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Anne Anthony Anne Anthony

Anne Anthony is a full-time writer and photographer living in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Her fiction and photographs have been published in Brilliant Flash Fiction, Tell Me A Story, Firewords Quarterly, After the Pause, Bartleby Snopes, North Carolina Literary Review, Crack the Spine and other publications. She is a member of the North Carolina Writers’ Network and currently serves as the representative for Orange County.

Roy K. Austin Roy K. Austin

Retired. Lives in Dorset,England. Enjoys rural pursuits. Has written for many years. Studied Sage teachings. Metaphysical poetry his main but not only interest. SITE: WONDER.

Manijeh Badiozamani Manijeh Badiozamani

Manijeh Badiozamani is a literary non-fiction writer. She writes mostly about her experiences growing up in Tehran, Iran, where she was born. Her short stories and articles have been published in magazines, anthologies and on the Web. She is a retired professor of English, and is currently working on a collection of short stories: "Family Tales from Tehran", and a non-fiction, "A Year in Middle America, Letters to My Parents." She lives in Colorado.

Shawnta S. Barnes Shawnta S. Barnes

Shawnta S. Barnes is a literacy coach in Indianapolis Public Schools, an adjunct instructor at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis School of Education and a 2016-2017 Teach Plus Teaching Policy Fellow.

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

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.

Janel Brubaker Janel Brubaker

Janel Brubaker recently graduated from Clackamas Community College with her associates in English and Creative Writing. She worked as a student assistant editor for the Clackamas Literary Review for the 2015 and 2016 editions. She has been published in Sick Lit Magazine and Ancient Paths Online. She is currently pursuing a B.A. in Creative Writing from Marylhurst University. She lives in the country with her husband and their ten pets.

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.

Pam Clements Pam Clements

Pam Clements contributed the work Old Peter Wilkins.

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:

Carol Dandrade Carol Dandrade

Carol became interested in photography in retirement and is primarily self-taught. Viewing life through a lens has allowed her to see light, people, places and objects with fresh eyes. She is especially drawn to capture waterscapes and foggy landscapes. Her photos have been displayed and awarded in local art shows and published in the New England Wildflower Magazine, two Blackstone River Valley Corridor calendars, and the Metrowest Daily News. Carol´s website is

Davefmus Davefmus

I am a former advertising agency owner, TV and radio announcer and writer. Now, semi retired, I enjoy writing poetry, fiction and non fiction. I live in Southern Ontario with my wife, Debbie.

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.

Ken Allan Dronsfield Ken Allan Dronsfield

Ken Allan Dronsfield is a published poet and author originally from New Hampshire, now residing in Oklahoma. He loves thunderstorms, walking in the woods, and spending time with his cats Merlin and Willa. He is the co-editor of the poetry anthology titled, Moonlight Dreamers of Yellow Haze available at His published work can be found in reviews, journals, magazines, anthologies and Blogs on the web and in print venues. His poetry has been nominated for Best of the Net for 2016.

Ted Duke Ted Duke

Ted Duke is retired from the U S Navy, a sales rep job, and raising Angus cattle. He enjoys restoring old cars,traveling, spending time with his grandchildren,and watching Washington Nationals baseball games with his wife. He is querying agents to represent his Young Adult novel, SALLYING FORTH. His short story, NEVER TOO LATE, a love story appeared in the Feb-Mar 2016 issue of Pilcrow and Dagger and his short memoir, MY FIRST FLIGHT appeared in the July 2016 issue of Hippocampus Magazine.

Kimberlee Esselstrom Kimberlee Esselstrom

Kimberlee Esselstrom taught her four children at home for eighteen years then turned to writing. She lives in Central Florida but loves to travel--Scandinavia and China are her favorites. She sews (Even made a Santa hat for an elephant!), and is currently learning to tune pianos. Kimberlee writes about true slices of life and makes up the rest. She has been published in the Christian Science Monitor, Highlights for Children, and many others.

Polly Frank Polly Frank

Polly Frank grew up in New Jersey and graduated from Duke University. For nearly two years she wrote a weekly blog, Polly’s Tea Kettle, and her work has appeared in the anthology Art Inspires Poetry. Her book, The Woman in the Mirror: Reflections on Living will be published in the fall of 2016. She is a member of the Neuse River Writers’ Group, the Pamlico Writers Group and the North Carolina Writers Network. She lives with her husband in eastern North Carolina.

