Tara Betts is the author of Break the Habit and Arc & Hue, available for order here, and the forthcoming Refuse to Disappear. She’s a co-editor of The Beiging of America: Personal Narratives About Being Mixed Race in the 21st Century and editor of the critical edition of Philippa Duke Schuyler’s memoir, Adventures in Black and White. In addition to her work as a teaching artist and mentor for young poets, she has taught at Rutgers University, the University of Illinois-Chicago, Chicago State University’s MFA Program, and for three years at Stateville Prison via the Prison + Neighborhood Arts Project. Tara is also Poetry Editor at The Langston Hughes Review and the Lit Editor at Newcity. Author photo by Glitter Guts.
Read an interview with Tara Betts here.
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