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Contributors

Aamer Hussein
Aamer Hussein was born in Karachi, Pakistan, in 1955, and moved to London in 1970. He reviews regularly for The Independent, and is Professorial Writing Fellow at the University of Southampton.
Aanchal Malhotra
Aanchal Malhotra is a writer and oral historian from New Delhi. She is the co-founder of the Museum of Material Memory, and the author of two critically acclaimed books, Remnants of Partition and In the Language of Remembering, that explore the human history and generational impact of the 1947 Partition.
Abby J. Waterman
Abeera Khan
Abeera Khan is Lecturer in Gender and Sexuality at the Centre for Gender Studies, SOAS, University of London. Her knowledge production and pedagogy are concerned with the interrelatedness between empire, gender, race, and sexuality.
Aileen La Tourette
Akila Richards
Akila Richards is an award winning poet, writer and spoken word artist, performing and collaborating in the UK and internationally. Her work features in collaboration with artists and genres for theatre, film, visual arts and digital platforms.
Alan Remfry
Alexandra Viets
Ali May
Aliyah Kim Keshani
Alvin Pang
Alvin Pang, PhD, is a poet, writer, editor and translator whose broad creative practice spans three decades of literary and related activities in Singapore and elsewhere. Featured in the Oxford Companion to Modern Poetry in English and the Penguin Book of the Prose Poem, his writing has been translated into more than twenty languages, including Swedish, Croatian, Macedonian, Chinese, Malay and French.
Amaal Said
Amara Amaryah
Andrea Gissdal
Andrea is a writer of many things; articles, op-eds, speeches, corporate brochures, and short author bios in third person. The person she identifies with most is Sisyphus, but instead of rolling an immense stone boulder up a hill, her eternity project is writing the novel that keeps slipping away from under her fingers. (She’ll get it one day.) Andrea lives, works and writes in the Middle East.
Angelique Golding
LAHP Intern
Angelique Golding is a LAHP Collaborative Doctoral student working with Wasafiri on our 40th Anniversary projects with a focus on the Wasafiri archive, which forms the basis of her research.
Anjali Joseph
Ann Field
Annie Paul
Annie Paul (1956, Kerala, India) is editor-in-chief of the online magazine of Caribbean writing, PREE (preelit.com). She is on the board of the National Gallery of Jamaica and has published extensively on art and culture, including a biography of Stuart Hall (2020). Her blog Active Voice is at anniepaul.net and her twitter is @anniepaul.
Arifa Akbar
AT Williams
Ayesha Manazir Siddiqi
Bernardine Evaristo
Beverley Naidoo
Bidisha
Bode Asiyanbi
Brian Chikwava
C N Lester
C N Lester is a multi-genre musician, author of the critically acclaimed book Trans Like Me, artistic director of Transpose, and trans feminist researcher, educator, and activist. Words and music at BBC Radio 3 and 4, SBS, The Guardian, and at the Sydney Opera House.
Calvin Fung
Cheryl Anderson
Claire Lynn
Claudia Piñeiro
As an author and scriptwriter for television, Claudia Piñeiro has won numerous national and international prizes, among them the renowned German LiBeraturpreis for Elena Knows and the prestigious Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Prize for Las grietas de Jara (A crack in the wall).
Connor Frew
Courttia Newland
Crystal Mahey-Morgan
Danie Shokoohi
Deirdre Shanahan
Diana Evans
Diana Evans is the author of the novels A House for Alice, Ordinary People, The Wonder and 26a, which was the inaugural winner of the Orange Award for New Writers.
Diana Nyakyi
Donna Hemans
Durre Shahwar
Deputy Editor
Durre Shahwar is a writer and Deputy Editor of Wasafiri. She has a PhD in Creative Writing from Cardiff University on autofiction and marginalised identities. She is the co-editor of Gathering, an essay anthology of nature writing by women of colour (2024, 404 Ink).
Dushi Rasiah
Dushi Rasiah is a Tamil fiction editor and writer from London. Her writing explores cross-cultural relationships, inter-generational family dynamics and diasporic experiences. Her short stories have previously been longlisted for the Bryan MacMahon Short Story Award and published by Dear Damsels.
