Bridget discovered her love for writing a few years ago. She does poetry, short stories and children´s stories (for her grandchildren and great-grands). She also publishes a newsletter, "Kentucky Seasons," and another one in German, " Erinnerungen," ( Memories) periodically. Born in Germany, she resides in Kentucky for over 30 years now and loves it there. Besides writing she loves reading, gardening, the many pets her large family keeps, and traveling.
Manijeh Badiozamani is a memoirist and writes 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 an adjunct professor of English at Arapahoe Community College in Colorado. She is currently working on her collection of short stories, "Family Tales from Teheran: A Different Sort of Life".
Morgan Baker lives with her husband, his BlackBerry, their three dogs and one teenage daughter in Cambridge, MA. Their older daughter is at college. Morgan teaches at Emerson College. Her essays have been published in the New York Times Magazine, The Boston Globe, The Emerson Review, Underwired Magazine, The Martha´s Vineyard Times, and in a previous issue at Mused-BellaOnline Literary Review. She blogs at http://midlifemusings-morgan.blogspot.com/
||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.
Freelance writer Lisa Barstow holds a BA in Creative Writing from Vermont College. Her essays and poems have been featured in numerous publications including Sacred Journey, Inner Tapestry, Inspiration Journal, and the anthology Mid-Life Clarity: Epiphanies from Grown-up Girls (Beyond Words Publishing). Her memoir, Don´t Go Back to Sleep, was recently published by Rainbow River Press. Lisa and her husband divide their time between homes in Maine and Hawaii. Online at www.lisabarstow.com.
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.
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 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
Charity’s poetry has appeared in Rattlesnake Review, Western Friends Quaker Journal, and Six Foot Swells Publishing. Nevada County Poetry Series has included her poems in three of their yearly collections. She organized the 2010 Renegade Poets event celebrating National Poetry Month.
Charity has lived thirty years in the beautiful Sierra Nevada foothills. She has three young grandsons and loves to take them for walks in the woods along with her puppy.
Talia Carner’s heart-wrenching suspense novels, PUPPET CHILD and CHINA DOLL, were hailed for exposing society’s ills. Her new novel, JERUSALEM MAIDEN, depicts a woman’s struggle for self-expression against her society’s religious dictates (HarperCollins, June 2011.) Her short stories and award-winning personal essays appeared in anthologies and literary reviews. A former publisher of Savvy Woman magazine, Carner has spearheaded ground-breaking projects to benefit women. Check www.TaliaCarner.com
||Liane Kupferberg Carter|
Liane Kupferberg Carter’s work has appeared in the New York Times parenting blog Motherlode, the Huffington Post, Babble, McCall’s, Cosmopolitan, Parents, Skirt!, Literary Mama, Mr. Beller´s Neighborhood, The Mom Egg, Memoir(and), Errant Parent, Brevity and Ducts. She is a 2009 winner of the Memoir Journal Prize for Memoir in Prose, and is working on a book about raising a child with autism. You can follow her on Facebook at http://tinyurl.com/64odtyp
||D. J. Cawood|
David Cawood lives and writes in Regina, SK, Canada. He is a retired English teacher and now enjoys the freedom to travel and spend time at his cottage on Lake Diefenbaker. He enjoys the outdoors and loves photography, cycling, and swimming. David is a member of the Saskatchewan Poetry Society where his poetry is included in 2 publications - Interlude(2007) and When The Wind Speaks(2009)with an up-coming volume in 2011. He has also been published in Transitions, a literary magazine.
||T. A. Cullen|
Tom Cullen is a poet who lives and works in Madison Wisconsin. He is a member of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets. He has a bachelors from Cardinal Stritch University and a Masters Degree from University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. He publishes haiku regularly at http://no2pelicancircle.blogspot.com. Tom has a poem entitled "Ivy" appearing in the Wisconsin Poets´ Calendar 2011. Tom also had a poem "Before The Summer Concert" in last Fall´s edition of Mused.
