Susheila Nasta MBE, Founder

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.


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 Storyproject 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.


Sana Goyal, Digital Editor

Sana Goyal is a PhD candidate at SOAS, University of London, researching contemporary African literature and prize culture. She’s a book critic and has contributed to Vogue India, Mint Lounge,, Huffington Post India, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Cardiff Review, Brief Encounters, and Africa in Words. She was Reviews Editor of the third issue of CHASE’s Brief Encounters journal.


Emily Mercer, Assistant Editor

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.

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 Reader 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.

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.