Susheila Nasta MBE, Editor-in-Chief
Susheila Nasta founded the magazine in 1984 and is an academic, critic, literary activist and presenter. Judge of several literary prizes, she has published widely on Caribbean, South Asian and Black British literatures. Known for pioneering Wasafiri’s distinctive role as beacon for literary diversity, she also established curriculum change within academic institutions. She has led a number of publically-funded research projects; most recently leading the curation of an outdoor photographic exhibition featuring the long history of India/South Asia in Britain. Click here to find out more.
Rukhsana Yasmin, Deputy Editor
Rukhsana Yasmin has over ten years of publishing experience, and has commissioned several books in the UK, including the International Man Booker shortlisted Tram 83 by Fiston Mwanza Mujila, which went on to win the Etisalat Prize for African Literature, In the Place of Justice by Wilbert Rideau which won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and the controversial Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, by Reza Aslan, which was a New York Times bestseller. She is winner of the 2012 Kim Scott Walwyn Prize for Women in Publishing, and in 2014 was named a Bookseller Rising Star.
Pauline Walker, Administration and Programmes Manager
Pauline Walker is a writer and freelance theatre and events producer. Her career has spanned the BBC, StrongBack Productions, The Alfred Fagon Award, The London Hub, Spare Tyre, Talawa Theatre Company, Rich Mix and other arts organisations. She produces a variety of events in the arts sector working with performing artists, artistic directors, theatres and venues to deliver bespoke events to the public and the industry.
Pauline recently won the top fiction prize from Creative Future Literary Awards and her short story ‘The Wait’ was published in the winners’ anthology ‘Important Nothings’. Pauline is an alumna from the 2016/17 The Novel Studio run by City, University of London. Pauline is currently writing a novel.
Leo Jay Shire, Assistant Editor
Leo Jay Shire is a freelance writer and editor, who has helped develop several online magazines, including Rife Magazine and the award-winning online platform gal-dem. Under her middle name, Varaidzo, her work has been published in The Guardian, New Statesman, and award-winning anthology The Good Immigrant, among others.
Emily Mercer, Assistant
Emily Mercer is a PhD candidate at the University of Roehampton working on the inexpressible in the poetry of Anne Carson as part of the AHRC funded Memories of Fiction project. She also teaches, and edits the postgraduate literary journal RoundTable.