Mudfish Editors and Staff

Editor in Chief

Jill Hoffman

Jill Hoffman is the Founding Editor of Mudfish (Box Turtle Press), and of the Mudfish Individual Poet Series. She has a B.A. from Bennington College, an M.A. from Columbia University and a Ph. D. from Cornell University. Black Diaries (Mudfish Individual Poet Series # 2) was published by Box Turtle Press in 2000. Her first book of poems, Mink Coat, was published by Holt, Rinehart and Winston in 1973. She was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1974-75. Jilted, a novel, was published by Simon & Schuster in 1993. She has taught in major universities (Bard, Barnard, Brooklyn, Columbia) and published in major magazines, such as The New Yorker and Paris Review. She has led the Mudfish writing workshop in Tribeca since 1990. She is also a painter.

Associate Editors

Lawrence Applebaum

Poet Lawrence Applebaum is a native New Yorker and lover of the city. As a gifted child, he attended Parsons School of Design at age 14. Lawrence is a collagist and painter as well as a published photographer. He is a four-time Pushcart Prize nominee. His essay "Flaming Redhead," about Lucille Ball, can be read in the Lambda Literary Award-nominated anthology, My Diva: 65 Gay Men and the Women Who Inspire Them. His most recent work can be seen in Divining Divas: 100 Gay Men on their Muses. Lawrence is currently working on his first book of poems and a childhood memoir.

Jennifer Belle

Jennifer Belle holds the distinction of being Jill Hoffman’s daughter. She is the best-selling author of four novels—Going Down (named best debut novel of the year by New York Magazine), High Maintenance, Little Stalker, and The Seven Year Bitch—all of which have been optioned for the screen. Her novels have been translated into thirteen languages. She has also published seven young adult novels written under two pseudonyms and Animal Stackers, a picture book for children. Stories, poems and essays have appeared in Mudfish, The New York Times Magazine, The Independent Magazine (London), Ms., Elle, Self, Harper’s Bazaar, Blackbook, and many anthologies. She has been teaching writing since 1999 and been thanked on dozens of acknowledgment pages. She lives in New York with her husband and two sons, and writes at the Writers’ Room.

Stephanie Emily Dickinson

Stephanie Dickinson raised on an Iowa farm now lives in New York City. Her novel Half Girl and novella Lust Series are published by Spuyten Duyvil. Other works include Corn Goddess, Road of Five Churches, and Port Authority Orchids. Her work has appeared in many journals including Hotel Amerika, Weber Studies, Nimrod, Hunger Mountain, Salamander, and Fjords, among others. She is a long-time member of Jill Hoffman’s glass table writing workshop. She and her partner Rob Cook publish Skidrow Penthouse.

Doug Dorph

Doug Dorph was born in New York City and has lived in all 5 boroughs. His poems have been published in numerous magazines including The New Yorker. He won a New York Foundation for the Arts grant for poetry and other prizes. His drawings and paintings have also appeared in magazines. He has been an editor of Mudfish for over 20 years.

Marina Rubin

Marina Rubin was born in Vinnitsa, Ukraine and immigrated to United States in 1989. She is the author of three poetry collections - her first chapbook Ode to Hotels came out in 2002, followed by Once in 2004 and Logic in 2007 (the third book in the trilogy completed before the age of 30). Her work had appeared in magazines and anthologies including Lillith, Pearl, 13th Warrior, Asheville Poetry Review, Dos Passos, 5AM, Nano Fiction, Coal City, Green Hills Literary Lantern, Poet Lore, Skidrow Penthouse, The Portland Review, The Worcester Review and many more. Her work was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2007 and in 2012. She is a 2013 recipient of a COJECO Blueprint Fellowship. Her fourth book, a collection of flash fiction stories Stealing Cherries is due for release in October 2013 from Manic D Press.

Matthew Sapio

Matthew Sapio is a native New Yorker, and postdoctoral fellow in bioinformatics who has been with Mudfish since 2008. He has been a jack-of-all trades at Mudfish, and currently manages the Mudfish website.

Paul Wuensche

Paul Wuensche is an artist based in London. He has exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in the BP portrait awards, in many group shows including the Ruth Borchard self-portrait competition and the Discerning Eye. He has had one-man shows in London and in Cambridge. He completed his MFA at the New York Academy and later studied for a year with the painter Michael Aviano. When not painting he is also a writer, and it was during his time in New York that he joined the Mudfish writing workshop and became an associate editor and art editor of Mudfish. Visit his website at www.paulwuensche.com.

Web Developers

  • Shradha Taneja, Kavin Shah


Laura C. Hetzel

Laura Hetzel was born and raised in southern Louisiana. She is the oldest of six children. She is presently a student in New York City and a photographer published in Mudfish.

  • Kai Zheng, Amanda Quinn, Andriana Kansaras, Beverly Tan, Sophie Kohler, Victor Galov, Jessica Romoff, Clara Hillis

Business Development

Jack L. Herz

Jack is, by his own description, a fallen scientist. As a Ph.D. chemist and research scientist, university professor, alumnus of Corporate America, entrepreneur, businessman, consultant, and CEO, he has been responsible for the strategic planning at Mudfish, resulting in its growth in readership and distribution. Jack is now a painter. Some of his paintings have appeared in Mudfish 17. He has exhibited in both New York City and with a one-man show in Weston, CT.

Graphic Design

Anne Lawrence-van Reesch

Anne Lawrence-van Reesch is the in-house graphic designer for Mudfish. She is a Dutch native who graduated from the Pratt Institute. Now the streets and people of downtown Manhattan are her main source of inspiration as she rides her bike or plays with her kids Ava and Noa on the waterfront. Her graphic design work includes book design, but also branding, brochures and all other printed materials or digital promotions. Find her at anne@annewyork.com