Natassja Audra Schiel
Natassja Schiel holds a creative writing MFA from the University of California, Riverside. She is writing a memoir about working as an exotic dancer on the island of Guam. Natassja has most recently been published at Longreads, Los Angeles Review of Books, and the Millions. She teaches at Mercy College and with Fledgling Writing Workshops. Natassja was also a Contributing Editor at the literary journal Pigeon Pages. At UC Riverside, Natassja was a Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellow, won the McQuern Graduate Award for Nonfiction, and received a competitive third year MFA Fellowship. She was writer-in-residence at the Yefe Nof: Redesign Residency and a Jane Geuting Camp Fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Natassja believes that all people should be afforded the same rights which should be extended to those working in the sex industries. She loves: purple gel pens, urban gardening, brewing kombucha, and yoga inversions. Her cat, Raja, 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 chronicled this journey and her other adventures on Instagram.