Tara Ballard was born and raised in Alaska. For seven years now, she and her husband have been living in the Middle East and West Africa, teaching English in local area schools and traveling often throughout various countries.
She holds an MFA from the University of Alaska, Anchorage. She served as one of Tupelo Press’ 30/30 Project Poets in March 2017 and as a guest leader for The Missing Slate’s Global Poetry Writing Month in April 2017. Her poems have been published or recently accepted by Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts; One; Salamander; The Southampton Review; War, Literature and the Arts; and other literary magazines.