Our People

Samuel Blake
Editor in Chief – Her Heart Poetry
@palemanpoetry

Often found roaming the jungles, gardens, and oceans of Hawaii, U.S.A, it’s easy to see where much of the inspiration for Samuel’s 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 the garden or out 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 ideals. More than anything, though, Samuel’s passions lie in supporting others whether through encouragement or constructive feedback, and You/Poet, his book co-authored with Her Heart Poetry founder, Rayna Hutchison, is exactly the type of support any writer could put to use.


Jed Wylde
Lead Curator – Instagram
@something.i.did

Jed Wylde is in the United States, she is an avid supporter of the arts, loves poetry and music. She is inspired by nature and this beautiful planet. Her dream is to one day retire from her demanding job so she can travel and write full time.

Jed is one half of the creative duo Something I Did. You can see more of their work, which is an exploration of the collision of words and art, on Instagram, and together with HeartWrds, their visual writing prompts will challenge you to think in previously undiscovered ways.


Kristina Fanning
Curator – Instagram
@kristinafanning

Kristina is an editor from the United States who, in her spare time, writes, reads, and takes photos. Among her favorite poets are Octavio Paz, Frank O’Hara, E.E. Cummings, and the ancient Chinese masters.

A published poet, Kristina’s work, which leans towards micropoetry, achieves connection in very few words, and is complex, layered and rich. Kristina is a poet who is not afraid of the dark, or what hides inside. You can see more of her work, and connect with her on Instagram.


Carolyn Mei Yan
Curator – Instagram
@lipstickandmiracles

Mei is a Singaporean poet at the crossroads of cultures. Having spent several years living in France and fluent in English, French, and Mandarin, her love of travel and nature inspires many of her poems. She savours the sacred in the everyday, and has an affinity and deep love for the written word.

Mei’s poetry has been featured in the San Pedro River Review (Fall 2017 issue) and on ezines like The Connotation Press. Her work has also been nominated for The Pushcart Prize. Always looking forward to speading her passion for poetry, she posts micropoems regularly on her Instagram page, Lipstick & Miracles, and is motivated by the meaningful connections she has formed with the many talented writers on Instagram.


Justyn Huang
Curator – Instagram
Host – Her Heart Live
@justynpikachu

Based in NYC, Justyn works in Finance by day but dabbles in Poetry by night. He strongly believes in individuality and self-expression, so he uses his words to entertain others.

He first got his start in poetry at a young age in elementary school when he won his class poetry competition. After that he took interest in other hobbies such as gymnastics, running, acting, improv-comedy, short films, technology, and he even had a brief stint as a YouTuber.

He hopes to one day publish a book but, for now, loves connecting with others in the poetry scene and attending open mics throughout The Big Apple, because for him, poetry and the spoken word are one of the highest forms of purpose and meaning.


Chris Anemaat
Associate Editor – HeartWrds
@chrisanemaat

Based in Australia, Chris works as curator and lead historical researcher at a 19th century prison museum. Apart from a deep love of history, he is active in the arts both as a participant treading the boards of the stage, and as an advocate sitting as a member of a number of volunteer groups that provide a voice for artists and support for the arts.

In the world of poetry he has always had a passion for reading poems new and old, and writing. He was the featured poet for the launch of a local writer’s festival alongside New York Times best-selling author Sean Williams. His poetry is wrapped up in a deep love of words, nature, love, and a belief that beauty can be found everywhere, you just need to look hard enough.


Stephanie A. W. Martin
Associate Editor – Her Heart’s Reach
@stephanieawmartin

Stephanie has struggled with bipolar disorder since her teenage years despite only recently discovering her depression had been misdiagnosed for almost a decade. She also deals with severe generalized and social anxiety. Silence on the subjects fed her suffering, so she was never shy about her discussing her illness but felt the stigmas surrounding her ailments, nonetheless, because of others’ reactions. She learned her mental illness was a faux-pas at a young age, and in 2017, postpartum depression and the first active suicidal ideation in years were added to her list. Then she found her voice anew.


Hayden MacKinnon
Associate Editor – Her Heart On Craft
@steelandbonepoetry

Hayden is a middle school Humanities teacher living just outside Vancouver, BC, with his wife and daughter. Being the son of two librarians helped him discover a deep love for language, reading, and poetry – a love he hopes to inspire in others through his work.

