BellaOnline Literary Review
Weevil by Mark Berkerey

Table of Contents

Ashton Ashton

Ashton, 52 lives just south of Austin, in a town where one get into serious trouble when they snitch their Dad´s cameras. Passions include the Blues, BBQ ~ cooking it and eating it ~ and photography. The photobug took hold of Ashton early in life from the time she was given that Kodak Instamatic and her love for photography has grown from that moment. Ashton loves to travel, whether it´s the US or just exploring the back roads of Texas....looking for BBQ joints and photo opportunites.

Manijeh Badiozamani Manijeh Badiozamani

Manijeh Badiozamani is a literary non-fiction writer. She writes mostly about her experiences growing up in Tehran, Iran, where she was born. Her short stories and articles have been published in magazines, anthologies and on the Web. She is a retired professor of English, and is currently working on a collection of short stories: "Family Tales from Tehran".

Mark Berkerey Mark Berkerey

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 lives - the best he can - as a form of meditation. He expresses his ongoing exploration of nature´s spiritual value through his writing and pictures at

Carole Bouchard Carole Bouchard

Carole Bouchard is a self-taught photographer with a deep passion for this art form. Though she had an interest in this medium for many years, it was digital photography that fired her creativity. Fortuitous meetings with on-line friends and mentors pointed the way to more creative experiments. She particularly enjoys macro photography of nature subjects and the magic of water reflections. You can see more of her work at Carole lives in Groton, MA.

Liane Kupferberg Carter Liane Kupferberg Carter

Liane Kupferberg Carter is a journalist whose articles and essays have appeared in many publications, including the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Huffington Post, Babble, Brevity, Skirt! Magazine, Parents Magazine and Literary Mama. She is a columnist for Autism After 16, and is writing a memoir about raising a child with autism. You can follow her on Facebook at

Christine Catalano Christine Catalano

An English Lit major in college, Christine slipped into publishing by becoming the artist that had been lurking inside all along. She worked happily in graphics for many years. Now liberated from daily deadlines, she tries to tempt her muse with camera, Photoshop, and the occasional poem. Some of her artwork has been published in the San Pedro River Review, Crack the Spine, and Mused, among others.

David Cooper David Cooper

David L. Cooper has taught at Jefferson Community and Technical College in Louisville, Ky. for twenty-eight years. He teaches English and African American History. In 2011, he won the state´s highest college level teaching award, The Acorn Award. In 1995, he received a University of Kentucky Great Teacher Award and in 1996 he received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to study the Great Black Migration at the University of Kansas. He has an a son, Sean, and a daughter, Rachel.

Linda M. Crate Linda M. Crate

Linda M. Crate is a Pennsylvanian native born in Pittsburgh, and raised in the rural town of Conneautville. Her poetry, short stories, reviews, and articles have appeared in a myriad of magazines both online and in print. Her novel Amethyst Epiphany is forthcoming from Assent Publishing under their imprint Phantasm Books. To find more of her writing you can follow her on facebook here:

Bob Evans Bob Evans

A late-comer to art photography, Bob spent his early career working in engineering. He finds that creating something from nothing gives a tremendous rush. Bob strongly believes in taking the subject ‘as-is’ - no posing, no moving of the subject matter. It is capturing the essential essence of the subject matter that is vital to him. As well as photography, Bob is also a keen sculptor and abstract painter. Visit or follow on FaceBook

Debi Gardiner Debi Gardiner

Even as a young child, Debi gravitated towards artistic pursuits. Photographing with her Kodak brownie camera at about 5 years of age and oil painting from age 10, her interests eventually lead her to college where she received a BFA in design, and a career in graphic design. Her company Gardiner Design is approaching 25 years in business. Specializing in logo design, illustration and web-design. Visit her website at:

Angela Williams Glenn Angela Williams Glenn

Angela Glenn has spent ten years as an English teacher. She loves writing and writes often about parenting and motherhood on her website Time with A & N at Her upcoming book that examines not only the struggle of the balance of motherhood today but how social media and choices of today, shapes women’s perception and expectations of themselves as mothers will be available for purchase shortly through her website. She lives with her husband and two daughters.

