Published Pieces

Celebrating Local Women: Brenda Hale

“March is Women’s History Month. Although women have come a long way since the 19th amendment was ratified in 1920, and the Voting Rights Act was signed into law in 1965, we still have a long way to go on the path to equality. This means equality that does not discriminate based on gender, race, sexual orientation, class, ethnicity, or religion. Locally, there are many amazing women who are working hard to eradicate the practices that lead to oppression in these areas. What they have in common is a shared desire to help individuals in a community come together, care for one another, and help each other succeed. This month, we’d like to focus on one of those women specifically: Roanoke NAACP President, Brenda Hale.” Read more here: bella_march brenda

Published Pieces

Cultivating a Meaningful Life

“Theresa Dorlini, co-founder of Circle Design Studio, takes meaningful connections seriously. As Principal Interior Designer and Creative Director, she works closely with both residential and commercial clients to ‘develop a cohesive design concept that reflects their personal style or branding.'”

See more in the January 2018 issue of Bella Magazine, or bellamagazineJAN18_profile.


Southwest Virginia Young Writers Conference

In November 2018, Hayleigh organized the first Southwest Virginia Young Writers Conference. It was held at South County Library in Roanoke, Virginia. Eighteen teens attended this event, and there is already interest for 2018. Stay tuned to Roanoke County Library’s website for updates on future events.


Meanwhile, check out the program from the 2017 event here: SouthwestVAYoungWriters

Published Pieces

Nikki Giovanni “A Good Cry”

Poet, activist, and educator, Nikki Giovanni’s fiery, humorous, and reflective voice has long inspired artists, educated readers, and informed our national consciousness. Her newest poetry collection, A Good Cry: What We Learn from Tears and Laughter, is deeply personal and has been described as her most intimate collection.

Read more here, or in the October issue of Bella Magazine.

Published Pieces

Art By Sharell for August Bella

Sharell Whipple graduated in 2010 with a degree in animal biology. Soon after, she began a petsitting business.

“I took really nice photos of the pets and left them for the owners to find when they came back. One day, I took one of the photos, painted it, and gave it to the family as a Christmas gift,” Sharell recalls. “That was the first time I experimented with painting, and I fell in love with it.”


Read more here: bellaAUG17 maker