2016 Author Book Raffle

We are very excited to bring together the works of more than 20 accomplished authors who are part of the Burlington Writers Workshop and Mud Season Review community. These generous authors have all either been featured in Mud Season Review, led a BWW guest workshop or retreat, or participated in a literary reading or panel with us. They have graciously donated one or more copies (many of them signed!) of their latest books for our 2016 Author Book Raffle.

Raffle tickets are $5 each and will be available at the BWW space through November 11, 2016. Tickets will also be available at the Annual Member Meeting & Celebration on Saturday, November 12, 2016. The drawing will take place at this event. But don’t worry. If you can’t join us, we’ll contact you if you win!

To buy tickets, ask a BWW workshop leader or make a donation at burlingtonwritersworkshop.com/donate/ and write your name, email address, and “raffle tickets” in the comments field. All proceeds go toward BWW programs & publications! 

Meet our generous authors

jensen-beachJensen Beach is the author of two story collections, most recently Swallowed by the Cold (Graywolf). He holds an MFA in fiction from the Program for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, as well as an MA and BA in English from Stockholm University. He teaches in the BFA program at Johnson State College, where he is the fiction editor at Green Mountains Review. He’s also a faculty member in the MFA Program in Writing & Publishing at Vermont College of Fine Arts. His writing has appeared recently in A Public Space, the Paris Review, and The New Yorker. He’s one of the web editors at Hobart. He lives in Vermont with his wife and children.

Jensen has donated a copy of Swallowed by the Cold to the raffle. The book is also available for purchase online. For more information about Jensen’s writing or to buy the book, visit jensenwbeach.com.

partrideboswell_somefarcountryA longtime arts advocate, Partridge Boswell has served at the vanguard of cultural activities in northern New England as director of several regional performing arts organizations. Co-founder of Bookstock: The Green Mountain Festival of Words and of the poetry/music group Los Lorcas Trio, and managing editor of Harbor Mountain Press, Boswell lives with his family in Vermont. His poems have been featured recently in such publications as The American Poetry Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Slice, and The Literary Review. Partridge Boswell’s first book of poems, Some Far Country, received the 2013 Grolier Discovery Award.

Partridge has donated a signed copy of Some Far Country to the raffle. The book is also available for purchase online at amazon.com.

joshbooton_unionofgeometryandashJosh Booton is the author of The Union of Geometry & Ash (Bear Star Press, 2013).  He has received the Dorothy Brunsman Poetry Prize and the Keene Prize in Literature, as well as three grants from the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Foundation.  His poems have appeared widely, in such journals as The Missouri Review, Poetry Northwest, 32 poems, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and Iron Horse.  His second collection of poetry won the 2016 New Measure Poetry Prize and will be published by Parlor Press in the fall of 2017.

Josh has donated a copy of The Union of Geometry & Ash to the raffle. The book is also available for purchase online at spdbooks.org and bearstarpress.com.


Tara Deal is the author of That Night Alive, winner of the 2016 novella prize from Miami University Press. Her previous novella, Palms Are Not Trees After All, won the 2007 novella prize from Texas Review Press. Her shortest story can be found in Hint Fiction (Norton). She lives in New York City.

Tara has donated a copy of That Night Alive to the raffle. The book is also available for purchase online. For more information about Tara’s writing or to buy the book, visit taradeal.com.


With more than 100 short stories in print and online literary journals, Robert Earle is one of the more widely published contemporary writers of short fiction. His work has appeared in The Common, The Toronto Review, The MacGuffin, Mud Season Review, The Missing Slate, Quarterly West, Mississippi Review, 34th Parallel, The Brooklyner, Consequence, and many more established and innovative magazines. Erotique has just released a single-author issue: Seven Stories by Robert Earle. His collection of stories, Imagining Women, will be published by Vine Leaves Press in 2017.

Robert has donated a copy of Nights in the Pink Motel to the raffle. The book is also available for purchase online. For more information about Robert’s writing or to buy the book, visit robertearle.me.

karingotshall_theriverwontholdyouKarin Gottshall is a poet and fiction writer. She teaches poetry writing at Middlebury College and also directs the New England Young Writers’ Conference at Bread Loaf. Karin received a BA with an emphasis in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College and an MFA in Writing from Vermont College. Her latest book, The River Won’t Hold You, won the Ohio State University Press/The Journal Wheeler Prize. Her first book, Crocus, won the Poets Out Loud Prize in 2007 and was published by Fordham University Press. She is also the author of three poetry chapbooks: Flood Letters, Almanac for the Sleepless, and Swan. Recent poems have appeared in Crazyhorse, FIELD, The Gettysburg Review, West Branch, Mid-American Review, and elsewhere.