Dzifa Benson
Elisabeth Sennitt Clough
Emily Mercer
Emmanuel Iduma
Erin Brady
Erin Brady is a self-employed translator who has spent her life moving between places.
Eve Newstead
Eve Newstead is a writer from Newcastle Upon Tyne, with fiction twice-shortlisted for The Bridport Prize and published in Aayo Magazine. Typically, her writing explores northern identity, class, female mental health and sexual assault. Eve’s shortlisted piece is an extract from her first novel, for which she is seeking publication.
Farhaana Arefin
Farhaana Arefin is an editor and organiser based in London. She is a co-founder and co-publisher of Hajar Press and a consulting editor at Hurst Publishers.
Felicity Gee
Foday Mannah
Foday Mannah hails from Sierra Leone and currently lives in Scotland, where he is employed as a teacher of English. He holds an MSc in International Conflict and Cooperation from the University of Stirling and an MA with Distinction in Professional Writing from Falmouth University.
Frances Riddle
Frances Riddle has translated numerous Spanish-language authors including Isabel Allende, Claudia Piñeiro, Leila Guerriero, and Sara Gallardo.
Franklin Nelson
Franklin Nelson is a writer and editor at the Financial Times. A graduate of the University of Oxford, his work has been published by the TLS and WritersMosaic in the UK, and by Diário de Notícias and the Jornal de Letras in Portugal, among others.
Gabriel Gbadamosi
Gary Younge
Gary Younge is an award-winning author, journalist, broadcaster and Professor of Sociology at the University of Manchester. He is an editorial board member of The Nation, a Type Media Fellow and formerly editor-at-large for the Guardian.
Gemma Weekes
Glen Retief Glen Retief
Gloria Blizzard
Gloria Blizzard is a writer with deep interests in music, dance, science, race, culture, language and spirituality. She brings these perspectives to essays, poetry and reviews of music, dance and film.
Haiyan Xie
Haiyan Xie is an associate professor at Central China Normal University. She received her PhD in comparative literature at the University of Alberta. She has published several essays on Yan Lianke and is now working on her book project, tentatively titled “Mythorealism as Method: Form and Ideology in Yan Lianke’s Fiction.”
Hana Morgenstern
Hana Morgenstern is Associate Professor in Postcolonial and Middle Eastern Literature at Cambridge University and a Fellow at Newnham College.
Haniya Habib
Haniya Habib was born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan. Her work has appeared previously in Litro and Behenchara Magazine. She currently teaches comparative literature at Habib University in Karachi.
Heewon Chung
Heewon Chung is Professor of British Literature and Culture at the Institute for Urban Humanities, University of Seoul. Her research interests take up comparative literature and urban culture from the eighteenth century to the contemporary. She has published essays on Samuel Richardson, D A François de Sade, Virginia Woolf, Agnès Varda, Mona Hatoum, Shirin Neshat, and others.
Helen de Burca
Helon Habila
Henghameh Saroukhani
Henghameh Saroukhani is Assistant Professor in Black British Literature at Durham University. She has published widely on contemporary black British and black Atlantic literatures and is co-editor of a recent special issue on the late Andrea Levy (ARIEL, 2022).
HM Aziz
Ilya Katrinnada
Ilya Katrinnada is an educator, researcher, and writer with a geeky interest in the intersections of creativity, community, and culture. Her written works have been published by National Heritage Board (Singapore), National Library Board (Singapore), and Kitaab International, among others.
Imani Robinson
Inua Ellams
Ioanna Mavrou
Ira Mathur
Ira Mathur is an Indian born Trinidadian journalist and columnist.
Irenosen Okojie
Jack Little
Jacqueline Crooks
Jane Bryce Jane
Jarred McGinnis
Jefree Salim
A self-taught photographer and a fisherman from the indigenous Orang Seletar community residing in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, Jefree Salim uses photography to document the lives of his people, as well as their ever-changing environmental and cultural landscapes.
Jen Calleja
Jen Calleja is the author of Vehicle (Prototype, 2023), Dust Sucker (Makina Books, 2023) and the forthcoming critical memoir Goblinhood: goblin as a mode (Rough Trade Books, 2024).
Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi
Jess Thayil
Jess Thayil’s work has appeared in Magma Poetry, Ink Sweat & Tears, Poetry Wales, The Seventh Quarry, Black Bough Poetry, PoetryNI, Poetry Ireland Review, The Tangerine Magazine, The Stinging Fly, AbstractMagazineTV, Whale Road Review and Potomac Review with more forthcoming elsewhere. She/They are of South Indian origins.
Jill Widner
Jim Pascual Agustin
Born in Manila, Jim Pascual Agustin moved to Cape Town in 1994 and married the Canadian-South African woman he met while travelling in the Philippine North.
Jimin Kang
Jimin Kang is a Seoul-born, Hong Kong-raised, and England-based writer and journalist now studying environmental theory at the University of Oxford. Her work has previously been published in The New York Times, Asymptote , Off Assignment and Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, among other outlets.
Jo Bedingfield
Jo Jackson
Jo Stones
Joachim Frank
Joanna Smith
Juleus Ghunta
Juleus Ghunta is a Chevening Scholar, poet and children’s writer. His poems have appeared in 30 journals. He is the co-editor of two issues of Interviewing the Caribbean journal (The UWI Press), focused on children’s literature and childhood trauma. His picture book Rohan Bullkin and the Shadows was published by CaribbeanReads in 2021.   Photo by Jason Tuinstra on Unsplash
Julie Abrams-Humphries
Karthik Shankar
Karthik Shankar is a PhD student in English at the University of Virginia. His PhD project focuses on queer theory and environmental humanities across South Asia and the Middle East. 
Kayte Ferris
Kayte Ferris has been writing on the internet since 2016. In her creative non-fiction she is interested in desire, knowing and emotional experience, exploring fundamental, and unanswerable, personal questions.
Khairani Barokka
Khairani Barokka is a translator, editor, writer and artist from Jakarta, with over two decades of professional translation experience. In 2023, Okka was shortlisted for the Asian Women of Achievement Awards.
Koni Benson
Koni Benson
Koni Benson is a historian, organiser, and educator at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa. She is a co-convener of the Revolutionary Papers project and author of Crossroads: I Live Where I Like.
Koye Oyedeji
Lainy Malkani
Laura Jane Lee
Laura Jane Lee is a Hong Kong-born, Singapore-based poet. She is a winner of the Sir Roger Newdigate Prize and various international poetry competitions. Her work has been featured in The Straits Times, Tatler Asia, Poetry London, Ambit, QLRS, and the 52nd Poetry International Festival in Rotterdam. Laura Jane also works with the Asia Creative Writing Programme, and is Poetry Editor at SPLOOSH. She is also part of the poetry.sg team. Her most recent pamphlet flinch & air was published with Out-Spoken Press in 2021.
Laura Lynes
Laura Lynes is a writer living in London. Her writing has appeared in publications including Litro Magazine, SAND Journal and Stillpoint Magazine. She has been shortlisted for the London Magazine's Short Story Prize and received honourable mentions in the 2022 Berlin Writing Prize and the 2022 Zoetrope: All-Story Short Fiction Competition. 
Layan Kayed
Layan Kayed is a Palestinian activist currently pursuing a master's degree in sociology at Birzeit University.
Leah Cowan
Leila Aboulela
Leila Aboulela is the first-ever winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing. Nominated three times for the Orange Prize (now the Women’s Prize for Fiction), her novels include Bird Summons, The Kindness of Enemies, The Translator, a New York Times 100 Notable Books of the Year, Minaret and Lyrics Alley, which was Fiction Winner of the Scottish Book Awards.
Len Lukowski
Louis James
Advisory Board
Louis James is now Emeritus Professor at the University of Kent, Canterbury. In the 1960s he taught at the University of the West Indies, Jamaica, and published widely in the fields of Victorian, Modern and Caribbean literature.
Lucy Popescu
Madeleine Ballard
Madeleine Ballard is a mixed-race writer from Aotearoa New Zealand. She is currently studying towards an MA in Creative Writing at Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington.