Maureen Donatelli has had a long love affair with poetry but didn´t start penning her own poems until a little over a year ago after the loss of her Mom. Now she can´t stop and has no plans on even trying. She lives in Abbotsford, British Columbia where she received her BA in English from The University of the Fraser Valley. Besides all things poetic, Maureen enjoys photography and spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Jennifer is an attorney, a writer, and a part-time film producer. She often travels and loves to use photography to bring depth to the way she sees the world. She would like to thank her Mom who bought her first camera for her.
Eboni Dunbar is a recent graduate of the Mills College MFA Program. She received her BA from Macalester College in 2009. She lives and works in the California Bay Area.
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,
Magnapoets, The Shine Journal, Ribbons and previous issues of Mused.
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.
||Leila A. Fortier|
Leila A. Fortier is a poet, artist, and photographer living in Okinawa Japan. Her work is a unique hybrid form combining layers of visual designed poetry over multi-medium forms of art. Her work has been published in dozens of literary magazines, journals and reviews both in print and online. She is the author of Metanoia´s Revelation, and has appeared in several books, anthologies, and freelance publications. A complete listing of her published works can be found at: www.leilafortier.com
Jessica is on the road to her focused future. Currently working on her Bachelors in Human Services, she is preparing to finish and head on to get her Masters in Occupational Therapy. All this in hopes of working and creating a specified practice and therapy regiment for special needs children.
Even as a young child, Debi gravitated towards artistic pursuits. Photographing with her Kodak brownie camera at about 5 years of age and oil painting from age 10, her interests eventually lead her to college where she received a BFA in design, and a career in graphic design. Her company Gardiner Design is approaching 25 years in business. Specializing in logo design, illustration and web-design. Visit her website at: http://www.gardinerdesign.com
J.Gay lives and writes in New Mexico, but she is still a Louisiana girl at heart. She will be receiving her poetry MFA from Stonecoast in July 2011. She makes her home with her husband and two cats. Her website it jgaywriting.com
||Peter J. Grieco|
Peter Grieco lives and studies mathematics in Buffalo, NY, his native city. Publications include AT THE MUSARIUM, a series of semi-procedural poems that draw on word frequency lists. The composition of "Late Summer Racket" dates to the mid-1990s and comes from his series, JOURNAL POEMS.
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.
Sangita Kalarickal draws on the cultures she has encountered in her various travels for her writing inspiration. She now resides in Minnesota with her husband and the several characters that appear in her stories. She is affiliated to the Colorado Springs Fiction Writers Group.
Margaret Karmazin’s credits include 127 stories published in magazines, including Rosebud, Chrysalis Reader and North Atlantic Review. Her stories in The MacGuffin, Eureka Literary Magazine, Licking River Review and Words of Wisdom were nominated for Pushcart awards and another was nominated for the 2010 Million Writers Award. She stories in STILL GOING STRONG, TEN TWISTED TALES, MOTA 9, ZERO GRAVITY and COVER OF DARKNESS and a novel, REPLACING FIONA, published by etreasurespublishing.com.
Skye Kinkade is the completely disorganized mother of four young children who works full time as a newspaper reporter and has aspirations to do many fantastic, magnificent, messy and time-consuming things. When she´s not writing the news for the Mount Shasta Herald, she enjoys experimenting with poetry and short fiction. She also maintains a blog, Skyelines, at www.mtshastanews.com/skyelines
||Gregory A. Kompes|
Las Vegas Psychic Intuitive Gregory A. Kompes is a bestselling author, teacher, speaker, and coach. Founder of Your Psychic Journey and scribe for The Three Sisters, 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.
Arwen also writes paranormal romance 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 her seventh release, "Sex And Trouble." Visit Marilu at http://www.greatmta.com Seek joy, y´all.
||Johnnie Clemens May|
Johnnie Clemens May teaches English and creative writing at a community college in Arizona. She has an M.F.A. from Pacific University and an M.A. from Indiana University. She has been writing poetry since she was a teenager. In her spare time, Johnnie enjoys raising houseplants, walking, and playing with her new grandson.
Kathryn is a self taught artist of several media 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 is a longtime journalist and editor who has contributed to several nonfiction books. She is a short story writer and a sometime photographer. 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.