Karin has donated a signed copy of The River Won’t Hold You to the raffle. The book is also available for purchase online. For more information about Karin’s writing or to buy the book, visit karingottshall.com/.


Paul Hostovsky is the author of eight books of poetry, most recently The Bad Guys, which won the FutureCycle Poetry Book Prize for 2015. His poems have also won a Pushcart Prize, two Best of the Net Awards, the Muriel Craft Bailey Award from The Comstock Review, and chapbook contests from Grayson Books, Frank Cat Press, Split Oak Press, and Riverstone Press. He has been featured on Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, and The Writer’s Almanac. Paul makes his living in Boston as a sign language interpreter and a Braille instructor.

Paul has donated a copy of The Bad Guys to the raffle. The book is also available for purchase online. For more information about Paul’s writing or to buy the book, visit paulhostovsky.com.


Sandra Hunter lives in Ventura, California where she teaches English and Creative Writing and runs writing workshops in Ventura and Los Angeles. Her fiction received the 2016 Gold Line Press Chapbook Prize, October 2014 Africa Book Club Award, 2014 H.E. Francis Fiction Award, and three Pushcart Prize nominations. The short fiction chapbook, Small Change, was published in August 2016 and her debut novel, Losing Touch, was published in 2014. She’s currently working on a novel-in-progress, The Geography of Kitchen Tables, set in post-apartheid South Africa.

Sandra has donated a copy of Small Change to the raffle. The book is also available for purchase online. For more information about Sandra’s writing or to buy the book, visit sandrajhunter.com.


Abhay K. is an Indian poet-diplomat and the author of two memoirs and five collections of poems. He is also the editor of CAPITALS – an anthology of poems on 185 capital cities of the world (Bloomsbury). He received the SAARC Literary Award 2013 and was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2013. His poems have appeared in Poetry Salzburg Review, Asia Literary Review, The Stony Thursday Book 2015, The Missing Slate, The Long Exposure Magazine, The Galway Review, Eastlit, Gargoyle, The Caravan, and Indian Literature, among others, and have been translated into Irish, Russian, Italian, Spanish, Slovenian, Portuguese, Mandarin, and Nepali. His most recent collection of poems, The Seduction of Delhi (Bloomsbury) is a poetry bestseller. His Earth Anthem has been translated into 28 languages. His call for an official Earth Anthem has been lauded by UNESCO and is supported by Habitat for Humanity.

Abhay has donated a copy of The Seduction of Delhi to the raffle. The book is also available for purchase online. For more information about Abhay’s writing or to buy the book, visit abhayk.com.

sandrakolankiewicz_turninginsideoutSince 1980, over 300 of Sandra Kolankiewicz’s poems and stories have appeared in reviews and anthologies, most recently in New World Writing, BlazeVox, Gargoyle, Prairie Schooner, Fifth Wednesday, ArGiLo, Prick of the Spindle, Per Contra, and Pif. Turning Inside Out won the 2008 fall Black River contest at Black Lawrence Press. Finishing Line Press published The Way You Will Go, and Kolankiewicz’s third chapbook, Lost in Transition, is forthcoming with them. When I Fell, a novel with 76 color illustrations by Kathy Skerritt, is available from Web-e-Books.

Sandra has donated copies of Turning Inside Out and The Way You Will Go to the raffle. The books are also available for purchase online. To buy her books visit blacklawrence.com and finishinglinepress.com.

sydneylea_nodoubtthenamelessSydney Lea, founder and longtime editor of New England Review, has published twelve collections of poetry, four of personal essays (most recently What’s the Story? from Brattleboro’s Green Writers Press), and one of literary essays.

Sydney has donated a copy of No Doubt the Nameless to the raffle. The book is also available for purchase online. For more information about Sydney’s writing or to buy the book, visit sydneylea.net.


