Lauren Wise is an Arizona-based journalist, columnist, editor, and publishing consultant, and as a writer, she regularly contributes to a variety of publications on the topics of heavy metal, travel, food and wine, and cultural issues. She currently works as the associate publisher for two hybrid publishing imprints, the award-winning She Writes Press and SparkPress, and is the owner of Midnight Publishing, an editorial/publishing consultation company that she founded in 2009.
Her passion lies in telling the stories of peoples and places, and her work is versatile, both in terms of content and format. Over the last 15 years, her main area of expertise has been 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 culture. As an established interviewer, she’s been fortunate enough to work with dozens of legendary artists, musicians, and public figures, including Robert Plant, John Densmore, Alice Cooper and Peter Frampton; Iron Chef champion/Food Network star Chef Beau MacMillan; 9/11 Air Force One Pilot Mark Tillman; and H.R. Giger Museum-featured artist (the first American) Vincent Castiglia.
From investigative reporting and feature interviews, to roundups and reviews, to op/eds and public relations, she’s worked and written for regional, national and international publications, including Noisey/VICE, Revolver, Phoenix magazine, LA Weekly, Phoenix New Times, Runway magazine, Arizona Bride, Affliction.com, Boxx Magazine, and Where Colorado.
She’s 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), won “Most Metal Journalist” three years running from Heavy Metal Television, and contributed to industry blogs for expertise, most notably in the areas of music/heavy metal, editing, and book publishing.