About Us

Elisabeth Horan - Editor In Chief

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. Elisabeth is Lead Editor at Animal Heart Press and Poetry Editor at Anti-Heroin Chic. Elisabeth also glides along as Co-Editor of IceFloe Press, Toronto.


She recently earned her MFA from Lindenwood University and received a 2018 Best of the Net Nomination from Midnight Lane Boutique and a 2018 Pushcart Nomination from Cease Cows. She has books coming out in 2019 with Fly on the Wall Poetry Press, Twist in Time Press, Rhythm & Bones Press, Flypaper Magazine, and Hedgehog Poetry Press.

Follow her on Twitter @ehoranpoet or connect on her website ehoranpoet.com


Amanda McLeod - Managing Editor

Amanda McLeod is an Australian author and artist, with a penchant for wild places and quiet. Her work has appeared in many places both in print and online, and she received a 2019 Pushcart Prize nomination from Ellipsis Zine. Her work has been shortlisted in several writing prizes, and won the 2018 Marjorie Graber-McInnis Short Story Award. She is the assistant editor of Animal Heart Press, and curates their Featured Artist series.


Follow her on Twitter @AmandaMWrites



Adedayo Agarau - Assistant Editor


Adedayo Agarau is a student and poet hoping to make the world a little better with his words and photography. He has works up at Barren Magazine, Geometry, Glass Poetry, 8poems and elsewhere. He is the author of For Boys Who Went. His manuscript Asylum Chapel is forthcoming from Pen and Anvil Press, 2019. Please connect with him on Twitter @adedayo_agarau and on Instagram @wallsofibadan, where he documents the beauty and pain of his Nigerian city home.




Mela Blust - Head Publicist and Media Manager


Mela Blust is a poet who has been writing since she was a child.

Her work has appeared in The Bitter Oleander, Isacoustic, Rust+Moth, Anti Heroin Chic, Califragile, Tilde Journal, Setu Magazine, Rhythm & Bones Lit, and more, and is forthcoming in The Nassau Review, The Sierra Nevada Review, and The Stray Branch, among others.

Her debut poetry collection, Skeleton Parade, is forthcoming with Apep Publications in 2019.

She is the social media coordinator for Animal Heart Press, as well as a poetry reader for The Rise Up Review.

She can be followed on Twitter @melablust


Beth Gordon - Assistant Editor and Logistics Manager

Beth Gordon is a poet, mother and grandmother currently plotting her escape from "the gateway to the West" to the city that Rolling Stone Magazine once crowned "the freak capital of the United States." Her poems have been published in numerous journals and nominated for Best of the Net and Pushcart. She is the author of the chapbook, Morning Walk with Dead Possum, Breakfast and Parallel
Universe, published by Animal Heart Press. She is also Poetry Editor of Gone Lawn.

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