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Wanderer’s Paradise

An Interview with Featured Artist Roger Camp By Art Editor Kristin LaFollette A French friend pointed out that I was a ‘flaneur,’ which the French define as ‘those who take advantage of a wanderer’s paradise: the streets of the city, filled with charming shops, stirring landmarks, and ephemeral encounters. –Roger Camp How did you become […]

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Look What My Will Has Done to Me

An Interview with Lucy Zhang By Fiction Editor Ann Fisher I’ve seen warped trees at some national parks and they’ve always struck me. It’s like they’re saying “look what my will to live has done to me.”  –Lucy Zhang How did the storyline for “Final Molt” come to you?  I wanted to write a story […]

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The Flintstones, Coffee Table Décor, and Saying No to Outlines

An Interview with Carolyn Pledge-Amaral by Creative Nonfiction Editor Suzanne Guess I’m intrigued with the idea of getting to know my characters and allowing them to tell their own story.   –Carolyn Pledge-Amaral Some writers argue against using pop culture references because they can exclude readers who aren’t familiar with the references. On the flip side, […]

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The Power of the Subconscious Mind

An Interview with Featured Artist Sarah-Jane Crowson By Kristin LaFollette “I love the way [collage art] lets us work with source material and the possibility it brings for transforming old mainstream narratives into something different and more contemporary.” — Sarah-Jane Crowson You mention your work is inspired by “fairy tales, nature, and Surrealism.” Talk about […]

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The Divinity of Dogs

An Interview with Laura Perkins by Madeline DeLuca The impending apocalypse gave me room to explore a more sentimental, tender story of what it means to love someone, how difficult it can be to give and receive love. I was especially interested in the love we think we’re not supposed to feel, a love that […]

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No Poet an Island: Weightlessness and Freedom in Words, Shaping a Beautiful Universe

An Interview with Featured Poet Gospel Chinedu By Poetry Editor Jonah Meyer “When a story is told, there’s this weightlessness and freedom from within. Poetry is the medium by which I unweight myself from a whole lot happening in and around me.” –Gospel Chinedu Why do you write poetry? Writing, beyond the scope of being just […]

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Riding the Dragon: Between Inhale and Exhale, Time Stretching Like Shadows Across Purple Mountains

An Interview with Marcy Rae Henry by Jonah Meyer, Mud Season Review Poetry Editor Please tell us about your writing process. Do you have a specific or favored routine? A preferred time, setting, or place for your creation of poems? Who, what, when, or where tends to inspire you? Generally speaking, what does your revision […]

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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 […]

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What Helps to Remember: A Child’s Journey into the Killing Fields of Maguindanao Province

An Interview with Isa Lorenzo by Ann Fisher, Mud Season Review Fiction Co-Editor I had to search and search to find the event I think this story is based on— a tragedy that took place in 2009 in Ampatuan, Philippines, where the wife and sisters of the mayor were attempting to file Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu’s […]

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Organic Shape, Color, Composition, Texture

An Interview with Featured Artist Richard Vyse by Kristin LaFollette, Mud Season Review Art Editor What inspired your Punctured Mindscapes series? What themes do these works represent?  The Punctured Mindscapes series was created from my imagination. It is all about favorite shapes like the circle in a small intimate square that has dramatic impact, even […]

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The Intersections of Ecology, Mythology, and Fantastic Creatures

An Interview with Featured Artist Irina Tall by Kristin LaFollette, Mud Season Review Art Editor I draw sirens or self-portraits, although I think the siren herself is my self-portrait or who I want to be.” – Irina Tall Talk about the subjects in these drawings. Who are the people and creatures? What are their relationships? […]

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Just For Kicks: Playing With Different Styles and Forms

An Interview with Ana Reisens by Mark Robinson, Mud Season Review Associate Poetry Editor The first, striking, thing about this collection is that each poem is titled with a female name. What inspired you to write a series of poems about different women?   The idea for this collection began when I realized how profoundly disconnected […]

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Finding Distance and Going Towards Fear in Writing

An Interview with Heidi Croot by Will McCrary, Mud Season Review Creative Nonfiction Reader You mention that writing “widened the distance” between yourself and your mother, creating a space even though you were physically close by. Is that sense of “remove” in the written word more or less universal, or is it possible to reverse […]

