Elaine Pentaleri is co-editor-in-chief for Mud Season Review. She lives on 23 acres of field, woodland and stream in Starksboro, Vermont. Elaine holds advanced degrees from both Alfred University and the University of Vermont. A poet and teacher, she is currently board co- chair of the Burlington Writers Workshop and president of the board of directors of the Willowell Foundation. Elaine’s work has appeared in small press publications, including Off Channel,, New Milennium Writings, ZigZagLit,  Cold Lake Anthology, The Black Mountain Press, and elsewhere.

Grier Martin is co-editor-in-chief for Mud Season Review. She has worked with Mud Season Review for three years, as a poetry reader, associate poetry editor, and poetry co-editor. She is an active participant in the Burlington Writers Workshop and founded its Poetry Discussion Group, which she led for over a year. She is a resident of Burlington, VT and a graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

Managing Editor

After two decades of activist nonfiction, Michael Ware began crafting short stories on a lark and really liked it. He’s not so fond of yet another screen hobby, since he works as a web designer, but that is the price one pays to soak in literary fame. You can find his self-published work at A Bloodshot Coda and his opinions on Twitter.

Fiction Editor

Ann Fisher is fiction editor for Mud Season Review. A counselor by trade, Ann lives, works, and writes at the base of the Green Mountains. She co-founded the South Street Writer’s Cooperative in Bristol, Vermont in 2012. Ann has previously published fiction and non-fiction work in AcrosstheMargin, The Sonder Review, Heartwood Literary Magazine, and ZigZagLitMag.

Creative Nonfiction Editors

Amber Colleen Hart is creative nonfiction co-editor for Mud Season Review. Her short stories have appeared in NeonCheat River ReviewGone LawnPonder ReviewThe Danforth ReviewLUMINA, and other journals. Her debut collection of short stories, No Landscape Lasts Forever, earned a silver medal in the 2017 Independent Book Publisher’s Awards. Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Amber currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee.

Steve Lausier is creative nonfiction co-editor for Mud Season Review. Born and raised in eastern Massachusetts, he earned his master’s degree in English Literature at the University of Vermont in 2013, and he has continued working and living in the north country ever since. A proud, lifelong nerd, Steve enjoys passions in both the arts and sciences and is especially excited by works in which the two intersect. Current works-in-progress include a cyberpunk/fantasy epic series, a horror/comedy novel featuring Vermont vampires, and a series of faux-journalistic short histories of the “paranormal north.” Steve lives in Montpelier with his partner and their precious cat, Rhu.

Poetry Editor

Malisa Garlieb is co-editor of poetry for Mud Season Review.  Her poems have appeared in Painted Bride Quarterly, Calyx, Tar River Poetry, Rust + Moth, and elsewhere.  Handing Out Apples in Eden, her first collection, was published by Wind Ridge Books.  She’s also a mother, teacher, healer, and metalsmith.

Art Editor

Kristin LaFollette serves as the art editor for Mud Season Review. She is a writer, artist, and photographer and is the author of the chapbook, Body Parts (GFT Press, 2018). Her artwork and literary collage work have been featured in Slippery Elm Literary Journal, LossLit, Cordite Poetry Review, The Hunger: A Journal, and others. She completed her Ph.D. at Bowling Green State University and is a professor at the University of Southern Indiana. You can visit her on Twitter at @k_lafollette03 or on her website at

Consulting Editors

Grace Safford is a consulting editor for Mud Season Review. She is currently earning a degree in Professional Writing with a specialization in Editing and Publishing at Champlain College. She has been a writer and editor for multiple publications, including The Voice, The Well, The Weathervane, and The Broadside. Grace’s genre of choice is realistic fiction, and she is currently in the beginning stages of writing her first novel. Grace enjoys writing, nature walks, and fiercely defending the use of the Oxford comma.