Brigitte Goetze Brigitte Goetze

Brigitte Goetze lives in Western Oregon. A retired biologist and goat farmer, she now divides her time between her writing and fiber works. She finds inspiration for both endeavors in nature as well as the stories and patterns handed down from generation to generation. Her website can be found at:

Deborah Guzzi Deborah Guzzi

Deborah Guzzi is a healing facilitator. She writes for Massage and Aromatherapy Magazines. She travels to expand her knowledge of healing and to seek writing inspiration. She has walked the Great Wall of China, seen Nepal (during the civil war), Japan, Egypt (just before ‘Arab Spring’), Peru, and France during December’s terrorist attacks. Her poetry is published in the USA, UK, Canada, Australia, China,and Greece. Her new book The Hurricane is available now through Prolific Press & Amazon.

Sarah Henry Sarah Henry

Sarah Henry studied under two U.S. Poet Laureates at the University of Virginia. She came home to the Pittsburgh area, where she was employed by the Tribune Review. Her poems have been published both locally and farther afield in a variety of journals, including humor magazines. Humor is very important to her.

Ron Huskey Ron Huskey

Ron Huskey was born in 1957 and grew up in the shadow of the Great Smokey Mountains National Park in Sevier County Tennessee. An avid outdoorsman he loves to spend time in the mountains as often as possible. He has always enjoyed writing and storytelling. Semi-retired, he has finished his first novel titled Memories in Time "The Church on Caney Creek" and is in the process of getting it published. His desire is to be a blessing to someone through this journey we call life.

Eva Kendrick Eva Kendrick

Eva Kendrick is a 4th generation artist. Because her dad is both an art conservator, and an artist she has been around all kinds of art from a very young age. Eva´s style is a mix of impressionism and expressionism. Also to create her work she has invented a collage proses uniquely her own. Eva Kendrick´s art can be found in the online art gallery, Saatchi Art.

Kim Kenney Kim Kenney

Kim Kenney is a professional writer and curator. Her hobbies include cooking, gardening, practicing yoga, cross stitching, going to car shows and dabbling in photography. Kim´s fiction, non-fiction and photography have appeared in past issues of Mused. She is the Museums Editor at BellaOnline.

Kitta MacPherson Kitta MacPherson

Kitta MacPherson is an award-winning science writer, essayist and blogger ( who has worked in daily newspapers and at Princeton University. She teaches journalism, ethics, and writing at Rutgers University. During her career in daily newspaper journalism, mostly at The Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J., she reported on numerous breakthroughs in science. MacPherson has won recognition for her work from the National Association of Science Writers, IEEE, and the NJ Press Assoc.

Marylou Mansfield Marylou Mansfield

Marylou Mansfield is a full time resident of Cape Cod. She currently shares in two writing groups located in Orleans, Ma, Dune Hollow Writers, and COA Writers. Marylou contributed to the e-book anthology, SHADOW & LIGHT, published by Provincetown Public Press in 2013, compiled by the Women of Dune Hollow Writers. She has read pieces from the anthology in Provincetown and Chatham. Marylou has enjoyed reading her poetry on Senior View, a program highlighted on HCAM-TV in Hopkinton Ma.

Mary Rose McCarthy Mary Rose McCarthy

Mary Rose McCarthy writers to make sense of the world. Having gone round in circles she´s now back where she started in West Cork, on Ireland´s Wild Atlantic way. She is a terrible blogger at

Kayleigh Merritt Kayleigh Merritt

Kayleigh Merritt received her MFA in Writing from the University of New Hampshire. She teaches professional and advanced writing courses at Salem State University in Massachusetts and supports herself as a freelance editor. Her work will also be appearing in Bird´s Thumb and Circa: A Journal of Historical Fiction. More information at

Shirley Palmerton Shirley Palmerton

Shirley Palmerton has always been a story teller and loves to write. When a story comes to her, she grabs a pad of paper, pen, and doesn’t stop until the story is done. She writes from her heart and readers find themselves laughing out loud, or shedding a tear. She’s a country girl at heart and continues to garden and can vegetables even into her 80s. She´s had an interesting life as a wife, sister to three, mother to three, grandmother to three, friend to hundreds and a nurse to thousands.

Deb Palmer Deb Palmer

Deb Palmer is a Christian storyteller. Writing that evokes laughter, tears, and unexpected pondering are her definition of success. Whether spinning a good yarn as a child, writing skits or dabbling in journalism, telling a good story has forever been her purpose. Currently, she is exploring publication of, “In Spite of Us – Stalked by a Loving God,” a non-fiction, creative narrative. Please visit her website at to learn more about this book and her other writings.

Lawrence Pratt Lawrence Pratt

I´m a recently retired Silicon Valley technical writer who has been pursuing both freelance photography and creative writing as artistic outlets for over 20 years. More free time has allowed me to refine my avocational efforts and develop a website ( dedicated to my efforts with my favorite photos posted to a single portfolio at Please visit and enjoy. Questions or comments can be posted to my miroerarts gmail account.

Lisa Reily Lisa Reily

Lisa Reily is a former literacy consultant, dance director and teacher from Australia. She is now a full-time budget traveler with two bags, one laptop and no home. You can find out more about Lisa at

Valorie K. Ruiz Valorie K. Ruiz

Valorie Kristen Ruiz is a Xicana writer, photographer, and language enthusiast. She’s working towards her MFA in poetry at San Diego State University’s. More of her writing can be seen at

Wayne Scheer Wayne Scheer

Wayne Scheer has been nominated for four Pushcart Prizes and a Best of the Net. He´s published numerous stories, poems and essays in print and online, including Revealing Moments, a collection of flash stories. His short story, "Zen and the Art of House Painting"ť has been made into a short film. Wayne lives in Atlanta with his wife and can be contacted at wvscheer AT

Linda Leedy Schneider Linda Leedy Schneider

Linda Leedy Schneider is a poetry and writing mentor and psychotherapist in private practice. She received the 2012 Contemporary American Poetry Prize from Chicago Poetry. Linda leads the Manhattan Writing Workshop. Her work has been published in hundreds of literary magazines including Pedestal Magazine, Rattle,and The Sow’s Ear. Linda has written six collections of poetry including Some Days: Poetry of a Psychotherapist (Plain View Press 2011).

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.

Bob See Bob See

Bob See has been actively interested in photography for many years. He enjoys taking images of wildlife and landscapes. Bob can be reached at his golfing site at

Sunil Sharma Sunil Sharma

Author-bio: Mumbai-based, Sunil Sharma is a widely-published Indian writer. He has already published three collections of poetry, one collection of short fiction, one novel and co-edited five books so far. He is a recipient of the UK-based Destiny Poets’ inaugural Poet of the Year award---2012. Recently his poems were published in the UN project: Happiness: The Delight-Tree-2015. His blog:

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

Dennis Smith Dennis Smith

Dennis creates images of life and nature to fulfill his need to experience, share, and preserve what he finds beautiful. He learned the basics of photography, composition, and technique on his Dad´s Rolleiflex. As a teen, Dennis developed film, and made prints in a darkroom he built in his basement. He favors Pictorialism over Modernism and reflects that in both his photography and painting. Dennis lives in Uxbridge Massachusetts and his works can be seen at

Craig W. Steele Craig W. Steele

When not writing poetry, Craig W. Steele is a professor of biology at Edinboro University in northwestern Pennsylvania. In his quest to become a widely-published unknown poet, his poems have appeared in numerous anthologies, literary journals and magazines, most recently in The Lyric, Form Quarterly, Jellyfish Whispers and Mused: the BellaOnline Literary Review, amongst others, and he continues to write monthly poetry as “The Writer’s Poet” for Extra Innings, online.

Arthur Turfa Arthur Turfa

Arthur Turfa is a second-generation American who has traveled extensively. Originally from Pennsylvania, he now lives in the Midlands of South Carolina. His careers, travels, and time spent in several states and Germany provide the basis for his poetry. His "Places and Times" appeared in eLectio Publishing in 2015. He has been published in US and international journals., "Some Poetry" is his blog.

V. Mendoza V. Mendoza

Valerie has always had a penchant for the arts, dating back to early childhood. In her youth, she spent time writing, acting, and creating original plays. Additionally,she later sang for a variety of bands in New York City. Currently she is a devoted teacher in The Bronx, and is in the process of completing a memoir and a novel in her spare time. Her writing analyzes the intricate facets and wonderment of the human experience; a passion that is aligned with her own philosophical exploration.

Alice Benson

Alice Benson discovered writing as a passion in the third chapter of her life. She lives in Wisconsin with her partner and their dogs, Max and Oliver and is retired from the human services field. Her published works can be found in Main Street Rag Anthology, Epiphany, Shooter Literary Magazine, Delta Woman ezine, and Diverse Voices Quarterly. Alice’s first novel, Her Life is Showing, was published in January 2014, by Black Rose Writing. Visit Alice’s website

Katarina Boudreaux

Katarina Boudreaux contributed the work Hermitage Musings.

