Meet the Team

Editor-in-chief

MAGALI ROMÁN is an Argentinian novelist and editor based in Edinburgh. Born in Buenos Aires, she studied history and English literature in the United States and Italy before pursuing a master’s degree in fiction at the University of Edinburgh. She writes fantastic fiction and is most inspired by writers like Silvina Ocampo, Haruki Murakami, Shirley Jackson, and Julio Cortázar.

Contact: http://www.magaliroman.com

Executive Editor

MEREL ELINE DE BEER (M.E. GERRETSEN) is a writer and historian from the Netherlands. She studied History at the University of Amsterdam and is currently doing her MSc in Creative Writing at the University of Edinburgh. She is interested in surrealism and magic realism, and through her writing likes to explore the bizarre and melancholy. She writes under the pen name M.E. Gerretsen.

Contact: merelelinedebeer@gmail.com

Art Director

ELSPETH REILLY holds a BA in Graphic Design from American University, and an MSc in Creative Writing with a focus in poetry from the University of Edinburgh. She was the art director for this publication, and hopes to continue to merge her two loves of creative writing and graphic design in the future.

Contact: elspethcreilly@gmail.com

Prose Editor

AMANDA-MARIE KALE is a California-based writer. Her writing has appeared in The Collegian, Bits & Scraps, The Student Newspaper, and Cleaver Magazine. She is actively pursuing publication for her first novel.

Contact: amandamariekale7.wordpress.com | Email amandamariekale@gmail.com | Twitter @AmandaMarieKal1

Prose Editor and Web Manager

NATASHA GRODZINSKI is a Canadian writer currently living and working in Edinburgh. Her writing is a result of too many summers spent in libraries, too many hours spent daydreaming, and the firm belief that the strangest stories are the best ones. Her work has appeared in Three Drops From a Cauldron.

Contact: natasha.grodzinski@gmail.com | Twitter @TashGrodzinski

Prose Editor

MILAGROS LASARTE is Argentinian, though she has lived most of her life in France. In 2018 she graduated from the Sorbonne with a Bachelor in English (majoring in Literature). She is currently living in Edinburgh, completing a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing, and is seeking agent representation for her first novel which is proudly finished and ready to find its readers. Her writing focuses on literary fiction and explores the complexity of the human psyche as well as the tension that arises from all that is left unsaid.

Contact: lasartemilagros@gmail.com

Prose Editor

JOHN REID is a twenty-two-year-old Glaswegian writer. He was awarded the George Bruce Memorial Prize in 2018 from the University of Aberdeen and can also be found in the Electric Reads Young Writer’s Anthology 2017.

Contact: johnareid1@virginmedia.com

Prose Editor

ELENA SIMS is a writer from Jacksonville Florida currently enrolled in the Creative Writing Masters program at the University of Edinburgh. She has had work featured in online literary magazines such as The Selkie and Pieces and will be pursuing a PhD in English.

Contact: s1893013@ed.ac.uk

Prose Editor

KIRSTY SOUTER has a degree in English Literature and History from The University of Edinburgh, and has worked enough cleaning jobs that LinkedIn is convinced she has a bright future with Sodexo. She first rose to renown with celebrated poem ‘Ten Purple Penguins’ published in a Fife edition of Playground Poets. It’s out of print, so you’ll have to take her word for it that it was Burns calibre literature. Despite being editor of her school’s diary in The St Andrews Citizen in 2013-2014, most believe 2005 was her peak.

Contact: Instagram @concerning_kj | Twitter @kirsty_souter

Prose Editor and Podcast Producer

WESTER WAGENAAR (1992) was born and raised in Groningen, the Netherlands, but lived abroad nearly half his adult life – he received a BA in Japan Studies and an MA in Euroculture studying at five universities in four countries. His creative writing focuses on the darker sides of the human condition, approached through diverse genres and from various angles. When Wester is not putting pen to paper, he spends his time playing games, fencing, and exploring cities in search of the cutest cats.

Contact: wester_w@hotmail.com | Instagram @qwesterw

Poetry Editor

ELLIE JACKSON. I am from Durham in the North East of England. I studied English at the University of Cambridge and studied Creative Writing (Msc) at The University of Edinburgh. I write poetry and create visual poetry, I am interested in the conversations between visual art and literary works. I also write fiction.

Contact: ellie.jackson97@hotmail.co.uk

Poetry Editor and Proofreader

STEFANO PAPARO writes poetry.

Contact: sfpaparo@gmail.com

Poetry Editor

DEXTER GARETH YIM is an English teacher and editor in Hong Kong and graduated with a master’s degree in Literary Studies from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. His poetry explores and zeros in on memory, nostalgia, alienation, loss and Hong Kong identities. His favourite writers are Haruki Murakami, George Orwell, Aldous Huxley and Kazuo Ishiguro. Hobby-wise, he is interested in photography, poetry, film studies and travelling.

Contact: dexterluckyim@gmail.com

Copy Editor

NICOLE CHRISTINE CARATAS is a Chicago-born fiction writer. She is currently based in Edinburgh.

Contact: nicole.caratas@gmail.com | Twitter @nicolecaratas

Proofreader

NICOLE HOOPER CAMPOS. As a result of dealing poorly with stress, Nicole has become a strong advocator of using bad experiences for fun story material. Now when things go bad, it’s fine, because it might one day turn into that bestselling story. Originally from Florida, Nicole has spent much of her time moving from place to place trying to figure out life. She can often be found taking pictures of her adorable Jack Russell Terrier and posting them to their Instagram @pawingforadventures, in the hopes that one day he’ll get a modeling contract and pay the bills so she can write full time.

