Malachi McIntosh, Editor and Publishing Director
Malachi McIntosh is Editor and Publishing director of Wasafiri. He previously co-led the Runnymede Trust’s award-winning Our Migration Story project and spent four years as a lecturer in postcolonial literature at the University of Cambridge. He is the author of Emigration and Caribbean Literature (2015) and the editor of Beyond Calypso: Re-Reading Samuel Selvon (2016). His fiction and non-fiction have been published widely, including in the Caribbean Review of Books, Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine, The Guardian, The Journal of Romance Studies, Research in African Literatures, and The Cambridge Companion to British Black and Asian Literature.
Emily Mercer, Deputy Editor
Emily Mercer is Wasafiri‘s Deputy Editor. They run the Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize and the newly-launched Wasafiri Essay Prize, platforming and materially supporting early-career writers across genres. Emily curates one issue a year and commissions with a particular focus on poetry and on creative criticism.
Nina Mingya Powles, Digital Editor
Nina Mingya Powles is a writer from Aotearoa New Zealand, currently living in London. In 2019 she founded Bitter Melon, a small press dedicated to publishing handmade pamphlets by Asian diaspora poets. She is the author of a food memoir, Tiny Moons, and a poetry collection, Magnolia 木蘭, shortlisted for the 2020 Forward Prize for Best First Collection. Her collection of essays, Small Bodies of Water, is published in summer 2021.
Elizabeth Robertson, Administration and Programmes Manager
Elizabeth Robertson has a background working in arts organisations focusing on new writing, project management, and live literature events. For over a decade, she has worked in various roles in the School of English and Drama at Queen Mary, University of London, where she also completed her PhD on themes of family, history and memory in the work of writer-director Stephen Poliakoff. She continues to research late twentieth and twenty-first century literature, drama, and culture.
Florian Stadtler, Reviews Editor
Florian Stadtler is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Exeter where he teaches World and Postcolonial Literatures, and Indian and World Cinemas. He has published on South Asian and British Asian literature, film and history and has worked on several research and public engagement projects on the history of South Asian migration to Britain. With Susheila Nasta he has co-curated the photographic history, Asian Britain (Saqi Books) and his monograph, Fiction, Film and Indian Popular Cinema: Salman Rushdie’s Novels and the Cinematic Imagination is published by Routledge
Leon Wainwright, Art Editor
Leon Wainwright is Professor and Head of Art History at The Open University. Along with a range of edited and co-edited books on modern and contemporary art and aesthetics, museums and curating, cultural policy and anthropology, he is the author of Phenomenal Difference: A Philosophy of Black British Art (Liverpool University Press, 2017) and Timed Out: Art and the Transnational Caribbean (Manchester University Press, 2011). He is a former long-standing member of the editorial board of the journal Third Text, and founding editor of the Open Arts Journal. In 2013 he became a recipient of the Philip Leverhulme Prize in the History of Art.