Meet the Team

Tej Rae is our Managing Editor for your travel essays. She is a freelance writer currently based in Rome, working on her third novel. After teaching high school English for 15 years, she transitioned to journalism and fiction. Her publishing credits include The Washington Post, BBC Focus on Africa magazine, The National newspaper in UAE, YogaLife Middle East, The Wheelhouse Review, Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood, Eunoia Review, Romeing, Spittoon, and Fiction365, among others. Tej has two teenage children and travels with her work for the United Nations. Since 1999, she has lived in Zambia, Senegal, Dubai, Rome, and Ethiopia as of August 2019. In all of these places, she has formed and led writing groups. In Senegal, she helped establish Africa’s first children’s museum, ImagiNation Afrika, which is still thriving.

Kevin Koranteng Cheeseman is our Podcast Editor (coming soon) and Website Manager. Kevin is the author of two #1 Amazon best sellers. Monsoon Diaries, An African in India, and The Pocket Book of Little Big Things. You can read about the adventures of this young African as he traversed the Indian continent here. Proceeds form his books funds The Back Pack Society to encourage backpacking in communities underrepresented on the road.

Clement Obropta studied cinema and photography at Ithaca College in New York. He has worked in Los Angeles and in New York City, where he wrote and edited for Men’s Journal. He mostly writes film criticism, published chiefly in Film Inquiry and The Slice, and also serves as a culture editor at MAYDAY Magazine. As he’s on a newly-grad-in-a-pandemic budget, most of his traveling is done vicariously through books, films, chats with friends in other countries, and submissions to Wanderlust.

Kendall Poe is our Copy Editor. She is a writer based in Brooklyn, New York. Her work has appeared on the blogs of Tin House and Paris Review. Last year Southeast Review awarded the honor of World’s Best Short-Short Story. If not writing, Kendall likes to bike around Central Park, NYC.

Sarah Leamy, MFA, is the Founder, CEO and works on our Social Media/Publicity. She is a bit of a wanderer, having left home in England at 18 to live in Germany, Spain, Guatemala and the States. She gives presentations on solo travels, overlanding, writing, and more. She’s an award-winning author of both novels, short stories, and travelogues including Van Life. She is currently a PhD researcher at the University of Birmingham, UK but lives in rural New Mexico, US.

M. Brianna Stallings MFA was the Managing Editor and Guest Judge of the Best of Wanderlust Anthology 2019. She designed the cover for the WLJ anthology of 2020. Brianna is an editor, writer and journalist based in Texas currently.