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.
Meeting minutes are made public in accordance with our bylaws.
The BWW Board of Directors
Lauren Bender is the editor-in-chief of Mud Season Review. She is a graduate of Green Mountain College where she earned her BFA in Writing and served as co-editor of the literary magazine Reverie. Her poetry has appeared in IDK Magazine, Coe Review, Tulane Review, The Collapsar, Gyroscope Review, Sobotka Literary Magazine, and others. Find her on Twitter: @benderpoet
Partridge Boswell is the author of Some Far Country, winner of the Grolier Poetry Prize. His poems have recently surfaced in The Gettysburg Review, Salmagundi, The American Poetry Review, Green Mountains Review and Hayden’s Ferry Review. An editor and trustee of Harbor Mountain Press, Partridge is the former artistic and executive director of several performing arts organizations, and co-founder of Bookstock literary festival. An active proponent of poetry on the page and stage, Partridge frequently collaborates with other poets, visual artists and musicians, and is a founding member of the poetry/music group Los Lorcas Trio. A leader of BWW workshops on poetic craft and revision, he agrees with poet Mary Ruefle that “writing is just endless curiosity and wonder,” and enjoys exploring this inexhaustibly unmappable terrain in the company of other writers.
Terry Cleveland (treasurer)is a writer disguised as an accountant. She has written short fiction and personal essays and is currently working on a novel. Her work has appeared in The Best of the Burlington Writers Workshop 2014 and Fiction365. She lives with her husband, Tom, in Georgia, Vermont.
Deena Frankel (board chair) is by day communicator and facilitator in the electric power industry where she energizes words, images and people to evolve Vermont’s power grid for a brighter, greener future. In her other life, she is a freelance writer, editor and designer. She tells Moth-style stories at venues around New England, and recently appeared in the Boston Women in Comedy Festival. Deena is the co-producer of Storytelling VT, a monthly event in Burlington, and leads the Burlington Writers Workshop oral storytelling workshops. She has served as an assistant editor for Mud Season Review, nonfiction editor for the Best of the Burlington Writers Workshop 2015, and designer for the past three volumes of Best of.
Rebecca Starks (secretary) is the founding editor-in-chief 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 Magazine, The Carolina Quarterly, The 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: rebeccastarks.com
Danielle Thierry served as BWW organizer from May 2015 – May 2017. Prior to this role, she served as founding managing editor of Mud Season Review. By day, Danielle is a health content expert focused on making health information accessible to low-literacy populations. Danielle holds a BA in radio/television/film and an MA in creative writing and journalism from Rowan University. 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.