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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Tara Betts  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Poetry

Born: in Kankakee, Illinois


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.

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-- *Illinois Arts Council Fellowship