2020-2021 Writers House Residents

Sandra Ang

Sandra Ang  is a Chinese-Mexican American writer from Salt Lake City, Utah. She has had a career in healthcare as a scientist, and now is an emerging writer and MFA Candidate in Creative Writing at University of Utah. Her essays are emotional explorations of loss, home and life, migration, and human connection. Founder of the Peregrine House Literacy Project, a nonprofit organization focused on diverse, international children’s literature, she is committed to helping families access high-quality literature for children and young adults.

While in residence, Sandra is working to complete her MFA thesis.

Shuchita Mishra

Shuchi is a comics artist from San Francisco. She was born in India, spent her late twenties and early thirties in Germany working as a language and intercultural trainer, and moved to the United States in 2016. She attended California College of the Arts and graduated with an MFA in Comics in 2019. A former Resident Artist and Educator at Chapter 510, she currently runs and teaches her own comics and basic animation workshops for several school programs across the bay area (virtually in 2020-2021). Her curriculum focuses on visual storytelling, personal expression, and exploration through images and words. Her work is inspired by her personal experiences, science, nature, mythology and human behavior. 

While in-residence, Shuchi is working on a transnational graphic memoir based on her time in Stuttgart, Germany -- a story of love, language, culture, and resilience. She is supported in these efforts by the House with editorial / story development mentorship, as well as support throughout her development of a book proposal. During this time, she has also started teaching classes at the Carnegie Museum of Art and she's working on a collaborative graphic memoir with a NY-based journalist.

Ricky Tucker

Ricky Tucker is a North Carolina native, storyteller, educator and art critic. His work explores the imprints of art and memory on narrative, and the absurdity of most fleeting moments. He has written for The Paris Review, The Tenth Magazine, and Public Seminar among others and performed for reading series including The Moth Grand SLAM, Sister Spit, Born: Free, and Spark London. He received his BA from The New School as a Riggio: Writing and Democracy scholar, and a Writer/Teacher MA at Goldsmiths, University of London. In 2017 he was chosen as a LAMBDA Literary Emerging Writer Fellow for creative nonfiction. His book,  And the Category Is...: Inside New York's Vogue, House, and Ballroom Community will be released by Beacon Press in December 2021.

Throughout his residency, Ricky is working on revisions of his forthcoming book, and proposals and outlines for projects reflecting on the culture-shifting music genres Post-Punk and New Jack Swing. In this time, he also hopes to delve deeper into teaching his immersive collaborative narrative writing workshops as a means of archiving the sociopolitical desires of various collectives -- like this class he's teaching throughout the month of May in collaboration with Queers Write Pittsburgh. He is also using his opportunity via the House for mentorship to 1) develop more teaching opportunities, and 2) connect with and learn from writers in television.

Natalie Dalea

Natalie Dalea is a midwestern mestiza writer and mud enthusiast. An Ohio transplant now residing in Chicago, she’s written about everything from bats to ballet.

Natalie has written science communications for the Field Museum and, this spring, started as a Curious City production intern with WBEZ. Two years of chemical engineering combined with her English degree have given her a passion for environmental justice. Her work explains how the natural world affects our embedded human communities. Her creative nonfiction has been nominated for a 2020 Pushcart Prize and earned her a Hedgebrook Fellowship.

As a writer-out-of-residence with the Writers House, Natalie is working with two mentors: Maggie Messitt on professional goals (like securing a competitive 6-month internship with WBEZ) and with Adriana E. Ramirez on her manuscript-in-progress, an essay collection exploring multigenerational Mexican-American experiences in the rust belt. In the Fall of 2021, Natalie will start her MFA at the University of Minnesota as part of a unique incoming class of creative writers, all supported by the University's Creating Inclusive Cohorts program.