Tara Ballard is from Alaska. For eight years, she and her husband lived in the Middle East and West Africa, where they taught English in local area schools and universities. Tara is an affiliate editor for Alaska Quarterly Review and an editorial assistant for Prairie Schooner.

Winner of the 2016 Many Voices Project competition, her first book, House of the Night Watch is available from New Rivers Press. Copies can be purchased through Small Press Distribution, Amazon, New Rivers Press, and Barnes & Noble, or by visiting The Writer’s Block in Anchorage, Alaska.

Winner of a 2019 Nazim Hikmet Poetry Prize, Tara holds an MFA from the University of Alaska Anchorage and is now pursuing her PhD in English at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Her poems have been published by Bellingham Review; diode; Michigan Quarterly Review; North American Review; Poetry Northwest; SalamanderThe Southampton Review; War, Literature and the Arts; and other literary magazines. Her work has thrice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.