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. She is thrilled to have found a way to help promote the works of talented individuals around the world. In addition to owning BellaOnline, Lisa is the editor for BellaOnline’s low carb and video gaming sites. In the print world, Lisa is the author of a series of books on wedding and courtships traditions in Ireland, Italy, France and other cultures.

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.

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

Angela England Angela England

Angela England is a busy mother of three young children, but maintains multiple certifications and licenses. As a CAPPA-trained childbirth instructor and labor-support doula, she has worked with pregnant women of all ages and backgrounds. Angela is also a Licensed Massage Therapist serving the Southeast Oklahoma region. Angela England is the Plants & Bulbs Feature Writer at Suite101, the Preschool Editor at Type-A-Mom Preschool, and the Managing Editor for Recent writing is featured in Massage and Bodywork Magazine. Angela England has also done freelance work for several private companies and specializes in natural health, business and marketing, massage, pregnancy, childbirth, parenting and gardening articles. She is available to write content for hire for your business, newsletter or other publication both print and online. On BellaOnline she serves as the Pregnancy and Journals site Editor!

Jill Florio Jill Florio, Founding Editor

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 had poetry, art and short stories published in both recent and forgotten venues from as early as the 4th grade. Jill also writes for BellaOnline for the topics of Blogs & Social Networking and Cosmetics. Jill is the Community Manager for BellaOnline overall, where she insists on using The Force as an alternative to pecking at her keyboard all day. Look for her most recent online community magazine at

Jason Hodge Jason Hodge

Jason Hodge, editor of BellaOnline´s Vegetarian and Personal Chef sites, is a nutritional researcher, massage therapist, natural and raw foods chef, avid gardener, mixed media artist and a former radio personality. He´s also a media planner, writer, director, producer and a partner with In JAH Media Group - a media planning and consulting company. He has worked on various projects with organizations from logistics coordination to media design and marketing strategies. Organizations include: Time Warner Communications, ESPN, The City Of L.A, The City of Kirkland, PCC, Motown Industries, KEH & Associates, Ellington Consulting, B.O.C., The Alliance for Community Media, AGAP, Transitional Resources, NAMIC, NAACP, Education Foundation - Federal Way CoC, many small businesses in various capacities assisting them in reaching their desired goals. His latest venture is, a solutions-based, news site focusing on individuals and organizations making positive impacts in people´s lives.

Kim Kenney Kim 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. Her work has appeared in Mused, The Boston Globe, The Repository, and the Amazon Shorts program. She serves as editor of the Museums website at, where she has authored several ebooks. She is a contributing writer at, where she focuses on history articles. Her hobbies include cooking, travel, counted cross stitch, and photography.

Melissa Knoblett-Aman Melissa Knoblett-Aman, Senior Fiction 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 Senior Fiction Editor for Mused, she is BellaOnline´s editor for Catholicism and Cats. Melissa also writes content for Squidoo and has been published in a variety of print media. Her Squidoo page can be found at Melissa is currently developing her personal/professional website, where she will offer writing and editing services. She also enjoys digital photography, playing with her cats and traveling.

Brandii Lacey Brandii Lacey, Senior Play Editor

Brandii Lacey’s writing career started at a small town newspaper in Boone, North Carolina. She reported on local events, politics, people, and schools. After a move to Philadelphia, PA, she began website design. For the next five years, she developed and managed a nonprofit website. Brandii became the editor of Bella Online’s Cooking for Kids site in 2007. She loves creating recipes and meal plans for families. In addition, she also enjoys talking with readers about cooking tips, money saving recipes, and the reality of cooking for kids. She currently resides in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband and ever so curious golden retriever.

Cynthia Parker Cynthia Parker

Cynthia Parker is the editor of the Single Parents column on BellaOnline. She is the single mother of two beautiful daughters and a recent empty-nester. She is using her newfound time to work on her degree, care for some very entertaining "bush kitties", and further her writing endeavors. She enjoys writing poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction. Her official job title is administrative assistant at a local university where she takes care of all the administrative needs of the accounting faculty and works with a summer program for high-achieving high school students interested in pursuing a career in business. Working with the staff of Mused is a learning adventure for Cynthia and she enjoys reading the poetry and fiction works of its contributors.

Jason P. Ruel Jason P. Ruel

Jase Ruel is a writer, poet, artist, singer, activist, educator and all-aroung magician when it comes to bringing out the inner beauty of those around him. His publication credits include several University journals, Newspaper, Magaine, and ezine prints, and has had his work referenced by a few State and Federal Politicians. An avid letter writter, Jase knows how to use the power of the word to his advantage to get things accomplished. Jase has been an Editor at since 2004. He currently serves as the Gay Lesbian Relationships Editor, and has served in the past as the Gay Lesbian Editor and the HIV/AIDS Editor. He is a passionate advocate for gay lesbian rights and an educator on HIV/AIDS. He has spoken at many national College Conferences, Universities, and communites on these subjects and more. He is studying to be a Clinical Psychologist at Walden University and collects Obama memorabilia, Teddy Bears, old photographs and secretly covets shoes and old fountain pens.

Vannie Ryanes Vannie Ryanes

Vannie Ryanes is a writer and home business owner/coach. She is a direct selling business owner of 15 years and moderates an online forum, "Home Business On A Shoestring." A book reviewer, she was a final manuscript reader for “Chicken Soup for the African American Soul” in 2003. Vannie joined in 2004 and is the editor of two BellaOnline sites: Work & Family and Hot & Spicy (foods). She is an active member of several civic organizations in her town and a long-time senior citizens advocate and volunteer. She was awarded a certificate of appreciate for 15 years of service by the Essex County Friend Advocate Program, which serves the vulnerable and frail elderly in Essex County. On her down time Vannie enjoys reading, cooking, watching old black and white movies and interacting with members of her online community group, "Romance Noire Book Club", a place for published authors, writers and readers of African American and multicultural romance novels.

Erika Lyn Smith Erika Lyn Smith, Senior Non-Fiction Editor

Erika Lyn Smith is the Senior Non-Fiction Editor for Mused. In addition, Erika Lyn Smith also writes for, which is the second largest women’s website on the Internet. At BellaOnline Erika is the Editor of the Attention Deficit Disorder, and the Missing and Exploited Children websites. Erika has previously written for The Bereaved Parent U.S.A. Saint Louis Infant and Toddler Loss Column, Suite101, and BellaOnline’s Crime Website. Erika is an avid digital photographer and artist, and she uses vibrant, bold colors to create her artwork at She is especially fond of angels, butterflies, ducks, and heffalumps. Currently, Erika works in the field of Psychiatry, as a Behavioral Medicine Registered Nurse. When she is not working at the local hospitals, Erika’s favorite place to be is home with her husband, two Earth Angels, six parrots, five whistle pigs, and one fence climbing beagle, Abi-normal.

Kevin Thorburn Kevin Thorburn

Kevin Thorburn is a freelance writer based in Halifax, Nova Scotia with his cat, Ziggy. His passions include writing, music, art, animals, sports, health and many collections including coins, sport cards, autographs and cheques. He admires honesty and intelligence and anyone who is going after their dreams. Kevin is the Ice Hockey Editor at

Tamira Williams Tamira Williams

Tamira Williams is a lover of fashion, art and fun. A busy mom, wife, student, martial artist and jewelry designer she loves to stay busy and live a wonderful life. Fashion is important to her because it´s a reflection of who a woman is and it helps breed confidence and strength. One of her favorite thoughts is "there is no such thing as an ugly woman only a lazy one". Tamira believes that all women should take the time out of their day to remember themselves and always keep it simple and sexy.

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