MUSED
BellaOnline Literary Review
Ruffles by Christine Catalano

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Contributors
Linda C. Anger Linda C. Anger

Linda C. Anger is President of Detroit Working Writers, a 113-year-old organization for published and emerging writers. Her poetry and short fiction have been featured in numerous national publications. This is her second poem selected by Mused. She works as the Marketing Communications Manager at Lucid Business Strategies in Shelby Township, Michigan, and also works with aspiring writers as a manuscript coach.

Valerie Austyn Valerie Austyn

Valerie Austyn has been writing since her early childhood in Texas. At 5, she was tapped to tell the Gospel in an all-black Baptist church, a real game-changer! Throughout school she took top honors for her storytelling and original writing. Drama degree in hand, Valerie moved to NYC, where she continued to pursue her interests in acting, performing and directing. After a long hiatus working in the world of finance and raising a family, she is once again sharing her stories and poetry.

Manijeh Badiozamani Manijeh Badiozamani

Manijeh Badiozamani is a literary non-fiction writer. She writes mostly about her experiences growing up in Teheran, Iran, where she was born. Her short stories and articles have been published in magazines, anthologies and on the Web. She is a retired professor of English. She is currently working on her collection of letters: "A Year in Middle America, Letters to My Family in Iran".

Amy Baird Amy Baird

Amy Baird is an amateur photographer just getting her start by capturing whatever falls in front of her lens that inspires her. Mostly she enjoys local shots in the Hill Country of Central Texas. She has also had opportunity to visit Alaska and Colorado where she was surrounded by beautiful landscapes and an abundance of wildlife. These trips ignited her passion for her camera and whatever is wild and beautiful she can find beyond her local neighborhood.

Jeff Bell Jeff Bell

Jeff Bell is a poet and musician originally from South Shields, North East England. He is now currently living in London, UK. His music can be heard at http://myspace.com/quangomusic.

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 lives - the best he can - as a form of meditation. He expresses his ongoing exploration of nature´s spiritual value through his writing and pictures at www.beingmark.com.

Carole Bouchard Carole Bouchard

Carole Bouchard is a self-taught photographer with a deep passion for this art form. Though she had an interest in this medium for many years, it was digital photography that fired her creativity. Fortuitous meetings with on-line friends and mentors pointed the way to more creative experiments. She particularly enjoys macro photography of nature subjects and the magic of water reflections. You can see more of her work at www.carolebouchard.smugmug.com. Carole lives in Groton, MA.

Christine Catalano Christine Catalano

An English Lit major in college, Christine slipped into publishing by becoming the artist that had been lurking inside all along. She worked happily in graphics for many years. Now liberated from daily deadlines, she tries to tempt her muse with camera, Photoshop, and the occasional poem. Some of her artwork has been published in the San Pedro River Review, Crack the Spine, and Mused, among others.

Stacey Dye Stacey Dye

Stacey writes to touch people. Her favorite subject is the human condition. Her love affair with words is life long and she collects them on rocks, jewelry and through music and memorable quotes. She lives in Georgia with her husband Dennis and her critters Izzy and Elly. Credits include Touch: The Journal of Healing, BluePrintReview and previous issues of Mused. www.stace-onawhim.blogspot.com.

Jan FitzGerald Jan FitzGerald

Jan FitzGerald (b. 1950), has been in New Zealand mainstream literary journals including Landfall and Poetry NZ since the 1970s, and in recent years in those of the UK including Acumen and The London Magazine. Her latest poetry book is titled On a Day Like This (Steele Roberts, Wellington, NZ). Both Jan and her husband are full-time artists living in Napier, NZ www.paintingpoets.co.nz.

Michael Fitzgerald-Clarke Michael Fitzgerald-Clarke

Australian poet Michael Fitzgerald-Clarke has called tropical Townsville home since 2009. The Bulletin, the Townsville mass circulation daily newspaper, has termed him "the Poet Laureate of Townsville." He has many publication credits, but prefers people to know that if he could have just one wish, he would give that wish away.

