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WAiF is an online literary journal about movement and change. 


We offer a platform for people from all over the world--people who have moved homes and changed identities--to share their stories and find community among the growing, global polycultural populace.


WAiF envisions the collection of stories within this journal to be a growing, crowd-sourced

compendium about the human relationship between our homes, our identities, and how we engage with each another.

WAiF's mission is to foster frank, balanced, and challenging conversation about the necessity of migration and the reality of our polycultural world.



Adele Barbato, Founding Editor

Adele is an anthropologist, emerging writer, and museum professional currently living and working in the Bay Area. She is also a product of constant movement and change, having lived in numerous towns, cities, states, and countries since her first move at 5 years old. Not coincidentally, Adele holds advanced degrees in anthropology and world history, specializing in prehistoric human migration and 'new world' colonization. Her studies are fueled by a fascination with the ignorance and audacity of colonialism.

Adele works as a project manager for the new Lucas Museum of Narrative Art (opening 2022), and has been a contributing writer for several arts and literary publications such as Boston Art Underground, the Nave Gallery blogThe Coffeelicious, and her own now-defunct culture blog, Anoetica.

Stacey Solie, Editor

Stacey Solie is a writer, journalist, and a periodic semi-nomadic migrator currently residing in Oakland, CA. She is the founder of her own Bay Area communications firm, helping NGOs and businesses tap into the power of their own stories. Stacey's reporting has appeared in The New York Times, The Seattle Times, The Daily Beast, The Point Reyes Light, Crosscut and The Weather Channel, among others outlets. She has presented or taught science writing at numerous venerable institutions, including the Natural Capital Symposium, University of Washington, San Francisco State University, and the Nature Conservancy. Stacey loves storytelling that conveys something about what it means to be human in this unique time, www.staceysolie.com.

Carol Lena Figueiredo, Editor

Carol Lena's been privileged to welcome California dreamers, resisters, drifters, fortune-seekers and waifs of every stripe to a city that has long opened its golden gates and its heart to the wanderers of the world (if sometimes reluctantly). She’s also been honored to hear the stories and share in the lives of students as an English and humanities lecturer at some of the Bay Area’s most diverse campuses, including San Francisco State University and UC Santa Cruz. She holds a MA in English literature from SFSU, where her master’s thesis took her on an action-packed excursion through 18th Century English travel literature. Her creative writing has appeared in Transfer Magazine, SOMA Literary Review, and the Northbeach Journal. The recipient of a 2014 Disquiet International Literary Program merit scholarship, she is currently working on a novel of migration and return, and using her writing skills for good assisting nonprofits with fundraising.

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An online publication about movement, change, and identity. 

Migration is necessary. Polyculturalism is reality.

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