Editorial Staff

Laura Roberts is Black Heart’s founding editor. In addition to running the world’s coolest literary magazine, she writes about sex, travel, writing and ninjas – though not necessarily in that order. Her erotic series, Naked Montreal, is being published with Buttontapper Press, and she’s currently soliciting material for an anthology called Everything I Need to Know About Love I Learned from Pop Songs. Follow her on Twitter @originaloflaura.

Katherine Memmel is a San Diego-based content manager, literary agency intern, and author of short and long fiction, with stories published in online venues including Black Heart Magazine, Greenback Gravy, and Ginger Grace Erotica. She doesn’t blog (yet) or post photos of her food (never), but she fell under Twitter’s spell (@KatherineMemmel) in early 2014 and still kicks herself for not relenting sooner. David Bowie is her spirit animal and Rainbow Rowell is her imaginary best friend. Don’t challenge her to a Simpsons trivia-off—you will lose.

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.

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

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

Susan Tepper is the author of four published books of fiction and a chapbook of poetry. Her current title, The Merrill Diaries, (Pure Slush Books, 2013) is a novel in stories. Tepper has been nominated 9 times for the Pushcart, and one time for a Pulitzer Prize in fiction. She is also a named-finalist in story/South Million Writers Award for 2014. FIZZ, her reading series at KGB Bar in NYC, has been sporadically ongoing for six or seven years now. Tepper writes the author/books Interview series UNCOV/rd at Flash Fiction Chronicles. You can find her online 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.

Alan Semrow is a writer, playwright, painter, singer-songwriter, editor, poet, and professional copywriter from Wisconsin. He is a graduate of English from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and his work has been featured in over 25 publications. Semrow spends the majority of his free time with his boyfriend, friends, family, and Shih Tzu, Remy. His blog can be found at

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