Board of Directors

The Burlington Writers Workshop is run by a volunteer board of directors. Members of the board work together to develop and oversee the scope and mission of the organization. It also provides fiscal oversight and develops appropriate policies and procedures and monitors the BWW’s programs and overall performance.

  DT-photo-1-150x150Danielle Thierry, Organizer. Danielle is a consulting editor for and a founding editor of Mud Season Review. Danielle 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.

biello-15ah-05bwPeter Biello, Board Chairman. Peter is the founder and former organizer of the BWW. He’s now consulting fiction editor for and a founding editor of Mud Season Review. He is the host of All Things Considered on New Hampshire Public Radio and a writer of short stories, novels, book reviews, and essays. At NHPR, he’s the host of The Bookshelf, a series of interviews with authors from or writing about the Granite State. He holds an MFA in fiction from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and a BFA in creative writing from the University of Maine at Farmington.

wendy-andersenWendy Andersen, Board Member. Wendy lives in an 1835 one-room schoolhouse, down the road in Jericho, Vermont from the farm where “Snowflake” Bentley discovered that falling snow has intricate microscopic shapes. There she tends flower and vegetable gardens, reads, walks for miles, and writes. She earned her bread and butter for years as a newspaper reporter/photographer, editor, columnist, and editorialist. Before and since, she’s been a magazine staff writer and editor, book editor, researcher/writer for a business think tank, farm laborer, retail clerk, caterer, and has sold watercolor art. She is an alumna of Mount Holyoke College, the College of William and Mary, and Simmons College.

Cynthia-Close-011Cynthia Close, Board Member. Cynthia is art editor for Mud Season Review. She is a contributing editor for Documentary Magazine, contributing writer for Art New England, and contributing writer for Vermont Woman; she regularly writes nonfiction. Armed with a BFA and MFA from Boston University, Cynthia began a 20-year career exhibiting widely and working as a visual artist in the greater Boston area. She taught painting, drawing, and color & design at the Art Institute of Boston, where she rose to dean of admissions. She was one of the earliest members of the Boston Visual Artists Union, where she gained experience as their gallery coordinator. In a moment of wild abandon, she left it all to join a radical artist commune on the outskirts of Vienna, Austria. Once there, she discovered she had a knack for selling art and founded Artworks, her own art-consulting firm headquartered in Munich, Germany. She returned to Boston to become the executive director of Documentary Educational Resources, a film company, where she remained for the next two decades. Cynthia now lives in Burlington, Vermont with her 110-pound St. Bernard/Golden Retriever “puppy” Ethel.

walt-mahanyWalt Mahany, Board Member. Walt has won awards for his writing from several Sherlock Holmes societies. He enjoys writing animal stories, mysteries, and plays (five of which have been performed). A member of BWW since 2013, Walt is currently writing a mystery, a dystopian novel and a musical, in collaboration with his wife Carol. He lives in Essex Junction his wife and assorted household critters.


rshead8jun14Rebecca Starks, Board Member. Rebecca is editor-in-chief 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. Since earning a PhD in English from Stanford University and a BA in English from Yale University, she has sought out writing communities wherever she has lived, taking workshops in poetry at The Attic Writers’ Workshop and in fiction at the 92nd Street Y; she felt instantly at home in the Burlington Writers Workshop. Her poems have most recently appeared or are forthcoming in Slice MagazineThe Carolina QuarterlyThe Raintown Review, Mezzo Cammin, Antiphon and Crab Orchard Review. Her short story “Roman Road” was a finalist for the 2015 Jack Dyer Fiction Prize and was published in Crab Orchard Review. After three years in a co-housing community in Burlington, she and her family have moved to a log cabin in the Richmond, Vermont woods. For links to her work visit: