BellaOnline Literary Review
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Lisa Shea Lisa Shea, Publisher

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 and is thrilled to have found a way to help promote the works of talented individuals around the world. In addition to owning BellaOnline, she is the editor for BellaOnline’s low carb site.

Jill Florio Jill Florio, Editor in Chief

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 been in fact editor of every student newspaper exposed to/infected by since she could read, and had poetry, art and short stories published in forgotten venues as early as 4th grade. Closer to the present day, since 2003 Jill ran the BellaOnline sites for Fish, Living Simply and Hiking/Backpacking, posting literally hundreds of helpful articles. She is moving her web work to brand-new, in-progress blogs, at secret undisclosed URLs - and today is pleased to wear the mantle of Community Manager at

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.

Kristen Houghton Kristen Houghton, Senior Fiction Editor

Senior Fiction Editor, Kristen Houghton, is a featured writer for numerous print and online magazines and is the editor for the Marriage site at BellaOnline. Her new book on women and happiness is being handled by Dystel and Goderich Literary Agency. Kristen’s official author's site is As a public speaker she has been called "empowering and magical" and is a 2007 recipient of the coveted Power of Words award from New Writers Guild. Relationships Magazine has called her "one of the best, new writers, smart and a breath of fresh air in the area of relationship writing!" Family Magazine readers have voted her relationship articles as "the best and most popular" for 2006 and 2007. Kristen holds a M. F. A. in writing and journalism and a M.A. in Linguistics/Languages. With boundless enthusiasm and energy for what she terms, "Life and Other Fearless Adventures," Kristen combines humor, compassion, and practical solutions to help her readers live a life that is successful, healthy in body and mind, and of course, happy. Kristen has been a guest contributor on the following shows: Relationship Reality, WWPR 1490, The Bill Mitchell Report, National Public Radio and Relationship SmartTalk.

Victoria Abreo Victoria Abreo, Senior Non-Fiction Editor

Victoria Abreo joined the bellaonline team in 2005 writing for Alternative Medicine. Her writing has been featured online and print in numerous health magazines, medical newsletters and books. She has also interviewed leading experts in the field of medicine for her self-help articles.

Lisbeth Cheever-Gessaman Lisbeth Cheever-Gessaman, Senior Poetry Editor

Lisbeth Cheever-Gessaman is a poet, activist and general cosmic inkslinger who sublimates her danger through poetry and the written word. Her publication credits include Kimera, Zuzu´s Petals, Writers Digest and Venusian Magazine. She currently serves as the Human Rights Editor for BellaOnline and as a Contributing Writer on Suite 101. She collects sea glass, the discarded notes of strangers and secretly covets wings.

Melissa Knoblett-Aman Melissa Knoblett-Aman, Senior Plays Editor

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. In addition to serving as BellaOnline?s editor for Catholicism and Cats, Melissa writes content for and has been published in a variety of print media. She also enjoys digital photography, playing with her cats and traveling.

Michelle Pendergrass Michelle Pendergrass

Michelle is a thirty-something wife and mother living in the cornfields of Indiana. She and her husband, Phil, enjoy country living and home schooling their son, Zane. Michelle maintains her eclectic blog: Just A Minute and her love for the odd shines bright here. Michelle is a rabid storyteller in the horror genre and is editor for BellaOnline's Baptist site. (She never said she was normal and she tends to get nervous referring to herself in third person.)

Jeanette Stingley Jeanette Stingley

Jeanette Stingley found encouragement to write through her sophomore English teacher in high school when her teacher insisted she be the editor of the high school newspaper. Since then Jeanette can't put her pen down. Jeanette is a freelance writer and aspiring novelist. She joined in November of 2004 and is currently the editor of the Domestic Violence and Buddhism sections.

Cynthia Parker
Cynthia Parker is the editor of the Single Parents column on BellaOnline. She writes poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction. In addition to being a single mom and aspiring writer, she works and attends a local university where she is working on her writing intensive English degree.

Darling Poor
Nothing tantalizes Darling Poor's imagination more than creative prose and the subtle, daring use of language. After writing and illustrating her first book at age five, she grew up to pen her way to an honors Bachelor's degree in English Literature at San Diego State University. Darling was a finalist in City Beat magazine's flash fiction contest in 2006 and received the Non InHouse Author Award from Medallion Press in 2007. She has published both fiction and non-fiction pieces in print and online, and is the author of the mid-grade children's novel, Song of the Wind Spirit. Darling joined BellaOnline in 2005 as editor of its Horses site.

Vannie Ryanes
Vannie Ryanes recently retired as senior contract assistant in the law department of a large health sciences university to expand her business. She is a writer and home business coach. Additionally she is a book reviewer; she was a final manuscript reader for "Chicken Soup for the African American Soul". Vannie joined BellaOnline in 2004 and is the editor of two BellaOnline sites, Work & Family and Hot and Spicy (foods).

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