Our People

Rayna Hutchison
Founder 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
Asspociate Editor – Her Hearts Reach ǀ @angelfell121

Jonathan is a Dad and published 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. He is also Associate Editor for her Hearts Reach, a platform dedicated to providing a safe space for the expression of social issues through creativity.

You can also purchase a copy of Jonathan’s debut anthology, Do You Believe in Unicorns, here.


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.


Stephanie A. W. Martin
Associate Editor – Her Hearts Reach ǀ @stephanieawmartin

I’ve suffered depressions since my teenage years; recently discovering it was a misdiagnosis and I’m bipolar. I also suffer severe generalized and social anxiety. My silence on the subject fed my diseases. I was never shy about my illness and willing to speak, but felt the stigma nonetheless due to others reactions. I learned it was a faux-pas at a young age. 2017 added postpartum depression and the first active suicidal ideation in years. And then I found my voice anew.


 


Kristina Fanning
Curator – Instagram ǀ @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 @kristinafanning.


Robert
Curator – Instagram ǀ @rahsputin_

Robert gets paid to write — but much to his relief, it’s technical writing, so the creativity doesn’t have to bring home the bacon. Sometimes he wonders if this is actually a detriment, and that ability (such as it is) gets flabby without pressure, without the battle testing of the marketplace.

Regardless, Robert values writing as a journey, a path to self-understanding formed by crystalizing one’s thoughts and impressions. The fearless paths are his favourite. The ones that threaten to jump the metaphorical track, and bend those rails up and up with just enough ties to keep things together but only a few so we feel the wobble.


Jed Wylde
Curator – Instagram ǀ @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.


Carolyn Mei Yan
Curator – Instagram ǀ @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. She posts micropoems regularly on her Instagram page, Lipstick & Miracles.

She is motivated by the meaningful connections she has formed with the many talented writers on Instagram, and looks forward to spreading her passion for poetry.


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.


Justyn Huang
Host – Her Heart Live ǀ @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 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 city.

For him, poetry and the spoken word are one of the highest forms of purpose and meaning.


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 – A Writers Journey 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.


Reese Leyva
Contributor – Adventures into Wholeness 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 writes about poetry as a holistic practice.


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.