“Whatever happens to you belongs to you. Make it yours. Feed it to yourself even if it feels impossible to swallow. Let it nurture you, because it will.”
― Cheryl Strayed
― Cheryl Strayed
Founding Editor: James Diaz (They/Them) is the author of three full length collections of poetry, This Someone I Call Stranger, Indolent Books (2018) All Things Beautiful Are Bent (Alien Buddha Press, 2021) and Motel Prayers (Alien Buddha Press, 2022). They reside in upstate New York.
Current editorial team
Non-Fiction Editor: Jenny Robbins loves to drive aimlessly over country roads, bang on the drums, and practice comedy routines on unsuspecting strangers at dinner parties. She was accepted into the 2019 Yale Writing Workshop for her first manuscript, the fictional thriller ‘Her Madness’ about a serial killer therapist. From 2017-2019 she worked in New York City as a producer on HBO documentaries like Bleed Out and Say Her Name. In 2018, Her romantic comedy screenplay ‘Shiksa to Mikvah’ was selected as a top 10 finalist for both ‘Studio Fest’ and ‘Hollywood Casting & Film’ competition. Her dark comedy pilot ‘The Port’ was selected as a finalist in the 2017 Filmmatic Screenplay Awards. She has travelled to a fisherman village in Guatemala to direct the short documentary ‘Chajil Ch’upup,’ and self-published a children’s book ‘Josephina Just Won’t Jive.’ While studying Film and Television in Toronto she collaborated with Humber College and the Toronto Police Department to create ‘3rd Degree,’ an educational crime game that took 2nd place at the national Polytechnics Canada awards. Jenny currently resides in Weston Missouri and in the company of cats, is writing her memoir.
Art Editor: Roy Duffield is an nomadic writer and artist of dis(re)putable origins. (He's British.) He was honored to perform at the 2019 Beat Poetry Festival in Barcelona, alongside some of the contemporary Spanish poets he most admires, and his work appears in the likes of Into the Void, The Journal of Wild Culture, Anti-Heroin Chic, Jalada Africa, Cephalopress’s Ink Sac, The Harpy Hybrid Review, The Dawntreader, and the world’s oldest and most prestigious publications – Twitter and Instagram. (@DrinkTraveller and @drinking_traveller, respectively.)
Book Review Editor: Kristy Snedden has been a trauma psychotherapist for forty-plus years. She began writing poetry in June 2020. Her poem “Dementia,” was awarded an Honorable Mention in the 90th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition and she is a Pushcart Prize nominee. Her work appears or is forthcoming in various journals and anthologies, including Snapdragon, The Examined Life Journal, Open Minds Quarterly, Pensive, and Anti-Heroin Chic. She is a student at Phillip Schultz’s Writers Studio. In her free time, she can be found hiking in the Appalachian Mountains near her home or hanging out with her husband listening to their dogs tell tall tales.
Social media manager: Louise van Oel (she/her) is currently a student at Concordia University in Montreal, pursuing a BA in English and history with a minor in professional writing. She is Dutch, Swedish, and Canadian, born and raised in Brussels, Belgium. Her name rhymes with "pool," which she feels compelled to share because she has heard several people say "oil" and she does not want to seem like she's some kind of oil baron heiress. She speaks four modern languages and knows two dead ones, so feel free to contact AHC's social media accounts in English, Dutch, French, Swedish, or perhaps Latin, if you feel like it. Some of her prose writing can be found in Canadian publications such as pixie literary magazine, Soliloquies Anthology, and Word Hoard journal. She was part of pixie's inaugural group of editors, and is now a web content creator for Soliloquies. She looks forward to being AHC's new social media manager and chatting with you all! Pixie literary magazine, Soliloquies, Word Hoard.
Our past editorial team: 2018-2023
Dylan Brie Ducey's work appears, or is forthcoming in Superstition Review, Gargoyle, Truffle, Sou'wester, and other places. She received the Carlisle Family Scholarship to the Squaw Valley Writers Workshop, and her MFA from San Francisco State University. Links to some of her published work may be found at https://www.dylanbrieducey.com. @dylanbrieducey
photo by tom gibbons
photo by tom gibbons
Dana Gabrielle Espinosa believes strongly that traumatic childhood events have ripples, and that is what she has begun dedicating her life to studying. She is a writer and artist, and shares her work on her Patreon: Danu Espinosa, as well as her instagram @danu_espinosa. She is on a journey of healing, trying to understand the child she buried beneath coping mechanisms and damaging mantras. Since leaving college, taking time to understand her emotional self, she has begun studying various occult practices, like astrology, numerology, and tarot. She also offer tarot card readings on her instagram account, where she will try to answer whatever question is weighing deeply on your mind, blocking your feelings of contentment. She believes reuniting with our inner child, connecting to our Higher Self, and pealing back whatever we’ve suppressed within ourselves, is the real work of this life.
Elisabeth Horan is an imperfect creature from Vermont advocating for animals, children and those suffering alone and in pain - especially those ostracized by disability and mental illness. She is Editor in Chief at Animal Heart Press, Poetry Editor at Anti-Heroin Chic Magazine and Co-Editor at Ice Floe Press. She has several chaps and collections out this year including Pensacola Girls, co-written with Kristin Garth, at Bone & Ink Press, Bad Mommy / Stay Mommy at Fly on the Wall Press, Odd list Odd house Odd me at Twist It Press, Was It R*pe, from Rhythm and Bones Press, Self-Portrait, at Cephalo Press, So Righteous we go Flying, written with Co-Author, Adedayo Agarau, at Animal Heart Press, Just to the Right of the Stove, with Hedgehog Poetry Press, and Alcoholic Betty, with Fly on the Wall Poetry Press. She is a poetry mentor to many up and coming brilliant poets, and proud momma to Peter and Thomas. She recently earned her MA from SNHU, and her MFA from Lindenwood University. She is a 2018 Pushcart Nominee and a 2018 and 2019 Best of Net Nominee. Follow her @ehoranpoet & ehoranpoet.com
Kayla Bush is a creative writing and publishing/editing double major at Susquehanna University. She is from Lancaster, Pennsylvania and is consumed by wanderlust. She is currently on the poetry reading board of Rivercraft, and is fascinated by the power of words, coffee, and unique human experiences. Find her on Twitter @writeaway17.
Erica Anderson-Senter lives and writes in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Pieces have appeared in Midwestern Gothic, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and Crab Fat Magazine. Her chapbook, seven days now, was published by The Dandelion Review. Erica hosts free literary events throughout her city to bring art to the public. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing through the Writing Seminars at Bennington College in Bennington, Vermont.