Authors & Teachers at On Black Wings


Ryan Smith  he/they

Author of The Way of Fire & Ice: The Living Tradition of Norse Paganism, the upcoming Spinning Wyrd: Exploring the Nordic Mysteries, and editor of On Black Wings.  Ryan Smith has been a practicing Pagan since his teens with over a decade of experience in inclusive and anti-racist Heathen spirituality.  He has been published at Huginn's Heathen Hof, Patheos Pagans, Truthout, and as part of the Bringing Race to the Table and No Pasaran: Antifascist Dispatches from a World in Crisis anthologies, presented talks and rituals at Pantheacon, The Gathering Paths, Hexenfest, and Many Gods West, and is currently creating a Heathen podcast, the Wayward Wanderer. and a horror podcast, Grizzly State.  He can be found online at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Patreon.

Sophia Fate-Changer  they/them

Author of The Language of Fire & Ice, a Beginners Guide to the Elder Futhark, Sophia has been a practitioner of Norse Paganism for 20 years, and has dedicated much of that time cultivating radically inclusive /  anti-racist Heathen practice alongside Ryan Smith. They are published in Pagan Consent Culture, an anthology that includes their essay on consent within Heathenry, a founding member of Between the Veils (BTV), and work a full-time artist specializing in Heathen sigil design and creating sacred objects for pagan practitioners. Sophia has volunteered time to developing progressive community agreements for BTV, Hexenfest, and has advised in other smaller projects. Identifying as a mixed person of color, nonbinary, and a Runewalker, they strive to make their classes and teaching accessible to all.