Editorial Staff

Laura Roberts is Black Heart’s founder. In addition to her duties running the world’s coolest literary magazine, she has also penned the best novel you’ll ever read about pirates, ninjas and evil politicians in Austin, Texas, Ninjas of the 512, and a collection of essays, The Vixen Files: Naughty Notes from a Montreal Sex Columnist. She is currently publishing her second novel, Naked Montreal, in serial format with Buttontapper Press. Follow her on Twitter @originaloflaura.

M. Chastain Flournoy (formerly M. Chastain Addington) is a freelance poet and technical writer living outside Richmond, Virginia with her husband and son, and her two terrible dogs. Her short fiction can be seen in Black Heart Magazine online and in print. She is currently working on her first collection of poems. Follow her on Twitter @niansahc.

Danielle White likes to write, particularly creative nonfiction and poetry. She has been published here and there, in City Lines Magazine, Gutter Eloquence, and Student at Large. She also blogs occasionally for Write by Night.

Shane Rooney is a poet currently living in the “Live Free or Die” state of New Hampshire. He holds a BA in English from the University of Massachusetts. His work has been seen in the Wilderness House Literary Review and Black Heart Magazine. He has his first collection of poetry forthcoming from RA Press in early 2014.

Kristen Valentine is a writer and graphic designer in Columbus, Ohio. She likes bourbon, hotels, vintage cameras, and Oxford commas. Kristen is the author of the crime novel Gone Cold. You can find her on Twitter @valentinewriter.

Lara Vukelich – BIO COMING SOON!

Gabriella Geisinger is a 24-year-old New Yorker, relocated to London to pursue her master’s in Creative Writing at City University London. She has eclectic tastes in music and poetry, favoring Dylan Thomas (she couldn’t pick a favorite band if she tried). She has contributed as a music journalist to SPIN,, and, and her first published poem was featured in Sassafras Lit-Mag. The daughter of a WWII vet/poet father and a psychotherapist mother, she enjoys examining the human condition through literature. More of her writing can be found at

Rad Readers

Once upon a time, Cam Matthews wrote a letter to the Editor. Nobody knew who this nitpicky stranger was, but the letter caused quite a stir. The searing critique touched on every flaw of a poorly researched, and grammar-challenged Arts & Entertainment article. The stinging but thoughtful letter was far from the last that anyone would hear from Matthews. Fast-forward to current day, and you’d likely find the writer scribbling a smattering of poetry, erotica and fluffy short fiction. Some people get bright ideas in the bathroom. Matthews’s favorite inspirational spots are moving buses, and the quirky café down the street.

Constantine Mountrakis is an anthropologist and writer from New York City. He currently lives in Athens, Greece, where he is pursuing a doctorate. He is usually hanging out in a laboratory full of dead people. When he isn’t, he is either reading, writing, or playing with his three-year-old. His work has appeared in Punchnel’s, Red Fez, and Blue Hour Magazine, among others.

Sophie Leigh Nagelberg lives in Chicago, where she is currently earning her MFA in fiction writing from Columbia College. Her work has been featured in Specter,  Threshold, Blinking Cursor, and Black Heart Magazine. She is currently working on her first novel. You can find her on twitter at @SophieLeighN and @videotapenoise.

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