Rebecca Starks is a consulting editor for and a founding editor of Mud Season Review. She teaches literature and writing courses part-time for the Osher Institute of Lifelong Learning program at the University of Vermont. She has a PhD in English from Stanford University and a BA in English from Yale University. Her poems have appeared in Slice, Rattle, Crab Orchard Review, Carolina QuarterlyRaintown Review, and elsewhere. Her fiction has been published in Crab Orchard Review and Tahoma Literary Review. For links to her work visit:

Danielle Thierry is a consulting editor for and a founding editor of Mud Season Review. Danielle served as managing editor of the journal for its inaugural year. She is a freelance writer, editor, and digital content strategist who plans, creates, and manages content for a wide range of projects, including managing the magazine of a global nonprofit organization. She also blogs for the Flynn Theater in Burlington, Vermont. Danielle holds a BA in radio/television/film and an MA in creative writing and journalism from Rowan University, where she was active in the university’s literary magazine (Avant). She has taught writing and literature in the past and is thankful to be back in a position where she can work with other creative writers to help them hone their craft and strengthen their voice.

Candelin Wahl is a consulting editor and former poetry editor for Mud Season Review. Her work can be found in Stonecoast ReviewCold Lake AnthologyScarlet Leaf ReviewRed Wolf JournalMockingHeart Review and other journals. She lives with her husband near Lake Champlain in Burlington, Vermont. She finished hiking the 46 High Peaks of the Adirondacks in 2011. Visit her at; Twitter @beachdreamvt.

Associate Fiction Editor

Josh Michael is associate fiction editor for Mud Season Review. He is a writer and educator living in Billings, MT, where he works as an adjunct at Montana State University-Billings, and as a poetry teacher for the non-profit Arts Without Boundaries. He has an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and attended Berklee College of Music in Boston. In his spare time he is a drummer in various rock and funk bands.

Associate Creative Nonfiction Editor

Coty Poynter is associate nonfiction editor for Mud Season Review. Born and raised in Baltimore, he continues to live there with his significant other, their cat Pudge, and a hodgepodge of plants. Currently, he focuses on memory and how it shapes us, identity, pain and the resilience of the human spirit through poetry and short fiction. His work has appeared in Black Fox Literary Magazine, Equinox, Grub Street, and Underwood Press. His second collection of poetry, Delirium: Collected Poems, was published in October 2018 by Bowen Press.

Associate Poetry Editor

Rebecca O’Bern is associate poetry editor for Mud Season Review. Originally from New England, she’s a Pennsylvania-based writer, workshop leader, and educator. A recipient of the Leslie Leeds Poetry Prize, she’s also received honors from Connecticut Poetry Society, Arts Café Mystic, and UCONN. Her work has appeared in Storm Cellar, Connecticut Review, Black Coffee Review, Hartskill Review, Crack the Spine Literary Magazine, Blue Monday Review, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA in poetry from Southern Connecticut State University. Learn more at

Fiction Readers

Cathy Beaudoin is a fiction reader for Mud Season Review. A retired business woman and academic, her fiction has appeared in Schuylkill Valley JournalAngel City Review, Freshwater, FICTION on the Web, Scarlet Leaf Review and Literary Yard. Her nonfiction stories have been published in Triathlon Magazine Canada, Firsts: Coming of Age Stories by People with Disabilities, Five on the fifth and Kind Magazine.

Mark Benton is a fiction reader for Mud Season Review. He is a graduate of Kent State University with a BA in Fine and Professional Arts. Mark has avidly practiced the visual arts for his entire life but has recently developed an extreme desire for writing, having always had a love for the written English word. He works as a freelance proofreader and English teacher in Son Tay, Vietnam while slowly going through the process of editing three of his fiction books.

Holly Brooks is a fiction reader for Mud Season Review. She is a graduate of Southern Utah University with a B.A. in English, Creative Writing. While in college, she had the opportunity to read for the student run literary publication, The Kolob Canyon Review. She is a current MFA candidate at Ashland University specializing in fiction. She resides in Salt Lake City, UT, enjoying the company of snow capped mountains despite her inability to ski.

Edith Cook is a fiction reader for Mud Season Review. She worked as a translator before immigrating and marrying in California, where she functioned as administrator in her husband’s law office and they raised three boys. She taught at various colleges and universities until retirement. In Wyoming she has been a recipient of the Wyoming Arts Council’s Frank Nelson Doubleday Memorial Award and a Professional Development grant. Her work has appeared in various literary magazines and anthologies. Her poetry chapbook, A Slip of the Tongue, was published by Graham Press in California. From 2011 to 2017 she wrote weekly newspaper columns for Wyoming’s two main newspapers. Visit her at

Madeline DeLuca is a fiction reader for Mud Season Review. She studied English at Penn State University and is currently an MFA candidate in Fiction Writing and Publishing at Fairfield University. She writes and reads for various literary journals, and works at a bookstore. She plans to fill her life with books and words as much as she possibly can. She also loves summertime and her two adorable puppies.

