Natassja Audra Schiel
Natassja Schiel holds a creative writing MFA from the University of California, Riverside. She has most recently been published at the Longreads, Los Angeles Review of Books, the Millions, and Opposum Literary Magazine. Natassja is currently writing a memoir about working as an exotic dancer on the island of Guam titled Tumon Strip. At UC Riverside, she was a Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellow, won the McQuern Graduate Award for Nonfiction, and received a competitive third year MFA Fellowship. In June 2018, she was a writer-in-residence at the Yefe Nof: Redesign Residency. She has attended the following workshops: Tin House, Squaw Valley Community of Writers, and Summer Session at Sarah Lawrence. She believes that all people should be afforded the same rights which should be extended to those working in the sex industries. Natassja loves: purple gel pens, urban gardening, brewing kombucha, and yoga inversions. She has a cat named Raja that is slowly going blind, but still loves to fetch. (Persistence is a trait they both share.) A lover of creatures, she fostered monarch caterpillars during her time in Southern California. She chronicles this journey and her other adventures on Instagram.