BellaOnline Literary Review
Poppy by Carol Dandrade

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Hedva Anbar Hedva Anbar

Born in the north east of England and now based in London after stints in Israel, the United States and Switzerland, Hedva Anbar spends her time travelling, socialising, dancing, walking, exercising, housekeeping, sewing, plant tending, reading, listening to BBC Radio 4 and generally pottering about - anything to avoid her objective which is to write fiction and drama.

Linda C. Anger Linda C. Anger

Linda C. Anger is the President of The Write Concept, a 17-year-old marketing communications company. Her poetry and short fiction has been featured in numerous national publications. This is her third poem selected by Mused. She is an avid member of Toastmasters International, and a popular workshop facilitator, helping other writers become better speakers.

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.

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

Tabitha Bird Tabitha Bird

Tabitha Bird is a believer in words and in the magic inside each of us. Her second novel, The Exquisiteness of Seeing, a work of literary fiction, is currently on submission. She blogs at: THROUGH MY EYES

M. Braendeholm M. Braendeholm

Misky Braendeholm lives in the UK surrounded by flowers, grapevines, and the rolling hills of Sussex. She never buys clothing without pockets. Her work is widely published.

Jeff Burt Jeff Burt

Jeff Burt has work in Atticus Review, The Nervous Breakdown, Amarillo Bay, and Across the Margins. He enjoys the delicious imbecility of conscious life.

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.

Kyle E. Christie Kyle E. Christie

Kyle is a poet, editor, and writer of short stories who now lives in Indiana. Kyle has taught English as a second language in Japan, traveled to five of the seven continents, and recently earned a Master’s degree from University of Denver. He loves almost any kind of writing.

Alicia Cole Alicia Cole

Alicia Cole is a writer and visual artist in Huntsville, AL. Her work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Corvus Review, Amaryllis, Eunoia Review, and Hermeneutic Chaos, where she was recently awarded Honorable Mention in their Jane Lumley Emerging Writers competition. She is the editor of Priestess & Hierophant Press. You can find more of her work on Goodreads or at

Magdalene D. Cramer Magdalene D. Cramer

Magdalene Dawn Cramer is a senior at the University of Maryland with a major in English Literature. She enjoys playing piano, walking, and playing with her 6 year old. She is happy to have been published in "Mused" and hopes to write for them again soon, while pursuing her studies, even if its just one class at a time.

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 Mused Review, New England Wildflower Magazine, 3 Blackstone River Valley Corridor calendars, and several newspapers. Carol´s website

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.

Bill Diamond Bill Diamond

Bill Diamond is a writer living in the mountains of Evergreen, Colorado. After law school, he worked at the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency. It taught him patience, that persistence can pay off in progress, and an appreciation for the outlandish. Most recently, his stories have appeared in Corvus Review, Chicago Literati, Flash Fiction Press and the Scarlet Leaf Review.

Eve Marie Dobbins Eve Marie Dobbins

Mrs. Eve Dobbins has a BA in English Literature from SUNY Stony Brook. Her MA is in TESOL from the University of South Florida. She began her career as an ESOL tutor at Berlitz in New York and has taught in South Korea, France, and most recently the United Arab Emirates. Ms. Dobbins and her husband were the proud owners of Cupcake Cache, LLC from 2012-2016 in Tampa, Florida.

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.

Rebecca Duncan Rebecca Duncan

Rebecca lives in Raleigh, NC, where she teaches and writes about British and postcolonial literature. She has studied and taught in Brazil, Bolivia, and Morocco. Anaphora Press published her novel Secrets of Gray Lake in 2013.

Murray W. Dunlap Murray W. Dunlap

Murray Dunlap´s work has appeared in countless magazines and journals. His stories have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize three times, as well as to Best New American Voices. His new book, Fires, will be published on June 7th, 2015. The extraordinary individuals Pam Houston, Michael Knight, and Fred Ashe taught him the art of writing. See

Lee Evans Lee Evans

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

Elsa FilOfilie Elsa FilOfilie

Elsa is french. She works in a tourist office, is married and has two boys. She has studied fine arts and art history and is passionate about know-how. She discovers Tatting Lace in 2013. The finesse and beauty of the motifs fascinate her. During free times, she learns Tatting and improves it through books and exchanges on social networks. She loves exploring the antique patterns and reviving them in her own way. Elsa shares her creations on her blog:

Lindsay Flanagan Lindsay Flanagan

Lindsay Flanagan is a writer, editor, and photographer. Lindsay received her Master of Arts in English and Creative Writing and her Bachelor of Arts in English and Literature. She and her husband have two beautiful daughters and make their home in the mountains of Utah. She´s a Ravenclaw, nerd, bookworm, and concert junkie. She blogs about books and concerts at

Angela Freeman Angela Freeman

Angela Freeman is a CNY-based designer, writer, and traveler. A lifelong enthusiast of creative expression (and unable to commit to a medium), she loves to experiment with genre and form, especially the intersection of visual and literary arts. Her passion for language is fueled by a combination of ice cream, synesthesia, and perpetual denial of the human need for sleep.

Libia A. Goncalves Libia A. Goncalves

Libia Goncalves holds a Bachelor Degree in Medical Technology from Manizales Catholic University, Colombia 1984, but painting is her passion. She explores oils, watercolors and acrylics. She attended Worcester Art Museum and John Kilroy’s Academy for art lessons. Member of the FAA and BVAA with whom she had exhibited her work since 2010; hosts a TV show DColorex: The Color Expression by Libia A. She has taught art in her studio in Milford, MA since 2012. Personal Motto: excellence is achievable

Richard Hartwell Richard Hartwell

Rick Hartwell is a retired middle school English teacher living in Southern California with his wife of thirty-nine years (poor soul; her, not him), their disabled daughter, one of their sons and his ex-wife and their two children, one great grandchild, and fifteen cats. Yes, fifteen! 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.

Leslie E. Hoffman Leslie E. Hoffman

Leslie E. Hoffman is an independent editor of fiction and nonfiction who moonlights as a poet. Her poems have appeared in Mused, Caesura, Writer’s Bloc, Nevada State College’s 300 Days of Sun, The Mountain Astrologer, The CWC Literary Review, and the international anthologies of Poets with Voices Strong. Leslie is an active member of California Writers Club, Poetry Center San Jose’s Cæsura Editorial Team, and Henderson Writers’ Group, sponsor of the Las Vegas Writer’s Conference.

A.J. Huffman A.J. Huffman

A.J. Huffman has published twelve solo chapbooks and one joint chapbook through various small presses. Her latest poetry collection, A Bizarre Burning of Bees (Transcendent Zero Press), is to be released December 2015. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee, a Best of Net nominee, and has published over 2400 poems in various journals, including Labletter, The James Dickey Review, and Bone Orchard. She is the founding editor of Kind of a Hurricane Press.

JackiGail JackiGail

JackiGail began taking pictures to have free background photographs for her web design business. Soon, she realized she in enjoyed taking pictures more than she liked designing web pages. JackiGail feels that the print medium is as important as the photograph itself. The correct print medium makes her photographs unique and completes the vision she had at capture. View her website at

Gregory A. Kompes Gregory A. Kompes

Gregory A. Kompes (MFA, MS Ed.) has authored Tamburlaine, The Middle Man, Flash Mob, Sky Pirates, First Dimension, Circuitous Course, Suddenly Psychic, Messages from the Three Sisters, and the bestselling, 50 Fabulous Gay-Friendly Places to Live. He’s also contributed to over a dozen anthologies (including Chicken Soup for the Soul: What I Learned from the Dog and Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Joy of Christmas), and written hundreds of articles on a wide range of topics.

Bernadine Lortis Bernadine Lortis

When Bernadine isn´t writing these days, she´s catching up on reading, gardening or dabbling in watercolor. Since submitting in June, 2016, creative nonfiction and poetry have been published in Stirring:A Literary Collection, Mused(twice), Silver Birch Press(twice), The Afterlife of Discarded Objects, Mothers Always Write, Miller´s Pond Poetry and Poetry Super Highway. She finds inspiration all about her, writes and lives in St. Paul, MN, with her husband.

Linda Ann LoSchiavo Linda Ann LoSchiavo

Native New Yorker LindaAnn Loschiavo is a busy dramatist, journalist, activist, historian, critic, and poet. Her plays include "Courting Mae West" and "Diamond Lil, Queen of the Bowery" (last onstage in NYC August-November 2013 and available on You Tube). Presently, she is completing her second documentary film and also her latest book: "Flirting with the Fire Gods." Come up sometime and see her Mae West Blog & Texas Guinan Blog

Billy Manas Billy Manas

Billy Manas studied English a long time ago at the State University Of New York at New Paltz, but decided to forego a career in teaching after he realized that he wanted to persue a career in Rock n Roll. Two decades later when he finally faced the fact that he was not rich and famous yet, he learned how to drive a tractor trailer and spends his free time writing poetry and being a dad.

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.

Bertram Allan Mullin Bertram Allan Mullin

Bertram Allan Mullin, “BAM,” wrote "Tsunami" in 2006 to grieve. The story was inspired by the eulogy he gave at his mother’s funeral, which received a standing ovation from over one hundred attendees. Many drafts into the future: BAM´s other works appeared in roughly one hundred publications, some contest winners and featured pieces. Currently BAM writes novels and teaches English in Japan. Search for his works online by searching for BAMWrites

Lawrence Pratt Lawrence Pratt

I´m a 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.

Elaine Reardon Elaine Reardon

Elaine is a poet educator, and member of the Society of Children´s Book Writers & Illustrators. Her new chapbook,The Heart is a Nursery For Hope, published September 2016, recently won first honors from Flutter press as the top seller of the year.Recent writing includes featured poet in the January 2017 issue of ezine, Three Drops from a Cauldron Journal, and Elaine lives in Western Massachusetts.

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

Mary Rodriguez Mary Rodriguez

Mary Rodriguez resides in Wisconsin with her husband. Her short prose and poetry have appeared in Kansas City Voices, Wisconsin People & Ideas, Country Woman, Wisconsin Review, Work, Downstate Story, Mused, and Verse Wisconsin.

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

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

J. Scott Shields J. Scott Shields

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 writing has appeared in the English Journal, Mused, 101 Words, Serials and Short Stories, Canyon Echo, and Treoir magazine (an international publication that promotes traditional Irish music and culture). He is also a contributor to the blog, Writing Is Cake.

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 travels throughout the Eastern US and Europe creating photos and paintings of his travels. He learned the basics of photography, composition, technique, and darkroom from his Dad. 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

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. Besides Mused the BellaOnline Literary Review, his poems have appeared most recently in The Lyric, Word Fountain, The Penwood Review and Muddy River Poetry Review, amongst others, and he continues to write 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.

Madelaine Wong Madelaine Wong

Madelaine lives in Alberta, Canada where winters are six months long, giving her an excuse to stay indoors and write. She is a lover of fiction, but has a special fondness for dystopia. To pay for her writing habit she teaches creative writing to adults.

Jody Zolli Jody Zolli

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 thirty years, and feels it is the perfect marriage between creative writing and engineering.

Bill Abbott

Bill Abbott submitted the work Our Hero.

Linda Barrett

Linda Barrett is a prolific poet, short story writer and an award winner of the Montgomery County Community College Writer´s Contest for four years running. She wrote her first work at eight years old and her second work at the age of 13. She contributes to the Compass, Mad Swirl, Idea Gems, and Night to Dawn magazine. Linda has lived in Abington, Pa. for 52 years in the same house on the same street. This is her fifth contribution to Mused magazine.

Renee Blackwell

Sharon Blackwell She lives in oklahoma City, oklahoma. She is the author of 35mm Photography.where she teaches workshops on writing and can read more about her at

Susan P. Blevins

Susan P. Blevins, an ex-pat Brit, has traveled the world extensively, lived in Italy for 26 years, and has now settled in Houston, Texas, where she is enjoying writing stories and poems based on her travels and adventures. She had a weekly column on food in a European newspaper and has published various articles on gardens in US and European magazines. She is passionate about classical music, gardening, cats, reading and of course, writing.

Michael Coughlin

Michael Coughlin submitted the work River Otter.

Grace Dion

Having at last escaped the tyranny of the day job, Grace Dion has retired to her birthplace in Eastern Montana, where she writes poems, memoir, and stories for adults and children.

Diane de Echeandia

Diane writes poetry, short stories, and creative non-fiction. She has won awards in competitions sponsored by Christopher Newport University´s 30th Annual Writers´ Conference, the North Carolina Writers´ Workshop in Asheville, and the Pamlico Writers´ Conference. She enjoyed many years of teaching English as a Second Language to international students at colleges in Upstate New York, and Richmond, and Norfolk, Virginia. Diane lives in New Bern, N.C. with her husband and basset hound.

David Edwards

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

James Engberg

Jim loves being out in nature and capturing images for his own pleasure and to share with others. Jim occasionally paints some of these images too.

Nicholas Froumis

Nicholas Froumis submitted the work Waiting Again and Hand in Hand.

Sharon Frame Gay

Sharon Frame Gay submitted the work To Jennifer

Dibyendu Ghosal

Dibyendu Ghosal submitted the work One Friday During October.

Linda Golden

Linda Golden submitted the work Masks Off.

KJ Hannah Greenberg

KJ Hannah Greenberg was nominated four times for the Pushcart Prize in Literature. Hannah´s newest books are: A Grand Sociology Lesson (Lit Fest Press, 2016), and Friends and Rabid Hedgehogs (Bards & Sages Publishing, 2016). Look for Can I be Rare, Too (Bards & Sages Publishing, 2017). Discover Hannah at

Allyson Guerin

Allyson Guerin submitted the work Wintery Wonderment.

Julie C. Johnson

Julie C. Johnson submitted the work If Nature Could Talk.

Danielle Pringle

Danielle Pringle submitted the works Of Love and Lampreys and The Letter I Never Sent.

Nancy Lister Swayzee

Nancylister Swayzee submitted the works Changes and Sorrow.

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