BellaOnline Literary Review

Lisa Shea Lisa Shea, Senior Poetry Editor

Lisa Shea has been writing epic stories, creating poetry (especially haiku), snapping photos, and drawing landscapes since she was very young. She feels very strongly that there is a creative energy within each and every one of us. She is thrilled to have found a way to help promote the works of talented individuals around the world. In addition to owning BellaOnline, Lisa is the editor for BellaOnline’s low carb and video gaming sites. In the print world, Lisa is the author of a series of books on wedding and courtship traditions in Ireland, Italy, France and other cultures.

Diane Cipollo Diane Cipollo, Art Director

Diane Cipollo started as a traditional pen and ink artist in the greeting card industry and won third place in the Decorative Artist's Workbook 1998 Holiday Card Contest. She has always been fascinated by animated movies such as Disney's Fantasia and turned in her traditional pen and ink for digital pixels several years ago when digital art and animation software arrived on the scene. She has been with BellaOnline since 2003 as editor for the HTML, PHP, Flash and Digital Art and Design sections.

Kim Kenney Kim Kenney

Kim Kenney is the author of three books with Arcadia Publishing, Canton: A Journey Through Time, Canton´s West Lawn Cemetery, and Canton´s Pioneers in Flight. She has also published an exhibition review in The Public Historian, the journal of the National Council for Public History. Her work has appeared in Mused, The Boston Globe, The Repository, and the Amazon Shorts program. She serves as editor of the Museums website at, where she has authored several ebooks. She is a freelance writer with Demand Studios, where she focuses on history, automobile, food, and culture articles. Her hobbies include cooking, travel, reading, counted cross stitch, and photography.

Melissa Knoblett-Aman Melissa Knoblett-Aman

Melissa Knoblett-Aman is a freelance writer who holds a degree in English with a concentration in Writing and Editing from Western Carolina University. She has loved all forms of writing, be it fiction, poetry or non-fiction, ever since she can remember. Melissa is BellaOnline´s Editor for Catholicism and Cats. For Mused, in the past she has served as Senior Fiction Editor, Senior Plays Editor, assisted with poetry, and she continues to assist with artwork. Melissa also writes content for Squidoo and has been published in a variety of print media. Her Squidoo page can be found at Currently Melissa is working on her first novel. She also has plans to develop her own website where she will offer writing and editing services. In addition to writing, Melissa enjoys digital photography, playing with her cats and traveling.

Brandii Lacey Brandii Lacey, Senior Play Editor

Brandii Lacey’s writing career began at a small town newspaper in Boone, North Carolina. She reported on local events, politics, education, and human interest stories. She currently writes on a variety of topics including home, garden, travel, health, and family. Her recent articles are featured on,, and eHow Home & Garden. Previous work includes creating and managing content for the Lupus Foundation of America Piedmont Chapter website. Brandii currently writes for the Adoption site at BellaOnline. She is also a member of the Mused Non-fiction editorial team.

Cynthia Parker Cynthia Parker

Cynthia Parker is the editor of the Single Parents column on BellaOnline, the single mother of two wonderful daughters, a full-time employee and part-time student at a local university, and an avid writer. She enjoys writing poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction.

Vannie Ryanes Vannie Ryanes

Vannie Ryanes is a writer and home business owner/coach. Additionally, she is a book reviewer; she was a final manuscript reader for “Chicken Soup for the African American Soul.” Vannie moderates an online home business forum and owns an online community group for authors, writers and readers of African American and multicultural romance novels. She joined in 2004 and is the editor of Work & Family and Hot & Spicy [food]. While working at a health sciences university Vannie received two awards from the university president for outstanding service and exceptional dedication and an award from the university’s Board of Concerned Citizens for service, dedication and work of excellence rendered. She also received a certificate of appreciation from the Essex County Friend/Advocate Program for 15 years of volunteer service. She continues to give back by serving on civic groups in her town. To relax Vannie reads, cooks, or watches classic films.

Erika Lyn Smith Erika Lyn Smith, Senior Non-Fiction Editor

Erika Lyn Smith is the Senior Editor for the Mused Nonfiction team and the editor of BellaOnline’s Missing Exploited Children website. She recently began writing her blogs, Applied Chaos - a blog about living with ADD/ADHD and Observations of a Psych RN - my personal delusions of mediocrity in this crazy world. Erika Lyn Smith works the nightshift as a Clinical Support Nurse (CSN) in Behavioral Medicine. On the side, Erika is a digital photographer and artist. Her photography and artwork can be viewed online at Erika’s favorite place in the whole world is at home with her kindred spirit and husband, WES, her two awesome Earth Angels, three cockatiels and one fence-climbing beagle named Abi-normal. However Erika continues to wonder when her whistle pigs will return to the backyard?

Kevin Thorburn Kevin Thorburn, Senior Fiction Editor

Kevin Thorburn is a freelance writer based in Halifax, Nova Scotia with his cat, Ziggy. His passions include writing, music, art, animals, sports, health and many collections including coins, sport cards, autographs and cheques. He admires honesty and intelligence and anyone who is going after their dreams. Kevin is the Ice Hockey Editor at

Dianne Walker Dianne Walker

Dianne Walker is a full time Human Resources Manager for the Prince William Public Library system. She spends her free time as a freelance writer focusing on providing job search and career guidance. In addition to offering career advice on BellaOnline, she also writes two local columns on job search and careers for the DC Dianne is passionate about providing the training and skills necessary to help individuals succeed in their careers.

Nancy Welker Nancy Welker

Nancy Welker began writing and sketching at age 7, and has been an lover of books, art and theatre ever since. In her early years she also developed an interest in sports. Beginning her adult life with a degree in business, Nancy worked for an international construction company in NYC for five years before relocating to Florida. She met and married her husband, Roger, and raised two beautiful children, but never forgot her dream of forging a new career in her beloved fields. Four years ago, when her son and daughter were grown, she went back to school and earned a degree in fitness and nutrition, a diploma in cosmetology and esthetics, and six certifications in fitness and sports nutriion, including Yoga, which is her favorite exercise modality. Currently, Nancy is founding editor of "FitBeautiful!" eMag and Yoga Editor at BellaOnline.

Julia Reed Zaic Julia Reed Zaic

Julia is a practicing lawyer in Laguna Beach, CA. She enjoys sailing, SCUBA diving, and is the Business Travel Editor for BellaOnline. Originally from Florida, Julia lives in California with her husband and stepsons and serves as a member of the President´s Advisory Council for the National Wildlife Federation, a leading organization in conservation. She would like to start a movement to change courtroom dresscodes to include flip-flops and bermudas. The effort has not been successful...yet!

Jill Florio Jill Florio, Founding Editor

Jill Florio was the Art Editor for Flagstaff Live, Staff Reporter & Photographer for the Prescott Valley Tribune, and contributed variously as reporter, photographer and columnist to the Prescott Art Rag, Prescott Daily Courier, the Arizona Republic, Sweat Magazine, AP News,, Travelwise Magazine, Mountain Living Magazine, the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Serving Arizona, the Raven Review and She is the Editor for the 4th Edition of Arizona Off the Beaten Path, published by Globe Pequot Books. She has had poetry, art and short stories published in both recent and forgotten venues from as early as the 4th grade. Jill also writes for BellaOnline for the topics of Blogs & Social Networking. Jill is the Community Manager for BellaOnline overall, where she insists on using The Force as an alternative to pecking at her keyboard all day.

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