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.
Glenda Barrett, a native of Hiawassee, Georgia is an artist, poet and writer. Her work has been published in Woman´s World, Farm & Ranch Living, Rural Heritage, Nostalgia, Journal of Kentucky Studies, Smoky Mountain Living, Georgia Magazine and many others. Her chapbook, "When the Sap Rises," is now on sale at Amazon.com. Her paintings are on display on Yessy.com.
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.
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 into designing and managing a website for a local artist. She has been living on the Gulf Coast for fifteen years and enjoys the relaxed lifestyle of the South. View her site: http://loribernard.blogspot.com/.
||Stacey S. Dye|
Stacey has loved words forever. She is moved by music, inspirational quotes and even rocks engraved with words she carries in her pockets. Having written everything from poetry to ad copy, it wasn’t until 3 years ago that she 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´s been featured in Camroc Press, Poor Mojo´s Almanac(k), Cafe del Soul, and was previously featured in Mused.
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 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.
||Teresa Ann Frazee|
An artist for over 20 years, having juried, invitational and solo exhibitions in galleries, museums and other venues with countless awards and honors. Additionally, she has always pursued her other love, writing. Inside her world of make believe she creates what she knows to be true. To view Teresa’s paintings please go to www.frazeefinearts.com (Teresa’s Gallery) Teresa Ann Frazee.
Marita Froimson has been taking pictures for as long as she can remember. She is intrigued by textures and basic shapes and is always trying to capture the mood that makes each photo unique. She has been working as a graphic designer for the past 20+ years, but is secretly hoping to some day travel the world as a full time photographer. She currently works out of her studio in Worcester, Massachusetts. You can visit her website at: http://www.marita-f-design.com.
||Alessandra Diridoni Grigsby|
Alessandra owes her love of writing and literature to a high school teacher who introduced Shakespeare and O Henry, among others, as the earliest masters to impress Alessandra. Alessandra now spends most of her time writing contracts for a SAAS company and, in her spare time, writes short stories, prose, and small poetic pieces for fun, spending her work days writing legal documents and mentoring younger professionals. Her daydream is a beach house where she can just write for the fun of it.
Ann Hite has published over sixty stories. Her Black Mountain stories were featured in the May 2008 Issue of The Dead Mule. Her novel, Beautiful Wreck, was a semi-finalist in the 2009 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest. Circle of Light was nominated for Sundress Best Story of 2008. Believing in Magic appeared in a new anthology, Christmas Traditions, October 2009. The Christmas Tree Hunter appeared in Christmas Through A Child’s Eyes, published in 2008. Surviving Mom was part of Marlo Thomas’ latest collection, The Right Words At The Right Time, Vol., 2 www.freewebs.com/annhite/.
||Leslie E. Hoffman|
Leslie Hoffman is a writer, freelance editor of fiction and non-fiction, editor of PatchworkPath.com, landscape photographer, and co-founder of LaudablyTarnished.com, a poetry workshop. Leslie´s poems, short stories, and articles have been published in magazines, newspapers, anthologies, and on the Web. More of her writing can be read at: http://lesliehoffman.blogspot.com.
Sarah Ince began writing poetry at the age of fourteen. In 1998, Sarah began to write love poems. Sarah also began to write spiritual poems, following many spiritual experiences that touched her since a journey on the path of spirituality that began in 1992. Sarah´s poetry has been published in an anthology, ezines - including Cosmic Lighthouse, physical magazines - including Paradigm Shift Magazine. Sarah´s Poetry books can be found online at Lulu.com:- http://stores.lulu.com/limitlesslight.
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.
||Gregory A. Kompes|
Las Vegas 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 Book series, 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.
||Holly Van Leuven|
Holly Van Leuven resides in Boston, MA where she is pursuing a BFA in Writing, Literature, and Publishing at Emerson College. She believes that when a sound mind and body exist in symbiosis, fruitful writing results. To fuel her love of writing traditional poetry and creative nonfiction, she habitually enjoys healthy eating, Charles Dickens´ serializations, and gallops through the woods on horseback.
||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.
Scott March recently completed his first memoir as a gift to his wife, who helped him find love in his world. An English teacher from Brooklyn, New York, he has shared his passion for writing with his students for eight years, while continuing to craft his own fiction and memoir pieces. Scott currently lives in Connecticut with Emma and teaches middle school Language Arts.
Cynthia Parker is a writer of poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction. She has found that if she gives in to the genre that is inspired by her moods, she will be most happy with the resulting works. Cynthia writes a single parents column for BellaOnline.com at http://www.bellaonline.com/site/SingleParents. 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.
Jefferson began putting pen to paper in his twenties but never thought about legacy, rather he was compelled to ´download´ his feelings to ´move on´. He began to wonder if he could connect with others through writing, as the 6´ 2" linebacker and wise-ass kid from Queens was the first thing folks encountered, not the poet or personal essayist that lived within. Herein he shares something that happened one winter afternoon while looking out the window of his country kitchen in West Newbury, MA.
||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.
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 is a retired elementary school teacher.
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 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.
Beate Sigriddaughter grew up in post-WWII Germany and moved to the United States in her teens. Three times a Pushcart Prize nominee, she has published prose and poetry in many literary magazines and ezines. Her most recent book, Snow White (2008) is a novella-length retelling of Grimm’s fairytale narrated by its many characters. Beate is also the founder of the Glass Woman Prize that honors passionate women’s voices (details at www.sigriddaughter.com).