Kerrin McCadden is the author of Landscape with Plywood Silhouettes, inaugural winner of the 2015 Vermont Book Award, as well as the 2013 New Issues Poetry Prize, chosen by David St. John. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship, a Vermont Studio Center Fellowship, and the Sustainable Arts Foundation Writing Award. Her work has also received support from the Vermont Arts Council and the Vermont Arts Endowment Fund. Her poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, The Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day series, Verse Daily, and in such journals as American Poetry Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, The Collagist, Green Mountains Review, Hayden’s Ferry ReviewHunger Mountain, PANK, Poet Lore, and Rattle. A graduate of The MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, she teaches English and Creative Writing at Montpelier High School. She lives in Montpelier, Vermont.

Kerrin has donated a signed copy of Landscape with Plywood Silhouettes to the raffle. The book is also available for purchase online. For more information about Kerrin’s writing or to buy the book, visit kerrinmccadden.com.

arthurplotnik_elementsofexpressionArthur Plotnik is the author of eight books, including Spunk & Bite: A Writer’s Guide to Bold, Contemporary Style and two Book-of-the-Month Club selections: The Elements of Expression and The Elements of Editing. Among his many publications are award-winning fiction, essays, poetry, and biography. He studied under Philip Roth at the Iowa Writers Workshop and worked as editorial director for the American Library Association. A former columnist for The Writer magazine, he lives in Chicago.

Arthur has donated signed copies of Spunk & Bite, Better Than Great, and The Elements of Expression to the raffle. The books are also available for purchase online. For more information about Arthur’s writing or to buy the books, visit artplotnik.com.

seanprentiss_findingabbeySean Prentiss is the author of the memoir Finding Abbey: a Search for Edward Abbey and His Hidden Desert Grave, which won the 2015 National Outdoor Book Award for History/Biography; is a finalist for the Vermont Book Award; and was a finalist for the Colorado Book Award for Creative Nonfiction. He is the co-author of the forthcoming environmental writing textbook Environmental and Nature Writing: A Craft Guide and Anthology and the co-editor of The Far Edges of the Fourth Genre: Explorations in Creative Nonfiction, a creative nonfiction craft anthology. He lives on a small lake in northern Vermont and serves as an associate professor at Norwich University.

Sean has donated a copy of Finding Abbey to the raffle. The book is also available for purchase online. For more information about Sean’s writing or to buy the book, visit seanprentiss.com.

warrenread_thelyncherinmeWarren Read is the author of a memoir, The Lyncher in Me (2009, Borealis Books) and the soon-to- be-released novel, Ash Falls (2017, Ig Publishing). His fiction has appeared in Hot Metal Bridge, Mud Season Review, Sliver of Stone, Inklette, Switchback Magazine, and the upcoming (Christmas) issue of East Bay Review. He is an assistant principal in Bainbridge Island, WA; in 2015 he received his MFA from the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University.

Warren has donated a copy of The Lyncher in Me to the raffle. The book is also available for purchase online. For more information about Warren’s writing or to buy the book, visit warren-read.com.

juliashipley_academyofhayJulia Shipley is an independent journalist and author of The Academy of Hay, winner of the 2014 Melissa Lanitis Gregory Poetry Prize, and Adam’s Mark, named a Best Book of 2014 by The Boston Globe. Winner of the 2006 Ralph Nading Hill Award and two-time recipient of Vermont Arts Council and the Vermont Community Fund grants, she was also awarded The Frost Place’s Grace Paley Poetry Fellowship, as well as fellowships to The Center for Book Arts and The Studios at Key West. Her poems and essays have appeared in CutBank, Colorado Review, December, FIELD, Fourth Genre, Gettysburg Review, Green Mountains Review, North American Review, Orion Magazine, Poetry, Poet Lore, The Rumpus, Taproot, The Toast, Verse Daily and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from The Bennington College Writing Seminars and lives in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom.

A native of southeastern Pennsylvania, Julia earned her undergraduate degree in Environmental Education traveling throughout the western regions of the United States with the Audubon Expedition Institute. Throughout her twenties she worked on organic farms in the Northeast operating as CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture), and for the last decade she’s tended the soil on her homestead in Vermont. Hence her work is often obsessively concerned with place, the fate of landscapes, agrarian ideals, and stories that track things from germination through their harvest and beyond. The former Director of Writing Studies at Sterling College, she’s a contributing editor to Yankee Magazine and contributing writer for Seven Days: Vermont’s Independent Weekly. She has also written for BELT, American Forests, Burlington Free Press, Northern Woodlands, Stowe Guide, The Magazine, and Vermont Life, among others. Interviews with Julia and episodes exploring her thoughts on craft are included in Whole Terrainthis joy + ride, and North American Review.