Contact: nikkihoopercampos@yahoo.com

Proofreader

C. MARIS BOUNDS is an Arkansas-born, Indiana-raised writer. She currently lives in Edinburgh, Scotland (not Indiana, there is a difference).

Contact: marisbounds@aol.com | Instagram @ilike2gobymaris | Twitter @ilike2gobymaris

Event Planner

ALYSSA OSIECKI is a writer, educator and all-around sassy lady with a very low tolerance for comfort zones. When she’s not writing she’s traveling, performing and consuming nearly inhuman quantities of pizza. Catch her blogging about expat life and other beautiful disasters at alyssaowrites.com or say hi at alyssaowrites@gmail.com.

Contact: alyssaowrites.com | alyssaowrites@gmail.com

Event Planner

JULIE GALANTE is a writer and visual artist. She was born in the US and called several European countries home before moving to Scotland in 2013. She is currently working on a short story collection about the uncanny, as well as a memoir about life as a young widow with immigration troubles. She holds an MBA in International Management, and loves to use her business skills to help creatives find their audiences and build sustainable practices. She lives in Edinburgh with her cat, Purrcules Mulligan.

Contact: juliegalante.com | Instagram @julie_galante | Twitter @julie_galante

Social Media Manager

SOPHIE LAY is a writer from Oxfordshire with a penchant for the queer and the beautiful. She has a first BA (Hons) in Creative Writing from the University of Gloucestershire. Her writing has previously been published in Popshot Magazine, Bandit Fiction, and three of the University of Gloucestershire’s New Writing Anthologies: Reflections, Shadows, and Singularity. She has also performed her flash fiction at both the Cheltenham Literature Festival and the Cheltenham Poetry Festival.

Contact: sophielay.wordpress.com | Twitter @Sophie_Lay

WRITERS

JAMES ALEX. Originally from the Scottish Borders, James Alex is a writer with interests in disability, technology, the social systems that surround us, and the way we interact with all of these things. All of his latest stories have involved the supernatural, something he is unsure of what to do about.

Contact: jamcpherson91@gmail.com | Twitter @xenorealisms

ALI MUSA AME. My nickname is ‘King of Rhymes’. I am from Zanzibar. I write English and Swahili poems. I am studying MSc Creative writing at the University of Edinburgh. I am not published yet. I have been composing English and Swahili poems for 10 years in Zanzibar, mostly as a hobby and performance in ceremonies.

Contact: simba.asadu1@gmail.com | Facebook Ali Ame

MARC BERRY was born in Galashiels, Scotland and attended Hartwick College where he received his B.A in English Literature. Marc returned home to pursue a master’s degree in Creative Writing at Edinburgh University.

NING CAI. Awarded the Singapore National Arts Council’s Arts Scholarship to pursue her postgraduate studies at the University of Edinburgh, Ning Cai is a bestselling author and regular panelist at the annual Singapore Writers Festival. Her work has been nominated for prestigious Asian literary arts awards like the Singapore Literature Prize and the Epigram Books Fiction Prize. Her sixth book, Manipulation, the highly anticipated sequel to her popular YA crime novel, Misdirection: The Savant Trilogy, comes out this Autumn.

Contact: NingCaiWrites@gmail.com | Instagram @Ning.Thing

ANGELO CASTIGLIONI. As it turned out, he is nothing like he imagined himself to be. A child of music, a student of psychology, and a sucker for absurdist fiction; Angelo seeks to untangle the cognitive dissonance of the post-internet generation through abstract storytelling. He writes to understand how best to live. He writes to understand how best to die. He writes because ambrosia tastes sweetest when sipped through a tiny reusable straw. On Tuesdays, Angelo can be found conversing with his cat about the nature of eternity or some other nonsense or perhaps not at all and he might be sleeping.

Contact: angecastiglioni@gmail.com

ISSA DIOUME is a Franco-Senegalese writer born in Angers, France. From age five he was raised in India where he lived in a universal city dedicated to human unity, Auroville, for ten years. At fourteen he took his path and travelled to China and South Korea, where he played the game of Go competitively. His rich background, a deep love for languages, culture, and literature nourished his life until now. Therefore, he has many stories to tell and becoming a writer felt like the natural next step. Today he is completing an MSc in Creative Writing at the University of Edinburgh, in the hopes to hone his skills and give birth to many original tales and stories, and to be published and share with readers the benefits of his experiences. His current style is a spiced-up mélange of many, with a penchant for magic-realism.

Contact: idioume@gmail.com | Instagram @coffeewritingimproving

TINGYU LI is a Chinese comedian who tries to present China’s funny face.

Contact: garfieldlty@hotmail.com | Instagram @garfieldlty

JOSH WAGNER is the author of five books, a few plays, and three graphic novels including the award-winning Fiction Clemens and Pit Girl. He likes to live as lightly and on-the-move as possible. Despite his growing obsession with the British Isles, Josh most often sets out from little ol’ Missoula, Montana, which he is proud to call home.

Contact: http://www.joshwagner.xyz

IONA ZAWINSKI. I’m Iona Zawinski. I live in a caravan in East Lothian. I write stories, make music, and walk ma dog. I try tae make sense ay this thing – life – word by word. I like tae create a wee destination, tae carve oot a path tae it where before, there wasnae wan. It’s too much tae contemplate – the vast cosmic tapestry – it’s confusing, disheartening, kinday pointless and kinday necessary. I write fer the opportunity tae pick up wan thread, just the wan, and follow it aw the way tae the end. Gies me peace.

Contact: izawinski@gmail.com | Facebook Iona Ismita Zawinski