Meet the people who are helping to keep Her Heart beating!

In November we will welcome a number of new faces to the Her Heart team.

They may come from different parts of the globe, but they all have one thing in common, a love of the written word and helping other poets and writers to make the most of the creative experience. Read on to meet the passionate poetry junkies who will bring you new content, support and inspiration to aid your poetry journey.

Reese Leyva
Associate Editor – On Craft ǀ @reese.leyva

At the bright young age of seven Reese wrote her first poem and has been taking pen to ink ever since. She spends her days inspired by her wondrous toddler daughter, her genius artist husband, and the stunning fertile beauty of Oregon, U.S.A.

When she’s not writing or reading, Reese is employing her craft as a start-up and early growth finance professional helping small businesses and founders realize their entrepreneurial dreams. She was born in California and raised in Silicon Valley so her entrepreneurial tech roots are never far behind.

Her deep and abiding love for the written word is what brought Reese to the Her Heart community. Her own writing plumbs the beautiful pain and ecstasy of our shared humanity, and she encourages anyone (who is willing) to share their own voice and perspective with the words of their choosing. Reese offers tools and insights to help polish the written form, help strengthen the artistic voice, and, ultimately, open the poem to the reader’s heart.

Lucy Ochoa-Petit
Associate Editor – On Craft ǀ @lucy_lusiana

Lucy is a curious creative with a gypsy soul, taking inspiration from her changing surroundings. She is originally from Venezuela, grew up in the US and New Zealand, and now writes from Sydney, Australia.

Poetry is how Lucy makes sense of the world so much of her writing reflects her own experiences. In her poetry, she explores the themes of change, perfectionism, reality and technology, and how these shape our lives. She’s currently working on a poetry book, and you can read some her poems here.

Lucy has a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Relations but to her parents’ shock, she now works as a creative copywriter in advertising.

Rachel Noall
Curator – Twitter ǀ @rrnoall

When Rachel was a high school senior applying to colleges, she penned her essay on her love affair with words. Years later, that love continues to blossom.

Having earned an English degree in 2014, Rachel moved across the US, seeking new opportunities and inspiration. She found it, and hasn’t put her pen down since. Her travel experiences, new-found sense of self, and desire to “make it” as a writer keep Rachel dedicated to her craft.

When she isn’t writing, Rachel is busy exploring Colorado, traveling the world, taking classes, becoming a marketing aficionado, and people watching.

Keep an eye out for her first collection of poetry, to be released at the end of 2017!

Samantha House
Contributor – Features ǀ @samanthahouse

Samantha is the mother of four energetic children based in Mandurah, Western Australia. Her love of the written word started at an early age and saw her attempt to write a magazine based on her family and friends, various poems and a novel based on her Australian history lessons before her school years ended.

Samantha is inspired by the world and the wonderfulness in it, and her writing reflects her belief that everything is connected in some way and that equal rights should be a given. Her blog is a place where she shares her writing journey and the tips and tricks she has picked up from other writers along the way.

Inspired by the writing community, Samantha’s articles focus on getting that story written and the little things that will help you get it done.

Melody Lee
Contributor – Her Heart Reviews ǀ @melody_lee_poetry_junkie

When Melody’s not drinking coffee, running her social media sites, reading novels or writing her next poem, you’ll likely find her exploring one of her nearby nature trails in North Florida or trying new foods and wine with her gal pals. She also enjoys people watching, as there is much you can learn about yourself by observing others; sometimes Melody even finds new writing inspiration from the aura of people and the energy of her “people gazing” surroundings.  Her favourite poets include Anne Sexton, Sylvia Plath, Marge Piercy, Emily Dickinson and Pablo Neruda. Too many to list, but she’d be remiss to not include Charles Bukowski in that list of loves. Writing which screams taboo usually draws Melody in.

Melody worked for years as a paralegal in a busy law firm, managed a department store, and helped startup and manage a multimillion dollar business. She is also a contributing writer for “A Better Today Media” online magazine. She’s an avid reader, power-walker, wine-enthusiast, foodie and collector of adventures. Her two favorite cities to visit in the United States are NYC and Savannah, GA. Melody recently published her debut poetry book, “Moon Gypsy,” and is working on her second poetry book to be released in late 2018.

Liz Newman
Contributor – Features ǀ @liz_newman_writer

Liz Newman is a blogger and a poet from the Midwestern United States. She is also a contributor for “A Better Today Media” and just recently published her debut poetry book called Hope Between Heartbeats (available through Amazon and CTU Publishing Group).

Liz writes primarily about life, love, and relationships. Her love for poetry and the written word date back to her elementary days when she would scribble quotes in the margins of her agenda books. She loves music, books, and crafts.

When she’s not reading or writing, she loves to spend time with her family including her husband and her fur-babies. Liz and her husband enjoy traveling together and spending time outdoors as well as discovering new tv shows and movies.

Liz is grateful to be a part of the poetry community and loves to meet and connect with other writers.

You can visit ‘Our People’ here to meet all of our team members, including our existing staff.

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