MUSED
BellaOnline Literary Review
For Authors of Olde by Carol Dandrade

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Contributors
Daginne Aignend Daginne Aignend

Daginne Aignend is a pseudonym for the Dutch poet and photographic artist Inge Wesdijk. She likes hard rock, photography and fantasy books. She is a vegetarian and adores her animals. Daginne writes English poetry since 5 years and is the co-editor of Degenerate Literature, a poetry/fiction/arts Ezine. She has been published in several Poetry Journals and in the anthologies 'Where Are You From?' and 'Dandelion in a Vase of Roses'.

Hedva Anbar Hedva Anbar

Born in the north east of England and now based in London after stints in Israel, the United States and Switzerland, Hedva Anbar spends her time travelling, socialising, dancing, walking, exercising, housekeeping, sewing, plant tending, reading, listening to BBC Radio 4 and generally pottering about - anything to avoid her objective which is to write fiction and drama.

Linda C. Anger Linda C. Anger

Linda C. Anger is the President of The Write Concept, a 17-year-old marketing communications company. Her poetry and short fiction has been featured in numerous national publications. This is her third poem selected by Mused. She is an avid member of Toastmasters International, and a popular workshop facilitator, helping other writers become better speakers.

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", and a non-fiction, "A Year in Middle America, Letters to My Parents." She now lives in Florida.

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 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 www.beingmark.com

Susan P. Blevins Susan P. Blevins

Susan P. Blevins, an ex-pat Brit, has traveled the world extensively, lived in Italy for 26 years, and has now settled in Houston, Texas, where she is enjoying writing stories and poems based on her travels and adventures. She had a weekly column on food in a European newspaper and has published various articles on gardens in US and European magazines. She is currently publishing essays and poetry. She is passionate about classical music, gardening, cats, reading and of course, writing.

Jeff Burt Jeff Burt

Jeff Burt has work in Atticus Review, The Nervous Breakdown, Amarillo Bay, and Across the Margins. He enjoys the delicious imbecility of conscious life.

Jean D. Carlton Jean D. Carlton

Jean is one of the authors of “Minnesota Quilts: Creating Connections with our Past” (Voyageur Press, 2005). She has written quilt-related articles and writes a blog related to quilts and textiles. quiltsetcetera.blogspot.com A writing critique group in Arizona, a writer’s retreat in Wisconsin and on-line courses through the University of Iowa, have inspired her to become more serious about her work.Jean is an avid reader, quiltmaker and lover of the outdoors.

Christine Catalano Christine Catalano

Christine likes to take photographs and play with them on the computer. She dedicates her work to her muse and longtime friend, who passed away recently.

Carol Dandrade Carol Dandrade

Carol became interested in photography in retirement and is primarily self-taught. Viewing life through a lens has allowed her to see light, people, places and objects with fresh eyes. She is especially drawn to capture waterscapes and foggy landscapes. Her photos have been displayed and awarded in local art shows and published in Mused Review, New England Wildflower Magazine, 3 Blackstone River Valley Corridor calendars, and several newspapers. Carol´s website CarolDandradePhoto.smugmug.com

Ruth Z. Deming Ruth Z. Deming

Ruth Z. Deming, winner of a Leeway Grant for Creative Nonfiction, has been published in Creative Nonfiction, Haggard and Halloo, Ray’s Road Review and other venues. A mental health advocate, she runs New Directions Support Group for people and families affected by depression and bipolar disorder. She lives in Willow Grove, PA, suburban Philadelphia.

Bill Diamond Bill Diamond

Bill Diamond is a fiction and nonfiction writer living in Evergreen, Colorado. His work has appeared in such journals as Wildflower Muse, Corvus Review, Chicago Literati, The Flash Fiction Press, Mused, Raven’s Perch, and The Drabble.

Eve Dobbins Eve Dobbins

Mrs. Eve Dobbins has a BA in English Literature from SUNY Stony Brook. Her MA is in TESOL from the University of South Florida. She began her career as an ESOL tutor at Berlitz in New York and has taught in South Korea, France, and most recently the United Arab Emirates. Ms. Dobbins and her husband were the proud owners of Cupcake Cache, LLC from 2012-2016 in Tampa, Florida. https://wordpress.com/stats/insights/cupcakecacheblog.wordpress.com

Ken Allan Dronsfield Ken Allan Dronsfield

Ken Allan Dronsfield is a poet and author originally from Hampton, New Hampshire, now residing in Oklahoma. He loves music, thunderstorms, walking in the woods at night and spending time with his cat Willa. He is the Co-editor of two poetry anthologies, "Moonlight Dreamers of Yellow Haze" and "Dandelions in a Vase of Roses" available at Amazon.com. His published work can be found on the web and in print venues. His poetry was nominated for two Pushcart Awards and the Best of the Net for 2016.

