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 teaching in Central Pennsylvania.

After working as a DGA assistant director and then as 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 or is forthcoming from various award-winning journals, magazines, and anthologies, including cream city review, The Rupture, Fairy Tale Review, Gone Lawn, PRISM international, Chicago Review, Pithead Chapel, Jellyfish Review, and Monkeybicycle. She is Assistant Professor of Film, Video, and Digital Media Production at Messiah University, where she is also faculty for the renowned Young Writers Workshop, and has given public lectures on monsters, media, and film.

Tara’s writing has been included in the Wigleaf Top 50 and has been nominated for Best of the Net, Best Small fictions, the AWP Intro Journals Award, and eight Pushcart Prizes. She is the recipient of a Glimmer Train Press Award for New Writers. Her hybrid chapbook, Blood Histories, will be released by Galileo Press in July 2021, and her full-length collection, The Year of the Monster, is forthcoming from Unsolicited Press in September 2022.


Photo by Dan Williamson

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