Tara Hardy is the working class, Queer, Femme, chronically ill founder of Bent Writing Institute for LGBTIQ writers in Seattle. She grew up under the great big sky of Michigan but now writes at the majestic hem of Mount Rainier in Seattle.
Her first book of poems Bring Down the Chandeliers (Write Bloody Press, 2011) primarily addresses being a father-daughter incest survivor. Tara holds an MFA from Vermont College and is a former Richard Hugo House Writer in Residence, former Seattle Poet Populist, and alumnae of Hedgebrook. She is an instructor at Seattle Central College, Richard Hugo House, and Path With Art. She is also the Arts Director at Gay City.
Tara is a daughter of the United Auto Workers and has been engaged with anti-violence and liberation work since she was old enough to sing at union rallies. Tara has also been a maid (uniform included), park ranger (tractor included), convenience store clerk (threatening clientele included), activist (self-righteousness included), and teacher (apple not included).
To book her for a workshop or performance, email her at tarairenehardy [at] gmail [dot] com.