Udita is pursuing a post-graduation degree in English literature. Writing has always been her passion, poetry in particular. She greatly admires the works of Margaret Atwood, Emily Dickinson and Pablo Neroda and at various stages, they have all been sources of inspiration to her. Poetry, for her, is an expression of one´s inner self. It exhilarates, rejuvenates and makes the poet come to terms the conflicting emotions that rage within her.
||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.
Erienne Rojas is a second year MFA student at the City College of New York. She has read in the Polestar Poetry Reading Series and the Turnstyle Reading Series at CUNY. Erienne was also a speaker on the publicity/promotion panel at the Liberty States Fiction Writers Conference in 2010. She has worked in book publishing for five years and is an editor of the online literary journal, Thoughtsmith. Her work has appeared in Poetry Performance, Slice and The Write Place at the Write Time.
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.
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.
Sarah is a horsewoman and an avid hiker currently living in Colorado. She writes to make sense of her outdoor experiences and to share them with others.
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.
||Donna L. 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.
||Andrew R. Sciandra|
Andrew is a retired Alternative High School Art Teacher.
||Kara J. Searcy|
Kara J. Searcy is a single mother currently living in the Iowa prairie. She is a recent college graduate with a BA in English and Creative Writing, but plans to return to school in the fall to study history. She loves constellations, Jesus, and the word “ricochet.”
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 in this issue of Mused was a Canon 40D. Bob can be reached at his golfing site at http://enjoyma.com/golf/.
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
||J. Scott Shields|
Twenty-eight years ago, Scott left the Midwest for the deserts of Arizona. Music, literature, and writing are his passions, and he strives to share his love of the written word with his high school English students each day. Scott’s poems and articles have appeared in the English Journal, Canyon Echo, and Treoir magazine (a publication of Comhaltas, an international organization that promotes traditional Irish music and culture). He is also a regular contributor to the blog, Writing Is Cake.
||Mary Anne Slack|
Mary Anne Slack is an elementary music teacher and singer who loves to write. A book lover and avid reader, she serves as a library trustee in her home town. She is very happy to be sharing her writing in the summer issue of Mused.
||Erika Lyn Smith|
Erika Lyn Smith is a Psychiatric RN since 1997, completing the Saint Louis University School of Medicine Medicolegal Death Investigator Training Course in 2006, & currently finishing a Bachelor´s in Criminal Justice Administration. She is BellaOnline’s Missing & Exploited Children Editor since June 2006, & recently accepted the Forensic Science feature writer position at Suite101. To see more of Erika Lyn Smith´s creative artwork and photography please visit www.ErikaLynSmith.net.
Robert Spiegel is a journalist who also writes poetry and fiction. His work has appeared in a wide range of publications, from Rolling Stone to True Confessions.
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
||Sarah Anne Stinnett|
Sarah Anne Stinnett was born into a family of artists. Poet, painter, photographer, thespian, and musician, she has plunged head-first into a multitude of disciplines of expression. As a senior at Berklee College of Music, Sarah has been published by FUSION Magazine as well as several online magazines including Ken*again, MadSwirl and Toucan. In the spring of 2011 she received the honor of representing Berklee’s student body by reading original works at the college’s convocation ceremony.
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.
||Charity C. Tran|
Charity C. Tran is a Los Angeles native who frequents public transit, arts, and culture. A graduate of USC´s Master of Professional Writing Program, she has published in Mused, Toasted Cheese Literary Journal, and the national journal Main Street News. She recently gained Honorable Mention in Glimmer Train´s Short Fiction Award. In addition to writing stories, Ms. Tran is a singer/songwriter and by day, a web manager. For more information, visit http://www.charitytran.com.
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´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.
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.
Chani Zwibel is a writer with a strong focus on poetry. She writes and tends a garden in Marietta, Georgia.
|Paul David Adkins|
Paul David Adkins grew up in South Florida and lives in New York, displaying the reverse migratory pattern of a snowbird.
