Tara Deal is the author of two award-winning novellas, That Night Alive (Miami University Press) and Palms Are Not Trees After All (Texas Review Press). She also writes flash fiction, fragmented essays, and free verse and is currently at work on several hybrid manuscripts. Her work has appeared in American Literary Review, Passages North, Sugar House Review, Washington Square Review, and West Branch, among others. And her shortest story can be found in Hint Fiction (Norton). 

Tara was born in Savannah, Georgia, and grew up in Columbia, South Carolina. (What she misses: boiled peanuts.) After receiving degrees from Harvard and New York University, she then worked as a book editor for many years. (What she doesn't miss: compiling book indexes.) She lives with her husband and two shelties (Lolo and Rita) in New York City.