Issue #23 Contributors


September 20, 2016


Featured authors and artist


me, prof head shotNathan Leslie’s nine books of fiction include Root and Shoot, Sibs, and Madre. His first novel, The Tall Tale of Tommy Twice, was published by Atticus Books in 2012. Nathan is also the author of Night Sweat, a poetry collection. His short stories, essays and poems have appeared in hundreds of literary magazines including BoulevardShenandoahNorth American ReviewSouth Carolina ReviewSouth Dakota Review, and Cimarron Review. Nathan was series editor for The Best of the Web anthology 2008 and 2009 (Dzanc Books) and edited fiction for Pedestal Magazine for over five years. He is currently interviews editor at Prick of the Spindle and writes a monthly music column. Nathan has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize several times and his work will appear in Best Small Fictions 2016.


View More: Mun-Lutz lives in St. Petersburg, Florida. Her work has appeared in Puerto del Sol, RHINO, Spoon River Poetry Review, Juked, and elsewhere.




jon-rovner-image-1Jonathan Rovner teaches at the American University of Iraq Sulaimani. He learned to write at Walnut Hills Elementary School. His handwriting has not markedly improved since 2nd grade.




Artist Troy SimmonsTroy Simmons was born in Texas and currently lives in Miami, FL. He has an educational background in Environmental Science and Architecture. Simmons’ work is influenced by nature and the Brutalist Architecture movement of the 1950’s.
 Early childhood explorations through the piney woods of East Texas inspired his creativity. He saw a parallel between his upbringing in the urban neighborhoods of Houston, Texas and the destructive yet necessary growth patterns of a plant by the name Berchemia scandens. This encounter was the catalyst that sparked an ongoing interest in art, architecture and nature. View more of his artwork at:


Additional imagery by


Matt Brown, Mud Season Review Artist

Matt Brown is mostly self-taught in printmaking. A graduate of Harvard College, Matt began experiments with the Japanese method in 1993. He earned a living as a builder and cabinet-maker until going full-time as a printmaker in 1995. He has learned a great deal from other printmakers and attributes much to the published work of Arthur Dow, Walter Phillips, Hiroshi and Toshi Yoshida. Matt is a member of the League of NH Craftsmen and the Boston Printmakers Society, and he teaches classes during the springtime. He has two sons; he keeps bees and sheep; he has a dog; and he lives in Lyme, NH. View more of his woodblock prints at:



John Douglas began looking through the viewfinder more than fifty years ago, making films in Mississippi, and during the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago and then in North Vietnam in 1969 with Newsreel… and the list goes on. He has continued work in film, video, computer modeling and animation, and most recently digital photography. He has struggled to bring the world about us into a clearer focus… trying to expose the social and economic contradictions that plague our lives… perhaps making the choices for change clearer and more pressing. See more of his imagery at:


Julia Haw

Julia Haw attended Western Michigan University with a concentration in painting and is recognized for creating bold memory-staining works. She addresses personal and immediate social issues, and most presently global and political issues, and examines such topics as feminism, ageism, memory deterioration, intimacy, death and confrontational experience. She uses oil paint on cotton or linen as her mainstay medium, in order to achieve empathetic coverage of these socially and emotionally shared issues, and has been able to achieve considerable viewer pause through her dedicated work habit, vibrant color choices, straightforward subject matter, and by using people and objects within her community as models. Haw’s paintings tend to function as highly relatable, ensuing discussion amongst viewers, and bringing the public forum necessarily back. Her work has been exhibited in such places as the Chicago Cultural Center, IL State Museum, and extensively with Claire Molek. View more of her work at: