BellaOnline Literary Review
Death of Salome by Kristina Gehrmann

Morgan Baker Morgan Baker

Morgan Baker's essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, United Parenting Publications and The Martha's Vineyard Times. When she's not napping, she teaches Creative Nonfiction and Magazine Writing at Emerson College in Boston. She lives with her husband, two daughters and two dogs in Cambridge, MA.

Carolyn Lee Boyd Carolyn Lee Boyd

Carolyn Lee Boyd is a New Englander who writes fiction, poetry, essays, reviews, and memoirs celebrating the spirituality and creativity in women's everyday lives. Over the past three decades, she has published in women's and feminist literary, art, and spirituality magazines, both in print and online. You may read her occasional musings and selected published writings, as well as download a free copy of her new novel, at her blogsite When she isn't writing, she grows herbs and native flowers, raises a family, works with elders, and constantly props up her falling-down Victorian house.

Jill Florio Jill Florio

Jill Florio is frequently found wandering the desert with her digital camera, a bottle of water and a big sun hat. She also enjoys environmental portraiture. Her nature and journalistic prints were published in the Prescott Daily Courier, The Prescott Valley Tribune, Sweat Magazine, Flagstaff Live, Mountain Living Magazine, the Big Bug News and Chino Valley Reporter.

Dan Florio Dan Florio

Dan Florio has been taking digital pictures since 1998, before most people knew there were digital cameras. He especially likes taking pictures of contrasts in light and isn't afraid to use Photoshop to get what he wants. Trips to Europe are his specialty. You can see more of his photography at In his day job he is a Actionscript developer inventing creative Flash/Flex/AIR apps. Visit his blog/portfolio at

Parfait Gasana Parfait Gasana

Originally from Pembroke Pines, Florida he is an undergraduate student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, double majoring in Sociology and Economics. In addition to nonfiction, he has a few publication credits in poetry.

Alessandra J Diridoni Grigsby Alessandra J Diridoni Grigsby

Alessandra Diridoni Grigsby, author of "Every Stone in the River", published by Inverness House Press, tries to divide her time between writing poetry, short stories, and software licensing contracts. She enjoys large extended family at every opportunity. She and her husband try to spend time on their trawler in the Sacramento, CA Delta, where she enjoys listening to, and is trying to translate the song of the Bullfrog in words. Diridoni Grigsby's motto is: "Read ... Learn ... Live".

Eve Hall Eve Hall

Evelyn (Eve) Hall is an author & poet, living in, Georgia. She has been writing for more than thirty-five years. She was born in Dayton, Ohio. She has self-published three poetry chapbooks and five books. One of her goals is to publish over a dozen books that she has written for children. Visit her website at for more details.

Michael Hazani Michael Hazani

Michael Hazani hails from Jerusalem, Israel where he spent the first twenty something years of his life. After a 3-year mandatory army service in the Israeli Defense Forces he moved to Boston to study Contemporary Writing and Production at the Berklee College of Music. You can listen to his music at

Sharon Lasitter Sharon Lasitter

Sharon began her career in the arts by enrolling as a student at the Swain School of Design in New Bedford, MA. She designed a line of greeting cards and created hand sculpted Native American figures which she sold out of several venues, including Foxwoods Resort and Casino. She has worked as a bus girl, a CAD operator, a screen printer and a full time mom. She is currently an editor for BellaOnline and has just completed the first draft of her first novel, entitled "Dover Graye."

Joseph Liotta Joseph Liotta

Throughout childhood, Joe Liotta was constantly drawing, painting or involved in some manner of creative project. His current art experience includes covers and illustrations for magazines, newsletters, textbooks and game modules; graphic designs for organizations; and artwork for the private sector. Mr. Liotta works in a variety of media including graphite, watercolor, pastel, pen and ink, and digital, and has won a number of related awards. His portfolio is viewable at:

Susan Jane Moore Susan Jane Moore

Sue Moore has published short stories and non-fiction in both Canada and the US. She is also the current editor for Blues and Jazz at

Jacquelyn Richey Jacquelyn Richey

Jacquelyn grew up on a ranch outside the three hundred person village of Bluff Dale, Texas where much of childhood was spent hay bale hop scotching, creek swimming, tree climbing, and school bus kissing. She currently lives in Los Angeles where she acts, writes, and swaps the occasional lemon drop.

Lisa Shea Lisa Shea

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. You can enjoy thousands of her photos at

Jody Zolli Jody Zolli

Jody Zolli is a technical writer who has a lifelong passion for creative writing. She appreciates the opportunity BellaOnline provides to writers to share their work in a supportive forum. Jody is a former Poetry Editor at BellaOnline.

Sean Bennick
Sean Bennick lives in the Seattle area where he writes, gets rained on, and runs several websites including

Deb Bonam
Deb is the Creativity Editor at Bella Online and an acrylics/mixed media artist. She likes to work on large canvasses to capture her images full scale like she did in her previous Sorcerer painting. She also likes to draw and do digital photography. Please visit this website to see more art by Deb...

Deborah Crawford
Deborah Crawford contributed the poem entitled Summer Heat.

Amanda Diane Doerr
Amanda D. Barncord Doerr is a single mother of two teenagers, working on a masters in Applied Behavioral Science at Oklahoma City University. She has long had an interest in creative writing, science and art. Other examples of her writings can be found at

Janie Emaus
Janie Emaus has been writing stories all her life. Her work has appeared in True Confessions, Woman's World, Chicken Soup for the Parents' Soul, the Unsinkable Soul and the Sisters' Soul,, and She has also written several childrens' book for Parachute Press and is currently at work on a novel for tweens as well as one for Baby Boomers. She can be reached via the contact link at

Bushra Farooqui
Bushra Farooqui has contributed three poems to this issue of Mused. They are Stitch You Up, In Tea Leaves and I Watch You.

Kristina Gehrmann
Since she can remember, Kristina Gehrmann loved drawing and painting. She is constantly working to improve her paintings and experimenting with various styles. Her website is .

Kimberly A. 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, and a short story entitled "The Sugar House" through the Amazon Shorts program. She serves as editor of the Museums website at, where she has authored several ebooks. Her work has appeared in past issues of Mused.

Shannon Hurst Lane
Shannon is a traveling mama who works full time with the fire service. She enjoys sharing her travel experiences with her readers in hopes that she can inspire them to see the world. You can learn more about Shannon's travels at Bellaonline's Romantic Getaways at

Paula Laurita
Paula Laurita contributed the Digital Photograph entitled Ventimiglia, Italy.

M Kelly Lombardi
M Kelly Lombardi contributed the poem entitled May 10: Last Entry.

Stephanie Arwen Lynch
Published as romance author Marilu Mann, Arwen loves poetry for the creative outlet it brings. Fiction lets her tell her stories. Poetry releases her songs she can't quite put to music. A prolific poet, she created a poetry challenge of creating poetry from a list of nine words. This piece is one example of her 9Words Challenge. As one half of the writing team of Marilu Mann, Arwen's first full-length fiction was released May 7, 2008. You can learn more about Marilu Mann:

A.P. Nala
A.P. Nala is a student of international affairs, writer and part-time adventurer. She hasn't found a permanent virtual home yet, but if you look closely you can find her flitting about here and there on the Interweb.

Allison Nunn
Allison Nunn is independent technology consultant who uses digital photography and Photoshop as a method to explore the creative side of technology. She also enjoys writing about technology and is the editor of the PC Advice site at To learn more about her writing and photography please visit her site at

Cynthia Parker
Cynthia is a single mom, a creative writing student and an explorer of life. She is also the editor of the Single Parents column for

Victoria Thomas Poller
Jacksonville, Fl – Being married to a military man means you will get to travel the world and see places that others dream about. While going to these different locations you dream of what you want to do once all of this travel is done. Mrs. Victoria Thomas Poller was a fortunate young lady, who following her husband from military base to base. The difference occurred during her stay in Bitburg Germany; where this soon to be multifaceted business owner would begin getting her instructions and guidance that has her touch many lives with a simple book entitled “Where Did That Come From”. In her next book: “Bent But Not Broken”, Ms. “V” tells of her transition and growth within the Lord to move from behind the counter to the front of thousands, giving Biblical advise. She is the Dear Abby of the Christian Circuit and can be reached on her website at For engagements or book signing, please contact Hubert McCloud @ (727) 385-0691.

Bob See
Bob See has been actively interested in photography for many years. He enjoys taking images of air shows, wildlife and landscapes. He used a Canon EOS 20-D for the images in this magazine. The lens was a Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS. Bob can be reached at his golfing site at

Erika Lyn Smith
Photography has been a passion for Erika Lyn Smith, ever since she was a little girl. Yet, throughout her life, people have deterred her from her dreams, and she stopped taking photographs, until just recently. Today Erika Lyn Smith is an avid digital photographer & artiste. You can see more of Erika Lyn Smith's digital photography by visiting

Fe Starr
Fe Starr contributed the non-fiction entitled Oops i Did It Again.

Marjory Wadsworth Stone
Marjory has retired to Maui where she was raised. Her hobbies include writing, poetry, oil painting, gardening, swimming, surfing, raising/selling goats,and boarding horses. She has three sons and five grandchildren.

Michelle Leigh Taylor
Michelle Taylor is a wife and mother of 3 children (16, 10, & 5). She has a passion for music, reading, and writing; and has been a part of the BellaOnline family since 2005.

Lea Terry
Lea Terry contributed the non-fiction entitled Eek! It´s a vegetarian!

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