BellaOnline Literary Review
Little Hoot by Christine Catalano

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Melissa Allen Melissa Allen

Melissa lives nestled in a beautiful, southern mountain range. As a teen and young adult, she spent hours in the poetry section of libraries. Little did she know that years later inspiration would be born to her in the strangest places, in fleeting moments and chance meetings, compelling her to write poetry of her own.

Linda C. Angér Linda C. Angér

Linda C. Anger is President of Detroit Working Writers, a 113-year-old organization for published and emerging writers. Her poetry and short fiction has 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.

Ashton Ashton

Ashton, 52 lives just south of Austin, in a town where one gets into serious trouble when they snitch their Dad´s cameras. Passions include the Blues, BBQ ~ cooking it and eating it ~ and photography. The photobug took hold of Ashton early in life from the time she was given that Kodak Instamatic and her love for photography has grown from that moment. Ashton loves to travel, whether it´s the US or just exploring the back roads of Texas....looking for BBQ joints and photo opportunites.

Mark Berkerey Mark Berkerey

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

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 Carole lives in Groton, MA.

Liane Kupferberg Carter Liane Kupferberg Carter

Liane Kupferberg Carter is a journalist whose articles and essays have appeared in many publications, including the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Huffington Post, Babble, Brevity, Skirt!, Parents Magazine and Literary Mama. She recently completed a memoir about raising a child with autism. You can follow her at

Christine Catalano Christine Catalano

Christine likes to take photographs and play with them on the computer. She dedicates her work to her muse and longtime friend, who passed away recently.

Nabin Kumar Chhetri Nabin Kumar Chhetri

Nabin Kumar Chhetri reads for an M.St in creative writing at the University of Oxford. He is a member of Scottish PEN. He graduated with a degree of M.Litt in Novel from the University of Aberdeen. He has been awarded from Italy, Israel and Nepal for his poems. His works have appeared in more than 50 national and international Journals.His pamphlet was long listed in Flarestack poets(UK) and his Chapbook is due to come out next year from Rufus Books Canada.

Gabi Coatsworth Gabi Coatsworth

Gabi Coatsworth is an award-winning British-born writer and blogger who has spent half her life living in the United States. Her essays and short fiction have been published in Tangerine Tango: Women Writers Share Slices of Life, an anthology of essays by women writers, E-chook’s literary memoir app, and literary journals, both in print and online. She also writes a blog for writers – The WriteConnexion at She has two dreadful novels languishing in a drawer somewhere.

David L. Cooper David L. Cooper

David L. Cooper has taught at Jefferson Community and Technical College in Louisville, Ky. for twenty-eight years. He teaches English and African American History. In 2011, he won the state´s highest college level teaching award, The Acorn Award. In 1995, he received a University of Kentucky Great Teacher Award and in 1996 he received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to study the Great Black Migration at the University of Kansas. He has an a son, Sean, and a daughter, Rachel.

Linda M. Crate Linda M. Crate

Linda M. Crate is a Pennsylvanian native born in Pittsburgh, and raised in the rural town of Conneautville. Her poetry, short stories, reviews, and articles have appeared in a myriad of magazines both online and in print. Her novel Amethyst Epiphany is forthcoming from Assent Publishing under their imprint Phantasm Books. To find more of her writing you can follow her on facebook here:

Maureen Daniels Maureen Daniels

Maureen Daniels grew up in England and San Jose, California. She has a B.A. from CUNY Hunter College and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from CUNY City College. She is the winner of The Doris Lipmann Prize, The Stark Short Fiction Award, The Audre Lorde Award and was a runner up for the Astraea Emerging Writers Award. Her poems and short stories have appeared in publications such as Lambda Literary, Global City Review, Nibble, Scapegoat Review and others. She currently lives in New York City.

Ruth Z. Deming Ruth Z. Deming

Ruth Z. Deming, winner of a Leeway Grant for Creative Nonfiction, has been published in Creative Nonfiction, Haggard and Halloo, Ray’s Road Review and other venues. A mental health advocate, she runs New Directions Support Group for people and families affected by depression and bipolar disorder. She lives in Willow Grove, PA, suburban Philadelphia.

Susanne Dutton Susanne Dutton

Susanne Dutton is a Philadelphian writing fiction, poetry and psychology. She has outlived her career as a counselor, her pets and her mortgage, but not her itch to mess around with words and sentences, to which she devotes most afternoons. Her work has been seen in Milk Sugar Literature, Main Street Rag Anthology, Depth Insights E-zine and SUNY’s new Unruly Catholic Women Writers. Her psychology book at is "The Apportioner’s Counsel – Saying I Do (or I Don’t) With Your Eyes Open."

Bob Evans 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 or follow on FaceBook.

Amanda Felice Amanda Felice

Amanda Felice 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.

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.

Brigitte Goetze Brigitte Goetze

Brigitte Goetze, biologist, goat farmer, and writer lives in the foothills of Oregon´s Coast Range. She has been published by Oregon Humanities, Quiet Mountain Essays, Outward Link, Four and Twenty, Poets for Living Waters, Calyx, Women Artists Datebook 2011 and others.

