Tara Betts

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General Information

Name: Tara Betts

Pen Name: None

Genres: Poetry

Born: in Kankakee, Illinois

Website: tarabetts.net

Email: N/A

Illinois Connection

Betts was born and raised in Kankakee. She lived in Chicago for many years before moving to the East Coast to complete her Ph.D. at Binghamton University. She moved back to Chicago in 2015.

Biographical and Professional Information

Tara Betts received her Ph.D. from Binghamton University in 2014 and she taught creative writing at Rutgers University. Tara has been teaching at the university of Illinois-Chicago and as part of the MFA faculty at Chicago State University. She founded Girls Speak and has also performed in plays, including two SouthWest V-Day productions of Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues at Chicago’s DuSable Museum. After winning Guild Complex’s Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Award, she represented Chicago twice at the National Poetry Slam.

She also co-edited The Beiging of America: Personal Essays About Being Mixed Race in the 21st Century by 2Leaf Press in 2016.

Published Works

  • Arc and Hue, Aquarius Press, 2009
  • Break the Habit, Trio House Press, 2016

Titles at Your Library

Arc & Hue

ISBN: 098192087X
Release Date: 2009-09-01

Find on World Cat

Literary Awards

  • Illinois Arts Council Fellowship

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

Please email info@tarabetts.net for more information.

External Links

Tara Betts on WorldCat


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