saras headshot2-1008301 - Version 2Sara Rauch, Fiction & Managing Editor

Sara Rauch founded Cactus Heart in 2012 on a lark. (To be fair, most of her important life decisions occur this way.) Sara writes fiction and essays, reviews for Lambda Literary, drinks a lot of coffee, walks everywhere, and has been a cat lady for as long as she can remember. She received her MFA in Fiction from Pacific University, and has worked in publishing for the better part of a decade. When she’s not word-wrangling, you’ll find her outside, searching for wild animals, keys, stones, and signs from the Universe. Or drinking bourbon in the sun. Either way, she’ll probably be barefoot. Follow her on Twitter: @sararauch

Theodosia Henney, Poetry Editor

Theodosia Henney is an avid reader, lucid dreamer, and repurposer of glass jars. She wants you to write, especially if it scares you. She also wants you to format your submissions correctly. Visit her corner of the internet at and say hello!

Marin Sardy, Nonfiction Editor

Marin Sardy’s essays have appeared in the Missouri Review, Post Road, the Nervous Breakdown, Lumina, Phoebe, Bayou, Luna Luna, and several other journals and websites, as well as two books published by the University of New Mexico Press—Landscape Dreams (2012) and Ghost Ranch and the Faraway Nearby (2009). Sardy has an MFA in Nonfiction from Columbia University and is currently writing a memoir. Visit her Facebook group for nonfiction writers at

  Anna Gragert, Fiction Reader

When Anna Gragert isn’t trying to create a groundbreaking third-person bio for herself, she’s writing, taking photographs, catering to her little black cat, or putting the finishing touches on her Audrey Hepburn shrine. Some of her many writings and/or photographs have been featured with:HelloGiggles, Femsplain, The Indie Chicks, tiny buddha, Luna Luna Magazine, The Stockholm Review of Literature, Pea River Journal,RiverLitWhite Ash Literary Magazine, You & Me Medical Magazine, The Horror Writers AssociationListicle, and Thought Catalog. Follow Anna on Twitter to keep up with her adventures in all things human/creative.

  Agastya Ma’ii, Fiction Reader

Agastya Ma’ii quit his job to travel and write. He is a creative writing mentee through the University of British Columbia. He especially loves the individual aromas of pine and coffee, but loathes faulty coffee cup caps (he has come across too many of poor construction). Sometimes, he can be seen yelling at the hot Guatemalan roast, trickling onto the skin of his metacarpals on the streets of New York City. Listen to his experiments at

IMG_0444-02 Elise Poll, Poetry Reader

Elise Poll was born and raised in the Arizona desert and still finds solace in the heat. She enjoys quick wit and the chance to feel with her whole being. Elise writes poetry, walks her dog, and is married to an awesome dude. She looks forward to reading the heaps of poetry submissions and hopes to find pieces that wound as they heal.