Brigitte Goetze Brigitte Goetze

Brigitte Goetze, biologist, goat farmer, and writer lives in the foothills of Oregon´s Coast Range. She has been published by Oregon Humanities, Quiet Mountain Essays, Outward Link, Four and Twenty, Poets for Living Waters, Calyx, Women Artists Datebook 2011 and others.

KJ Hannah Greenberg KJ Hannah Greenberg

KJ Hannah Greenberg, twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize in Literature, serves as an Associate Editor at Bound Off! and at Bewildering Stories. Her most recent books include: The Immediacy of Emotional Kerfuffles (Bards and Sages Publishing, 2013), Citrus-Inspired Ceramics (Aldrich Press, 2013), Intelligence’s Vast Bonfires (Lazarus Media, 2012), and Don’t Pet the Sweaty Things (Bards and Sages Publishing, 2012), A Bank Robber’s Bad Luck with His Ex-Girlfriend (Unbound CONTENT, 2011.

Deborah Guzzi Deborah Guzzi

Deborah Guzzi was raised in an interfaith family. She spent years examining the foundations of belief in higher power. Much of her writing expresses a shamanic love of nature. She is the owner of Empathic Touch. Acting as a healing facilitator, she specializes in Shiatsu, Lomi Lomi, Thai Massage, Feng Shui and Reiki.

Lois Elaine Heckman Lois Elaine Heckman

Lois Elaine Heckman grew up in Los Angeles and received a degree in Italian from UCLA. Her home is Milan, Italy. Among her writing credits are Boston Literary Magazine, Sonnet Scroll, Tilt-a-Whirl, and Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine. She won the 2010 New England Shakespeare Festival Rubber Ducky Sonnet Contest, and her work has placed or been commended in several international poetry competitions. Her chapbook, Out of Nowhere, is available on Amazon. She also enjoys taking photographs.

Leslie E. Hoffman Leslie E. Hoffman

Leslie Hoffman is a writer; freelance editor of fiction and non-fiction; a member of Poetry Center San Jose´s "Caesura" Editorial Team, San Jose, CA; and Co-founder of Laudably Tarnished: A Poetry Workshop, Las Vegas, NV. Several of Leslie´s poems have been published in "Mused". Various other poems, short stories, and articles have been published in magazines, newspapers, and anthologies. More of Leslie´s writing and photography can be viewed at:

Thomas Hollyday Thomas Hollyday

Tom Hollyday currently edits the popular YOU GOT THAT RIGHT daily vidoe broadcast on youtube (YOU GOT THAT RIGHT BY THOMAS HOLLYDAY) with comments on science, books,cartoons,pets,education automobiles and people. He studied fiction at the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars and with Michael Curtis of the Atlantic Monthly. He has published drawings, non fiction and fiction in various media. He lives in Boston with his wife, two children and his cat. See books and reviews on Amazon and Goodreads.

Rachael Z. Ikins Rachael Z. Ikins

Rachael Ikins is an award winning author/artist. She has published four chapbooks of poetry, 3 with eBook Kindle editions also available on Amazon, & her first YA novel The Complete Tales from the Edge of the Woods (Icarus Aloft) 2013. Her artworks are currently available at galleries from Georgetown KY, through CNY & NH. She goes to Ireland for a writers conference soon to read aloud of dragon flight from within castle walls. For inquiries & to learn more go to

JackiGail JackiGail

JackiGail began taking pictures to have unlicensed art for her website business. In 2005, she started to show her art work at art shows and fairs. A member of the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, she participates in their Art At the Source program each year. She enjoys the whole process of photography from making the picture to printing to framing. Her work is unaltered and what she sees is what you get.