Jes Friday Jes Friday

Jessica Friday Dormady is a Charlotte native that recently graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a B.A. in English. Her passion for reading and writing has inspired her to become an adult literacy tutor. She is currently working towards her M.Ed in Adult Education at NC State.

Jessica Guess Jessica Guess

Jessica was born in Ft Lauderdale, Florida and started writing poetry and fiction at 12 years old. Graduating from University of Central Florida in 2013, where she majored in Psychology and minored in Creative Writing, Jessica has decided to take a year off to focus on writing and traveling. She will continue to write short fiction and eventually would like to publish a novel.

Deborah Guzzi Deborah Guzzi

Deborah Guzzi was raised in an interfaith family. She spent years examining the foundations of belief in higher power. Much of her writing expresses a shamanic love of nature. She is the owner of Empathic Touch. Acting as a healing facilitator, she specializes in Shiatsu, Lomi Lomi, Thai Massage, Feng Shui and Reiki.

Lois Elaine Heckman Lois Elaine Heckman

Lois Elaine Heckman grew up in Los Angeles and received a degree in Italian from UCLA. Her home is Milan, Italy. Among her writing credits are Boston Literary Magazine, Sonnet Scroll, Tilt-a-Whirl, and Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine. She won the 2010 New England Shakespeare Festival Rubber Ducky Sonnet Contest, and her work has placed or been commended in several international poetry competitions. Her chapbook, Out of Nowhere, is available on Amazon. She also enjoys taking photographs.

Art Heifetz Art Heifetz

Art Heifetz teaches ESL to refugees in Richmond, Va. He has had nearly 90 poems published in the U.S., France, Australia, Israel, Argentina, Spain, England, India and Canada. A sampling may be found at polishedbrasspoems.com.

Andrew J Hill Andrew J Hill

Andrew J Hill recently completed his MA at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. At the moment, he is teaching English as a lecteur at the French university Paris III. He has published short stories and poems in Forge Journal, the April Reader, TINGE Magazine, Montrealserai, and Inwood Indiana Review, as well as translations of excerpts from Céline´s prison letters in Toad Suck Review. He also published an English translation of act one of Jean Genet´s play Le bagne in TSR #3.

Leslie E. Hoffman Leslie E. Hoffman

Leslie Hoffman is a writer; freelance editor of fiction and non-fiction; a member of Poetry Center San Jose´s "Caesura" Editorial Team, San Jose, CA; and Co-founder of Laudably Tarnished: A Poetry Workshop, Las Vegas, NV. Several of Leslie´s poems have been published in "Mused". Various other poems, short stories, and articles have been published in magazines, newspapers, and anthologies. More of Leslie´s writing and photography can be viewed at: http://lesliehoffman.blogspot.com.

A.J. Huffman A.J. Huffman

A.J. Huffman has published five solo chapbooks and one joint chapbook through various small presses. Her sixth solo chapbook will be published in October by Writing Knights Press. Her work has appeared in hundreds of national and international journals, including Labletter, The James Dickey Review, Bone Orchard, EgoPHobia, Kritya, and Offerta Speciale, in which her work appeared in both English and Italian translation. She is also the founding editor of Kind of a Hurricane Press.

Nayoung Jin(UBC) Nayoung Jin(UBC)

Nayoung Jin was born and raised in Jeju Island, Korea; she now lives in Vancouver. She is a third-year student at the University of British Columbia and has taken creative writing courses since January 2012. She has enjoyed volunteering for Story Hour at a local community center -reading aloud picture books to toddlers and kids. She is currently working on picture books for children. Her piece First Accident is autobiographical.

Rosalyn Marhatta Rosalyn Marhatta

Rosalyn Marhatta loves to write and performs at Tate Street Coffee House and the Greensboro Public Library. She decided to be a poet after her sister insisted her stories were really poems. She’s published in Dead Mule, Referential Magazine, Poems2Day, Diamond Diva Magazine, Eclectic Flash and she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2011 for her poem "Ocean Flight" in Vox Poetica. She has 4 new poems in "Fire and Chocolate" WGOT Poetry Anthology. She is poetic_line on Twitter.

