Tessa Hulls

Tessa Hulls is an artist/writer/adventurer who is equally likely to disappear into a research library or the wilderness. She has spent the last seven years working on Feeding Ghosts (forthcoming for MCD Books in September 2023), a graphic memoir that traces three generations of women across a backdrop of Chinese diaspora and history to explore mental illness, intergenerational trauma, mixed-race identity, and the complicated ways that mothers and daughters both damage and save one another. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, the Henry Art Gallery, the Rumpus, On the Boards, the Seattle Art Museum, Atlas Obscura, and others. She is the recipient of grants from the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture and 4Culture, and a fellowship from the Robert B. McMillen Foundation. She received the 2021 Artist Trust Arts Innovator Award, and has been awarded residencies at Yaddo, Hedgebrook, Ucross, and others. As the 2019 awardee of the PEN Northwest Margery Boyden Wilderness Writing Residency, she spent 6.5 months living alone in a remote off grid cabin with no cell service or internet while writing the outline of Feeding Ghosts. She never fully left the woods and has no plans to truly re-domesticate.