Managing Director | Publisher
Huriyah Taliha Quadri is a British Pakistani writer and editor based in Bedfordshire, UK. She has a First Class Honours degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Hertfordshire, and a Master’s with Distinction in Creative Writing from The University of Edinburgh. She has been an editor for over six years; she has a background in news media, academic, and trade publishing. She founded The Selkie in 2018 to help writers from marginalised and/or underrepresented backgrounds; she is the Director and Publisher. Quadri served as the Editor-in-Chief between 2018–2019. She is currently working on her debut fantasy novel.
Contact: huriyahquadri [at] theselkie.co.uk
United States Representative | New Voices Workshop Creator
Lis Mesa is a Cuban writer based in Miami, Florida. She is an alumna of the Tin House Summer Workshop as well as the Miami Writers Institute, Aspen Words, and the Iowa Writers Festival. Mesa is featured in the Writing Class Radio podcast as well as Paper Darts, My Body, My Words, and other anthologies. She earned her Master’s in Creative Writing at The University of Edinburgh and holds a Master’s in Hospitality Management and Bachelor’s in Journalism from Florida International University. For herself, Mesa is working on a dystopian novel. For The Selkie, she is a Co-founder and lead on the New Voices Workshop. Mesa worked as Outreach Manager between 2018–2019 and continues to advocate for The Selkie as its United States Representative.
Contact: lismesa [at] theselkie.co.uk
Scotland Representative | New Voices Workshop (Poetry Mentor)
Chelsea Welsh is a Scottish poet and editor from the outskirts of Edinburgh, UK. After receiving a Master’s with Honours in English Literature from the University of Edinburgh in 2017, she went on to gain a Master’s in Creative Writing from the same university in late 2018. Having co-founded The Selkie, she holds the position of Scotland Representative and helps run the poetry side of the New Voices Workshop. She previously worked as the Events Coordinator at 50GS, a creative arts magazine, as well as ran groups and workshops within her local community that helped underprivileged children with learning difficulties and low reading ages improve their literacy skills. Her work can be found online and in print, in anthologies such as From Arthur’s Seat 3 and Adjacent Pineapple 4.
Contact: chelseawelsh [at] theselkie.co.uk
Sonali Misra is an author and editor from Delhi, India. She has worked for major publishers including Hachette Book Publishing India and Scholastic India in editorial and product (sales) roles, and is presently the Conference Lead for the Society of Young Publishers, Scotland. She holds a Distinction in Master’s in Creative Writing from The University of Edinburgh, as well as a First in Bachelor’s in English Honours from Lady Shri Ram College for Women. She is the recipient of the 2018 Creative Edinburgh Student Award. She also won the University of Stirling’s Faculty of Arts and Humanities Studentship and will pursue her PhD in Publishing Studies in October 2019. She has been published in the anthologies #Horror (Scholastic India, 2018) and From Arthur’s Seat 3 (2018), and is currently working on a nonfiction book for the leading Indian publisher, Rupa Publications. She is the Co-founder and the India Representative. Misra worked as Head of Fiction of The Selkie and ran its New Voices Workshop (Fiction section) between 2018–2019.
Contact: sonalimisra [at] theselkie.co.uk
Lexie Angelo is a Canadian writer. She holds a Master’s with Distinction in Creative Writing from The University of Edinburgh. Her work has been published in From Arthur’s Seat 3, a short story anthology, as well as Hypnopomp Magazine, 5 on the Fifth, and The Ogilvie in the UK. She has short stories forthcoming in The Flexible Persona Magazine (New York) and Loft on Eighth Press (Canada). In 2018, she was awarded the Carlyle Norman Scholarship for Emerging Literary Artists Endowment and completed a residency at The Banff Centre with award-winning writer Ayelet Tsabari. Angelo was the Managing Editor of The Selkie before she became the Chief Editor in 2019. She currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Alexandra Writers Society in Canada.
Contact: lexieangelo [at] theselkie.co.uk
Sam Le Butt is a freelance editor and writer based in West Sussex, UK. She holds a Master’s with Distinction in Creative Writing from The University of Edinburgh and worked as the Head of Nonfiction for The Selkie before stepping into the role of Chief Editor in 2019. Having previously held editorial positions in fiction at other magazines such as 50GS and Gyckeln (Sweden), she is interested in breaking down the entrenched biases and prejudices that conventional structures of advertising and outreach can perpetuate, and how independent publishing can have a more inclusive social impact. Her short fiction can be found in the anthology From Arthur’s Seat 3, at Cephalo Press, and in the upcoming issue of Roten. She is working on her first novel, set in a darkly comic environmental dystopia.
Contact: samlebutt [at] theselkie.co.uk
Head of Poetry
Paige Elizabeth Wajda is a Choctaw poet from the Mojave desert in Southern California. She spent four years teaching English in Poland before going on to earn her Master’s in Creative Writing from The University of Edinburgh, and has been Head of Poetry for The Selkie since its launch in 2018. Her poetry has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Star*Line Magazine, Shoreline of Infinity, From Arthur’s Seat 3, Dodging the Rain, Gravel, The Future Fire, Visual Verse, and The Passage Between, Infinite Rust, and Polu Texni. She specialises in science fiction and speculative poetry. In 2018, she was the recipient of The University of Edinburgh Grierson Verse Prize.
Contact: paigewajda [at] theselkie.co.uk
Head of Prose
Christa Marie is originally from Upstate New York. She now lives in Hoboken, New Jersey, where she works as a full-time editor for Prescient Healthcare Group. Outside of work, she served as the Head of Features for The Selkie, and was an editor for the magazine’s nonfiction division as well before becoming the Head of Prose in 2019. She is an emerging writer, with various works featured in From Arthur’s Seat 3, The Laurentian Magazine, and Every Hundred Feet: Tales of Laurentians Abroad. While her writing is most often focused in the new adult genre, she is equally drawn to and inspired by speculative fiction and romance. She received her bachelor’s degree, cum laude, in English and Psychology from St. Lawrence University in 2015 and her master’s degree with merit in Creative Writing from The University of Edinburgh in 2018. Although she is not currently undertaking any other studies, she hopes to one day take on a PhD in Creative Writing.
Contact: christamarie [at] theselkie.co.uk