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Rituals, Kinship, and Writing As a Way of Seeing

An Interview with Bill Smoot by Madeline DeLuca, Mud Season Review Fiction Co-Editor In the story, Lisa says, “That’s why I paint…so people can see things.” Do you relate to her at all? Do you write for the same reason? Oh, yes. I feel a deep kinship with her. I do write as a way […]

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Finding Authenticity in the Uncomfortable

An Interview with Katherine May Generally, are high schools different in 2022 than the one featured in your story which seems fairly tolerant? Since I graduated from high school twenty years ago, it’s hard for me to know exactly if/how things have changed. As for my high school experience, because I spent two years at […]

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How Art and Writing Imitate Life

An Interview with Sarah Berbank Green by Ann Fisher, Mud Season Review Fiction Co-Editor Sarah, our readers really appreciated both your writing style and your ability to bring them directly into this story as a lived experience. Tell us a bit about how “Empty Vessel” came into being. It was a story very long in […]

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The Joy and Distress of Loving

An Interview with Kendra Mills by Jonah Meyer, Mud Season Review Poetry Editor Poetry feels more natural to me than other kinds of writing, and writing feels more natural to me than other forms of expression […] Poetry seems intrinsically auto-fictional to me, the interpolation of the two forms can occur naturally and without explanation. […]

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Chasing Shadows, Stealing Light

An Interview with Featured Artist Linda Laino by Kristin LaFollette, Mud Season Review Art Editor I’ve always had the sense in this unpredictable and spontaneous country that I never know what is going to happen when I walk out my door. I have the same feeling when I pick up a paintbrush.” Linda Laino You […]

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Green-Tinted Transcendent Vision: Seeing Color in Everything

An Interview with Jaye Nasir by Mark Robinson, Mud Season Review Associate Poetry Editor “Passing somebody on the street and looking into their face and seeing them, their loneliness, their hope, their tiredness. Seeing the color beneath the skin. Seeing everything glow from the inside.” Jaye Nasir You mention that you have been writing prose […]

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Taking Inspiration from James Dean

An Interview with Antonietta Trapani “I watched all of James Dean’s movies when I was a teenager. Grace Kelly movies too. But I was just naturally attracted to Dean’s energy in his movies. It always struck me that no matter what character he was playing, there was always something simmering underneath, some potential for the […]

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Tales, Myths, and Metamorphoses

An Interview with Featured Artist Kirsty Greenwood by Kristin LaFollette, Mud Season Review Art Editor “I feel my artwork is related through the exploration of change—metamorphosis—and I’m very much drawn to narratives in which that is the central theme.” Kirsty Greenwood Thanks so much for letting us feature this gorgeous portfolio in #62 of Mud […]

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Finding the Piece Only You Can Write

An Interview with Deborah Thompson by Suzanne Guess, Mud Season Review Nonfiction Editor “Whenever I despair (i.e. often) that I can never achieve that quality of the many amazing writers around me, I remind myself that my job is not to try to write with the charisma of other people but merely to write my […]

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On How People – Like Fish – Absorb Their Surroundings Through Skin

An Interview with Christian Hanz Lozada by Jonah Meyer, Mud Season Review Poetry Editor “It’s like the dude on the dance floor whose arms are flailing to their own beat. Yeah, we’re looking, but not because they’re cool – it’s because we don’t want to get randomly smacked.” Christian Hanz Lozada You’ve described yourself as […]

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On Nature, Creativity, and Connection

An Interview with Featured Artist Kelly DuMar by Kristin LaFollette, Mud Season Review Art Editor “That’s the takeaway I’m aiming for as a therapist, workshop facilitator, or coach: deep listening, an authentic invitation to share truth and beauty, and permission to write no matter what.” Kelly DuMar Thank you for contributing your artwork to #61 […]

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Psychology and Authenticity: Finding Ourselves Through Examination

An Interview with Karen Beatty by Rebecca O’Bern, Mud Season Review Co-Editor-in-Chief “Applied psychology can help us find the courage to be introspective—to authentically know ourselves and others. Being willing to examine and let flow who you are—that is definitely part of the creative process.” Karen Beatty Your creative nonfiction piece, “Snake Bits,” appears in […]