BellaOnline Literary Review
Oops! by Mark Berkery

Glenda Barrett Glenda Barrett

Glenda Barrett, a native of Hiawassee, Georgia is an artist, poet and writer. Her work has been published in Woman´s World, Farm & Ranch Living, Rural Heritage, Nostalgia, Journal of Kentucky Studies, Smoky Mountain Living, Georgia Magazine and many others. Her chapbook, "When the Sap Rises," is now on sale at Her paintings are on display on

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 teaches in a form of meditation. He also expresses his ongoing exploration of nature´s spiritual value through his writing and pictures at

Lori Bernard Lori Bernard

Although Lori spent much of her childhood creating little "books" filled with stories, poems, and illustrations, she earned her bachelor´s degree in International Business. She combined her creativity and business skills in designing and managing websites. In 2007, Lori became a stay-at-home mom and, although that does not allow her much free time, she has found enjoyment again in writing. She is in the process of moving west with her husband and hopes to find new inspiration in Texas.

Natasha Louise Boukouris Natasha Louise Boukouris

Natasha Louise Boukouris was born in a small Ontario town in Canada. She has been writing from the age of fifteen. She has explored many artistic mediums, Though poetry has always been her first love. With her writing she hopes to create a connection with her reader, and provide a platform for inspiration and thought. Natasha believes we all have a voice to share through one medium or another, and it´s what helps us stay connected to ourselves and our communities.

Robert F. Bradford Robert F. Bradford

Robert F. Bradford has won two Bay Area Theatre Critics Awards for Best Play in the Fringe of Marin Festival of One-Acts. His stories have been published in Boheme Magazine, Long Story Short (under the nom de plume Vivian Pemble), Slow Trains Literary Journal and SoMa Literary Review. He teaches writing at Dominican University of California, and his day job is with Disabled Students Programs & Services at College of Marin.

Adrian Brooks Adrian Brooks

Adrian is a 19 year old southern debutante. Because of her pen name people often mistake her for a 40 something gay writer from the 80´s. While this is funny in theory it´s best to clear it up. #1st book Keeper of Souls was published in 2008. She likes puppies, coma-inducing amounts of sugar in her coffee,and believes that one day aliens will descend and make sex slaves of small pomeranian poodles (not sure if that´s a real dog)More of her work can be found here

Kathy L. Brown Kathy L. Brown

Kathy has been gathering material to fulfill her lifelong writing ambition for over forty years, but finally got around to the composition part of writing five years ago. She is honored to find a home for her first fiction publication in Mused . Her poetry has appeared in Hippocrene and journalistic work in The St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She writes about healthy foods weekly for BellaOnline at

Lori Collvins Lori Collvins

Lori Collvins can be seen carrying at least one camera, if not two, everywhere she goes. She started taking photos at the age of 8 and still has her first camera and all of the negatives from any photo she ever took. Lori is also an avid basketball fan and writes for Basketball Site at

Carole Davis Carole Davis

Carole Davis has been writing poetry for many years, and has a particular affinity for children’s literature, science fiction, and fantasy novels. Her writing has appeared in The Whimsic Alley Book of Spells, Pawsitively Awesome Pet Poems, The Innocence of Children, Best Modern Voices, Volume 1: A Poetry Anthology, The Language of Leadership, in products from Blue Mountain Arts, Inc., and online at, Boomer Women Speak, Common Ties, Winning Writers, Trellis Magazine, and Mused.

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

Susan Gaissert Susan Gaissert

Susan Gaissert has been writing since she won the prize for Best Composition in fifth grade. She has a degree in English from Rutgers College and has worked as a technical writer, editor, and proofreader. You can read her thoughts about life on her blog, The Expanding Life, at, and you can also find her here at BellaOnline, where she is the Democratic Party site editor.

Louis Gallo Louis Gallo

Louis Gallo was born and raised in New Orleans and now teaches at Radford University in Virginia. His work has appeared or will appear shortly in Glimmer Train, American Literary Review, Texas Review, The Southern Quarterly, storySouth, The Ledge, Missouri Review, New Orleans Review, Xavier Review, Baltimore Review, Berkeley Fiction Review, Portland Review, Greensboro Review, Oregon Literary Review, Bartleby Snopes and many others.

