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Contributors
Susan Alison Susan Alison

Susan Alison is the Creativity Editor for BellaOnline. Her artwork can be found on Border Collies Monty and Rosie´s dog and friends blog at: http://www.MontyandRosie.blogspot.com.

Mark Berkery Mark Berkery

Mark was born to itinerant Irish parents which set the scene for a restless life. Like the Gypsy he couldn´t accept the moribund values of a soulless society, what passed for important or posed as spiritual. The resulting roller-coaster of experience and inner conflict eventually gave way to a love of the simple sense of nature that he now teaches in a form of meditation. He also expresses his ongoing exploration of nature´s spiritual value through his writing and pictures at www.beingmark.com.

Lori Bernard Lori Bernard

Although Lori spent much of her childhood creating little "books" filled with stories, poems, and illustrations, she earned her bachelor´s degree in International Business. She combined her creativity and business skills in designing and managing websites. In 2007, Lori became a stay-at-home mom and, although that does not allow her much free time, she has found enjoyment again in writing. She is in the process of moving west with her husband and hopes to find new inspiration in Texas.

Annemarie Bogart Annemarie Bogart

Annemarie Bogart is an emerging writer. She pens everything from poetry to full-length manuscripts. Two of her short stories are coming up this September in House of Horror and Liquid Imagination. Her manuscript, AMAZ AND GRACE, was a quarter-finalist in the 2009 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards. She resides in Belle Harbor, New York with her husband and three young sons.

Deb Bonam Deb Bonam

Deb is a former Creativity Editor of BellaOnline. Although a mixed media/acrylics painter her first love is photography. She still owns her first camera (1978-35mm Olympus OM1) which she used as a photojournalist at Eastern Michigan University where she earned her B.S. Degree in Written Communications. Back then you could find Deb developing film in the dark room but she´s completely digital now. When not shooting pictures or painting she is writing articles, short stories and poetry.

Tammy M. Brown Tammy M. Brown

Tammy Brown lives in Florida and is the mother of two beautiful and incredible sons, Larry and Darrin. She has found that her thoughts and feelings flow easiest through her fingertips... http://www.jacksonville.com/user/profile/a_mothers_journey_forward.

Teresa Coates Teresa Coates

Based in Portland, Oregon, Teresa Coates splits her time between traveling and teaching and sometimes manages to merge the two together. Her writing has appeared in Curve, Just Out, BellaOnline and in the recently published anthology, Ask Me About My Divorce. Check out her latest adventures at www.teresacoates.com.

Aneta Cruz Aneta Cruz

Aneta Cruz grew up in the Czech Republic. Her dream was to be an astronaut when she was a child. Though she did not become one, she´s been fascinated with the universe ever since. She figured out, at an early age, that a pen and paper are all she needs to escape the everyday Earthly life. Besides writing poetry, she is finishing up her nonfiction narrative. Aneta is attending CSU (English Major). She lives with her husband and two children in Southern California.

Carole Conner Davis Carole Conner Davis

Carole Davis has been writing poetry for many years, and has a particular affinity for children’s literature, science fiction, and fantasy novels. Her writing has appeared in The Whimsic Alley Book of Spells, Pawsitively Awesome Pet Poems, The Innocence of Children, Best Modern Voices, Volume 1: A Poetry Anthology, The Language of Leadership, in products from Blue Mountain Arts, Inc., and online at www.sps.com, Boomer Women Speak, Common Ties, Winning Writers, Trellis Magazine, and Mused.

Nancy Lynn Dietrich Nancy Lynn Dietrich

Nancy Dietrich has supported her writing habit as a parking attendant, veterinary nurse, Arabic teacher and equine drug dealer. She gained notoriety as a columnist for the UW-Seattle’s Herald in the early 90’s where readers hated and loved her in equally disturbing proportions. She now writes from a town no one has heard of, supported by her canine and cavy muses. She leaves her house only for chocolate and the occasional gallop on her black draft horse. She blogs at www.nancydietrich.com.

Stacey S. Dye Stacey S. Dye

Stacey has had a fondness for words forever. She is moved by music, inspirational quotes and even rocks engraved with motivational words she carries in her pockets. Having written everything from poetry to radio and TV ad copy, it wasn’t until three years ago that she truly began to pursue the art of poetry. Her primary focus is the human condition. Stacey lives in Georgia with her husband Dennis, cat Izzy and dog Elly. She has been featured in the Camroc Press Review and Here and Now.

Arthur Lee Evans Arthur Lee Evans

Lee Evans was born in Maryland, spent most of his life in that state, and is currently living in Bath, Maine. His poems have appeared in such journals as Contemporary Rhyme, The Golden Lantern, The Road Not Taken and The Deronda Review. He has produced two poetry collections, Maryland Weather and Nor’easter, which are available on Lulu.com.

Genevieve Fitzgerald Genevieve Fitzgerald

Genevieve Fitzgerald is originally from New York. She has a graduate degree in English and is the mother of three children. She now lives in Raleigh, NC, where she has found a home as editor of the annual Sertoma Writers´ Anthology. She is winner of the grand prize in this year’s Carolina Woman writing contest, and other of her works can be found at http://stores.lulu.com/gefitzg.

Karen Pruitt Fowler Karen Pruitt Fowler

Karen Fowler is a modern-day chimera, albeit a nicer, cuter version. An Accountant (gasp) by day; at night she wrestles children and the written word, though usually not at the same time. Her non-fiction has been in Virginia papers and online at Suite101, Absolute Write, The Imperfect Parent, and BellaOnline. Fiction has been in True Confessions and Chick Lit Review. Inspired to live a little Greener, she runs QuirkyGurl.com plus several other sites (each dedicated to one of her personalities).

Hannah Greenberg Hannah Greenberg

KJ Hannah Greenberg gave up all manner of academic hoopla to chase a hibernaculum of imaginary hedgehogs and to raise children. After almost two decades of belly dancing, home birthing, herbal medicine making and occasional basket weaving, she dusted off her keyboard and began to churn out smoothies, vegetable soup, and more creative work than might be considered proper for a middle-aged woman. Published in Parenting Express, Poetica Magazine, Poetry Super Highway, and The Mother Magazine.

Leslie E. Hoffman Leslie E. Hoffman

Leslie Hoffman is a writer, freelance editor of fiction and non-fiction, photographer, and co-founder of Laudably Tarnished, a poetry workshop: http://laudablytarnished.com. Her poems, short stories, essays, and articles have been published in magazines, newspapers, anthologies, and on the Web. Leslie´s "Hacienda Bridge" photo was featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2002.

Stephanie Holman/Armiger Stephanie Holman/Armiger

Stephanie Armiger writes and sometimes illustrates her children´s books. She writes in many different genres and especially likes history and fantasy. She also writes plays such as "Three Margarets and a Grace," and musicals including a full-length musical about the Statue of Liberty entitled "Bartholdi´s Lady." She has won several awards for her children´s stories and teaches children´s writing at the local college. To see more of her work, visit her website at www.seawords.biz.

Patricia Palmer Hurd Patricia Palmer Hurd

Patricia got her start in writing at the Times Herald Record where she wrote a weekly column, as well as several human interest stories. She is currently a frequent contributor for the Poughkeepsie Journal, as well as Hudson Valley Life and Hudson Valley Parent Magazines. Writing is a secret passion that she has always had and has spent the past decade pursuing it.

Rachael Z. Ikins Rachael Z. Ikins

Rachael was born and raised in NY’s Fingerlakes region. She began writing poetry in 8th grade when an inspired English teacher taught poetry. The teacher made it possible for Rachael to publish her first poem. In recent years Rachael received several fellowships to Colgate’s writer’s conferences in Hamilton NY and to the Downtown Writers Center Retreat through the YMCA writing program in Syracuse. Rachael has won numerous prizes. Her chapbook Slide-show In The Woods was published by Foothills.

Jason Jaksetic Jason Jaksetic

Jason Jaksetic is a musician and writer living in Morristown, NJ. Having attended college to study philosophy, his poetry and fiction reflect his preoccupation with questions rather than answers. He is currently working on his debut novel.

Kim Kenney Kim Kenney

Kim Kenney is a professional writer and curator. Her hobbies include cooking, practicing yoga, cross stitching, going to car shows and dabbling in photography. Kim´s ficton, non-fiction and photography have appeared in past issues of Mused. She is the Museums Editor at BellaOnline.

Melissa Knoblett-Aman Melissa Knoblett-Aman

Melissa Knoblett-Aman is a freelance writer who has loved all forms of writing for as long as she can remember. She currently serves as BellaOnline’s editor for Catholicism and Cats, and writes for Squidoo.com. Melissa also enjoys many other creative activities, like digital photography and crafting projects. She loves natural beauty, especially mountains and waterfalls. Visit her at her BellaOnline sites or at her Squidoo page: http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/melryn.

Gregory A. Kompes Gregory A. Kompes

Psychic Intuitive Gregory A. Kompes is a bestselling author, teacher, speaker, and coach. Founder of Your Psychic Journey and co-founder of the Patchwork Path series and Presenters & Programs, Gregory holds a BA in English literature from Columbia University, NY, and an MS Ed. from California State University, East Bay. Visit him online at www.YourPsychicJourney.com.

Dr. Merin Kuruvilla Dr. Merin Kuruvilla

Merin Elizabeth Kuruvilla is a physician in Missouri doing her residency in Internal Medicine. She brought out six volumes of poetry before she turned 18. She has had the honor of receiving several international awards, including from two Indian Presidents. Although she is lawfully wedded to Medicine, Poetry remains her first romance. Nor does she consider the two domains mutually exclusive, since creative inspiration and empathy are the cornerstones of both.

Molly LeGreve-Karjala Molly LeGreve-Karjala

As an artist and poet, Molly LeGreve-Karjala wishes to touch others' souls; a task she finds quite daunting. She tries to capture those "aha!" moments in her life mainly with watercolor and ceramics. Through those mediums she visually recreates what she loves most — children, birds, flowers and other growing things of nature. These she offers to the world by visually saying, “Look, isn´t this wonderful?” If they cannot understand the wonder, then she has failed. http://www.greenbayartcolony.com/.

Stephanie Arwen Lynch Stephanie Arwen Lynch

Arwen also writes as Marilu Mann. She is the current president of the American Tarot Association. Writing since she was old enough to realize verbs and nouns created word pictures, Arwen uses poetry as a creative opener when she is stuck. As Marilu Mann,she is celebrating the release of the third novel in her Lusting Wild series this year. Visit her at http://www.tarotbyarwen.com where she explores the Tarot through food, poetry and other unusual paths.

Brandy M. Meiyappan Brandy M. Meiyappan

Brandy Meiyappan a.k.a B.M. Song is a published author with PublishAmerica. Her first book of prose, Liquid Reflections: A Stream of Fluid Prose is set to be released October 10th, 2009. She is very excited for this new chapter in her life. She resides in Fort Worth, TX with her daughter, Hosanna and wonderful man, Eric. To find out more on this upcoming author, please visit her website:www.authorbmsong.com.

Susan Pierce Susan Pierce

Susan, author of FURY, is currently working toward her degree in Mass Communications at Las Positas College, where she was lead editor for the Las Positas Anthology. Between school, kids and chaotic family life, she is working on her second novel set in Ancient Egypt, where passion and betrayal run as deep and long as the river Nile.

Ardith Quinne Ardith Quinne

Ardith Quinne has been writing fiction and poetry since she was a child. She does not write in any one genre, preferring to follow her characters through whatever universe they choose. She lives in the midwest with her poet husband and two very spoiled cats. Her work and adventures can be found at: www.ardithquinne.com.

