s College and a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Vermont. Kerri has lived in Vermont since 2001 with a brief return to NH, where she is originally from. She enjoys the beauty of the Green Mountain State and the family-friendly atmosphere, as she is also a mom to twin boys.