Sheela Chari writes about missing things. She is the author of the upcoming middle grade novel Karthik Delivers and several middle grade mysteries, including The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel series, based on the Peabody Award-winning podcast; Finding Mighty, a Children’s Choice Award Finalist; and Vanished, an APALA Children’s Literature Honor Book, Edgar finalist for best juvenile mystery, and Al’s Book Club Pick on the Today Show.

Sheela is interested in the intersection between everyday mysteries and the places where we live. She is also curious about immigrant lives both lived and imagined, the role of memory in storytelling, and how the line between fact and fiction can be blurry. She lives in New York with her family. To learn more about Sheela, visit her at


MFA - Creative Writing | NYU

MA - Creative Writing | Boston University

BA - Economics | Stanford

Linda Urban

Faculty, MFA in WCYA

Tom Birdseye

Faculty, MFA in WCYA

Jasmine Warga

Faculty, MFA in WCYA

Martine Leavitt

Faculty, MFA in WCYA; Alumnx Mini-Residency

Deborah Marcero

Faculty, MFA in WCYA

Sara Ryan

Faculty, MFA in WCYA