Emily Mercer, Editor and Publishing Director

Emily Mercer is Wasafiri‘s Editor and Publishing Director. Having worked at Wasafiri since 2015, and previously having roles as Assistant and then Deputy Editor, they have expertise across our academic and creative work. They maintain a particular interest in creative/critical work, poetry, and global queer writing. Emily’s focus is often on Wasafiri as a place for discovering and nurturing nascent talent, and they especially enjoy working with writers as their careers develop.



Sana Goyal, Deputy and Reviews Editor

Sana Goyal is Wasafiri’s Deputy and Reviews Editor. Formerly the Publicity Manager at Tilted Axis Press and the Digital Editor at Wasafiri, she now does Marketing and Outreach at Poetry Birmingham Literary Journal, and has a PhD in literary prizes from SOAS. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, the Los Angeles Review of Books, TLS, Poetry London, PBLJ, Brixton Review of Books, Vogue India, and elsewhere. She lives between Birmingham and Bombay.




Farhaana Arefin, Deputy Editor

Farhaana Arefin is Wasafiri’s Deputy Editor and manages the Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize. She is also the Co-Publisher at Hajar Press, which she co-founded in 2020, and a Consulting Editor at Hurst Publishers.



Ella Fox-Martens, Digital Editor

Ella Fox-Martens is Wasafiri‘s Digital Editor. She is a writer and editor from Western Australia and South Africa, with a particular interest in minority languages. Her work has been published in The Atlantic, The Guardian, The Times Literary Supplement, Observer, and others. She previously worked for Soft Punk Magazine as their assistant editor.



Elizabeth Robertson, Administration and Programmes Manager

Elizabeth Robertson is Wasafiri‘s Administration and Programmes Manager. She 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.


Leon Wainwright, Art Editor

Leon Wainwright is Wasafiri‘s Art Editor. He 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.