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Tara's first teen novella, Size of a Fist, was published in 2015 and nominated for two 2016 Saskatchewan Book Awards. Her debut novel, Saltus, is forthcoming from Nightwood Editions in spring 2021.
Tara received her BFA and MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia. While studying, she was the recipient of the CBC Jim Burt Screenwriting Award and the William Rea Screenwriting Fellowship. After graduation, she became a writer and story editor in film and television. An episode she co-wrote for CBC’s Edgemont was nominated for a Leo Award.
Her writing has been published in several Canadian literary magazines, and won Event Magazine’s 14th Annual Creative Non-fiction Competition, and the City of Regina Writing Award in 2016 and 2019. In 2017, she was a laureate of a REVEAL - Indigenous Art Award from The Hnatyshyn Foundation.
Tara also has an MA in Professional Communications from Royal Roads University, and was the recipient of the Gabriel Dumont and Napoleon LaFontaine Graduate Scholarships from the Gabriel Dumont Institute. Her thesis, which explores her Métis heritage and identity, won the Public Ethnography Award from the Canada Research Chair in Innovative Learning and Public Ethnography. An article based on her thesis was published in Briarpatch magazine.
From the Qu’Appelle Valley in Saskatchewan, Tara spent her childhood years in Fort Qu’Appelle, her teen years in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and much of her adult life in Vancouver, B.C., before returning to her home on the prairie. She currently lives with her dog and cat in Regina on Treaty 4 territory and homeland of the Métis.
Thistledown Press (New Leaf Series), 2015
Briarpatch Magazine, 2013