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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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.
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 mutualgaze.com.
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.
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.
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 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 Disabilities, Five on the fifth and Kind Magazine. Her fiction has appeared in Angel City Review, Freshwater, Scarlet Leaf Review and Literary Yard.
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 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.
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
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 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.
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 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 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.
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.