Nancy May Nancy May

Nancy May has haiku published in Haiku Journal, Three Line Poetry, Poetry Quarterly, Inclement Poetry, Twisted Dreams Magazine, Vox Poetica, Eskimo Pie, Icebox, Dark Pens, Daily Love, Leaves of Ink, The Blue Hour Magazine, The Camel Saloon and Kernels. She has reached The Heron´s Nest consideration stage twice. Haiku is published weekly on Haikuary. Nancy May is learning Japanese. She is working on her first haiku collection.

Deborah McCallister Deborah McCallister

Deborah McCallister has been writing poetry since her angst-ridden teenage years. Now she writes short stories and as-yet unpublished novels as well. Deborah recently completed an MFA in Creative Writing. She lives in San Diego, where she earns money for her writing tools - laptop, paper, coffee, etc. - by teaching public school students how to pour their feelings onto paper. You can visit her brand-new blog at www.thislatewakefulplace.com.

Barbara Mitchell Barbara Mitchell

Barbara Mitchell submitted the work Leaves and Laughter.

James Carson Murphy James Carson Murphy

James is starting out as he has always been. But he likes to approach writing in that way, leaving his work casually strewn about his life like snow as he trudges forward into each morning, always starting out.

Rachelle Parker Rachelle Parker

Rachelle Parker is a Nassawadox born, Brooklyn bred girl. She now resides in eclectic Montclair, NJ. There she offers her stories, poems and desserts. This is her debut as a published writer.

A.l. Rollins A.l. Rollins

Al Rollins is a retired Local Government Budget Manager. Al loves to travel the USA with his wife, Janet, and photograph all the wonders of this great country.

Sue Russell Sue Russell

Raised in Montana and transposed to the mid-west, Sue Russell finds her inspiration in the mountainous wilderness of her childhood. As a practicing psychologist/psychoanalyst, she brings the richness of human emotional experience and dream symbolism to her writing.

Kevin Saleeba Kevin Saleeba

Kevin has been a reporter and photographer for several Southern New England newspapers for more than a decade. He is currently an assistant publisher for patriotsinsider.com, a site devoted to covering the New England Patriots. Kevin is now working on two writing projects: a fantasy novel called “The Squonk and the Horned Beast” and a sports book called “The Game that Saved the Patriots.” He also works with special needs kids and is the head coach of the North Providence Barracudas swim team.

Eileen Sateriale Eileen Sateriale

Eileen Sateriale is a Federal Government worker who writes in her spare time. She grew up in Lexington, Massachusetts and currently lives in Methuen. When her daughters were growing up, she contributed articles about their school to a local newspaper. In the past few years, she has had the chance to travel to Europe and Alaska with her husband. She has had poetry and short stories featured in print and on-line media.

Julie L. Scharf Julie L. Scharf

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

Richard Schnap Richard Schnap

Richard Schnap is a poet, songwriter and collagist living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His poems have most recently appeared locally, nationally and overseas in a variety of print and online publications.

Craig W. Steele Craig W. Steele

Craig W. Steele grew up in Texas and Pennsylvania and currently resides in the countryside of northwestern Pennsylvania, not far from Lake Erie. He is a professor of biology at Edinboro University. He writes for the same reasons he reads - for enjoyment, to understand and to visit alternate realities. His poetry has appeared most recently in Plainsongs, Stone Path Review, Blood and Thunder, Extra Innings, The Edge Magazine, The Lyric, Popular Astronomy, Enhance and elsewhere.

Lisa A. Svara Lisa A. Svara

Lisa Svara loves hanging out with her husband, three kids, and dog, taking pictures, writing sporadically, traveling occasionally, running pathetically, and trying new things. Such new things in the past few years have included shelving her MBA to stay home with her kids, then starting a wedding photography business, then returning to graduate school for education. She dislikes cold, rainy days, narrow-minded people, and talking about herself in the third person.