Lisa Kerr Lisa Kerr

Lisa Dworkin Kerr has been writing poetry for the past 35 years having started as an editor for a literary magazine in her teens. She is a former choreographer and was a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant for choreography. Now she divides her time between writing poetry, making jewelry in her studio in Cannon Beach Oregon, salsa dancing, and working as a public defender in Seattle, Washington.

Yasmin Khan Yasmin Khan

Yasmin Khan lives in Mumbai, India with her husband and three teenage children. A stay home mom, she is a devoted mother and loves pampering her kids. Writing poetry has been her passion since childhood. She loves the challenge of writing in various forms of poetry. Her muse is life itself and she is inspired from all that life has to offer and the things that make life the celebration that it is.

Jim Murdoch Jim Murdoch

Jim is a Scottish writer living just outside Glasgow. He began, as so many do, writing poetry at school and it wasn´t until his mid thirties that he moved onto prose. Since then he has published three novels and a collection of short stories. But he´s never given up on the poetry. You can learn more about him on his website: where there are also links to his two blogs.

Sergio Ortiz Sergio Ortiz

Sergio Ortiz is an educator. Flutter Press released his debut chapbook, At the Tail End of Dusk (2009), and his second chapbook, Bedbugs in My Mattress (2010). He is a three-time nominee for the 2010, 2011 Sundress Best of the Web Anthology, and a 2010 Pushcart nominee.

Jeanette Perosa Jeanette Perosa

Jeanette Perosa is a graduate Arcadia University’s MFA program. While not chasing her four children or teaching at Montgomery County Community College, she is writing fiction or traveling with her husband. Her work has appeared in The Thorn Literary Journal, Perspectives Literary Journal, Adanna Literary Journal, Delta Woman Magazine, Eunoia Review and is currently finishing her first novel. You can follow her on Twitter. Thank you for your consideration.

Kristin Roedell Kristin Roedell

Kristin Roedell is a retired attorney. Select poems appear in Switched on Gutenberg, Tacoma’s City Arts, Sierra Nevada Review, Ginosko, and Amoskeag. She was nominated for DZANC’s best of the Web, 2010, and the Pushcart Prize, 2010. She is the author of two collections of poetry: Seeing in the Dark (Tomato Can Press 2009) and Girls With Gardenias, (Flutter Press 2011). Her third chapbook is forthcoming from Legal Studies Forum. Her online site can be found at

Al Rollins Al Rollins

Al Rollins is a retired Local Government Budget Manager. Al loves to travel the USA with his wife, Janet, and photograph all the wonders of this great country.

Sue Russell Sue Russell

Raised in Montana and transposed to the mid-west, Sue Russell finds her inspiration in the mountainous wilderness of her childhood. As a practicing psychologist/psychoanalyst, she brings the richness of human emotional experience and dream symbolism to her writing.

Kevin Saleeba Kevin Saleeba

Kevin has been a reporter and photographer for several Southern New England newspapers for more than a decade. He is currently an assistant publisher for, a site devoted to covering the New England Patriots. Kevin is now working on two writing projects: a fantasy novel called “The Squonk and the Horned Beast” and a sports book called “The Game that Saved the Patriots.” He also works with special needs kids and is the head coach of the North Providence Barracudas swim team.

Andrew R. Sciandra Andrew R. Sciandra

Andrew is a retired Alternative High School Art Teacher.

Donna Sciandra Donna Sciandra

Donna has always been adventurous and loved to travel. She spent two years in Jamaica (as a teacher trainer in Kingston) and five years in the Solomon Islands on Guadalcanal (as a Community Developer in a rain forest living in a leaf house) with the Peace Corps. Donna is now a retired elementary school teacher who is enjoying her “free” time traveling and photographing North America.

