Issue #4 Contributors


December 20, 2014


Featured authors and artist


Shuly Cawood, Mud Season Review authorShuly Cawood is a writer and editor who is currently in the MFA creative writing program at Queens University. Her creative writing has appeared most recently in Red Earth Review, Naugatuck River Review, Camel Saloon, Rathalla Review, Full Grown People, and Under the Sun. She has work forthcoming in Ray’s Road Review, Fiction Southeast, and Two Cities Review. Her story “An Unexpected Light” won the 2014 Betty Gabehart Nonfiction Prize. To learn more about Shuly, visit her website.



Thomas Gillaspy, Mud Season Review featured artist

Thomas Gillaspy is a northern California photographer with an interest in urban minimalism. His work has been featured in numerous magazines including the literary journals SwitchbackDMQ Review, and Citron Review





Paul Hostovsky, Mud Season Review poetPaul Hostovsky is the author of five books of poetry and six poetry chapbooks. His Selected Poems was published by FutureCycle Press in 2014. His poems have won a Pushcart Prize and two Best of the Net Awards. He has been featured on Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, The Writer’s Almanac, and was a featured poet on the Georgia Poetry Circuit in 2013. He makes his living in Boston as an interpreter for the deaf. To read more of his work, visit his website.




Warren Read, Mud Season Review authorWarren Read‘s fiction has appeared in Hot Metal, Bridge, and Henhouse (Write Bloody Publishing); his memoir, The Lyncher in Me, was published in 2008 by Borealis Books. He is an elementary instructional coach in Bainbridge Island, WA, and an MFA candidate at the Rainier Writing Workshop.





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Emily Mitchell, Mud Season Review artistEmily Mitchell, Mud Season Review artistEmily Mitchell 
is an artist, wife, mother, and art teacher, living and creating art in Vermont. For the past 20 years, she has been working as an art educator, teaching artists of all ages, and she holds a MA Ed in art education. Her approach to making art is centered around “play,” letting go of what might be “planned” and working with what is happening in the moment; she first encountered this approach when she was in graduate school, working with John Crowe from Massachusetts College of Art, and with Peter London, professor emeritus of art education, UMass Dartmouth. This approach has manifested itself in varied ways throughout her creative career—in drawings, artists books, collaborative work, and most recently, paintings. In addition to the natural world around her, she respects and is inspired by the work and approaches of Peter London, Fredrich Hundterwasser, Caroline Weihrauch, Julia Donaldson, John Crowe, Karl Blossfledt, and many others. For more of her work visit her website.


Dave Petraglia, Mud Season Review artistDave Petraglia has appeared in Popular Science, Popular Mechanics, Better Homes & Gardens; more recently in Agave, Apeiron Review, Cactus Heart, Crack the Spine, Dark Matter, eFiction India, Far Enough East, Gravel, Jersey Devil Press, Loco, Necessary Fiction, Olivetree Review, Petrichor Review, Prick of the Spindle, Stoneboat, Storyacious, Thought Catalog, theNewerYork, Up the Staircase, and Vine Leaves.  He’s a writer and photographer and lives near Jacksonville, Florida.  To learn more about him, visit his blog.



Ernest Williamson III  PhD, Mud Season Review artistDr. Ernest Williamson III has published poetry and visual art in over 500 national and international online and print journals. Professor Williamson has published poetry in journals such as The Oklahoma Review, Review Americana:A Creative Writing Journal,Pamplemousse, formerly known as The Gihon River Review, and The Copperfield Review. Some of his visual artwork has appeared in journals such as The Columbia Review, The GW Review, and The Tulane Review. Dr. Williamson has published articles on comparative education in the academic journal Academic Exchange Extra (University of Northern Colorado),and his research has been cited in journals such as The Urban Review and The Public Purpose (American University). Many of his creative works have been published in journals representing over 50 colleges and universities around the world. Williamson is an assistant professor of English at Allen University and his poetry has been nominated three times for the Best of the Net Anthology.