Many Gods West was founded in the fall of 2014 by the following people. Currently, only Niki Whiting is involved.
Inspired by the work and efforts of others in the wider polytheist community, we decided to create a gathering closer to our homes that would bring together polytheists of all stripes for discussion, learning, sharing, and community building.
P. Sufenas Virius Lupus is a metagender person and the founder, Doctor, Mystagogos, Magistratum, and a Sacerdos in the Ekklesía Antínoou–a queer, Graeco-Roman-Egyptian syncretist reconstructionist polytheist group dedicated to Antinous, the deified lover of the Roman Emperor Hadrian, and related divine figures–as well as a practitioner of the Irish traditions of gentlidecht and filidect, with further devotions to a variety of deities and heroes from other cultures and pantheons, and the land-spirits of the North Puget Sound area and its islands. Lupus has written eight books and contributed poetry, fiction, and essays to many anthologies and periodicals, and has presented at a variety of regional and national conferences and gatherings.
Niki Whiting is a writer, editor, mystic, theologian, stalled academic, and mother of three small children. She hails from Alaska, but has lived in Oakland California, Australia, and Wales (among other places); currently Olympia shapes her sense of Place. She holds a BA in history, with an emphasis on religious history, from Western Washington University, and an MA in religious studies with double emphasis in religious history and systematic theology from the Graduate Theological Union; her specialties were feminist theologies and the Virgin Mary. She is a dedicant and student of Anderson Faery witchcraft; she also has a Hindu practice, with a special devotion to Kali.
Rhyd Wildermuth is a punk bard, a Pagan theorist, a queer Anarchist, and a social worker. He studies Druidry through OBOD, tends a forest near his home, drinks a lot of tea, and writes. His words can be found on The Wild Hunt, Polytheist.com, A Sense of Place, and his personal blog, Paganarch.com