“The stories in The Year of the Monster are tender, truthful, fiery and finely wrought. Tara Stillions Whitehead has built a collection that leaves little doubt as to her range and mastery as a storyteller. This book could be studied at the level of language alone as her sentences are both elegant and exacting. I’m in awe of Whitehead’s intelligence and heart, fully on display in these pages. I know she has many more books ahead of her. I can’t wait to read every one of them.” 

– Kathy Fish, author of Wild Life: Collected Works

Releases 9.27.22 from
Unsolicited Press.
Available for preorder through
Barnes & Noble or the press.

“If you mix a cocktail of Octavia Butler, Mary Robison, and early Jayne Anne Phillips, you might get something approaching Tara Stillions Whitehead’s style. Yet her style is highly original and all her own:  shape-shifting and subtle.  Her language packs real power. The stories in The Year of the Monster deal with love and unlove, math and physics, deception, truth, and loss – – both personal and cultural.  As they navigate life’s obstacles – both spiritual and societal — her characters show resilience and stamina even when darkness looms. “God and Laundry” is one of the best short stories I’ve read in years. But read them all, every story – from cover to cover. The entire collection sparkles.”

Larry Fondation, author of Martyrs and Holymen

Blood Histories, a hybrid chapbook,
out now from Galileo Press!

Innocence lost⁠—more likely stolen⁠—as glitter vacuumed from a child’s open chest: Blood Histories functions, in part, as an experiment in confession, interrogating how we are educated and educate others into and out of existence. The speaker tells of the burdened blood of women, flowing with trauma and diseased with memory, how we are ‘genetically predisposed to self-destruct.’ There are lines in this collection that no one has written before—that, perhaps, no one has ever even thought but has only felt.

Brenna Womer, author of honeypot and Atypical Cells of Undetermined Significance

“The Mother Must Die and Other Lies Fairy Tales Told Me,” a hybrid essay about Anne Sexton, Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Cinderella, and motherhood/addiction, published in the Gold Issue of Fairy Tale Review was nominated for a 2022 Pushcart Prize!

Sincere thanks to the editors at Porcupine Literary Journal for nominating “A Lesson on Endings” for both a 2022 Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net!

12.3.2021 – New interview about Blood Histories, fairy tales, creative nonfiction, and recovery, up at Fractured Lit: “Omission Serves a Purpose: An Interview with Tara Stillions Whitehead.”

News, Events, & Goings On

Huge thanks to X-R-A-Y Literary Magazine for nominating
“Undertow” for a 2021 Best of the Net!

Wiggie! Wiggie! Wiggie!

“Seven Bodies I Didn’t Leave Behind,” originally published in HAD (Hobart), selected for Wigleaf Top 50 2021 by Molly Gaudry!

Huge thanks to the series and selecting editors at Wigleaf!

July 16, 2021

Thank you to the editors at Porcupine Literary for nominating “A Lesson on Endings” for Best of the Net! Good luck to all of the nominees!

from X-R-A-Y Literary Magazine June 2021 newsletter


7.9.21 – Reading – Chapbook Promo Series @ Zoom 6pm EST – Reading

9.11.21 – ZOOM – Madeline Anthes Book Launch – A Novel Idea on Passyunk

9.29.21 – San Diego, CA/Zoom @ SDSU Living Writers Series – Reading/Craft discussion
Open to the public. Register here: https://mfa.sdsu.edu/community/living_writers.html

10.30.21 – Philadelphia, PA @
A Novel Idea on Passyunk – Reading

Selected Writings