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 prime time television shows, Tara left Hollywood to pursue scholarship and writing that subverts celebrity worship and the dangerous narratives promoted by mainstream American media.
Tara’s writing has been published in various award-winning journals, magazines, and anthologies, including cream city review, PRISM international, Chicago Review, Pithead Chapel, Jellyfish Review, and Monkeybicycle. She teaches fiction and screenwriting at Messiah College, where she is faculty for the renowned Young Writers Workshop, and has given public lectures on monsters, media, and film.
Tara has been nominated for the AWP Intro Journals Award and Pushcart Prize, and she is the recipient of a Glimmer Train Press Award for New Writers. Her fiction chapbook, blood histories, was selected as the runner-up in Split/Lip Press’ 2020 chapbook contest, and her full-length collection, The Year of the Monster, is forthcoming from Unsolicited Press in 2022.
Photo by Dan Williamson