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.

Sam Benedict writes short stories and long angry letters to his former dentists. He likes to ramble on about movies, music, and books, but would really prefer to write fiction about 16th-century beavers told from their perspective, since you asked. His fondness for semi-aquatic rodents has led him to Montreal, where their images are emblazoned on nickels, and where he lives with his wife. He was also recently fired from a job co-writing his cat’s memoirs. Follow him on Twitter @BenedictineTwit.

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.

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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