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Writers at On Black Wings


Ryan Smith  he/they

Ryan Smith has been a practicing Pagan since his teens with over fifteen years of experience in inclusive and anti-racist Heathen spirituality.  He is the author of The Way of Fire & Ice: The Living Tradition of Norse Paganism and Spinning Wyrd: A Journey Through the Nordic Mysteries, has contributed to Bringing Race to the Table: Exploring Racism in the Pagan Community and No Pasaran: Antifascist Dispatches from a World in Crisis anthologies, and been published at Huginn's Heathen Hof, Patheos Pagans, and Truthout.  Ryan is also the host and producer of the Heathen podcast, the Wayward Wanderer, which is available at wherever you get your podcasts.  He has a PhD in modern economic & social history and can be found online at Facebook, Mastodon, and Instagram.


Laurie "Asra" Sottilaro  she/her

Laurie "Asra" Sottilaro has been a practicing pagan since 1990, and a Heathen since 2016. She is deeply versed in trance journey, which is foundational to her practice. She fell in love with Heathen lore, though she is far more concerned with adapting the practices to living in the US's
Deep South than she is with absolute historical accuracy. She is delighted to be joining the writing collective.


Leander/Lee Coutant  he/him

Leander, or Lee, Coutant is a 28 year old Anglo-saxon and Norse Heathen, poet, and avid lover of books. They enjoy knitting and have a deep passion for psychology, politics, and spirituality.


Liagis Margfirar name/they/them

Liagis is an author, photographer, graphic artist, and content creator best known for their expertise in the realms of the Runes and BindRunes. Liagis is also the co-owner of the brand “Moons and Runes” alongside their sister which focuses on support and frith for esoterics and the mundane alike. Being able to thrive in a safe, anti fasc place is paramount to them. Liagis has been a practicing heathen for just over three years, and is a forever student, always reverent of the Runes, and what they entail. Liagis continues to further their practice with the Runes through poetry, epithets, teaching, and helping design BindRunes for others, and of course through their writing series here, “Journey Through the Runic Cosmos!”. Liagis is also currently working on a very dear project to them which will be launched January 2024 and that is the contemporary divination system dubbed “The Liagos Runatis”.

I am thankful and proud to be part of what we're doing here at On Black Wings, thanks for having me, and reading my works; May the Runes be with you!

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