Josh Simpson is the founding editor of 50GS, graduating with Distinction from the University of Edinburgh’s MSc Creative Writing programme. Now at Strathclyde University, he studies children’s literature and diversity as a PhD Researcher.
Naomi is a Masters student at Edinburgh studying poetry. After completing her undergrad at Goldsmiths University of London, she decided to retreat north to her spiritual homeland of Scotland (although she is originally a Brummie). She regularly fangirls over poets, mostly Emily Berry.
Lis Mesa writes nonfiction narratives that examine her personal relationships and interactions with the world. Her nonfiction essay, “Skinny Personality” is forthcoming in the anthology: “My Body, My Words: A Collection of Bodies” to be published by Big Table Publishing in February 2018. Mesa is currently pursuing an MSc in Creative Writing at the University of Edinburgh. Lis is also the Features Editor.
Eloise Hendy is the Sales and Marketing officer for Vagabond Voices, an independent publisher based in Glasgow. She has worked as an editor and designer for a number of publications, including a creative writing and art zine she co-created during her undergraduate studies. She writes poetry and has had her work published in print and online. She has lived in Scotland for over 5 years, but her accent remains stubbornly southern.
WEB AND SOCIAL MANAGER
Huriyah Quadri is a fiction writer with a focus on fantasy and historical fiction. She is currently working on her debut novel, but she spends most of her time refilling the kettle and scrolling through Twitter. She has her own blog and runs a YouTube channel for her Ragdoll cat, Rumi. Huriyah is on the MSc Creative Writing course at the University of Edinburgh. She uses her middle name, Taliha, for published work.
Chelsea Welsh is a poet, born and raised just outside of Edinburgh. A friendly neighbourhood veggie, she strongly advocates feminism and the reading of Victorian gothic literature. Her writing is often influenced by explorations of mental health as well as her Scottish heritage.
Sam Le Butt
Sam Le Butt is a fiction writer who hails from Cornwall, UK, but has spent time writing and studying in Brighton, UK and Uppala, Sweden. Her fiction explores themes of embodiment and sexuality in surrealist and post-dystopian modes, often experimenting with format and voice. Her favourite books include Oreo by Fran Ross and The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie, though artistic influences range from a wide variety of visual art, music, and film.
Sarah Gingerich is a fiction writer, poet, and essayist from Baltimore, Maryland. She enjoys reading Angela Carter, Clarice Lispector, James Joyce, and Neil Gaiman, and she already loves your cat.
Allie Kerper is a poet from Massachusetts, with stopovers in New York and Wisconsin. She likes to write about feelings (personal, political, relational, geographical – sometimes all at once). She has no favourite poet, but many favourite poems. Her dream is to be considered a poet from Edinburgh.
Paige Smith is a poetry and fiction writer from La Quinta, California. After earning a BA in Literature and Creative Writing from University of California at Santa Barbara, she spent four years teaching English in Rybnik, Poland. She has previously been published in Spectrum literary magazine, and her interests include sci-fi, horse riding, and snails.