Tara Ballard was born and raised in Alaska. For eight years now, she and her husband have been living in the Middle East and West Africa, where they teach English in local area schools and universities.

Winner of the 2016 Many Voices Project competition, her first book, House of the Night Watch, will be published in 2018 with New Rivers Press.

Tara holds an MFA from the University of Alaska, Anchorage. She recently served as a guest leader for The Missing Slate’s Global Poetry Writing Month. Her poems have been published by Bellingham Review; Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts; OneSalamanderThe Southampton Review; War, Literature and the Arts; and other literary magazines.

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