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An Interview with Madelaine Zadik by Andrew Miller, Mud Season Review, Creative Nonfiction Editor

“…although we cannot escape grief, grief and joy do not contradict each other. They can coexist, and thus we do not need to fear grief.”   The first paragraph of your essay suggests a “nature-nurture” question: How much has your life been structured by your mother’s emotional state while pregnant compared to your upbringing? Both […]

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Creating Writing Rooted in Autobiography

An Interview with Brad Shurmantine by Andrew Miller, Mud Season Review, Creative Nonfiction Editor This story is about my mother’s heroism. If I had been a teenager, I would have been telling her what to do and getting us all killed. “Mom! Chill! It’ll blow over!” –Brad Shurmantine At the beginning of “Inconceivable,” you and […]

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Finding Art, Inspiration, and Innovation in an Essay

Interview with Michelle Spokes by Creative Nonfiction Editor Andrew Miller “I’m trying out different versions of the fantasy so it feels right, returning to the beginning of a scene and then varying it. Writing it felt a little like reading a Choose Your Own Adventure book.” “New Girlfriend” is a segmented, primarily chronological essay, with […]

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Discovery, Environment, and the Physical World

An Interview with Suzanne Siteman by Creative Nonfiction Associate Editor Andrew Miller “I think the physical world is on all of our minds, we often just don’t know where to drill down, what to look at first. That’s our opportunity.” –Suzanne Siteman You expressed valid ecological concerns without over-sentimentalizing. Was that an active decision on […]

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Merging Conflicting Thoughts, Science, and Thought Experiments in Writing Practices

An Interview with Libby R. Horton by Andrew Miller, Mud Season Review Associate Creative Nonfiction Editor You have a Ph.D. in physical chemistry and an interest in creative writing. Have you pondered how to reconcile these two disparate fields?   I’ve seen creative writing as orthogonal to my work as a scientist. It took me a […]