Alan Britt

Alan Britt contributed the works If A Tree Falls in Reisterstown, but There's No One Around ...? and Lighting Incense.

Michael Coughlin

Michael Coughlin contributed the three works entitled Snow Leopard.

Kerri Dearing

Kerri Dearing contributed the work The Weight of Love.

Marchell Dyon

Marchell Dyon is a published disabled poet. She believes her disability has inspired her creative spark. Her most recent poems have been published in Silver Blade Magazine, Torrid Literature Journal, Dead Snakes Magazine and Abyss and Apex Magazine. This is her second time to be published in Mused Bella Online, Her first poems were Still Life and From Water I draw you still. She is from Chicago IL.

David Edwards

David Edwards was born, and continues to live, in Muncie, Indiana.

Sue Ellis

Sue Ellis contributed the work A Lovely Mend.

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.

Sharon Frame Gay

Sharon Frame Gay contributed the works For Ben On A Sunny Day and Kindness.

Jack D. Harvey

Jack D. Harvey contributed the work 1977 Jamaica Race.

Christine Jackson

Christine Jackson contributed the works Autumn Shades of Lilac and Tea at Dawn.

Betsy Jenifer

Betsy Jenifer contributed the work Nature's Glee.

Michael Lee Johnson

Michael Lee Johnson contributed the work California Sun.

Lancy Kurakar

An avid reader, amateur photographer, movie addict, prolific but unpublished artist and debutante writer, she keeps up a blog that showcases her eclectic interests. Check it out at

Brenda Kay Ledford

Brenda Kay Ledford contributed the work Miss Byrdie.

Nicole Long

Nicole Long contributed the work Tzigane.

Tabitha Lord

Tabitha Lord contributed the work I Have Forgotten ....

Bernadine Lortis

An avid reader, gardener and dabbler in watercolor, Bernadine has written secretly and sporadically for years. She´s never submitted poetry for publication, although she´s read her work in coffee shops at nearby colleges and twice in San Miguel de Allende, MX (in 2016 during the International Year of the Woman.) Her Creative Nonfiction piece was published in July Motherhood issue of Stirring:A Literary Collection by sundresspublications. She lives in St. Paul, MN, with her husband.

Beth MacFarlane

Beth MacFarlane finds happiness in making things. Now in her 5th decade, she has turned her creative energy towards words, although making art from the flotsam and jetsam of life will always be her first creative love. Her work has appeared in Abridged, Torrid Literature Journal and Poeming Pigeons as well as The Newark Museum and an Art-o-mat vending machine at the Whitney Museum. Beth lives in Montclair, NJ.

Gloria MacKay

Gloria MacKay contributed the work Free Falling.

Bob Maroon

Bob Marrone contributed the work Ballpark.

James Miller

James Miller received his MFA in poetry from New York University. He previously received the Delaware prize for poetry through the Delaware Division of the Arts (USA). He is thankful to now have more time to read and write poetry and is grateful to be accepted in Mused. His most recent publications have been in Time of Singing, The Lyric, and The Dark Horse.

Anne Louise Pair

Anne Louise Pair contributed the works Unbroken and A Son Like a Grain of Rice.

Simon Perchik

Simon Perchik contributed the work Untitled.

L. A. Prince

Lisa got her start in writing when in a high school creative writing class. Through the years, she has continued to write poetry and hoard it like Emily Dickinson. A college professor by trade, she enjoys sharing her love for all things literary with her students and works on encouraging them to express themselves through written works. Her poetry runs the gamut from satirical to darkly melancholy.

Ophelia Sikes

Ophelia Sikes finds that the more she travels, the more she realizes how much we are all alike. We have the same needs, dreams, heartaches, despairs, and hopes. She hopes her images share the beauty that lies all around us. Ophelia’s novels are at

David Smith

David Smith contributed the work My Avocado Tree & Me.

Dyan deNapoli - The Penguin Lady

Dyan deNapoli has always been passionate about the ocean, animals, art, and writing. After stints as a ski bum, waitress, and silversmith, she somehow found her way to penguins. After 9 years at the New England Aquarium she founded her company, The Penguin Lady, to teach kids and adults about penguins. In 2000, she helped manage the rescue of 40,000 penguins from an oil spill. Her TED talk and award-winning book, The Great Penguin Rescue, both chronicle this event. More at

Lori Truzy

Lori Truzy contributed the works Autumn Invitation, Keep Swimming and Showgirls.

Charles Webb

Charles Webb contributed the work Writer's Block.

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