Tara Ballard now lives in 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. She is an affiliate editor for Alaska Quarterly Review.

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

Winner of a 2019 Nazim Hikmet Poetry Prize, Tara holds an MFA from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Her poems have been published by Bellingham Review; North American Review; Poetry Northwest; SalamanderThe Southampton Review; War, Literature and the Arts; and other literary magazines. Her work has recently been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.