2022 National Book Critics Circle Nominee
2022 Aspen Words Prize Nominee
2022 Maya Angelou Fiction Award Nominee
Unsolicited Press, 2022

ELJ Editions, March 2023

“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, Martyrs and Holymen

Events, & Readings

9.30.22 Harrisburg, PA @ Midtown Scholar – 7pm Book launch for The Year of the Monster. RSVP Here

10.4.22 Penn State Harrisburg @ 5:30pm – Visiting Writer Reading

10.21.22Youngstown, OH. Youngstown Lit Festival – 10am Creative Reading Panel w/ Galileo Press authors

11.5.22 A Novel Idea on Passyunk, Philadelphia, PA – In-person – 6pm – Author reading and book signing

11.28.22 American University – Virtual – @2:30pm – Author reading and Q & A

1.12.23 Cloudburst Reading Series – 6pm @ The Downpour
Wilkes-Barre, PA

3.27.23SUNY Adirondack – In person – 12:45pm – Author reading and Q&A

April 2023San Diego Literary Festival – Featured Writer – Grossmont College

October 2023 – Berry College Author Reading Series
Mount Berry, GA

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

Listed as a notable essay in the Best American Essays 2022 anthology edited by Alexander Chee, “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 also 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.”

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!

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

Selected Writings