In The Fray is an online magazine for writers and artists to explore global issues and engage readers with personal perspectives and critical analysis.


In The Fray launched on April 9, 2001. An all-volunteer staff created the magazine with the goal of telling powerful, personal stories that further our understanding of other people and encourage empathy and compassion. In The Fray has always featured original reporting, with firsthand accounts and exclusive interviews from around the world, as well as compelling personal essays, commentary, cultural criticism, photography, and artwork by contributors from all walks of life. Over the years, the breadth and ambition of our work have grown. We have published articles from writers and artists on all seven continents, and our content has won national recognition from journalism and advocacy organizations, including an Excellence in Online Journalism Award from the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association and nominations from the National Press Photographers Association and the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (2005, 2006, and 2007).

In The Fray, Inc., the nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization that publishes the magazine, was established in 2000. The magazine’s founders were Victor Tan Chen and Alexander T. Nguyen. Our logo was designed by solargun.com.

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Aimee Walker
Aimee Walker has been a fundraiser since 2001. She has worked to grow and diversify income for a variety of nonprofits, including social service, arts, and social justice organizations. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Smith College and an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University. Her poems and reviews have appeared in national magazines and journals, and she has received poetry scholarships and grants from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the Astraea Lesbian writers fund.

Natasha Johnson
Natasha is an activist, legal specialist, educator, and proud Brooklynite. Currently, Natasha teaches law and ethics at a number of universities. Most recently, she was traipsing through the Pacific Islands and helping to update outdated laws. She’s worn many different hats, including working with homeless youth and survivors of domestic violence. Natasha also teaches at local colleges and lectures on issues of gender and human rights. When she grows up, Natasha aspires to found a nonprofit agency that will provide legal services and legal reform on behalf of African American, African Caribbean, Melanesian, and continental African survivors of gender-based violence (GBV). When Natasha’s not busy trying to right wrongs, she can be found dancing, making jewelry, practicing yoga, or moonlighting as a fashion stylist and interior decorator.

Sarah Wheeler
Sarah Wheeler will be attending law school in the fall and currently works in the attorney development department of a large law firm in Midtown Manhattan. She holds a bachelor’s degree in art history and Italian from Smith College and a master’s degree in art history from Penn State University. In her spare time, she is an avid photographer and writes a food blog.


Victor Tan Chen, Editor in Chief and Cofounder
Victor Tan Chen is a sociologist who studies unemployment, inequality, and social policy. His latest book, Cut Loose: Jobless and Hopeless in an Unfair Economy, focuses on long-term unemployment in America and Canada. With Katherine S. Newman, he coauthored The Missing Class: Portraits of the Near Poor in America, which was selected by Library Journal as one of the Best Business Books of 2007. He also contributed to the book Chutes and Ladders: Navigating the Low-Wage Labor Market. Chen’s work has been featured in the AtlanticNew York Times, NPR, BBC News, Bill Moyers Journal, the Boston Globe, the Leonard Lopate ShowNewsday, and C-SPAN’s Book TV. Chen received his PhD and BA from Harvard University and was a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. He has given talks at Cornell University, MIT, Stanford University, and the University of Chicago, and he has been interviewed on radio shows across the country. Now an assistant professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, he lives in the Richmond area with his wife Emi and two young sons. Site: victortanchen.com | FacebookTwitter: @victortanchen

Elizabeth Yuan, Contributing Editor
Elizabeth Yuan is an interactive news writer for WSJ.com and is based in New York. Previously, she worked at CNN, most recently as a digital producer for CNN.com’s international edition in Hong Kong. She has been a volunteer editor for In The Fray since 2005. Twitter: @baoyuan

Susan M. LeeContributing Editor
Susan M. Lee is a freelance researcher and writer based in Brooklyn. She also facilitates interviews for StoryCorps, a national oral history project. In her spare time, she maintains the blog Field Notes and Observations.

Stav DimitropoulosContributing Writer
Stav Dimitropoulos is a writer and journalist whose work has appeared in major US, UK, Australian, and Canadian outlets. A native of Greece, she received the Athens Medal of Honor at the age of seventeen and went on to receive a master’s degree. She experimented with journalism along the way, and has been writing ever since. Facebook | Twitter: @TheyCallMeStav

Sandra Hong, Staff Blogger
Sandra Hong is a freelance writer based in Hong Kong. After a stint in finance, she delved into her love of eating and cooking by attending the International Culinary Center in New York and then working in a restaurant and a cafe in Hong Kong. She devotes her spare time to running, traveling, and volunteering for the Hong Kong chapter of Slow Food International.

Jo Magpie, Contributing Writer
Jo Magpie is a freelance journalist, travel writer, and long-term wanderer currently based in Granada, Spain. Blog: agirlandherthumb.wordpress.com

Amy O’Loughlin, Contributing Writer
Amy O’Loughlin is a freelance writer and book reviewer whose work has appeared in American HistoryWorld War IIForeWord ReviewsUSARiseUp, and other publications. She blogs at Off the Bookshelf.

Dana Ullman, Contributing Photographer
Dana Ullman is a freelance photographer based in Brooklyn. Her photography is focused on social engagement: chronicling everyday epics, investigating subjects crossculturally, and humanizing faceless statistics through storytelling. Site: ullmanphoto.com

Sasha Vasilyuk, Contributing Writer
Sasha Vasilyuk is a writer based in New York City. She was born during a cold Russian winter and grew up in the golden hills of the San Francisco Bay Area. Her essays and articles on art, culture, business, travel, and love have been published in the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Russian Newsweek, Oakland Tribune, and Flower magazine. She received the 2013 North American Travel Journalists Association silver medal for her Los Angeles Times cover photo “Barra De Valizas.” She is currently working on a collection of essays about her year-long solo journey around the world.

Jan Vihan, Contributing Writer
Jan Vihan was born and grew up in Prague.

We remember Oya Hadimli, a dedicated and passionate member of our staff and a beautiful soul. Rest in peace, Oya.