Maeve Henry
Mahvish Ahmad
Mahvish Ahmad works on political organising and documentary practices in sites of disappearance, tracing circulating techniques of imperial and sovereign violence, as well as the material legacies of anti-colonial and left movements.
Mailé Nguyen
Mailé Nguyen is an academic and Vietnamese-American adoptee based in Chicago. They are pursuing an MA in Comparative Literature at SOAS University of London. Their research interests are in queer Korean literature, adoptee media, and transcultural consumption of gendered aesthetics.
Margo Jefferson
The winner of a Pulitzer Prize for criticism, Margo Jefferson previously served as book and arts critic for Newsweek and the New York Times. Her writing has appeared in, among other publications, Vogue, New York Magazine, The Nation, and Guernica.
Maria Cristina Fumagalli
Maria Hummer
Marral Shamshiri
Marral Shamshiri is a PhD candidate in international history at LSE. She is a co-editor of the book She Who Struggles: Revolutionary Women Who Shaped the World (Pluto, 2023).
Marta Naigzy Woodward
Matthew Lecznar
Max Dunbar
Maya Jaggi
Advisory Board
Maya Jaggi was formerly Literary Editor of Third World Quarterly. She is a well known and highly respected feature writer and lead reviewer on international literature for The Guardian.
Mehran Waheed
Melissa Fu
Melusi Nkomo
Miah Jeffra
Mica Montana Gray
Mica Montana Gray, a trainee psychologist and writer, passionately explores life’s diverse stories. Her writing can be found in ‘Postscript’, ‘The Color of madness’ anthology and her poetry collection ‘When Daisies Talk’ which explores her personal experiences of mental health. Presently, she curates a newsletter exploring faith, culture, and wellbeing.
Michael McMillan
Michael McMillan is a playwright, writer and curator/artist.
Monique Roffey
Nadia Kabir Barb
Nat Raha
Nat Raha is a poet and activist-scholar, based in Edinburgh, Scotland. Her third book of poems is of sirens,  body &  faultiness, (Boiler House Press, 2018). Her creative and critical writing has recently appeared in MAP Magazine, Transgender Marxism, and We Want It All:
Ndinda Kioko
Nicki Frith
Niloo Sharifi
Njelle W. Hamilton
Nneoma Kenure
Nneoma Kenure is a Nigerian writer interested in the intersections of gender, media and culture. She is currently editing a collection of short stories on everyday epiphanies that change the course of lives.
Nourdin Bejjit
Nuraliah Norasid
Writer & Educator
Nuraliah Norasid is a writer and educator, with a PhD in Creative Writing from Nanyang Technological University (NTU), where she currently teaches writing and inquiry.
Ore Williams
Peter J Coles
Princess Arinola Adegbite
Princess Arinola Adegbite is a poet, performance artist, Author of Soft Tortures, Factory International, Youth Music, and MOBO Help Musicians funded musician and filmmaker from Manchester. Bitez is also a member of Young Identity and The Writing Squad.
Qaisra Shahraz
Rafael Gamero
Razia Iqbal
Rebecca Macklin
Reece Williams
Reece Williams is a towering presence on the UK’s northern spoken word and poetry scene. He joined poetry collective Young Identity in 2007, performing across the UK and internationally with the likes of Saul Williams, Kae Tempest, The Last Poets and the late Amiri Baraka.
Roba AlSalibi
Roba AlSalibi is a Palestinian researcher at the University of Oxford.
Robin Yassin-Kassab
Rosemary Benzing
Roshanak Pashaee
Rowan Hisayo Buchanan
Roz Kaveney
Roz Kaveney is a novelist and poet. Her novel Tiny Pieces of Skull won a Lambda Literary Award in 2016. Her Selected Poems 2009-2020 appeared in 2021.
Ruby Cowling
Rushda Rafeek
Ruth Gilligan
Sabah Choudrey
Sabah Choudrey is a reluctant activist on most things queer, brown, and hairy. Proud trans youth worker since 2014, public speaker, writer, and psychotherapist in training. Interested in the fluidity of sexuality, gender, and faith. Interests also include fostering cats and talking to houseplants.
