BellaOnline Literary Review
Keegan by KJ Ward

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.

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 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

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.

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 She also enjoys digital photography, playing with her cats and traveling.

Brandii Lacey Brandii Lacey

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 BellaOnline's Cooking for Kids site in 2007. She loves creating recipes for families. She also enjoys writing about meal plans, grocery saving tips, cookbooks and cooking products. She currently resides in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband and ever so curious golden retriever.

Vannie Ryanes 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 & Spicy (foods).

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

Erika Lyn Smith is a freelance author, a digital photographer, and artiste. She has a passion for creating multicolored, vibrant and distinctive artwork. Erika holds a degree in Nursing, and works in a hospital-based Behavioral Medicine Crisis Stabilization unit for children and adolescents, treating ages 7-18. Erika Lyn Smith is the present editor of BellaOnline's Attention Deficit Disorder and Missing and Exploited Children websites. Erika recently became the senior editor for The Mused Literary Non-Fiction Team. Please stopover and visit Erika at to see her photography, writing, and artwork.

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.

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