Editorial Staff

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

Alan Semrow’s work has been featured in over 30 publications. Semrow has a degree in English from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Apart from writing fiction and nonfiction, he is a professional copywriter. In his free time, he likes to be with his friends, family, and Shih Tzu, Remy. Semrow’s short story collection, You Kill Me, will be published in 2017 by Lethe Press. His blog can be found at

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.

Maggie McGarvey writes essays, creative non-fiction, flash fiction and the occasional poem. Her favorite topics include music, vocabulary, politics and everything wrong with children’s television. With degrees in English and Classics from the University of New Hampshire, Maggie has also been known to translate song lyrics into Latin for fun. She also enjoys critiquing, brainstorming and editing for her fellow writers. Follow her at or on Twitter @maggie_mcgarvey.

Lara Vukelich

Susan Tepper has been a writer for twenty years. Her recent title, dear Petrov, is a novella set in late 19th century Russia during a time of war. An award-winning author, Tepper has also been nominated nine times for the Pushcart, and once for the Pulitzer Prize in fiction for her novel, What May Have Been. She is also founder/host of FIZZ a reading series at KGB Bar in NYC, ongoing sporadically these past eight years. Read more at

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