Our People

Rayna Halloway
Editor-in-Chief ǀ @herheartshapedbox

Based in Auckland, New Zealand, Rayna is Mama-Bear to a cheeky toddler who loves giving raspberries, and a Bonus-Mama to a sassy tween who is obsessed with Pixel Gun. When she is not wearing her Mama-Hat she writes short stories and poetry and spends hours snuggled up with the work of the Her Heart Poetry community.

Rayna brings qualifications in Communications and Public Relations and a career served in the Not-For-Profit and Education Sectors to her role with Her Heart. She is an avid reader, a lover of words and has been publishing her poetry online for over 10 years. You can connect with her Instagram page here.

Her Heart is a labour of love that grew out of Rayna’s commitment to the thousands of talented people that she has met through social media. In her capacity as curator, she has the unique opportunity to showcase and share the multiple voices and perspectives that make up the world of Her Heart.

Jonathan Brooks
Associate Editor – New Voices ǀ @angelrising121

Jonathan is a Dad and poet based in the wonderful Lake District in England. He started writing poetry as a child, combining his own words with photos taken by his talented Father.  This love affair with words and images continues today and is a part of his aesthetic and style. You can connect with his Instagram page here.

Jonathan’s inspirations include great writers like Betjeman and Dylan Thomas, but he also has a penchant for the daft and silly, with Spike Millagan and The Ning Nang Nong being all time favourites.

Jonathan is responsible for identifying new and talented voices, finding the rare and hidden gems on Instagram, and identifying poets for feature. He is committed to providing a platform for the many voices of our global poetry community.

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.

Kelvin Lloyd
Associate Editor – HeartWrds ǀ @heartwrds

Kelvin’s love of poetry started with Shakespeare in an English class in rural New Zealand as a teenager.  Now based in Melbourne, Australia, he continues his love of the written word through daily reading, reviewing, and writing, both professionally and for personal enjoyment.

Kelvin is a passionate advocate for LGBQT rights, and is currently working on a soon-to-be-released blog series on ethical consumerism and the environment.

Kelvin loves showcasing all the wonderful responses to Her Heart’s weekly writing prompts.

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!

Samuel Blake
Contributor – Features ǀ @c.ar.l.t

To say “there’s no place like home” is an understatement where Samuel is concerned. Often found roaming the jungles and oceans of Hawaii, U.S.A, it’s easy to see where much of the inspiration for his writing originates. He’s a loving husband whose beautiful bride is also the subject of much of his work, and his faithful pup, Quaid, is ever by his side in adventures both real and written. When Samuel isn’t writing, he’s typically lost in nature with his camera, snapping pictures for future works.

Samuel has been a self-starter from day one, though you’d never know it from the quality of his work in the fields of sustainable living, horticulture, and writing. He is passionate about education, equal rights, and finding ways to live in harmony with the natural world, and his writing reflects all of these concepts. More than anything, though, Samuel’s passions lie in supporting others whether through encouragement or the constructive feedback. You will find his feature articles dedicated to writing tools and technique both inspiring and empowering.

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,” which can be found on Amazon here, 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 which is available through Amazon here.

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.

If you would like to contribute to Her Heart Poetry please contact us via email at connect@herheartpoetry.com.