It’s possible that several of her money mosaics make the inside cover of Variety.

Or The Hollywood Reporter.

It’s more probable that they never do, that no one notices.

She won’t be able to recall.          

– from “Deleted Scenes (3 of 78)”

A native Southern Californian, alumna of University of Southern California’s historic School of Cinematic Arts, and graduate of San Diego State University’s MFA writing program, Tara Stillions Whitehead is a multi-genre writer and filmmaker now residing in pastoral Central Pennsylvania.

After working as a DGA assistant director and assistant to the executive producers of two number one sitcoms, Tara left Hollywood to pursue scholarship and writing that seeks to subvert the celebrity worship and dangerous narrative fictions promoted by mainstream American media.

Tara’s fiction, hybrid texts, reviews, and essays have appeared in or are forthcoming from various award-winning journals, including PRISM international, The Rupture, cream city review, r.kv.r.y., Jellyfish Review, Bending Genres, the tiny journal, Chicago Review, Sleipnir, New Orleans Review, Texas Review, Fiction International, Red Rock Review, American Book Review, and others. Her work has been anthologized by New Urge Press and Black Scat Books, and she recently co-authored a chapter for McFarland Press titled “YAL and Otherness: Empathy as a Rhetorical Tool.”

Tara’s fiction has been nominated for the AWP Intro Journals Award and she is the recipient of a Glimmer Train Press Award for New Writers. Recently, her fiction chapbook, Not for Syndication, received Honorable Mention from The Cupboard Pamphlet’s Annual Chapbook Contest and was a finalist for the 2019 C&R Press Winter Soup Chapbook Series.

After a long hiatus from film and television, Tara has returned to the visual medium. She recently completed principle photography as a producer on the forthcoming anti-Hollywood comedy series written by award-winning playwright and television producer Mark Roberts.

Currently, Tara teaches screen and fiction writing for majors at Messiah College and composition and rhetoric at Penn State Harrisburg.