For most of his life, Hayden has lived with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder as well as Tourette’s syndrome, and hopes to use his poetry as a way to bring awareness and a sense of empowerment to those who suffer from mental illnesses.

His poetry seeks to explore the joys and sorrows of this world; to capture with words a sliver of the beauty that we experience every day. Some of his favourite poets include T.S. Eliot, Mary Oliver, and Shel Silverstein.


Nicole Gabert
Associate Editor – Her Heart’s New
@nicolegabert_fallenangel

Nicole is a published poet and has been active within Instagram’s writing communities for several years. Previously she shared her words via “Fallen Angel,” her Facebook page. When Nicole first joined Instagram as @nicolegabert_fallenangel, she quickly earned herself the unofficial title, “Tag Queen,” thanks to her passion for creating original hashtags and enthusiastic tagging of any writer with a poetry account!

Recently winning the “Heartlixir Poetry: Inspiration to New Poets Award,” Nicole has also been recognized by @globalwordsmiths as one of their most encouraging artists, and her poetry was featured in their celebratory “11k Followers Special Features.” Nicole is also the Creative Director of @buildingbold who aims to empower women globally.

Nicole’s poetry was first featured by @herheartpoetry who, at the time, had recently launched their own page. She credits Her Heart Poetry with introducing her to the IG writing community and for being a continued source of support where her writing is concerned. Eager to do the same for other new writers, Nicole is excited to join @herheartpoetry as the Associate Editor for @herheartsnew.


Emma
Associate Editor – Her Heart Forms
@phoenixrisespoetry

Phoenix Rises Poetry has lived many lives in many places. Her time spent working in business, yoga and healing, diversity and inclusion fields along with her passion for the natural world and gardening have culminated in a visceral, yet empathetic poetic voice.  Her words sometimes smart, because they burn a little bit of what we don’t need away, but it is all done with nothing but much love.

Whilst British, she is drawn to the peace and rawness of the endlessly green and coastal beauty of Northern Spain.

As Associate Editor of Her Heart Forms she hopes to help inspire other poets, nurturing them on their journey through life with words.


 

Evrah Rose
Associate Editor – Her Heart Speaks
@evrahrosepoetry

Evrah is a straight-from-the-heart spoken word artist from North Wales. Inspired by the work of poets like Kate Tempest and John Cooper-Clarke, Evrah’s poetry frequently explores taboo topics which trigger poetic conversations bordering on the risque and subversive. She doesn’t fear revealing her soul during performances, though, and employs her unique style of rhythmical word-play, silver-tongued speed, and subtle rhyme to captivate her audiences.

For Evrah, writing poetry equates to a couple of ideas: 1) the therapy she gets from the creative process is invaluable to her, having survived a number of hardships throughout her lifetime, and 2) the expression of truth and honesty, notions which come before any others where she is concerned. By heading up Her Heart Speaks, Evrah hopes to provide a platform for both of these concepts.


Hangama
Co-Associate Editor – Two Hearts Beat Stronger
@joypainlovewrite

Hangama is a Lecturer in two post-secondary institutions in Canada. She is a published poet and short story writer who has been writing since the age of ten. Inspired by her poet father and creative mother, Hangama has also been greatly influenced by the great poets, philosophers, and writers of the East such as Mawlana Jallauddin Rumi, Rabia Al-Basri, Hafiz, Attar, Gibran, Omar Khayyam, and Ibn Arabi.

Her passion lies in spiritual poetry of the Sufi realm.
She is also an avid traveler and photographer of nature and all its wonders.


Samantha House
Columnist – The Writer’s Journey
@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.


Tallulah Gray
Columnist – The Poetess’ Heart
@tallulahgray

Tallulah was born and raised in the sunshine state of Florida, although growing up she spent her summers with family in Caracas, Venezuela. A single mother of two girls, ages 10 and 11, she began college and has passionately studied government, education, English, and psychology in hopes of making the world a better place for all.  She has, since, narrowed down her vision to a classroom setting where she works with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Emotional Behavioral Disorder (EBD). They are a huge part of her life and never fail to bring a smile to her face.   

In her free time, Tallulah enjoys losing herself in nature far away from the fast pace of South Florida suburbia. Her photography shows a deep affection for animals, the sea, and the untouched places of mother earth.

“I center my writing using nature and imagery. I like to take my reader out of their surroundings, as well, but there is an underbelly of personal experience embedded in the landscape.”           


Rayna Hutchison
Founder – Her Heart Poetry
@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.


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