Suketu Mehta (author of This Land Is Our Land: An Immigrant’s Manifesto)
In a multicultural world that harbors some strong anti-immigration feelings, being a newcomer can be uncomfortable, hilarious, and weird. But it also makes for some great stories.
Our creator and host Sofija Stefanovic is a Serbian-Australian writer and storyteller based in Manhattan. She’s a regular storyteller with The Moth, and her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Guardian.com, and Elle.com, among others. Her memoir, MISS EX-YUGOSLAVIA is is a sometimes funny sometimes dark story about being an immigrant kid during the Yugoslavian Wars (order it here). You can follow her @sstefanovic
Our producer Trish Nelson is a performer, producer, and founder of BanterGirl, a production company with an honest mission to establish a diverse and creative empire of women, and shine a light on the many talents that they possess. Outside of This Alien Nation, Trish runs the BanterGirl website and podcast and produces monthly live shows for established comedians in both NYC and Los Angeles.
Our programmer-at-large Michaela McGuire is the Artistic Director of Sydney Writers’ Festival. Prior to taking up this appointment, she was Director and Co-CEO of Melbourne’s Emerging Writers’ Festival. Michaela is the author of Last Bets: A true story of gambling, morality and the law, the Penguin Special A Story of Grief and Apply Within: Stories of career sabotage. She co-founded the bestselling international literary salon Women of Letters. @michaelamcguire
Producer and show runner Shannon Manning is a writer, performer, and producer of shows. She is also owner of the women-run podcast network Good Orbit.