Charity C. Tran Charity C. Tran

Charity C. Tran is a Los Angeles native who frequents public transit, arts, and culture. She has published in Mused, Toasted Cheese Literary Journal, LAist, and Din Magazine. She is an Honorable Mention recipient in Glimmer Train´s Short Fiction Award and released a poetry chapbook on our digital lives entitled "Digital Divide." In addition to prose and poetry, Ms. Tran is a non-fiction writer and works as a digital strategist. For more information, visit http://www.charitytran.com.

Leslie Tribolet Leslie Tribolet

Leslie Tribolet lives on Kauai with her husband and animals. She studied at Santa Barbara Art Institute back in the 70’s concentrating on pencil portraits. She was introduced to the Genesis Heat Set Paints in 2007 and loved them because they are dried with heat, which speeds up the process of portrait painting. She has always been drawn to faces, so she decided to try her hand at painting them with Genesis with some good results. She hopes you enjoy what she does whether faces or fruit.

Phibby Venable Phibby Venable

Phibby Venable´s work has been published in 2River, Poetrybay, Southern Ocean Review, Sow´s Ear, Voices, the Appalachian Journal and various other national & international magazines. Venable has published three chapbooks & four collections of poetry. A book of poetry, The Wind Is My Wine, is due out in September, from Key Publications. Women of the Round Table, a first novel, by All Things That Matter Press, will also be published this year.

Joann Vitali Joann Vitali

Growing up in southern Connecticut, Joann attributes her passion for photography to living so close to New York City with its fast pace and diverse cultures. Since moving to New Hampshire, her interests have steered her towards photographing the beauty of everything New England. Joann´s work has been exhibited at the Exeter Town Hall, the Chimera Art Gallery, the Chandler Library, Gallery One, and Digital Xhibits in Nashua, NH. Artwork available for purchase at http://www.joannvitali.com.

Jody Zolli Jody Zolli

Jody Zolli has enjoyed writing poetry since she was seven. 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 twenty five years, and feels it is the perfect marriage between creative writing and engineering.

Susan Bridgers
Susan Bridgers lives in Chatham County, NC with various beasties of the woods, studies writing by reading, studies reading by writing, and only sometimes remembers to blink when at the computer.


Michael Coughlin
Michael Coughlin submitted the works entitled Banjo Lesson, Head of the Charles, Women´s Four, Princeton and MIT Women´s Eights and The Winner.


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 Four and Twenty, Poetry Porch, The Christendom Review and Anon. He has produced four poetry collections, which are available on Lulu.com.


Bob Evans
A late-comer to art photography, Bob spent his early career working in engineering. He finds that creating something from nothing gives a tremendous rush. Bob strongly believes in taking the subject ‘as-is’ - no posing, no moving of the subject matter. It is capturing the essential essence of the subject matter that is vital to him. As well as photography, Bob is also a keen sculptor and abstract painter. Visit ArckArts.com


Joseph Farley
Joseph Farley submitted the work November Brides.


Amanda Felice
Amanda is currently a high school English teacher in Saint Joseph, Missouri. Her two passions are writing and teaching. Fortunately, she has the opportunity to combine the two in the classroom. She has an M.A. in Written Communication and has published her writing in journals such as HalfwayDowntheStairs, Connotation Press, Commonline Journal, and Glassfire Magazine.


Martha Landman
Martha Landman submitted the work Light the Candles.


Jefferson Rowland
Jefferson runs for pen and paper, now and then, when something inside says, with some urgency, ´write this down´ (... it's taking up precious CPU space). He shares some of these at www.jeffersonrowland.com. During the day he´s an epidemiologist working for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and has endured more administrations than he´d like to admit..


E. F. Schraeder
E. F. Schraeder submitted the work Equal Access.


Karen Joyce Williams
Karen Joyce Williams submitted the work When We Met Harry Over the Trash.





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