Managing Director | Publisher
Taliha Quadri is a British Pakistani freelance editor based in Bedfordshire, England. She has been an editor for over six years and has worked as a proofreader for Hachette, Joffe Books and Bloomsbury. She has a background in media, academic and trade publishing, and has trained with the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading, the Literary Consultancy and the Publishing Training Centre. She is the Events Officer for the Society of Young Publishers, UK. She holds 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 co-founded The Selkie Publications CIC and is the Managing Director and Publisher.
Contact: talihaquadri [at] theselkie.co.uk
Director | 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 VONA, 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 Publications CIC, she is a Co-founder and lead on the New Voices Workshop. Mesa sits on the Board of Directors for The Selkie.
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 Publications CIC, 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 Indian author and PhD researcher in Publishing Studies at the University of Stirling, with four years’ experience working in the Indian publishing industry at organisations such as Hachette and Scholastic. Her debut nonfiction book, 21 Fantastic Failures: and what their stories teach us, was released by the leading Indian publisher Rupa Publications in 2020. Her short prose has appeared in British and Indian anthologies, and she has been commissioned by the National Library of Scotland to write a personal essay for its archives. She is the Co-chair of the Society of Young Publishers Scotland and Co-founder of The Selkie Publications CIC, for which she worked as the Head of Fiction and New Voices Workshop Lead (Fiction) from 2018 to 2019.
Contact: sonalimisra [at] theselkie.co.uk
Director | Chief Editor
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 Publications CIC 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
Dan Gilbert is a Scottish writer currently based in Edinburgh, Scotland. Dan has a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of Edinburgh, a master’s in English Literary Studies from Durham University and is in the final semester of the Publishing MSC degree programme at Edinburgh Napier University. He currently works in professional publishing at The Law Society as a Business Content Assistant. His first work, a piece of food writing, will be published in an anthology later this year.
Contact: accounts [at] theselkie.co.uk
Katie Veitch is a creative writer and editor based in Glasgow, Scotland. Having just completed her Honours Degree in English Literature at the University of Glasgow, Katie is about to embark on her Masters in Publishing Studies at the University of Stirling, eager to pursue a career in the Publishing industry. Katie is Lead Poetry Editor for the winnow and also edits for Jupiter Review and Aurora Journal, and has had her own creative works published by Small Leaf Press and Speculative Books.
Contact: secretary [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 Publications CIC, 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
Head of Poetry
Jessica Pollard currently lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico where she reports on public education for the local newspaper during the day and wanders around thinking about birds in the desert at night. She gained her bachelor’s degree in geography in 2019 from Portland State University and later was a contributing editor at The Selkie while balancing a journalism career covering social issues all over her home state of Oregon. Jessica’s interests in environment, psychology and colour inspire her poetry (which has been previously featured in The Selkie and Submission Reading Series) and may push her to pursue a graduate degree in the future.
Contact: jessicapollard [at] theselkie.co.uk