Murray W. Dunlap Murray W. Dunlap

Murray Dunlap´s work has appeared in countless magazines and journals. His stories have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize three times, as well as to Best New American Voices. His new book, Fires, will be published on June 7th, 2015. The extraordinary individuals Pam Houston, Michael Knight, and Fred Ashe taught him the art of writing. See www.murraydunlap.com.

Marcia Eppich-Harris Marcia Eppich-Harris

Marcia Eppich-Harris contributed Scavengers.

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 ArckArts.com or follow on FaceBook.

Lindsay Flanagan Lindsay Flanagan

Lindsay Flanagan is a writer, editor, and photographer. Lindsay received her Master of Arts in English and Creative Writing and her Bachelor of Arts in English and Literature. She and her husband have two beautiful daughters and make their home in the mountains of Utah. She´s a Ravenclaw, nerd, bookworm, and concert junkie. She blogs about books and concerts at https://momsarefangirlstoo.wordpress.com.

Marcia Friel Marcia Friel

Marcia is a wife, mother, and now, a writer. She teaches Humanities courses online for the City Colleges of Chicago. Along with her small brood of four children, she enjoys boogie boarding and all things Christmas. In addition, Marcia likes to cook and bake bread, but prefers to leave the clean-up duties to her husband. She´s never intentionally poisoned her dog, Rosencrantz; however, he´s eaten his fair share of noxious items.

Joann Grisetti Joann Grisetti

Joann Grisetti lives in Florida with her husband and two sons. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Haiku Magazine, Daily Love, Lynx, Inclement, Poetry Quarterly, Atlas Poetica, Living Haiku Anthology, Autumn Legends, Whispers In The Wind, Haiku Journal, Wilderness House Review, Sweet Dreams and Night Terrors, and Red Lights. In addition, Joann has published short stories in the Inwood Indiana Press.

Allyson Guerin Allyson Guerin

Ally is a graduate of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, class of 2007. Born and raised in Sutton, MA but currently residing with her husband and Boss-cat in Worcester, MA, she spends her time photographing mainly landscapes, but people pop into her view-finder upon occasion as well!

Ron Huskey Ron Huskey

Ron Huskey was born in 1957 and grew up in the shadow of the Great Smokey Mountains National Park in Sevier County Tennessee. An avid outdoorsman he loves to spend time in the mountains as often as possible. He has always enjoyed writing and storytelling. Semi-retired, he has finished his first novel titled Memories in Time "The Church on Caney Creek" and is in the process of getting it published. His desire is to be a blessing to someone through this journey we call life.

Kim Kenney Kim Kenney

Kim Kenney is a professional writer and curator. Her hobbies include cooking, gardening, practicing yoga, cross stitching, going to car shows and dabbling in photography. Kim´s fiction, non-fiction and photography have appeared in past issues of Mused. She is the Museums Editor at BellaOnline.

Sharon Thayer Larsen Sharon Thayer Larsen

Sharon Larsen honed her writing skills as a journalist, earning a number of regional and statewide honors for her news writing and editorials. She is now semi-retired and enjoying the freedom to return to her first writing "love" -- poetry. She grew up on a dairy farm, and still makes her home in rural Western New York.

Bruce Levine Bruce Levine

Bruce Levine, is a native Manhattanite, who´s literary catalogue includes a show-biz thriller, murder mystery novels, short stories, magazine articles, miscellaneous short works and a screenplay. His fiction and poetry is published on and in dozens of internet and print journals and he´s the author the novellas, Reinvented and An Accidental Journey. He lives with his wife, actress Lydia Franklin, and their rescued Australian Shepherd, Daisy. He invites you to visit him at www.brucelevine.com.

Thomas Locicero Thomas Locicero

Thomas Locicero writes poetry, short stories, plays, monologues, and essays. He was raised in East Islip, Long Island, and has lived in Mission Viejo, CA, and Streamwood, IL, and currently resides in Broken Arrow, OK. He has worked in corporate management and now works as a teacher.