Darryn James Rae Darryn James Rae

Darryn offers original paintings that are vibrant and truly unique! His art—although emotionally uplifting—tackles topics of educational, environmental, and socio-political relevance. His style ranges from Modern Contemporary to Abstract Surrealism. To view more of Darryn´s work visit his website. http://www.raeart.page.tl

Kim Sisto Robinson Kim Sisto Robinson

Kim Sisto Robinson is greatly inspired by women´s issues and their lives; her essays and poetry have been published in several women´s anthologies. She was awarded the Diane Glancy award in poetry in 2001 for Vidalia Onions. In 2006 she was awarded the Jonis Angie Award in fiction for Bethel New York, 1969. She blogs obsessively for Skirt and was thrilled to win the 2008 blog of the year for Brazilian Wax, Oh My! She also blogs for Women´s Globally, Southern Goddess, and MaryElise.com.

Beverly Denise Nebb Roosendaal Beverly Denise Nebb Roosendaal

Denise Roosendaal is a freelance and creative writer. She has studied at the Writers Center in Bethesda and recently attended a writers camp through the Johns Hopkins University. She is an association executive during the day but writes at every opportunity. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia and Syracuse University Maxwell School. She is happily married and shares her home with two fat cats.

Barnali Saha Barnali Saha

Barnali (Banerjee) is a creative writer, originally from Kolkata, India, currently living in Nashville, TN. She enjoys writing short stories, poetry, travelogues, and occasional articles on social issues. Her creative works have been published in various leading newspapers and magazines in India and also in the United States. Apart from creative writing, her hobbies include painting and photography.

Cecile Sarruf Cecile Sarruf

Cecile Sarruf received her MFA in creative writing from Antioch University, Los Angeles. She writes poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction. Her work can be found at levantinecenter.org. She is currently working on her first non-fiction book based on her experiences as an English teacher in a small Islamic school in Los Angeles and her travels abroad to Lebanon. As an Arab American, she brings a unique voice to the page.

Julie L Scharf Julie L Scharf

Julie L. Scharf is a lover and writer of creative nonfiction, and has published several short stories, essays, and poems. She is the author of short CNF pieces titled "The Train of Bobby´s Life," "Remnants," and "The Interview." Born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois, she now resides in Colorado.

Maurice W. Schulman Maury Schulman

Maury Schulman is passionate about nature photography and is outside with his camera whenever he isn´t teaching 7th grade science. A housefire displaced him from Fairbanks, Alaska and he landed in Tucson, Arizona (from one extreme to another). He lives with his wife Sherry, but has unleashed his children on the rest of the world in Alaska, Hawaii, and Oregon.

Andrew Sciandra Andrew Sciandra

Andrew is a retired Alternative High School Art Teacher.

Donna Sciandra Donna Sciandra

Donna is a retired elementary school teacher.

Bob See Bob See

Bob See has been actively interested in photography for many years. He enjoys taking images of air shows, wildlife, and landscapes. The camera used for all photos was a Canon SX10 IS with 10-megapixel resolution. Bob can be reached at his golfing site at http://enjoyma.com/golf/.

Lisa Shea Lisa Shea

Lisa relishes the challenge of conveying meaning and memorable characters in a limited amount of time and space. She is drawn to the ocean and has spent many quiet evenings watching the sun set over docks and fishing boats. Her stories, poems, and images are often full of natural beauty and peaceful serenity. She also enjoys the expansive possibilities of sci-fi writing. You can enjoy thousands of her photos at http://www.lisashea.com.

Bhavika Sicka Bhavika Sicka

Bhavika Sicka is pursuing a Bachelor´s Degree in English from Lady Shri Ram College for Women, New Delhi, India. She is passionate about literature, and writes because she loves to. In addition to writing, she is an ardent lover of music. When she isn´t busy with her college assignments and her rock band, she enjoys blogging.