Sabrina Mahfouz
Sadia Khatri
Sadia Khatri is a writer. Her fiction and nonfiction is often about cities, dreams, gender; walking and poetry; grief and God. She is a filmmaker and translator for Amrit Pyala, a project archiving Sufi and Bhakti poetry in Pakistan. Sadia lives in Karachi, and is writing her first book. Author photo courtesy of the author
Sana Goyal
Editor & Publishing Director
Having previously worked as Digital Editor and Deputy Editor at Wasafiri, Sana was formerly Publicity Manager at Tilted Axis Press and Marketing and Outreach Officer at Poetry Birmingham Literary Journal.
Sanah Ahsan
Sanah Ahsan is a poet, liberation psychologist, writer, educator and presenter. She won the Outspoken Poetry Performance Prize (2019) and shortlisted for The White Review Poetry Prize (2022); Bridport Poetry Prize (2021). Her non-fiction writing has been featured by The Guardian.
Sarah Frances Armstrong
Sarah Udoh-Grossfurthner
Saraid de Silva
Saraid de Silva (she/her) is Sri Lankan/ Pākehā and lives in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand. Among other things, Saraid has been an actor, bartender, theatre-maker, fairy light installer, voiceover artist, and nanny. She currently works as a TV writer. Amma is her first novel.
Selma Dabbagh
Shalvi Jaxay Shah
Shalvi Jaxay Shah is a writer, translator, and critic. Born and raised in Gujarat, India, she now divides her time between New York City and Ahmedabad.
Shanara  Phillips
Shere Ross
Shere Ross is writer based in the United Kingdom. Her work includes short stories and other works of fiction, which have been shortlisted for several prizes including the Wasafiri New Writing Prize. She is a winner of BlackInk Writing Prize.
Silvia Rothlisberger
Silvia Rothlisberger is a Colombian journalist and writer based in London. Her work has been published in The White Review, Latin American Bureau, Minor Literature[s], Firmament Magazine, and others. She works in editorial at The Guardian.
SJ Kim
SJ Kim is the author of This Part Is Silent (W.W. Norton, 2024). Born in Korea and raised in the American South, she resides in the UK and teaches creative writing at the University of Warwick.
Sohini Basak
Sohini Basak’s first poetry collection We Live in the Newness of Small Differences was awarded the inaugural International Beverly Manuscript Prize and published in 2018. In 2017, she received a Toto Funds the Arts award. Based in Barrackpore India, she works as an editor.
Sola Njoku
Steph Vidal-Hall
Stephanie Victoire
Steve Noyes
Susie Thornberry
Susie Thornberry is a writer, producer, and artistic director. Her creative work has been presented with Battersea Arts Centre, WOMAD, BBC Radio 6 Music, and many others.
Theodora Danek
Theodora Danek lives in Vienna. Previously a project manager and managing editor at English PEN, Tilted Axis, and The White Review, she now writes, edits, and solves publishing problems on demand.
Tiffany Tsao
Tiffany Tsao is a writer and literary translator. She is the author of the novel The Majesties (originally published in Australia as Under Your Wings) and the Oddfits fantasy trilogy (so far, The Oddfits and The More Known World).
Varaidzo Shire
Wasafiri Editor
Wasafiri Editor
Wasafiri Wonders
Y-Dang Troeung (張依蘭) (ទ្រឿងអ៊ីដាង)
Y-Dang Troeung (張依蘭) (ទ្រឿងអ៊ីដាង) was a deeply loved mother, researcher, writer, and Assistant Professor of English at the University of British Columbia. Her first book, Refugee Lifeworlds: The Afterlife of the Cold War in Cambodia, explored the enduring impact of war, genocide and displacement. She co-directed the short film Easter Epic and organized the exhibition Remembering Cambodian Border Camps, 40 Years Later at Phnom Penh's Bophana Center. She died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 42.
Yan Lianke
Yan Lianke is the author of the memoir Three Brothers and numerous novels and novellas, including Hard Like Water, The Day the Sun Died, The Explosion Chronicles, The Four Books, Lenin’s Kisses, Serve the People!, Dream of Ding Village, and The Years, Months, Days.
Yewande Omotoso
Yvette Edwards
Zaid Hassan
Zeba Talkhani
Zillah Bowes
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