Bernadine Lortis Bernadine Lortis

When Bernadine isn´t writing, she´s catching up on reading, gardening or dabbling in watercolor. Since submitting in June, 2016, creative nonfiction and poetry have been published in Stirring:A Literary Collection, Mused(3 issues), Silver Birch Press(twice), The Afterlife of Discarded Objects, Mothers Always Write, Miller´s Pond Poetry, Poetry Super Highway, Cosmo Funnel and Every Writer´s Resource. She writes and lives in St. Paul, MN, with her husband and finds inspiration all about her.

M. Scott Lowell M. Scott Lowell

Mitchell began his life in Brooklyn, New York. Childhood was an odd mix of security and instability. He grew to be a wanderer of sorts never being able to take root for long in any one place, moving from job to job across the United States as an artist, editor, writer, design director, publications and communications manager. He settled in Southern Spain in 2011 where he finally found home and tells stories nearly daily on his blog, http://mitchellismoving.blogspot.com.

Dennis Maulsby Dennis Maulsby

Dennis Maulsby is a retired bank president living in Ames, Iowa. His poems and short stories have appeared in numerous literary magazines and on National Public Radio. His third poetry book, Near Death/Near Life, was published by Prolific Press and won a gold medal award from the Military Writers of America. Some of the poems in this book have been set to classical music and may be heard at his website: www.dennismaulsby.com. A book of short stories, Free Fire Zone, was released in 2016.

Joan McNerney Joan McNerney

Joan McNerney’s poetry has been included in numerous literary zines such as Camel Saloon, Seven Circle Press, Dinner with the Muse, Blueline, Missing of the Birds, and included in Bright Hills Press, Kind of A Hurricane Press and Poppy Road Review anthologies. She has been nominated four times for Best of the Net.

Valerie L. Mendoza Valerie L. Mendoza

Valerie has always had a penchant for the arts, dating back to early childhood. In her youth, she spent time writing, acting, and creating original plays. Additionally,she later sang for a variety of bands in New York City. Currently she is a devoted teacher in The Bronx, and is in the process of completing a memoir and a novel in her spare time. Her writing analyzes the intricate facets and wonderment of the human experience; a passion that is aligned with her own philosophical exploration.

Mark J. Mitchell Mark J. Mitchell

Mark J. Mitchell studied writing at UC Santa Cruz under Raymond Carver, George Hitchcock. His work has appeared in the anthologies Good Poems, American Places, Hunger Enough, Retail Woes and Line Drives. His chapbook, Three Visitors has been published by Negative Capability. Artifacts and Relics, another chapbook, is forthcoming from Folded Word and his novel, Knight Prisoner, will be published in the coming months. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, the filmmaker Joan Juster.

James Nichols James Nichols

I am a 52 year old physician and father of five who writes for the joy it brings as well as the healing effects it has after a tough day of work or life. I truly believe writing has added quality years to my life and kept my mind as sharp as it was forty years ago. Thanks for reading my works and I hope you enjoy them.

Cynthia Parker Cynthia Parker

Cynthia Parker is a freelance writer of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. She has degrees in English Literature and Creative Writing. She has been published in Mused, 101 Words, and The Flash Fiction Press, as well as Caravel, the undergraduate research journal at the University of South Carolina.

E. Martin Pedersen E. Martin Pedersen

E. Martin Pedersen left his hometown of San Francisco, California, nearly forty years ago for a long hitch-hiking trip around the Mediterranean region, ending up in Messina, Sicily, where he still lives. He teaches English at the local university. His poetry has appeared recently in Door is a Jar, Uut Poetry, Former People, Cacti Fur and Alexandria Quarterly. Martin is a 2011 alum of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers.

Lawrence Pratt Lawrence Pratt

I'm a retired Silicon Valley technical writer who has been pursuing both freelance photography and creative writing as artistic outlets for over 20 years. More free time has allowed me to refine my avocational efforts and develop a website (www.miroerarts.com) dedicated to my efforts with my favorite photos posted to a single portfolio at http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/lawrence-pratt.html. Please visit and enjoy. Questions or comments can be posted to my miroerarts gmail account.