Bob See Bob See

Bob See has been actively interested in photography for many years. He enjoys taking images of wildlife and landscapes. Bob can be reached at his golfing site at

Lisa Shea Lisa Shea

Born in Maryland, Lisa Shea has been contentedly nestled in the rolling hills and mossy forests of Massachusetts since 1995. She is drawn to the ocean and cherishes quiet evenings as the orange glow of sunset glistens across wooden docks. Lisa relishes the challenge of conveying meaning and memorable characters in a measured bounding of time and space. Her stories, poems, and images celebrate natural beauty and serenity. Enjoy thousands of her photos at

J. Scott Shields J. Scott Shields

Years ago, Scott left the Midwest for the deserts of Arizona. Music, literature, and writing are his passions, and he strives to share his love of the written word with his high school English students each day. Scott’s writing has appeared in the English Journal, Mused, Canyon Echo, and Treoir magazine (a publication of Comhaltas, an international organization that promotes traditional Irish music and culture). He is also a regular contributor to the blog, Writing Is Cake.

Craig W. Steele Craig W. Steele

Craig W. Steele resides in the countryside of northwestern Pennsylvania, not far from Lake Erie. When not writing poetry, he’s a professor of biology at Edinboro University. Besides Mused: the BellaOnline Literary Review, his poetry has appeared in numerous anthologies, literary journals and magazines, most recently in The Lyric, Ottawa Arts Review, The Autumn Sound Review, Halcyon and Stone Path Review, amongst others.

Emily Strauss Emily Strauss

Emily Strauss has an M.A. in English, but is self-taught in poetry. Over 130 of her poems appear in dozens of online venues and in anthologies. The natural world is generally her framework; she often focuses on the tension between nature and humanity, using concrete images to illuminate the loss of meaning between them. She is a semi-retired teacher living in California.

Hannah Thurman Hannah Thurman

Hannah is a writer living in Brooklyn, NY. In 2011, she completed studies in creative writing at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where she received Highest Honors for her thesis, a collection of stories called “Good Enough Secrets.” She has pieces published/forthcoming in The Coffin Factory, The Menda City Review, The Apeiron Review, Fiction365, and others.

Charity C. Tran Charity C. Tran

Charity C. Tran is a Los Angeles native who frequents public transit, arts, and culture. She has published in Mused, Toasted Cheese Literary Journal, LAist, and Din Magazine. She is an Honorable Mention recipient in Glimmer Train´s Short Fiction Award and released a poetry chapbook on our digital lives entitled "Digital Divide." In addition to prose and poetry, Ms. Tran is a non-fiction writer and works as a digital strategist. For more information, visit

Brenda Wilson Wooley Brenda Wilson Wooley

Brenda Wilson Wooley´s work has appeared in many publications, including The Birmingham Arts Journal, Kentucky Monthly Magazine, Barely South Review and Looking Back Magazine. She and her husband make their home in Paducah, Kentucky where she is working on a novel and her husband´s memoirs. Her blog, One Kentucky Writer, can be found here:

Sonya Zalubowski Sonya Zalubowski

Before writing fiction, Sonya Zalubowski traveled the world as a journalist. Highlights included covering major events in Eastern Europe, ranging from the Polish Solidarity movement to the ultimate fall of the wall in Berlin in 1989. She returned to the states in the 1990s and moved to Portland, Or., a hotbed of creativity. That is where she hooked up with the "Dangerous Writers" and she thanks them for helping her in her efforts to make the leap from journalistic writing to the literary arts.

Jody Zolli Jody Zolli

Jody Zolli has enjoyed writing poetry since she was seven. 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 twenty five years, and feels it is the perfect marriage between creative writing and engineering.

Jeff Burt
Jeff Burt submitted the work Handbag of Straw.

Patty Cole
Patty Cole is poet living in rural North Carolina where she raises chickens with her husband. Her credits are The Sound of Poets Cooking, The Wild Goose Poetry Review, The Main Street Rag, among several others. She counts among her blessings living in a bucolic setting where she is currently at work on her very first chapbook. She enjoys lots of walks in the woods and dutifully obeys her border collie, Frodo.