Richard Hartwell Richard Hartwell

Rick Hartwell is a retired middle school English teacher living in Southern California with his wife of thirty-five years (poor soul; her, not him), their disabled daughter, one of their sons and his ex-wife and their two children, and twelve cats. Yes, twelve! He believes in the succinct; that less can be more; the least can be the best. When not writing Rick wishes he were still pushing plywood in Coquille, Oregon.

Katherine L. Holmes Katherine L. Holmes

Katherine L. Holmes lives in Duluth, Minnesota, where she enjoys the north woods and does much of her writing in the winter. Her poetry and short fiction have appeared in more than 50 journals. Her short story collection, Curiosity Killed the Sphinx and Other Stories, was published by Press Americana. Two of her children´s novels have placed as Finalist in Indie book awards. More information is at her website:

Cynthia Jalynski Cynthia Jalynski

Cynthia Jalynski oversees child care programs for the Michigan Department of Human Services. She won second place in the Detroit Working Writers 2014 Creative Nonfiction Competition. Cynthia is excited to be completing her first novel,_Farsight_,where a young man’s journey of self-discovery begins in the hereafter.

Kate Marshall Kate Marshall

Kate M. Marshall is a freelance writer living in Boulder, Colorado. She loves the art of story telling in its many forms. Kate has been published in Iowa Writes-The Daily Palette, and her non-fiction articles have appeared in psychology journals. She hangs out at her local animal shelter veterinary clinic as a recovery volunteer, where she helps dogs,cats, ferrets and other homeless furry creatures prepare for their new families.

Jacqueline Masumian Jacqueline Masumian

Jacqueline Masumian is the author of Nobody Home: A Memoir. She grew up in the suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio, and has enjoyed careers as actress, performing arts manager, and landscape designer. She currently writes short stories and personal essays and lives in Connecticut with her husband George. Her memoir can be found at

Terry Michelsen Terry Michelsen

Terry Michelsen is a native of Chicago. She and her husband moved to the mountains of Western North Carolina just before the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Michelsen writes poetry, short fiction, and children´s stories. Her photographs and paintings adorn the covers of her books.

Lucy Gregg Muir Lucy Gregg Muir

Lucy Gregg Muir is a writer and middle school English teacher. When she’s not haranguing her students for misusing homophones, or chasing one daughter out of tattoo emporiums and the other away from absurd My Little Pony videos, she writes. Her published poems, short stories, and creative nonfiction pieces are scattered around the web. She maintains her website,, but not very well. Ms. Muir is googleable.

Christopher Mulrooney Christopher Mulrooney

Christopher Mulrooney is the author of symphony (The Moon Publishing & Printing), flotilla (Ood Press), viceroy (Kind of a Hurricane Press), supergrooviness (Lost Angelene, forthcoming), and jamboree (Turf Lane Press, forthcoming).

Andriana Pohja Andriana Pohja

Andriana Pohja is a bit of an eccentric who works forensics and has an inherent passion for the creative arts. Her admiration for the beauty of natural and man-made surroundings, along with personal experiences and just a touch of morbid darkness, are her inspirations for her photos, art, jewelry, poems, and stories.

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.

Andrew R. Sciandra Andrew R. Sciandra

Andrew is a retired Alternative High School Art Teacher.

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.

L.S. Sharrow L.S. Sharrow

L.S. Sharrow has fiction published in several journals, both on-line and in print, including About Place Journal, Renaissance Court Anthology, and 50-Word Stories. She is currently working on a novella, as well as a number of short stories. She can be found on Facebook.

Lisa Shea Lisa Shea

Born in Maryland, Lisa Shea has been contentedly nestled in the rolling hills and mossy forests of central Massachusetts since 1995. 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

Rachelle Braido Shekhar Rachelle Braido Shekhar

Rachelle Braido Shekhar has an undergraduate degree in International Studies, a graduate degree in Business and a certificate in Creative Writing. She writes intercultural stories, dialogue and historical fiction. Travel, cultural exploration, new language acquisition and meeting people inspires her characters and influences her writing.

Beate Sigriddaughter Beate Sigriddaughter

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 is Beauty Sleeping, a novel about an artist´s journey. Beate is also the founder of the Glass Woman Prize that honors passionate women’s voices (details at

Carol Smallwood Carol Smallwood

Carol Smallwood’s over four dozen books include Women on Poetry: Writing, Revising, Publishing and Teaching, on Poets & Writers Magazine list of Best Books for Writers. Water, Earth, Air, Fire, and Picket Fences is a 2014 collection from Lamar University Press; Divining the Prime Meridian, is forthcoming from WordTech Editions. Women Writing on Family, Key Publishing House, 2012); Lily’s Odyssey (All Things That Matter Press, 2010); Carol has founded, supports humane societies.

