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 various award-winning journals, magazines, and anthologies. She is fiction faculty for Messiah College’s Young Writers Workshop and lectures on monsters, film, and television.

Tara’s fiction 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. Recently, her fiction chapbook, Not for Syndication, received Honorable Mention from The Cupboard Pamphlet’s Annual Chapbook Contest and was a finalist for both Bull City Press’ Open Reading Series and the 2019 C&R Press Winter Soup Chapbook Series. Her hybrid collection, The Year of the Monster, is forthcoming from Unsolicited Press.

Photo by Dan Williamson