Elaine Reardon Elaine Reardon

Elaine is a poet educator, and member of the Society of Children´s Book Writers & Illustrators. Her new chapbook,The Heart is a Nursery For Hope, published September 2016, recently won first honors from Flutter press as the top seller of the year.Recent writing includes featured poet in the January 2017 issue of stanzaicstylings.com ezine, Three Drops from a Cauldron Journal, and poetrysuperhighway.com. Elaine lives in Western Massachusetts. elainreardon.wordpress.com

Natalie Rowe Natalie Rowe

As a kid, Natalie Rowe wrote oodles of poetry, including a sappy ode to two amorous seagulls that was published in the local paper´s "Young Poets" section. Her father had it laminated. For years, she found it too painful to write poetry, but now she has returned to it with fervour. When not writing, Natalie makes art, keeps bees and lives on a farm with a multitude of rescue animals, where she often gets her best ideas while shovelling manure. Find her at www.beemeadowfarm.com or tweet Knatolee

Alex Russo Alex Russo

Alex Russo contributed the works My Sunroom Companions and What's Going On?.

Carol Frieswick Carol Frieswick

I have painted for a long while, learning with every painting. One would think I would know what to do by now. But anyone who paints knows it is not an easy pastime. I have used many mediums but my current favorites are oil and pastel. http://bvaa.org/galleries/gallery-carol-frieswick/

Bob See Bob See

Bob See has been actively interested in photography for many years. He enjoys taking images of wildlife and landscapes. Bob´s online photography gallery can be found here - http://bvaa.org/galleries/gallery-bob-see/ - he is also on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Sunil Sharma Sunil Sharma

Sunil Sharma is Mumbai-based senior academic, critic, editor and author with 18 publications: Six collections of poetry; two of short fiction; one novel; a critical study of the novel, and, eight joint anthologies on prose, poetry and criticism; a recipient of the UK-based Destiny Poets’ inaugural Poet of the Year award---2012. His poems were included in the landmark UN project: Happiness: The Delight-Tree: An Anthology of Contemporary International Poetry, in 2015.

Lisa Shea Lisa Shea

Born in Maryland, Lisa Shea has been contentedly nestled in the rolling hills and mossy forests of central 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 http://www.lisashea.com

Neil Shelley Neil Shelley

Neil Shelley is a poet/writer who lives in Pleasant Grove, Utah. He is currently a senior at Utah Valley University completing a degree in English: Creative Writing and Literary Studies. In his free time, he showers affection on his family, tends a garden, and whispers to his honeybees. His work has been published in Touchstones, Intersections, and Warp and Weave. Neil also works with Rock Canyon Poets in Provo, Utah.

Beate Sigriddaughter Beate Sigriddaughter

Beate Sigriddaughter grew up in post-WWII Germany and moved to the United States in her teens. She is current Poet Laureate of Silver City, New Mexico. Five times a Pushcart Prize nominee and winner of four poetry prizes, she has published prose and poetry in many literary magazines and ezines. FutureCyclePress will publish her poetry collection "Xanthippe and Her Friends" in 2018. Please visit her website at www.sigriddaughter.com.

Patty Somlo Patty Somlo

Patty Somlo has received four Pushcart Prize nominations and one for storySouth’s Million Writers Award. She had an essay selected as Notable by Best American Essays 2014. Author of From Here to There and Other Stories, Somlo has three forthcoming books: a short story collection, The First to Disappear (Spuyten Duvyil), a memoir, Even When Trapped Behind Clouds (WiDo Publishing), and Hairway to Heaven Stories (Cherry Castle Publishing). www.pattysomlo.com.

Sandra Staas Sandra Staas

Sandra grew up in Scotland, then later moved to Spain where she resided for many years. She taught Spanish as adjunct faculty for several years in Pennsylvania. She has been published in various small magazines and newspapers, as well as Mused Literary Review. She self-published a collection of short stories and three memoirs on Amazon Kindle. www.sandrastaas.wordpress.com

Craig W. Steele Craig W. Steele

Craig W. Steele is a professor of biology and health services at Edinboro University in northwestern Pennsylvania. In his continuing quest to become a widely-read unknown poet, his poems recently appear or are forthcoming in The Lyric, Stoneboat Literary Journal, Mused: the BellaOnline Literary Review, Word Fountain, Lighten Up Online and Journal of Humanistic Mathematics. He continues to write poetry as “The Writer’s Poet” for Extra Innings online.

