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Kusi Okamura is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Wild Word magazine. She was a print and broadcast journalist in her former life and her writing has been published in The Irish Times, Stinging Fly, VisualVerse and HuffPost. She was also shortlisted for the Francis MacManus Award. Originally from Ireland, she now lives with her family in Berlin, Germany.
Cory Massaro is a native of Ohio, U.S.A., now at home in Quito, Ecuador. He spends his time learning languages, writing, playing music, coding, and propagandizing. He actively opposes materialism, consumption-as-cultural mandate, and all forms of hegemony. He is in favor of small, robust communities and gently destroying hierarchies wherever he goes. His fiction and poetry draw on the grievances he has stored in his heart since working in technology; his dearest hope is to predict accurately how egalitarian, worker-centered societies will revive the oral tradition to weather the climate wars. He is The Wild Word‘s fiction editor.
Anu Mahadev is a left-brained engineer who morphed into a right-brained poet and is The Wild Word‘s poetry editor. She is a 2016 MFA graduate of Drew University, and her work has appeared in several journals and anthologies. She serves as Editor for Jaggery Lit, the Woman Inc. and the Wild Word. Her collection of poetry titled A Mouthful of Sky is upcoming from Get Fresh Books LLC. She can be found on Facebook at http://facebook.com/amahadevpoet
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Maria Behan is The Wild Word magazine’s political columnist. She writes fiction and non-fiction. Her work has appeared in publications such as The Stinging Fly, The Irish Times, Northern California Best Places, and The Huffington Post.
Mike Hembury is our Soapbox columnist. He is an Anglo-Berliner originally from Portland, England. He’s a writer, translator, musician, coder, sailor, environmentalist and guitar nerd in no particular order. You can check out some of Mike’s music projects here: www.miserlou.de www.balkonians.de www.skarabaeus-berlin.de
Jami Ingledue is The Wild Word‘s Behind Domestic Lines columnist. She worked as a librarian for over a decade before choosing to stay home when her son, now 4, was born. She also has a 17-year-old daughter. She makes all-natural soap and body products and sells them through her company, Dancing Bee Farms (dancingbeefarms.net). She lives with her husband, daughter, and son on an acre of land in rural Ohio, where they keep bees, garden, and brew beer.
Tim Clark is the HEAD ABOVE WATER columnist at The Wild Word and also curates the monthly JURY’S JUKEBOX. He lives in Columbus, OH. He is an employee, a husband, a father and a blogger. You can see his blog here, Life Explained. He writes occasionally and with pride for Street Speech, a local homeless advocacy newspaper. He is contributor for The Ugly Writers and the Good Men Project. He is working on a novel.
Annie Mark-Westfall is the LETTERS FROM BERLIN columnist at The Wild Word. She graduated from Kenyon College in Ohio. As a former Fulbright grantee and Robert Bosch Foundation fellow, she views herself as a cultural ambassador. Her day job is with an international conservation organization.
Irena Ioannou is the GAZE columnist for The Wild Word. She writes from Crete, Greece and her work has recently appeared in Crannóg and Betty Fedora. She is currently working on her first novel. She is a mother of five.
CL Bledsoe is the NOT ANOTHER TV DAD columnist at The Wild Word. He is the author of sixteen books, most recently the poetry collection Trashcans in Love and the flash fiction collection Ray’s Sea World. His poems, stories, and nonfiction have been published in hundreds of journals and anthologies including New York Quarterly, The Cimarron Review, Contrary, Story South, and The Arkansas Review. He’s been nominated for the Pushcart Prize fifteen times, Best of the Net three times, and has had two stories selected as Notable Stories of the Year by Story South‘s Million Writers Award. Originally from a rice and catfish farm in the Mississippi River Delta area of Arkansas, Bledsoe lives with his daughter in northern Virginia. He blogs at NotAnotherTVDad.blogspot.com