Luis Alcaide is a Mexican-American writer and member of the Henderson´s Writer Group, born in Bronx, New York but has lived the majority of his life in the west coast of United States. He has served in the U.S. Marines. While in the Marines, he has lived in some strange and beautiful places: Europe, North Carolina and U.S.S. John F. Kennedy and U.S.S. Saratoga. He speaks, reads, and writes in Spanish and loves both his Hispanic and American cultures.
|Coral Kelly McCree|
Coral Kelly McCree graduated from Lynchburg College in Virginia with a BS in Biomedical Science and a minor in English. She has published non-fiction in The Prism Literary Magazine of Lynchburg College, Mused Literary Magazine and a research piece in the Journal of Microbiological Methods. Coral works as a Home Healthcare Clinical Sales Liaison in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL and is currently working on her first memoir as she prepares for her August wedding.
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.
Rose lives in the Phoenix area. Like the poet, Wallace Stevens, she has spent the better part of her career in the Surety industry. Her non-fiction has appeared in Let´s Go and Take 5. She is an occasional contributor to WritingIsCake.com.
Linda has been a writer all her life. Her career included stints as editor for a children’s book division at a Boston publishing company; newspaper reporter; and editor and writer for magazines. Currently retired from her last job as a public information specialist for a community college in Florida, she has sufficient sand in her shoes to make her an honorary resident of that state. Fiction is her current passion and she is working on her first novel.
Michael Harty lives in Prairie Village, Kansas, where he writes poetry and practices psychoanalysis, not necessarily in that order. His poems have appeared in Texas Poetry Calendar, Third Wednesday, Pearl, and elsewhere, and have received awards in the Inter-Board Poetry Competition online.
|Mary E. Henderson|
Mary E. Henderson submitted the work "Grasp Life".
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.
|Leslie E. Hoffman|
Leslie Hoffman is a writer, freelance editor of fiction and non-fiction, Co-founder of LaudablyTarnished.com: A Poetry Workshop, and landscape photographer--"Hacienda Bridge" featured on The Oprah Show in 2002. Leslie´s poems, short stories, and articles have been published in magazines, newspapers, anthologies, and on the Web. More of Leslie´s writing and photography can be viewed at: http://lesliehoffman.blogspot.com.
Samantha lives in rural Warwickshire, England, where she spends her time looking after two children, taking photographs and writing poetry. She has a degree in Biology and worked for several years in the science industry. She has set up a small business selling photographic cards and prints, www.samanthas-cards.co.uk. Her ambition is to have a collection of poems published.
|J. D. Isip|
J.D. Isip submitted the work "On Watching My Dog Chase a Cat the Day I Put Him Down".
Ryan Kauffman is a student in the English Graduate Program at Northern Kentucky University. His fiction and poetry has appeared in The Fringe Magazine, The Western Online, Haiku Journal, and Writing Raw. Ryan lives in Crestview Hills, KY with his trusty writing side-kick, Wally the dog.
Kateema is an emerging poet. Her poetry has been published in several journals, including Poet Lore. When she is not writing, she teaches composition, literature, and women’s studies courses.
Banks Miller submitted the work "To The Moon".
Cynthia Parker is a writer of poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction. She studies Engish and Cultural Anthropology at a Southern university and is currently working on a series of short stories and essays about living as a woman in the South.
Cynthia also is the editor of the Single Parents site at BellaOnline.com. Relying upon her experiences as a single mother and the wisdom shared with her by other single parents, she discusses topics she believes to be relevant to single parents today.
Armond Richards once read that "truth is truth, to end of reckoning." And he reckons poetry to be the only truth to encourage wonder rather than knowledge.
|Catherine Van Herrin|
Catherine Van Herrin is a native of Atlanta. She is a freelance editor, writer, and poet.
Gisele has been writing poetry for many years, but came out of the closet in the last 2 years. She is a 53 year old widow with 3 adult children. She lives in the Canadian prairies in the province of Manitoba. With a degree in Dramatic Studies and a teaching Certificate, she taught middle and high school French and English for 20 years. Her poetry has been published on numerous websites. Gisele has written a book of her 27 years with HIV and it is currently being published.
James Welsh submitted the work "Where Fireflies End, Where Lightning Begins".