Lauren Wise is an award-winning Arizona-based journalist, columnist, and editor; the associate publisher for hybrid publishing imprints SparkPress and She Writes Press, the latter of which won 2019 Independent Publisher of the Year; and the owner of Midnight Publishing, an editorial company founded in 2009.

Her passion lies in telling the stories of peoples and places. For 17 years, her expertise has been in heavy metal, rock music, and the culture surrounding it, as well as book editing and publishing. However, she has experience writing in other sounds and subjects, including travel, music festivals (from The Big Four to Bonnaroo), food and wine, art, and fashion. She’s been fortunate enough to work with dozens of legendary artists, musicians, and public figures, including Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin), John Densmore (the Doors), Alice Cooper, Neal Schon (Journey), Metallica, and Peter Frampton; Iron Chef champion/Food Network star Chef Beau MacMillan; 9/11 Air Force One Pilot Mark Tillman; and the first American exhibited at the H.R. Giger Museum, Vincent Castiglia.

She’s worked in investigative reporting and feature interviews, roundups and reviews, op/eds and public relations, for regional, national and international publications, including Noisey/VICE, Revolver, Phoenix magazine, LA Weekly, Phoenix New Times, Runway magazine,, and Where Colorado.

She’s also been featured on radio stations for music analysis and criticism, television (including a two-time judge on Heavy Metal Television’s VJ auditions and anchor for “The Cutting Edge of Metal”, a news broadcast), and won “Most Metal Journalist” three years running from Heavy Metal Television.