Lori Gordon Lori Gordon

An elderly man in a wheelchair gazes up at a broad and bare-chested Michaelangelo. A child stares, perplexed, at the extraordinary neck of a Modigliani. Museums from Seville to Budapest to Charleston provide the characters, the inspiration, and the palate for Lori Gordon´s work, where media -- sculpture, collage, charcoal -- can evoke a rare glimpse of the human dimension. Lori´s novella "Degrees of Freedom" will be published by Cantarabooks at

KJ Hannah Greenberg KJ Hannah Greenberg

KJ Hannah Greenberg gave up all manner of academic hoopla to chase a hibernaculum of imaginary hedgehogs and to raise children. After almost two decades of belly dancing, home birthing, herbal medicine making and occasional basket weaving, she dusted off her keyboard and began to churn out smoothies, vegetable soup, and more creative work than might be considered proper for a middle-aged woman. Published in Parenting Express, Poetica Magazine, Poetry Super Highway, and The Mother Magazine.

Carrie Lee Grinstead Carrie Lee Grinstead

Carrie Lee Grinstead is a Social Worker and mother of three, almost adult, children. She lives with her husband of 26 years, one son, three dogs and four birds in a small town in Massachusetts.

Patricia Palmer Hurd Patricia Palmer Hurd

Patricia got her start in writing at the Times Herald Record where she wrote a weekly column, as well as several human interest stories. She is currently a frequent contributor for Poughkeepsie Journal, as well as Hudson Valley Life and Hudson Valley Parent Magazines. Writing is a secret passion that she has always had and has spent the past decade pursuing it.

Kim Kenney Kim Kenney

Kim Kenney is a professional writer and curator. Her hobbies include cooking, practicing yoga, cross stitching, going to car shows and dabbling in photography. "Pink Rose" was taken in a flower bed at hotel in a business park in Dearborn, Michigan. It was an oasis of roses in the midst of cement and asphalt. Kim´s ficton, non-fiction and photography have appeared in past issues of Mused. She is the Museums Editor at BellaOnline.

Melissa Knoblett-Aman Melissa Knoblett-Aman

Melissa Knoblett-Aman is a freelance writer who has loved all forms of writing for as long as she can remember. She currently serves as BellaOnline’s editor for Catholicism and Cats, and writes for Melissa also enjoys many other creative activities, like digital photography and crafting projects. She loves natural beauty, especially mountains and waterfalls. Visit her at her BellaOnline sites or at her Squidoo page:

Brandii Lacey Brandii Lacey

Brandii Lacey first began taking professional photographs while working as a reporter for a local newspaper. She has since developed a passion for capturing the spirit of friends, family, pets, and nature in pictures. She is thrilled to have her submission included in this issue of Mused.

Stephanie Arwen Lynch Stephanie Arwen Lynch

Published in fiction as one half of the writing team of Marilu Mann, Arwen is also a professional tarot consultant. She´s been writing since she was old enough to realize verbs and nouns created word pictures. Arwen uses poetry as a creative opener when she is stuck. A personal poet hero of hers is Maya Angelou for her ability to make music out of words. Arwen, as Marilu Mann, is celebrating the release of the third in her Lusting Wild series this year. Visit her at

Patricia Maulding Patricia Maulding

Patricia Maulding, aka, ´Poppet´, collects old books and silver spoons. She is an artist, poet and photographer who secretly writes songs for the moon. You can find her work at:

Ruthe McDonald Ruthe McDonald

Ruthe McDonald is a freelance writer, author and editor. Ruthe is a Biblical Studies teacher, associate Minister, and travels as an inspirational speaker. She is involved in her community, promoting activities that help aid those that are in need. Ruthe is current editor at, for its African American Culture site. Her book, Reflections: Encouragement In The Face of Adversity, was recently released: Also available at

Molly LeGreve-Karjala Molly LeGreve-Karjala

As an artist and poet, Molly LeGreve-Karjala wishes to touch other´s souls; a task she finds quite daunting. She tries to capture those "aha!" moments in her life mainly with watercolor and ceramics. Through those mediums she visually recreates what she loves most — children, birds, flowers and other growing things of nature. These she offers to the world by visually saying, “Look, isn´t this wonderful?” If they cannot understand the wonder, then she has failed.

