MUSED
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Stairs by Albert Rollins

Contributors
Francine L. Baldwin-Billingslea Francine L. Baldwin-Billingslea

Francine L. Billingslea is a mother, a grandmother, and a breast cancer survivor who has recently found a passion for writing. She has been published in over twelve anthologies, a magazine, and in BellaOnline. Francine has authored an inspirational memoir titled "Through it all," which can be purchased through, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Xlibris. A portion of the proceeds are donated to breast cancer research. She loves traveling, writing, and spending quality time with her loved ones.

Marilyn Baszczynski Marilyn Baszczynski

Marilyn Baszczynski is originally from Ontario, Canada, but has lived in central Iowa since 1992. She teaches and tutors French part-time at the local college and high school when she isn’t busy with family and gardening. Marilyn’s other passion is the written word—reading and writing, trying to find “le mot juste”. She is a member of various poetry groups and has published and received awards and honorable mentions for a number of her poems.

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

Teresa Tumminello Brader Teresa Tumminello Brader

Teresa Tumminello Brader was born in New Orleans and lives in the area still. She holds a B.A. in English from Marquette University and is the mother of two grown children. Her stories can be found online at Hobart, Clapboard House, 971 Menu and elsewhere, and in print, most recently in Coming Home: A 2010 Main Street Rag Short Fiction Anthology. Her first published poem appears online in Willows Wept Review. Links to her work can be found at http://teresa-nola.blogspot.com/ .

Nicole Maria Brickman Nicole Maria Brickman

Nicole Brickman lives in Columbus, Ohio, where she teaches her middle school students to love reading and writing. She has a BA in Education/English from Hunter College in New York City and an MA in Literature from the University of Connecticut. She has been published in the Long River Review, technicolor Poetic Medicine and vox poetica. In her spare time (which is limited) she enjoys spending time with her husband Jeff, her dog Kira and her cat Jim. She is expecting her first child in May.

Jennifer Cherry Jennifer Cherry

Jennifer Cherry lives with her husband and three children in central Illinois. Her heart belongs to the surrounding Illinois landscape that, during spring, offers a glimpse of the bountiful harvest to come in the fall, that during summer is rich with green foliage, and that during winter restores itself quietly beneath a blanket of snow. It is from this landscape that most of her characters come.

Aneta Cruz Aneta Cruz

Aneta Adamcová-Cruz grew up in the Czech Republic where she received a degree in Gastronomy. Soon after, she realized that literature has been her favorite delicacy all along. She is now a senior at CSUSB majoring in English Literature. Aneta edited the last issue of the university´s literary magazine Badlands. She is finishing up her novel.

Joanne Cucinello Joanne Cucinello

Joanne Cucinello is a poet and writer who to date has published three books of poetry and an illustrated Children´s Fairytale. Her works include lyric essays and free form poetry, often visionary and insightful. Joanne is a member of the Academy of American Poets and the Society of Children´s Book Writers and Illustrators. She has been published in "Shadows Ink Selected Poems 2008" and “A Splash of Verse 2008" with an Award of Excellence. http://icthebridge-moonspirit.blogspot.com/

Sharon Devereux Sharon Devereux

Sharon expresses herself through the medium of digital photography. For many years she pursued a career as a commercial interior designer. Sharon loves to head outside with no particular mission, she´s "just looking". Shadow, reflection, the play of light creating interesting patterns, shapes and moods. Her inspiration is derived from these elements that transform everyday things, elevating them to a level of intrigue and beauty be it architecture, nature or street photography. (Massachusetts)

Elizabeth Ann Devine Elizabeth Ann Devine

Elizabeth Devine is currently attending a Georgia Community College in the pursuit of a degree in Communications. She was first published at the age of sixteen in "O Georgia, too!" an anthology of poetry and fiction by young authors. She plans to write both poetry and fiction for many years to come.

