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Hi, I'm Chaya ~ thank you for visiting my site!

I write, teach, create beautiful spaces, do healing arts, and more. Writing is at the center of my practice, with my journalistic and literary work covering a range of themes from cities and public space, systems of power, and the culture and consciousness of displacement, to desire, foolishness, myth, and shadows. Check out my portfolio if you'd like to read a thing!

I've made a lot of stops on my creative journey — media strategy, fashion illustration and style blogs, staff reporting roles, community organizing, an MFA after years as a journalist, teaching magical realism to sixth graders, text-based visual art, gallerist life — and today I find myself within quieter days as I learn my long silenced internal rhythms and craft my own artist's way. For me this is a writing life oriented toward process, expansion, and seeking the ever moving edge, which feels like a shift from my old relationship to the publishing mill. With that, I'm still slowly working on revision of my first book. Cataclysm in Repose is a memoir about the inherited trauma of exile and the impossibility of return post diaspora.


Other critical info: I love lavender masala chai, burgers, '90s R&B, campfires among other fires, and a carefully curated outfit.

I recently relocated from Brooklyn to Santa Fe, where I'm taking in the scent of piñon and the mountains, while of course learning how to be on my browngirl cowgirl shit. Find me there 🌵

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