Julia has donated a signed copy of The Academy of Hay to the raffle. The book is also available for purchase online. For more information about Julia’s writing or to buy the book, visit www.writingonthefarm.com/.

petervanderberg_weathereyePeter Vanderberg is the founding editor of Ghostbird Press. He served in the US Navy from 1999 – 2003 and received an MFA from CUNY Queens College. His work has appeared in several journals, including Mud Season Review, CURA, and LUMINA, and his chapbook Crossing Pleasant Lake has recently been published by Red Bird Press.  He teaches at St. John’s Preparatory School and Hofstra University.

Peter has donated copies of Crossing Pleasant Lake and Weather-Eye to the raffle. The books are also available for purchase online. To buy his books visist redbirdchapbooks.com and weather-eye.blogspot.com.

nancevanwinckel_bookofnoledgeNance Van Winckel is the author of six collections of poems—most recently Pacific Walkers (U. of Washington Press, 2013)—and five books of fiction—most recently Ever Yrs, a novel in the form of a scrapbook (Twisted Road Publications, 2014). She’s the recipient of two NEA Poetry Fellowships, the Paterson Fiction Prize, the American Short Fiction Award, a Christopher Isherwood Fiction Fellowship, three Pushcart Prizes, the Poetry Society of America’s Gordon Barber Poetry Award, and other honors. She lives in Spokane, Washington, where she is a Professor in Eastern Washington University’s Inland Northwest Center for Writers. She also teaches in Vermont College of Fine Arts’ MFA in Writing Program.

Nance has donated a copy of Book of No Ledge to the raffle. The book is also available for purchase online. For more information about Nance’s writing or to buy the book, visit nancevanwinckel.com.

tonywhedon_thehatcheckgirlTony Whedon is the author of the poetry books Things to Pray to in Vermont and The Falklands Quartet and the poetry chapbook The Tres Riches Heures. His poems and essays appear in Harpers, American Poetry Review, Iowa Review, Prairie Schooner, Sewanee Review, Ploughshares, and over a hundred other literary magazines. His essay collection A Language Dark Enough: Essays on Exile won the Mid-List Press award for Creative Nonfiction. Tony is a working trombone player and the leader of the poetry/jazz ensemble PoJazz. Along with Neil Shepard, he founded Green Mountains Review. He lives with his wife Suzanne in Montgomery, Vermont.

Tony’s most recent work, a book of poems about jazz titled The Hatcheck Girl, was released by Sundog Poetry and Green Writers Press on October 25, 2016. Tony has donated a copy of The Hatcheck Girl to the raffle. The book is also available for purchase online. For more information about Tony’s writing or to buy the book, visit tonywhedon.com.

artresswhite_fastfatgirlsNew York, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, and Tennessee… these are the regions and places that provide both content and context for Fast Fat Girls In Pink Hot Pants. Artress Bethany White‘s poetry takes a timely look at why tradition, race, and economics across regional lines continue to have relevance for Americans in the twenty-first century. Her narrative journey is at once personal and universal in scope and a must-read for anyone who has made that sojourn across the Mason-Dixon Line.

Artress has donated a copy of Fast Fat Girls in Pink Hot Pants to the raffle. The book is also available for purchase online. For more information about Artress’s writing or to buy the book, visit amazon.com/Fast-Fat-Girls-Pink-Pants.

dianawhitney_wantingitDiana Whitney is the poetry critic for the San Francisco Chronicle. Her first book, Wanting It, became an indie bestseller and won the Rubery International Book Award in poetry. Diana writes across the genres in Brattleboro, VT, blogging about the shadow side of motherhood for The Huffington Post and finishing a memoir-in-essays about motherhood and sexuality. Her work has appeared in The Boston Globe, Crab Orchard Review, Ms. Magazine, The Rumpus, Tinderbox, Salon, The Washington Post, and many more. She has been awarded grants and fellowships from the Sustainable Arts Foundation, the Vermont Arts Endowment Fund, and the Vermont Studio Center, and was the 2015 winner of the Women’s National Book Association poetry prize. Diana graduated from Dartmouth College, received her Masters in English Literature from Oxford University, and attended the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers. A yoga teacher by trade, she runs a small studio attached to her Victorian farmhouse, where she lives with her husband, two daughters, and three cats.

Diana has donated a copy of Wanting It to the raffle. The book is also available for purchase online. For more information about Diana’s writing or to buy the book, visit diana-whitney.com.