Stacey Dye Stacey Dye

Stacey has a love for words. She is moved by music, inspirational quotes and poetry! Having written everything from journals to ad copy, it wasn’t until 4 years ago that she began to pursue the art of poetry. Her primary focus is the human condition. Stacey lives with her husband Dennis and critters Izzy and Elly. Credits include Camroc Press Review, Touch: The Journal of Healing, Dew on the Kudzu, The Shine Journal, Ribbons and previous issues of Mused. www.stace-onawhim.blogspot.com

Sue Ellis Sue Ellis

Sue Ellis is a retired Postmaster from the Inland Northwest. Her short stories, poems and essays have appeared at such places as Christian Science Monitor, Flashquake, Wild Violet Magazine, Flash Me Magazine and The Shine Journal.

Lee Evans 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.

Lisa Hodges Lisa Hodges

Lisa is a New Zealander who now lives in Canada, and it is there that she took up an interest in writing under the guidance of an online friend who is also a poet. He saw that she had an affinity with words, or as he put it, suffered from verbal diarrhea and needed an outlet in order to put them all into a legible context! She is extremely grateful for all his help and encouragement.

Ke Huang Ke Huang

As a Portuguese of Chinese descent, Ke Huang learned most of her English from watching Hollywood movies. She has a B.S. from Syracuse and an M.F.A. in screenwriting from UCLA. Her writing consists of comedy, drama and horror stories about ethnic experiences.

Gary F. Iorio Gary F. Iorio

Gary F. Iorio is a graduate of the Iowa Writers´ Workshop. He lives in Islip and Montauk, New York. He has been a real estate attorney since 1985.

JackiGail JackiGail

JackiGail began taking pictures to have unlicensed art for her website business. In 2005, she started to show her art work at art shows and fairs. A member of the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, she participates in their Art At the Source program each year. She enjoys the whole process of photography from making the picture to printing to framing. Her work is unaltered and what she sees is what you get.

Samantha Jubilee Samantha Jubilee

Samantha Jubilee is a retired human resources professional and reflexologist and amateur genealogist. She enjoys taking college classes in creative writing, history, and theology. "Cecelia´s Rapture" is her first published poem.

Margaret Karmazin Margaret Karmazin

Margaret Karmazin’s credits include over 126 stories published in literary and national magazines, including Rosebud, Chrysalis Reader, North Atlantic Review, Potomac Review, and Pennsylvania Review and stories in Ten Twisted Tales, Mota 9, Zero Gravity and Cover of Darkness. Four of her stories were nominated for Pushcart awards. http://margaretkarmazin.blogspot.com/

John Keeman John Keeman

Retired researcher, unpublished novelist, playwright, poet, and failed punter. "In the fell clutch of circumstance / I have not winced nor cried aloud. / Under the bludgeonings of chance / My head is bloody, but unbowed."

Ash Krafton Ash Krafton

Pushcart Prize nominee Ash Krafton is a speculative fiction writer whose work has appeared in several journals, including Niteblade, Ghostlight Magazine, Expanded Horizons, and Silver Blade. Ms. Krafton resides in the heart of the Pennsylvania coal region and lurks near her website Spec Fic Chick (http://ashkrafton.com).

James McDonald James McDonald

James McDonald currently works in the computer industry, but little by little art has managed to creep its way in; finally and firmly grabbing a hold of his life. Through the kind encouragement of his wife the leap from traditional media to digital was made and now a growing intermingling between the two is taking place.

Michael Mira Michael Mira

Michael Mira is a poet and photographer based in Houston, Texas. His poetry and short fiction has been published in Identity Theory, amphibi.us and Six Sentences. You can view his non-fiction work and photo essays at www.motionparallax.blogspot.com

Kathryn Moore Kathryn Moore

Kathryn is a self taught artist of several medias which include photography, painting and jewelry making. She draws her inspiration from her love of the ocean and her many travels. An avid scuba diver, you can find her in, on, or under the water. Follow Kathryn’s art and adventures at www.craftcreateconserve.com

Judy Moore Judy Moore

Judy Moore is a longtime journalist and editor who has contributed to several nonfiction books. A lifelong resident of Florida, she worked as a newspaper reporter and sportswriter for several years and has had articles published in numerous national and regional magazines. A former tennis pro, a so-so golfer and an avid swimmer, she lives in Gainesville with her daughter, Jennifer. She recently began writing fiction.