Chris Skiles is a fiction reader for Mud Season Review. He achieved a B.S. in English Literature from Radford University. A backwoodsman, he lives in rural Virginia in the heart of Appalachia in a cabin he built with his father. Chris reads for another magazine as well and enjoys working in publishing. He has experience in Editing and Technical Writing as well. You will always see Chris reading and not playing video games. He grew up on a farm and loves rural life.

Sara Pierce is a fiction reader for Mud Season Review. She is an avid outdoors woman, a Long Trail thru hiker, and has spent 10 plus years in outdoor education doing everything from summer camp counselor to program administrator. She’s lived across the country, but considers the mountains of Vermont and Colorado her home. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Chatham University and is currently finishing up her debut young adult novel.

Creative Nonfiction Readers

Sidra Ansari is a creative nonfiction reader and provides additional detailed feedback to authors upon request for Mud Season Review. She is also a teacher and a writer. Although she was born in Manchester, she has lived in many places in the U.K including London, North Wales, Birmingham and Leicester. She now lives in the Black Country and dreams of living by the sea once again – a seagull being her preferred muse. She has been shortlisted for the AsianWriter Short Story Prize and was selected for WriteNow Live, the Penguin Mentoring Program for underrepresented writers. She has work published in the inaugural Desert Rose Lit Magazine and has a self development book Finding Peace Through Prayer and Love published by Beacon Books out in 2020. She lives in the West Midlands with her husband of over fifteen years and five children. You can reach her at @sidra_writes on Twitter, sidra.7.ansari on Instagram and follow her blog at

Kayla Branstetter is a creative nonfiction reader for Mud Season Review. She is a mother, educator, writer, and artist who holds a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies degree in art, literature, and culture from the University of Denver. Her writing, photography, and art have been published in Ozark Hills and Hollows, bordertown, Fredericksburg Literary and Art Review, The Esthetic Apostle, the gyara journal, From Whisper to Roar, The Human Family, the North Dakota Human Rights Festival , Light Space & Time Online Gallery–8th Annual All Women Online Art Competition, Crowder Quill, 805+,  High Shelf, and Echo through the Paragon Press.

Tiffany Griffin is a creative nonfiction reader for Mud Season Review. She holds a BA and MFA in Creative Writing – Non Fiction from Southern New Hampshire University. She served in the U.S. Army for eleven years, and enjoys writing about her experiences as a soldier. She lives in Manchester, N.H., where you can find her spending time with her family or lost in a good book.

Suzanne Guess is a creative nonfiction reader for Mud Season Review. She is a writer living in central Iowa, where her family has resided for six generations. She holds an MA in Literature from Iowa State University, and an MFA in Writing from the University of Nebraska. She has work upcoming or already published in The Girlfriend, Brevity, Intercom, and Concurrence. She is also the founder of the Raccoon River Reading Series. When she’s not writing, Suzanne plays flute respectably, but not expertly, in a wind ensemble.

Abi Newhouse is a recent graduate from Utah State University. Her work has appeared in multiple magazines, most recently Sediments Literary Magazine, Coup D’Etat, and Crab Fat Magazine. She will be attending George Mason University to get her MFA in nonfiction this upcoming school year.

Poetry Readers

Jen Edwards is a poetry reader for Mud Season Review. A Vermont native with close ties to the area, she attended the University of Vermont for her B.A. in English and History and M.S. in Communication Sciences. She lives in Concord, N.H., with her family and brindle boxers and works as a preschool speech therapist. Her poem, “I’m Not Sure What to Do With This,” was nominated for Pushcart XLIV. Her poems can be found in The Mountain Review, The Poets’ Touchstone, Ekphrastic Review, and Portrait of New England. She is active with the New Hampshire Poetry Society, and the Down Cellar Poets group based out of Chichester, N.H. She’s active on Facebook (Jennifer Jennett Edwards), Instagram (Jenedwards8), and Twitter (@Jennife00420145).

