Growing out of the surface

Cynthia Close interviews
Val Rossman


Our art editor, Cynthia Close, recently spoke with Val Rossman, Issue #9’s featured artist. Here’s what she had to say about her creative process, influences on her art, and what she hopes to portray in her work.
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In search of detail

Robin Lauzon interviews
Amanda Pauley


Our fiction editor, Robin Lauzon, recently spoke with Amanda Pauley, author of Issue #8’s “Butchering.” Here’s what she had to say about the inspiration behind her story, her approach to research when writing fiction, and how she’s learned not to let ambition get in the way…
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Collapsing the distance

Rebecca Starks interviews
Josh Booton


Our editor-in-chief, Rebecca Starks, recently spoke with Josh Booton, our Issue #8 featured poet. Here’s what he had to say about his development as a poet, the scope of his poetry, and his quest for intimacy in his reading and writing…Read more

John Messick, Mud Season Review author

Hike your own hike

Brett Sigurdson interviews
John Messick


Our nonfiction editor, Brett Sigurdson, recently spoke with John Messick, author of Issue #7’s “Throwing Stones at Apple Trees.” Here’s what he had to say about his urge to travel, some of the experiences behind his writing, and his growth as a writer…Read more