Syche Phillips Syche Phillips

Syche is a writer of fiction and nonfiction. She recently moved from New York City back to the San Francisco area. You can find more of her nonfiction at www.sychela.com.

Jan Priddy Jan Priddy

Jan Priddy´s writing has earned an Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship, Arts & Letters fellowship, Soapstone residency, Pushcart nomination, and publication in journals such as CALYX, Raven Chronicles, StringTown, Pacific Magazine, Ink-Filled Page, Work Literary Magazine, and North American Review. After completing the Pacific University MFA program in fiction, she continues living and teaching on the north Oregon coast. Her QUIET MINDS blog is at http://janpriddyoregon.blogspot.com

Al Rollins Al 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.

Zhaleh Sarduy Zhaleh Sarduy

Zhaleh Sarduy braves the suburbs with 3 devoted dogs, 3 indifferent cats and one loving husband who threatens to leave her if she brings another animal into the house. He has yet to confirm if this includes his family. She loves reading, writing, and traveling. On a daily basis, Zhaleh´s husband inspires her to look forward to the future, her dogs remind her to live for today, and the cats refuse to let her take herself too seriously.

Donna Sciandra Donna Sciandra

Donna has always been adventurous and loved to travel. She spent two years in Jamaica (as a teacher trainer in Kingston) and five years in the Solomon Islands on Guadalcanal (as a Community Developer in a rain forest living in a leaf house) with the Peace Corps. Donna is now a retired elementary school teacher who is enjoying her “free” time traveling and photographing North America.

Lisa Shea Lisa Shea

Born in Maryland, Lisa Shea has been contentedly nestled in the rolling hills and mossy forests of Massachusetts for the past fifteen years. She is drawn to the ocean and cherishes quiet evenings as the orange glow of sunset glistens across wooden docks. Lisa relishes the challenge of conveying meaning and memorable characters in a measured bounding of time and space. Her stories, poems, and images celebrate natural beauty and serenity. Enjoy thousands of her photos at http://www.lisashea.com

Sandra Staas Sandra Staas

Sandra grew up in Scotland, then later moved to Spain where she resided for many years. She taught Spanish as adjunct faculty for several years in Pennsylvania. She has been published in New Hope International, two Sandberg-Livesay Anthologies, Innisfree, Powder Room Graffiti, Mused Literary Journal, BoomerCafe, and other small magazines. One of her short stories will be published soon at The Weeder´s Digest. She blogs at www.sandrastaas.blogspot.com

Angelika Teuber Angelika Teuber

Angelika is an internationally published poet who followed her dream of writing poetry after she had moved to the United States from Germany. She loves poetry deeply and found like-minded people in the Triangle area (NC) with whom she cultivates the art. Angelika founded the non-profit group Living Poetry organizing local readings, workshops, book club, prompts, and group events (www.livingpoetry.net). She is also a member of the North Carolina Poetry Society and North Carolina Writers´ Network.

Jeanne Egbosiuba Ukwendu Jeanne Egbosiuba Ukwendu

In 1992, Jeanne Egbosiuba Ukwendu joined the U.S. Peace Corps and taught mathematics, English, and physics at a secondary school. Since the Peace Corps, Jeanne has been researching and writing about all aspects of African Culture. She is editor of the African Culture topic at Bellaonline.com. Jeanne is married and currently lives in Miami, Florida with her husband and two daughters.