Anita Roberts Soupir Anita Roberts Soupir

Anita Roberts Soupir was born in Missouri, but had a wandering soul, having lived in Connecticut & South Florida, before calling rural North Dakota her home. She´s a married mother of two who enjoys freelance writing and is currently polishing her first manuscript, The Dessert Club Series Book 1 - Don’t Trifle With Me, with the hopes of finding an agent soon. You can follow her on Twitter: AnitaRSoupir Her work can be seen in: Literary Juice, Thick Jam, Boston Literary Magazine and Mused.

Craig W. Steele Craig W. Steele

Craig W. Steele resides in the countryside of northwestern Pennsylvania, not far from Lake Erie. When not writing poetry, he’s a professor of biology at Edinboro University. Besides Mused: the BellaOnline Literary Review, his poetry has appeared in numerous anthologies, literary journals and magazines, most recently in The Lyric, Ottawa Arts Review, The Autumn Sound Review, Halcyon and Stone Path Review, amongst others.

Emily Strauss Emily Strauss

Emily Strauss has an M.A. in English, but is self-taught in poetry and photography. Over 200 of her poems and over a dozen pictures appear in dozens of online venues and in anthologies. The natural world is generally her framework; she also take her camera out to record her visions. She is a semi-retired teacher living in California.

Madelaine Wong Madelaine Wong

Madelaine Wong is a former elementary school teacher who now dedicates her time to writing short and long stories. She also enjoys teaching creative writing to adults. She won Freefall Magazine’s chapbook contest in 2010, and has published short stories in the Copperfield Review, Dark Gothic Resurrected, Toska Magazine and in Shy, an Anthology. She is also the co-author of Cradling the Past, a Biography of Margaret Shaw.

Martin Zehr Martin Zehr

Martin Zehr is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Kansas City, Missouri and an amateur writer. His short stories, poetry, essays, book reviews and other freelance writing have been published in a wide variety of journals and magazines, and he has written numerous articles for scholarly journals related to Mark Twain. He has also written an as-yet-to-be-published novel, The Desplazados.

J. R. Corbin
J. R. Corbin submitted the work entitled A Lover´s Dream.

Ellen Erlanger
Ellen Erlanger submitted the works entitled Bejewled Dragonfly, Purple Gallinule, A Different View, A Sip on a Summer Day, A Close Look and Dragonfly Smile.

Linda B. Gamble
Linda Gamble is a retired reading specialist. In the past she has published articles for professional educational journals, but since her retirement has given her creative muse a chance to grow. She has just begun submitting some of her poetry and has been fortunate to have pieces accepted by Edison Literary Review, Camel Saloon, Long Story Short and past issues of Mused. Currently she is also working on a children´s picture book.

Lori Michelle Hawks
Lori M. Hawks is wanted by her public library for overdue book fines. She has loved writing ever since she began drawing in Crayon on the walls above her crib. Her childhood summers were spent enjoying classic texts such as Word Bird. Her favorite TV show was Reading Rainbow. As a grown-up, Lori has taught English and composition for eleven years. She enjoys attempting yoga, spoiling her two cats & husband, and the beautiful community of Newport, Rhode Island.

Pratibha Kelapure
Pratibha is a poet, essayist, and short fiction writer. Her poetry has appeared in Sugar Mule Literary Magazine, One Sentence Poems, and other publications.

Martha Landman
Martha Landman submitted the work entitled The Island is Magnetic in Winter.

Brenda Kay Ledford
Brenda Kay Ledford submitted the work entitled Knee Deep in September.

Katherine Minott
Katherine Minott submitted the work entitled Naked Summer.

Robert Moore
Robert Moore submitted the work entitled New Cells.

Amit Parmessur
Amit Parmessur submitted the work entitled Lucky Tree.

Elena Petricone
Elena Petricone works as a publishing specialist in Concord, Massachusetts. She holds a BA from Hampshire College and an MFA from Lesley University. Her cat, Nike, has an absurd (and popular) Twitter handle: [at sign]NikeTheCat. Visit

Rinzu submitted the work entitled Separation.

Domenic Scopa
Domenic Scopa submitted the work entitled Secret Cemetery.

Bob See
Bob See submitted the works entitled Your Lucky Day, Bluets, Wintercress and Aphid and Reflective.

Ophelia Sikes
Ophelia Sikes love to find the emotion within a moment - the spark that demonstrates how alike we all are. We share the same fears, hopes, dreams, and that inextinguishable craving for connection. Ophelia’s novels are at

Ann Waller
Ann Waller submitted the work entitled Portuguese Burger Joint.

Changming Yuan
Changming Yuan, 8-time Pushcart nominee and probably the world´s most widely published poetry author who speaks Mandarin but writes English, grew up in a remote village, began to learn English at 19, and published several monographs before leaving China. With a PhD in English, Changming co-edits Poetry Pacific with Allen Qing Yuan in Vancouver, and has poetry appearing in 899 literary publications across 30 countries, including Best Canadian Poetry, BestNewPoemsOnline and Threepenny Review.

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