Erika Lyn Smith Erika Lyn Smith

Erika Lyn Smith is a self-taught photographer/artist. Erika began taking photos early in life, and until she met her kindred spirit/husband she did not believe in her creative self. Erika Lyn Smith blends vibrant, luminous colors for her photographs and artwork. Her inspiration comes from her heavenly angels, which includes her special angel prayer: Angels above you, angels below you, and angels all around you to keep you safe. Please visit www.ErikaLynSmith.net to see her photography/artwork.

Tammy Elizabeth Southin Tammy Elizabeth Southin

Tammy, a full-time writer, is the Menopause site Editor at BellaOnline. Her passion for history and politics is woven throughout her creative writing, exploring a variety of personal themes. Fascinated with East Central European culture, she taught English in Poland, and continues to study all things Czech. A perfect day includes a glass of wine by a lake for inspriation. Read more of her short stories at http://bluerosestories.blogspot.com.

Sheila Mae Tenold Sheila Mae Tenold

Sheila Tenold is a long time member of a Santa Barbara writers group, and has been published in a local anthology A COMMUNITY OF VOICES. She’s busy crafting romantic tales with happy endings, a very different perspective than the inspiring cadence of poetry, When she isn’t tending to her succulent collection or pulling weeds from the garden she’s at her keyboard lost in the world of words and characters.

Charity Catherine Tran Charity C. Tran

Charity C. Tran is a Los Angeles native who frequents public transit, arts, and culture. A graduate of the Master of Professional Writing Program at USC, she has published in Mused, Toasted Cheese Literary Journal, and the national journal Main Street News. In addition to writing stories, Ms. Tran is a singer/songwriter and by day she is a web/project manager. You can keep up with her on her blog (http://www.intellichick.com).

Leon A. Walker Leon A. Walker

Leon A. Walker writes various forms of creative literature as well as social and political commentaries. He has worked as a public and private sector business professional and he is a retired United States naval officer. Mr. Walker is a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida, and he is a native of Cleveland, Ohio. He currently resides in Northwest Florida. www.leon-walker.com.

Donna J. Ward Donna J. Ward

Donna (dj) Ward is a wife, mother, grandmother, and retired church secretary living in rural central New York State. She is self-taught in photography and has had a photography exhibit at a local library. She is a member of the Canastota Writer´s Group. She has received honorable mentions for her poetry in the Rebecca Eddy Memorial Writing Contest. She is also a member of the Great Swamp Conservancy´s Photography Club. Her photography is inspired by those things growing in her yard and gardens, and by nature.

Jody Zolli Jody Zolli

Jody Zolli has enjoyed writing poetry since she was 7. Poetry runs in the family, though, as both her mother and grandmother wrote poetry, and had a knack for doggerel verse. Jody has enjoyed being a technical writer for 25 years, and feels it is the perfect marriage between creative writing and engineering.

Alpana Patel Camilli
Alpana Patel-Camilli is a freelance writer with a passion for nature, bird watching, outdoor activities and reading. Currently, she is working on a creative non-fiction novel about her grandparent´s life in 1920´s British India. She has attended ClarityWorks creative writing classes for women in Asheville, North Carolina and Harvard University for fiction and non fiction writing classes.


Jancarl Campi
Jancarl Campi contributed the poem entitled Little Green Frog.


Thomas J. Robidoux
Tom Robidoux is a retired truck driver. His retirement has allowed him the time to engage in his long time dream of writing. He especially enjoys writing short stories and flash fiction although he is working on some longer works. Short stories and flash fiction have all of the challenges and satisfaction of writing without the discipline required to write longer works.


Marjory Stone
Marjory is a retired legal assistant and ex-licensed pilot having returned to Maui where she was raised. She enjoys non-fiction writing, poetry, oil painting, reading, gardening, swimming in the ocean. She has three sons and five grandchildren.


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