Janet Amalia Weinberg Janet Amalia Weinberg

Janet Amalia Weinberg is a writer, a former psychologist, and the editor of an anthology designed to help women feel good about aging. (Still Going Strong; Memoirs, Stories, and Poems About Great Older Women). Some of her stories may be found in Room, Long Story Short, Wild Violet, West Wind Review, and Moondance. http://janetamaliaweinberg.blogspot.com/2011_02_01_archive.html

Joanna M. Weston Joanna M. Weston

Joanna M. Weston has had poetry, reviews, and short stories published in anthologies and journals for twenty five years. Her middle-reader, ‘Those Blue Shoes´, was published by Clarity House Press. Her poetry, ‘A Summer Father’, was published by Frontenac House of Calgary. http://www3.telus.net/public/west34/

Vicki Winslow Vicki Winslow

Vicki Winslow grew up and studied writing in North Carolina. Her book for middle readers, Follow the Leader, won Bantam Doubleday Dell Books for Young Readers´ Marguerite de Angeli Prize in 1995. Vicki´s novella, The Conversion of Jefferson Scotten, will be published in the digest Short Sharp Shock in spring 2011. Visit her blog at http://vickiwinslow.wordpress.com/.

Mallory J. Wycoff Mallory J. Wycoff

Mallory Wycoff is a recent (May 2009) college graduate with a BA in History from Biola University, but her true passion is literature! She works as a homeschooling, dish-washing, chicken-feeding nanny to three adorable children and writes whenever she can in her spare time. She loves observing the world around her and tries to capture it in words – a true challenge.

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.

Tabitha Bird
Tabitha Bird is a freelance writer, kick ass boxer, runner and aspiring photographer. In another life she may well have been Super Woman. She is currently writing her second book, The Exquisiteness of Seeing, a work of woman´s fiction. You can view both her writing and photography on her blog: THROUGH MY EYES http://tabithabird.blogspot.com/


Spencer Carvalho
Spencer Carvalho submitted the work Safety or Security.


Ken de Jong
Ken lives in Regina, Saskatchewan where he is a member of The Saskatchewan Poetry Society. Memories of a rural childhood coupled with urban living, people watching and his imagination all contribute to his hobby of writing. His poems have appeared in Western People, Poetry International and he has contributed to two books Interlude and When the Wind Speaks.


Kristina Gehrmann
Kristina Gehrmann submitted the artworks Sapientia and Venus.


John Grey
John Grey submitted the work John Grey.


Caroline Jane Harris
Caroline Jane Harris graduated from the University of Brighton in 2009 with a BA Hons in Fine Art Printmaking. Since leaving University she has exhibited both internationally in group exhibitions and has had two solo exhibitions. She is currently an artist in Residence at ´The Muse at 269´ on the Portobello road, Notting Hill which concludes with a 3-week long solo show in June 2011. www.carolinejaneharris.com


Megan Milligan
Megan Milligan submitted the work A Cold Haiku.


Rebecca Ray
Rebecca Ray submitted the work The Love of Ghana.


Rachel A. Robins
Rachel A. Robins lives in a house shaded by giant mulberry trees from the 1800s. She has three children that keep her laughing as she taxis them to and fro. Rachel is finishing her English Education degree at Dixie State College with the intent to educate middle-school aged youth. She thinks it will be grand to be paid to talk literature and writing to a semi-captive audience! Rachel also enjoys walking with her crazy dog (who climbs the giant trees in her yard), gardening and singing.


Melinda M. Sands
Melinda M. Sands submitted the work Outside/Inside.


Lianna Trimble
Lianna Trimble submitted the works Pearls and Wasting.


Danielle Wolffe
Danielle Wolffe is a freelance writer. Her work has appeared in 5Finger Review, The San Francisco Bay Guardian, Alaska, Outside, Sandlapper and in other places. Her radio work has appeared on Weekend America/American Public Media. She is not really a poet, but writes poems once or twice a year. She wrote this one while selling flowers at a farmers market. She currently works for various non-profit organizations doing various things. She likes to garden, hike, travel and generally run amok.


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