Opportunities and Announcements: Week of September 19, 2016

Check out issue #23 at www.mudseasonreview.com

Check out issue #23 at www.mudseasonreview.com

Mud Season Review Issue #23 launched today—and it’s a special issue on 2 fronts.

For the first time, we’ve invited guest editors to select or solicit work for an issue of MSR. Thank you to our guest editors, Aimee Nezhukumatathil (poetry), Sean Prentiss (nonfiction), and Robin McLean (fiction), all of whom were featured authors in our 2016 print issue. I’m looking forward to digging into the work they’ve chosen for this issue.

Issue #23 also marks a turning point in the journal. A point where we move forward in our vision of a collaborative and dynamic experience that allows for many different members of the Burlington Writers Workshop to gain the experience of editing a literary journal and to lend their voices to this community-led creation. After 2 full years of publishing, we have come to our first 2-year editor term limit turnover.

Many, many thanks to the MSR staff members who have been with the journal from the beginning and are moving on from their current positions: Wendy Andersen (copy editor), Cynthia Close (art co-editor), Emily Ferro (associate nonfiction editor), and Brett Sigurdson (nonfiction co-editor). These staff members have made many contributions during their time with the journal and I look forward to seeing their continued contributions to the BWW and the wider literary world.

And last, but certainly not least, Rebecca Starks, our founding editor-in-chief, whose beautiful sense of language, incredible generosity in editing, and tireless dedication to quality has been at the heart of this journal since long before we opened the first call for submissions. Having worked closely with Rebecca, first as managing editor of MSR and then as BWW organizer, I’ve seen firsthand just how much of herself she has given to this journal, its staff, and all of the many writers we have featured—and I will be forever grateful to have had the opportunity to take this journey with her.

Like many of you I’m sure, I will also miss reading the works of art that are Rebecca’s monthly letters-from-the-editor, but I look forward to working with her on new projects for MSR and the wider BWW—and I know we both are very much looking forward to seeing where this journal goes next under an expanded team and new leadership. Look for an introduction to Lauren Bender, our incoming MSR editor-in-chief, and other new staff members soon!

Check out the writing of Christina Mun-Lutz (poetry), Jonathan Rovner (nonfiction), and Nathan Leslie (fiction), and the artwork of Troy Simmons in Issue #23.


Call for submissions: The Best of the Burlington Writers Workshop 2017

This is an exciting year to be part of the anthology, as 2017 marks our 5-year anniversary of publishing the work of BWW members. We’re looking for your best work in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry—and we’d love to hear from voices both known and new to us. Deadline for submissions is October 31, 2016. Submit your work now >


Come workshop young adult literature with award-winning author Laban Carrick Hill

Come workshop young adult literature with award-winning author Laban Carrick Hill

Do you write children’s or young adult literature? This is your chance to get feedback on your work from an acclaimed writer. Join us for a special guest workshop with Laban Carrick Hill, author of more than 35 books, including When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Origins of Hip Hop, listed on six 2014 Notable Book Lists, Dave the Potter: Artist, Slave Poet, a 2011 Caldecott Honor Book, Harlem Stomp!: A Cultural History of the Harlem Renaissance, a 2004 National Book Award Finalist.

Thursday, October 20, 2016, 6:30 p.m. 110 Main Street, Suite 3C in Burlington. RSVP now to save your spot. And get on the schedule to submit your work >

Current volunteer opportunities

Best of 2017 editors

We’re looking for lead editors and assistant editors in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry—as well as a marketing & events coordinator to lead the promotional efforts for this year’s book. Deadline is September 30, 2016 or until positions are filled. Apply now >

Mud Season Review

We’re looking for an art co-editor, copy editor, and readers for fiction and poetry. Positions open until filled. Learn more >


Welcome to Abbie Stoner, the BWW’s first intern

Abbie Stoner, BWW intern

Abbie Stoner, BWW intern

Please join me in welcoming Abbie Stoner to the BWW. As our first intern, Abbie will be working with us through the fall semester. She’s working on a range of projects to help support the BWW and Mud Season Review while gaining experience in editing, publishing, and running a creative nonprofit community.

Primarily a fiction writer, Abbie writes about girls, magic, and magical girls. Her creative work has been published online and in print by Crack the Spine and online by Slink Chunk Press. She also wrote the introduction for the forthcoming feminist zine, The Feminist Agenda, and was a contributing writer for the Odyssey. Originally from upstate New York, Abbie is now a senior in professional writing at Champlain College.

If you run into Abbie at a workshop or at the space, please welcome her to the BWW!

Spencer Smith reading at the Best of 2015 launch party

Spencer Smith reading at the Best of 2015 launch party

Book Tour: Best of the BWW 2016 Poetry Reading at Shelburne Vineyard

Sunday, September 25, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Shelburne Vineyard

Join us this Sunday for a poetry reading at Shelburne Vineyard, hosted by Michelle Watters, poetry editor of The Best of the Burlington Writers Workshop 2016. Enjoy a glass of local wine and listen to local poets Zoe Armstrong, Mark Hoffman, Spencer Smith, and Jimmy Tee read their work. RSVP now >

Read an interview with Best of 2016 poet Spencer Smith >

Congrats and thanks

Lots of thanks this week!

Thank you to Spencer Smith and Karin Ames for their coordination of the highly successful 2016 Guided Poetry Retreat. Thank you to Wendy Andersen and Eva Gumprecht for all their help in coordinating as well. And thank you to Baron Wormser, our retreat leader, who truly inspired and motivated everyone who participated in the retreat.

Thank you to Rebecca Starks and Lee-Ann Wilder for their work in putting together the terrific Writers in the Round event this past week. Thanks as well to Chris LaMay-West, our emcee for the evening, and the wonderful poets who read their work: Lauren BenderPartridge BoswellJulia Shipley, Z.G. Tomaszewski, and Michelle Watters.

Thank you to everyone who volunteered to help staff our table at the Burlington Book Festival this weekend: Brian BiunnoCynthia Close, Deena Frankel, Etiane GeorgeGrier MartinNatasha Mieszkowski, and Abbie Stoner.

Have you recently been published, won an award, taught a writing seminar, or accomplished something else you’d like to share with your fellow BWW members? If yes, please let us know so we can help share the good news!

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