Rebecca Diak
Rebecca Diak submitted the poetry Untitled.

David Edwards
David Edwards was born, and continues to live, in Indiana.

Sue Ellis
Sue Ellis lives and writes near Mt. Spokane in Washington State. Some writing credits include Christian Science Monitor, Prick of the Spindle, BluePrint Review, Flash Me Magazine and Front Porch Review.

Ellen R. Erlanger
Ellen R. Erlanger submitted the works Cobalt Herons by Dale Chihuly, 2005, Three Lovely Lotus Blossoms and Too Hot To Move.

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 Four and Twenty, Poetry Porch, The Christendom Review and Anon. He has produced four poetry collections, which are available on

Zdravka Evtimova
Zdravka Evtimova works a translator of English, French, and German. Her story collections are: “Bitter Sky”, SKREV Press, UK, 2003, “Somebody Else” MAG Press, USA, 2005, “Miss Daniella”, SKREV Press, UK 2007, “Pale and Other Postmodern Bulgarian Stories”, Vox Humana, Canada/Israel, 2010, and “Pale and Other Postmodern Bulgarian Stories”, Vox Humana Publishing Israel/Canada. Zdravka lives with her husband and three children in Pernik, Bulgaria.

Joseph Farley
Joseph Farley submitted the work Tectonics.

Gene James Gilbert
Gene James Gilbert began his adventure in 1949 in Chicago, Illinois, being born and raised in the shadows of the Ravenswood ´L´ train tracks. Having lived in California and Israel, he now resides and writes in Baraboo, Wisconsin.

Charlene Goodrow
Charlene Goodrow submitted the works Nectar Delight, Protective Mother and Yellow Path.

N.A. Granger
N.A. Granger submitted the work The Walk.

Joann Grisetti
Joann Grisetti submitted the work The Dying Room.

E. Joyce Guilford-Blake
Evan Guilford-Blake’s prose, plays and poems have appeared in many print and online journals, several anthologies and in script form, winning a total of 57 contests and earning two Pushcart Prize nominations. His novel "Noir(ish)" is published by Penguin. Holland House will issue his short story collection "American Blues" in the spring. He and his wife (and inspiration) Roxanna live in the southeastern US. More information is available at

Michael Harty
Michael Harty lives in Prairie Village, Kansas, where he writes poetry and practices psychoanalysis, not necessarily in that order. His poems have appeared in Texas Poetry Calendar, Third Wednesday, Pearl, and elsewhere, and have received awards in the Inter-Board Poetry Competition online.

Vanessa Horn
Vanessa Horn started writing in 2012, during a sabbatical year from her job as a Junior School Teacher. She has had several successes in short story competitions and at the moment is working on two full-length novels: one for adults and one for younger children. Now spending equal amounts of time on teaching and writing, she feels she has achieved the ideal working week!

JB Mulligan
JBMulligan submitted the work Scraps.

Brenda Kay Ledford
Brenda Kay Ledford submitted the work Winter Waterfall.

Sandi Leibowitz
Sandi Leibowitz submitted the work Firewood, Fugue: Reading Poetry with the TV on While Petting a Cat and Waiting for the Muse.

Yesha Shah
Yesha Shah submitted the work Marigold.

Constance Sibrava
Constance Sibrava is the happily married wife of Wayne, the mother of three grown children and the grandmother of nine absolutely perfect grandchildren. Connie has always loved to write and has many, many stories of her life growing up in Northern California in the 60s and 70s. She currently resides in Upstate New York.

Joanna M. Weston
Joanna M. Weston. Married; has two cats, multiple spiders, a herd of deer, and two derelict hen-houses. Her middle-reader, ‘Those Blue Shoes´, published by Clarity House Press; and poetry, ‘A Summer Father’, published by Frontenac House of Calgary. Her eBook, ‘The Willow Tree Girl’ at her blog:

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