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

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 and

nonfiction editor

Mindy Wong is editor of nonfiction 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.

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.


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:

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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 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.

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 writer’s themselves. Other relevant experiences include copy editing for educational institutions and corporations, writing human interest stories for community newspapers, and working as a free-lance 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.

emily ferro

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.

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.

Riki Moss

Consulting fiction editor

Riki Moss is a consulting fiction editor for Mud Season Review. She’s had a long, dual career as a visual artist and fiction writer in Vermont, Boston and New York City and has settled down to write a second novel in Grand Isle, Vermont. After publishing several short stories in a couple of anthologies, her novel, An Obese White Gentleman In No Apparent Distress, was published in 2009 by North Atlantic Press. She discovered the BWW in 2015, became an active member in the Wednesday fiction workshops, a consulting art editor for Mud Season, and is now an event organizer, ardent fan of the Tuesday Lit group and retreat facilitator. She holds a BA from the University of Chicago, and MFA in Visual Arts from Vermont College of Fine Art, and has managed to avoid writing classes. She runs a blog called

 Rose Eggert
Consulting fiction editor

Rose Eggert is a contributing editor and writer living in South Burlington, Vermont. She has a BFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College and was accepted into The Iowa Writers’ Workshop 8-week graduate session to work with Pulitzer Prize winning author, James Alan McPherson. She was short-listed for the 2014 James Jones First Novel Fellowship, and a short story entitled, “Dragon’s Head, Shrimp’s Tail” appeared in The Best of Burlington Writers Workshop 2017 anthology. Her recently completed first novel is under consideration with a NYC agent. She is a contest reader (assistant editor) for Narrative Magazine. She was also executive producer for 5 years, for EatingWell Media Group, with an award winning national consumer magazine, food and nutrition-related books, and a content-rich website. Rose is an active member of Burlington Writers Workshop and BWW’s Literature Reading Series.

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.

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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.

interviews editor

Bette Jane Camp is the associate poetry editor and interviews editor for Mud Season Review. She is a poet from Mukilteo, Washington. Her writing pops up in FORTH Magazine, Indolent Books: What Rough Beast series, and the Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation, among others. She loves sandwiches and walking for a long time.


Ann Fisher


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.

Cathy Beaudoin

Cathy Beaudoin 
is a fiction reader for Mud Season Review. A retired business woman and academic, her nonfiction stories have been published in Firsts: Coming of Age Stories by People with DisabilitiesFive on the fifth and Kind Magazine.  Her fiction has appeared in Angel City Review, Freshwater, Scarlet Leaf Review and Literary Yard.

Erika Brown


Erika Brown is a fiction reader for Mud Season Review. She is currently earning a degree in Professional Writing with a specialization in editing and publishing from Champlain College. Erika’s genres of choice are realistic fiction and young adult fiction. When Erika isn’t writing to empower the youth, she’s daydreaming of the beach and Cape Cod potato chips.

Laura Huey Chamberlain


Laura Huey Chamberlain is a fiction reader for Mud Season Review. She lives and works in the Washington, D.C., area. where she’s a proposal manager and a member of The  Bethesda Writer’s Center. Her fiction has been published in Crack the Spine and MoonPark Review, and she’s been a finalist for the Glimmer Train Award for New Writers. She enjoys hiking, camping, and most kinds of water sports.

Josh Michael


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


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.


Ankita Saxena is a fiction reader for Mud Season Review. She is an engineer by profession, and her hobbies are reading, writing, and traveling. She is always in search of a good story and loves reading both fiction and nonfiction. In the past, she was a writer for her university newspaper. Interviewing people and writing down their stories has been one of the most enjoyable things she has ever done.
Catherine Fahey
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
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
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
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
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.


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


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.

Alex Carroll
Alex Carroll is a nonfiction reader for Mud Season Review. She grew up in the Boston area and has lived and worked in Connecticut, Virginia, and Washington D.C. She recently moved to Vermont to live with her husband and she works as an adjunct professor at St. Michael’s College. She earned a Ph.D. in Theology and Religious Studies, with a focus on Religion & Culture and specializes in how religious/spiritual psychological thought helps people heal from trauma and suffering. She has written on Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita and Hannibal Lecter and she is currently working on a book about grief. When not writing, you can find her crocheting, reading, baking, and curling with the Green Mountain Curling Club, watching movies at the Roxy, and being ridiculous with her husband.

Amber Colleen Hart


Amber Colleen Hart is a nonfiction reader 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


Julie Patterson is a nonfiction reader 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 or on Twitter at @julie_patter.

Michael Ware


Michael Ware is a nonfiction reader for Mud Season Review and a late-blooming fiction writer and freelance web designer/developer from Burlington, Vermont. His stories explore social issues, activism, equality, transformation and technology.