About Me

Natasha Papousek

I have been a writer and artist ever since I was able to pick up a crayon. I wrote, illustrated, copied and sold door-to-door a neighborhood newspaper when I was 8. By the time I was in high school, I was editor of the school paper and had garnered awards from several creative writing and journalism contests. In college, I discovered social anthropology, history, and Asian languages and art. Since China had just opened its borders to foreign exchange students, I decided to major in Chinese. I spent 3 months at Fudan University near Shanghai, and then 4 months at Nanjing University in Nanjing in 1984. It was an amazing experience.

Post college, I moved around a bit — Buffalo, NY, Baltimore, MD,  Staffordshire, UK, Austin, TX… I now reside near San Diego, CA and enjoy writing, doing henna,  painting on silk, blogging, photography, and hanging out with my husband and cats.