I’m a native New Yorker who has always had the unreasonable notion that I can help change the world. My greatest passion is writing inspiring stories about charities, social good, nonprofits, social issues, animal rescue, mental health, and recovery, though I also write about the lighter things in life, like food!
My first book, After 9/11: One Girl’s Journey Through Darkness to a New Beginning, was just released by Carrell Books, an imprint of Skyhorse Publishing, on September 6, 2016.
I am Co-Founder and Editorial Director of the brand new Headlines for the Hopeful, a digital news service designed to spotlight the unique and innovative efforts put forth by people and organizations working to create a better future.
My bylines can be found in Forbes, Huffington Post, The New York Times, Salon, Newsday, Teen Vogue, Glamour, Chicago Tribune, VICE, The New York Observer, Bustle, SheKnows, SCENE Magazine, New York Press, Narratively, Downtown Magazine, The Stamford Courant, Brooklyn Magazine, xoJane, Recovery.Org, amNewYork, Tricycle, The Lo Down, New York Post, the Downtown Express, and others. I previously served as Managing Editor at the Good News Network, Editor in Chief and Co-Creator of Affect Magazine, and as a Contributing Editor at Avenue Magazine. I’m also the New York City Restaurant Guide Editor at The Daily Meal.
I have also been featured by CBS, PBS Newshour, The TODAY Show, 1010Wins, PEOPLE, New York 1, The Atlantic, WPIX11, CTV Canada, The Australian TODAY Show, Fuji TV Japan, Epoch Times and Scholastic Magazine.
Contact: Feel free to reach out, HelainaWrites@gmail.com!