Ashley Hajimirsadeghi is a poetry reader for Mud Season Review. Ashley Hajimirsadeghi’s work has appeared in Into the Void Magazine, Rust + Moth, and The Shore, among others. She currently reads for Mud Season Review and EX/POST Magazine, is the Playwriting Director’s Apprentice at New Perspectives Theatre Company, and was a Brooklyn Poets Fellow. Her debut chapbook cartography of trauma is forthcoming from dancing girl press. Her website is

Jonah Meyer is a poetry reader for Mud Season Review. He is a writer and editor based in Greensboro, NC. He holds a Bachelor’s in Cultural Anthropology and a Master’s in Library & Information Systems, from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. A staff writer with the US Review of Books, his poetry has appeared in O.Henry, Ampersand Literary, Carolina Peacemaker, Bohemian Review, Introvert, Found Spaces, The Mountaineer, and elsewhere.  When not crafting new poems, Jonah enjoys playing guitar and piano, shooting photography, studying neuroscience, and dabbling in Buddhist philosophy.

Millicent Yedwa is a poetry reader for Mud Season Review. A writer, page and performance poet, she graduated from the University of Zimbabwe with an Honors in English (2017). She has been published in Zimbabwe, South Africa, and Belgium. She is has just finished working on her first collection of poetry. When she is not writing, she is an events coordinator who has worked in Zimbabwe and Uganda.

Alexandre Apfel is a poetry reader for Mud Season Review. Alexandre began his personal writing practice shortly after graduating from Bucknell University in 2012. What began as a therapeutic exercise quickly took a more central role as an avenue for creative cultivation, though the distinction remains reassuringly vague. Alexandre operates Golden Rule Mead out of Middlebury, VT with what time he can spare from his writing.

Shelby Lynn Lanaro is a poetry reader for Mud Season Review. She is a poet by passion and a teacher by trade. Shelby holds an MFA in Poetry from Southern Connecticut State University, where she also teaches in the English Department. A New England native, Shelby lives with her husband, Charlie, in a log cabin in the woods of southwestern Connecticut. Her poems have been published in Wild TongueYoung Ravens Literary ReviewVerse of Silence, and elsewhere.

Kat Triebes is a poetry reader for Mud Season Review.  She is a senior English major and writer at the University of San Francisco and resides in the city with her dog, Bee. Her work has been presented at the National Undergraduate Conference on Literature (NUCL) and she is currently working on a web series with her writing partner, to be released in 2021.

George O. Williams is a poetry reader for Mud Season Review. A dish-washing high-school dropout who later became a theoretical physicist, he has labored as both a college professor and as an investment banker. His current efforts include working to develop a hydrogen economy in Chile. He also spends several hours each day working to unstop the literary voice of an autistic teenager who aspires to be a writer. He lives with his wife and dog on the north shore of Long Island, just east of East Egg.


Jane Nevins is a recent retiree from the University of Vermont, where she also obtained a graduate degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in Education. As the lead writer of a College’s Annual Report, Jane interviewed researchers in their fields and wrote their narratives, and the report was published and made available to state legislators and university administrators. Jane also owns an art business and uses this to generate new creative ideas. Writing has always been a passion of Jane’s and she looks forward to improving her writing as a member of the Burlington Writers Workshop. Jane lives with her husband and cuddly dog, Nala, in Waltham, Vermont. During the summers they play golf and go camping across the state.

Deborah Garcia is a Licensed Speech and Language Pathologist. She received her B.A. at SUNY Cortland and her M.S. in Speech and Language Pathology at CUNY Brooklyn College. Deborah is a ten-year Essex,Vermont transplant from Long Island, NY and has enjoyed volunteering to teach English with the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program. She is an active member of The Burlington Writer’s Workshop, the International Women’s Writing Guild, the VOICES Center for Resilience, and Tuesday’s Children. She writes poetry and personal essays, and is currently writing a memoir. She has been published in anthologies including, GLORY: A Nation’s Spirit Defeats the Attack on America, and The Legacy Letters, published by Penguin Group in New York City. When not writing, she’s growing her ancestry tree, and she and her border Collie, Joni, are entertaining the community with 802 Disc Dogs. You can visit her on her website at, Facebook, and Instagram at dciagar.