Meet Our Authors

Kimberly Wells-Ball


Kimberly specializes in folk narrative and folklore-based literature of northwest Europe. She writes about Scandinavian myth and legend.

Researcher of #Scandinavian folklore, #gardener, freelance #writer, traveler. Obsessed with thrillers and mystery.

Academic writer, Mythology addict, love hiking, lecturer at UCLA at Scandinavian Section, researcher of Scandinavian folklore, gardener.

Ph.D. – Comparative Literature – University of California, Irvine
M.A. – Folklore – University of California, Berkeley
B.A. – Philosophy – University of California, Los Angeles

My research focuses on tradition, how knowledge of the past is (or is not) carried into the future via various modes of transmission, and how these processes are reflected, and reflected upon, in traditional narrative (myth, legend, folk/fairytale, epic). I tend to focus on texts representing three historical periods and methods of transmission: medieval manuscripts treating pre-Christian myth and epic, oral legends and tales recorded by folklorists near the turn of the twentieth century, and traditional narratives conveyed via the Internet.


2014 “The Devil’s Pact: Diabolic Writing and Oral Tradition.” Western Folklore 73: 385-409.
2013 “Vessels of Myth.” In Writing Down the Myths: The Construction of Mythology in Classical and Medieval Traditions, ed. Joseph Falaky Nagy, Brepols.
2012 “Legend as Metatradition.” Fabula: Zeitschrift für Erzählforschung 53: 1-19.
2010 “UFO-Abduction Narratives and the Technology of Tradition.” Cultural Analysis: An Interdisciplinary Forum on Folklore and Popular Culture 9: 99-128.

Marina Ionarievna Popova


I am a teacher of English at North-Eastern federal university. In my spare time I like to go out, watch films, read different books and spend time with my children. I like when students are active, sociable, polite and do everything on time.

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