Lori Smaltz began her passion for photography at age eight with an Argus C3 35 mm and film. Over the last 30 years, Lori rolled with changes and now uses a Digital SLR, she also creates digital composite images and other unusual graphic arts. Lori´s photography was recently published in LIFE Magazine (2008-2009), and The South Magazine (2008). Her latest publication, Bone Garden Enchantment: A Collection, is available for review along with her most recent galleries at: www.lorismaltz.com.
Kevin Thorburn is a writer from Halifax, NS Canada. He is the Ice Hockey editor at BellaOnline. Kevin has a love for writing, music, art, animals (especially Ziggy, his cat) and anything else of beauty. He has known writing is his intended vocation from a young age, even if other jobs have tended to get in the way from time to time.
||Karen Hart Tillquist|
Kerri Tillquist is a mother of three by passion and a critical care nurse by profession. Her father was diagnosed with Alzheimer´s in 2003. Her poem, a tribute to her father, reflects the journey she with her family have experienced in recent years.
||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. You can keep up with her on her blog (http://www.intellichick.com).
Ben Woodard lives in Connecticut with his wife and cat. He co-wrote the award winning feature film Circuit, which is currently screening at film festivals across the country.
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.
Colleen Calhoun submitted the poem entitled Yellowed.
Pamela Calhoun is a Christian writer whose main focus is short inspirational stories. She´s currently assembling 12 stories to be published in a book that will encourage, strengthen and challenge. She also enjoys writing sweet little morsels that bring a smile to your face. She lives in the Northwest with her husband and dog, works from a home office providing Customer Service, and is learning the joys and pain of horseback riding. www.pamelacalhoun.com.
Poetry, Music and Nature, believes Kavita Charanji, are great healers for the dispirited and grieving. Apart from poetry, Kavita writes on Culture, Development and Gender issues. Kavita has worked with a number of Non Govermental Organizations (NGOs) in India and Bangladesh. She now lives in New Delhi (India) where she continues to write and edit for The Daily Star (Dhaka, Bangladesh) and a host of other well known Indian publications.
Susan McKinley is an Australian writer currently traveling around Europe and the UK where she spends her time exploring, writing, volunteering and visiting family, friends, pilgrimage sites, book-shops, cafés and galleries.
Jeanine DeHoney is a freelance writer who has been published in Essence, Mommy Too, Skipping Stones, Empowerment 4Women, Quality Woman’s Fiction, Mused-BellaOnline, Mothering.com., The Write Place At The Write Time, Writing For Dollars, and Wow´d by Him Christian Magazine, and 50to1. Jeanine also had one of her essay’s entitled “Sistahood” published in the Chicken Soup book series, “Chicken Soup for The African American Woman’s Soul.” She is married, the mother of three and the proud grandmother of two, soon to be three.
Kristi Dinneen is a photographer and aspiring writer currently residing in Missouri. On any given day she can be found on a golf course enjoying the things she loves, nature and animals, while pursuing her true passion...GOLF.
Murray Dunlap submitted the non-fiction entitled Otherwise....
Hazel Maone Freeman submitted the non-fiction entitled The Gift.
|Jane Penland Hoover|
Jane Penland Hoover grew up in Decatur, GA, and graduated from Emory University in Atlanta. After her husband suffered a stroke in 1973, Jane began a 25 year career with Clairmont Oaks, Inc., operating and constructing senior housing communities. In 1992, after her daughters graduated and married, Jane began facilitating writing groups before moving to NC with her husband. Today she leads writing workshops, enjoys memoir, and writes poetry. http://jpenstroke.wordpress.com/.
Michelle Karotkin submitted the non-fiction entitled Sandy.
Maggie Koger is an Idaho native and former English teacher who lives and writes in Boise. She grew up on a farm where weather, plants, animals and people complemented each other in response to the daily challenges of survival. She writes poetry because the composing process reveals the beauty of the universe and the grace of the ordinary. Her poetry has appeared in several small magazines, most recently in Avocet. Mused is her first appearance in an online literary publication.
|Laura Susan Ferriss Kouba|
Laura Susan Ferriss Kouba submitted the poem entitled If Pitch Black.
Melora May submitted the fiction entitled The Locket.
Bruce McRae submitted the poem entitled The Doctor Is In.
Loma Hansen Rothmund submitted the painting entitled The Lesson.
Andrew Sciandra submitted the photographs entitled Amanda and Hanging On.
George Shaw has been potter, builder, scrubber and teacher, among other things. He is now writing full time and seeking a publisher for his first novel.
Karen Sorbello submitted the photographs entitled I See You, Path To Nowhere and The King And I.
Doug Stone submitted the fiction entitled Incident on Mt. Snow.
Phibby Venable submitted the poem entitled Raggedy Ann on Edge.
Lilith submitted the photographs entitled Delicacy and Front Door.
Patrick submitted the photograph entitled Mother Nature.
Beth Weiner and Reid Gilmore are both biologists who do woodturning as a hobby. They work together on segmented projects in addition to turning individual pieces. They have been woodturning for about 8 years. Reid was born and raised in New Mexico and that has influenced the design of the bowl presented here. More of their work can be seen at www.moonhillwoodart.com.
Sheree Welshimer, a freelance writer, enjoys composing upbeat stories with a message. Her articles are inspired by her varied experiences as an elementary teacher, newspaper reporter, certified fitness instructor, veterinary assistant and sheep farmer. She is an avid cyclist who has logged many miles touring the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia. She serves as BellaOnline’s Allergies and Colds editor where she shares her passion for good health and fitness.
|Joanna M. Weston|
Joanna M. Weston submitted the poems entitled A Background of Flowers, Art Exhibition, Buried Secrets and Rainbows.
June O'Hara submitted the non-fiction entitled Asylum.
Leonore Wilson submitted the poem entitled Small Portrait.