Ann Christine Tabaka Ann Christine Tabaka

Ann Christine Tabaka was born and lives in Delaware. She is a published poet, an artist, a chemist, and a personal trainer. She loves gardening, cooking, and the ocean. Chris lives with her husband and two cats. Her poems have been published in numerous national and international poetry journals, reviews, and anthologies. Chris has been selected as the resident Haiku poet for Stanzaic Stylings.

Christine Tsen Christine Tsen

Christine Tsen is a published cellist and poet. Her symphonic experiences are rich with poetic inspiration, and her poetry has put the muse back in her music. Her poetry book "Cellography" is published by Vine Leaves Press. More: www.ChristineThomasTsen.com.

Phibby Venable Phibby Venable

Phibby Venable's work has been published in 2River, Poetrybay, Southern Ocean Review, Sow´s Ear, Voices, the Appalachian Journal and various other national & international magazines. Venable has published three chapbooks & four collections of poetry. A book of poetry, The Wind Is My Wine, is due out in September, from Key Publications. Women of the Round Table, a first novel, by All Things That Matter Press, will also be published this year.

Patricia Williams Patricia Williams

Patricia Williams taught art and design for 35 years. Art, design, music and creative writing, she feels, are natural partners, their work being the creative examination of life and living. Her poetry appears online and in print journals and anthologies and has been a nominee for Best of the Net. Her first chapbook, The Port Side of Shadows:Poems of Travel - Inner, Outer and Uncharted Places, was published in 2017 by Finishing Line Press. She belongs to the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets.

Nancy Zhang Nancy Zhang

Nancy Zhang is currently a college student with a love for storytelling. In her free time, she enjoys spending too much time at the local library.

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 thirty years, and feels it is the perfect marriage between creative writing and engineering.

Linda Barrett

Linda Barrett is a prolific poet, short story writer and an award winner of the Montgomery County Community College Writer´s Contest for four years running. She wrote her first work at eight years old and her second work at the age of 13. She contributes to the Compass, Mad Swirl, Idea Gems, and Night to Dawn magazine. Linda has lived in Abington, Pa. for 52 years in the same house on the same street. This is her fifth contribution to Mused magazine.

Dave Bourdeau

Dave Bourdeau contributed the works Dawn Precipice... Mars and Fall Line.

Edward M. Donnelly

Edward M. Donnelly contributed the work Lay It On.

Michele Ekeman

Michele Ekeman contributed the works Bleeding Hearts, Purple and Swallowtail Butterfly.

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 Lulu.com.

Diane Farris-Howard

Diane Farris-Howard contributed the work Beauty in Nature.

Ana Gardner

Ana Gardner contributed the work Meridian Line.

N. A. Granger

N. A. Granger contributed the work The Connection.

Enid C. Grayer

Enid C. Grayer contributed the works Endlessly, Rachael Anne and When I Was Sixteen.

John Grey

John Grey is an Australian born poet. Recently published in Oyez Review, Rockhurst Review and Spindrift with work upcoming in New Plains Review, Big Muddy Review, Willow Review and Louisiana Literature.

Maggie Koger

Maggie Koger contributed the works Little Brown Thrush, Polishing Silver and The Distance.

L. Kurakar

An avid reader, amateur photographer, movie addict, prolific but unpublished artist and debutante writer. Check out more artworks from L. Kurakar at http://portentious.deviantart.com.

K. Lee

K. Lee contributed the work Waiting for the 12th Street Bus.

John Martin Petriccione

John Martin Petriccione contributed the work Drops in a Stream.

Fabrice Poussin

Fabrice Poussin contributed the works Infinity, The Clearing and To The Castle.

Bill Price

Bill Price contributed the work Lily Field.

John Randell

John sees an abundance of wildlife daily on his mail route. By sharing his photos online he connected with other birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts. As his small circle started to grow he decided to start his own group to encourage others to join the conversation and share their photos. John and a friend Mary manage the facebook group Wildlife of Worcester County and Beyond which has grown to 300 members. A calendar of his best photos each year is available at johnrandellphotography.com.

Leah Holbrook Sackett

Leah Holbrook Sackett contributed the work Three Lived in Fear.

Barbara Taylor

Barbara Taylor contributed the work Distant Cousin.




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