Connie Mulloy Connie Mulloy

Connie Mulloy is passionate to share with other mothers how hard it is to raise children and teenagers in a world where parenting has become a competitive sport. She´s the mother of four, who think she´s just a touch insane. She writes, paints and drives her family crazy. She´s been married for 25 years this June and hopes he´ll tolerate her for 25 more. If you like what you see and need a laugh, check out her blog

Angela Saunders Angela Saunders

Angela is a co-author in the upcoming book "Road to Hope"-book 1 in the common thread of faith series coming out early summer of 2009. She is BellaOnline´s poetry editor. Her writing comes from the heart and she immerses herself in reading in her spare time. You can find out more about Angela at

Donna Sciandra Donna Sciandra

Donna is a retired elementary school teacher.

Bob See Bob See

Bob See has been actively interested in photography for many years. He enjoys taking images of air shows, wildlife, and landscapes. The camera used for all photos was a Nikon 8008 with a Sigma 75-300 APO. Bob can be reached at his golfing site at

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. She also enjoys the expansive possibilities of sci-fi writing. You can enjoy thousands of her photos at

Mark Adrian Torrington Mark Adrian Torrington

Adrian Torrington is a 32-year old Professional Canadian Graphic Designer, Abstract Artist, Novelist, Poet & Lyricist--with Honours In English from U.W.O.--and acclaim by International Master Artist Philip Aziz (who in turn was once praised by Salvador Dali) as gifted in the literary--and draftsman-like in the artistic. Adrian´s new book of poetry, The Sunspots Of Serendipity, is published through Authorhouse--and all of his art is available on his site:

Jody Zolli Jody Zolli

Jody Zolli has enjoyed writing poetry since she was 7. 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 over 20 years, and feels it is the perfect marriage between creative writing and engineering.

Sheila Ann Bell
Sheila has been writing poetry since childhood and began writing haiku about 10 years ago. She lives in a rural area and draws the inspiration for much of her poetry from the beauty of the land around her. Sheila also writes prose and has been journaling for 35 years. She is still a hippie and especially fond of bovines.

Kathleen Brand
Kathleen lives near Denver, Colorado with two, beautiful German Shepherd dogs. A musician since childhood, she also writes, makes jewelry, and collects art. She is currently organizing material for a book about an illustrator, and preparing the work of another author for publication.

Reagan Nail
Reagan Nail is a self-proclaimed Jackie-of-all-trades who has lived the life of a waitress, singer-songwriter, actress, playwright, tour guide, gymnastics coach, composition teacher, and freelance writer. Her biggest accomplishment is adapting all of these personas into one, balanced body.

Alpana Patel-Camilli
Alpana Patel-Camilli is a freelance writer with a passion for nature, bird watching, outdoor activities and reading. Currently, she is working on a creative non-fiction novel about her grandparent´s life in 1920´s British India. She has attended ClarityWorks creative writing classes for women in Asheville, North Carolina and Harvard University for fiction and non fiction writing classes.

Thomas J. Robidoux
Tom Robidoux is a retired truck driver. His retirement has allowed him the time to engage in his long time dream of writing. He especially enjoys writing short stories and flash fiction although he is working on some longer works. Short stories and flash fiction have all of the challenges and satisfaction of writing without the discipline required to write longer works.

Marjory Stone
Marjory is a retired legal assistant and ex-licensed pilot having returned to Maui where she was raised. She enjoys non-fiction writing, poetry, oil painting, reading, gardening, swimming in the ocean. She has three sons and five grandchildren.

Beth Weiner
Beth Weiner and Reid Gilmore are both biologists who do woodturning as a hobby. They work together on segmented projects in addition to turning individual pieces. They have been woodturning for about 8 years. Reid was born and raised in New Mexico and that has influenced the design of the two bowls presented here. More of their work can be seen at

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