Issue #5

Slow down, savor, make sense

Brett Sigurdson interviews
Dinh Prince


Our nonfiction editor, Brett Sigurdson, recently spoke with Dinh Prince, author of Issue #5’s “The Origins of Minor Injuries”. Here’s what she had to say about the effect of writingand parentingon her life and work.
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Shannon Reed, Mud Season Review fiction author

Time and my subconscious

Robin Lauzon Parker interviews
Shannon Reed


Our fiction editor, Robin Lauzon Parker, recently spoke with Shannon Reed, author of Issue #5’s The Buddhists. Here’s what she had to say about her process, her inspirations, and what she’s working on now.
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Ekaterina Vasilyeva, Mud Season Review artist

An immediate response of the collective soul

Cynthia Close interviews
Ekaterina Vasilyeva


Our art editor, Cynthia Close, recently spoke with Ekaterina Vasilyeva, Issue #5’s featured artist. Here’s what she had to say about her journey into photography, her search for the magic in people and places, and the influence of her Russian culture and folklore on her work.
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Diandra Holmes, Mud Season Review poet

An atomic hum that grounds us

Erin Post interviews
Diandra Holmes


Our poetry co-editor, Erin Post, recently spoke with Diandra Holmes, Issue #5 featured poet. Here’s what she had to say about her process, her poetry, and writing from life experience.
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Leonard_Kogan, An experience of conversion, oil on paper

Fiction: Issue #5

The Buddhists

by Shannon Reed

“The Buddhists have a saying,” Tim said, “that when something breaks, it is to distract us from the beautiful new thing that is being born.” His hands draped loosely, calmly, over the steering wheel. He smiled slightly, the wrinkles at the corners of his eyes deepening, but did not look at his wife…Read more

Poetry: Issue #5

On the Family Mantle

by Diandra Holmes

My great grandfather fit into a cigar box
when he was born. His fingers were pale,
wrinkled like poorly rolled cigarettes.
They thought to place his cradle
in the trash heap next to the blue glass bottles
and empty tins of sardines…
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"Organs," photo of installation, Dublin Cat's Head

Nonfiction: Issue #5

The Origins of Minor Injuries

by Dinh Prince

Dozens of nights play out in this way: Benjamin twisting out of our arms again and again, arching his back, rolling his eyes, his muscles hardening as he struggles away from our grasp. A baby can be enormously strong, its power centered in the stomach under misleading layers of fat…Read more

Art: Issue #5

Russian Season Photography by Ekaterina Vasilyeva     Russian winter—a great ancient myth recorded in Russian folk tales and poetry; the cult that lives…