Tara Deal is the author of two 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. Her work has appeared in  Alimentum, failbetter, Sugar House Review, Washington Square Review, and West Branch, among others. And her shortest story can be found in Hint Fiction (Norton). She is currently at work on her longest manuscript yet.

Tara was born in Savannah, Georgia, and grew up in Columbia, South Carolina. (She misses the boiled peanuts.) After receiving degrees from Harvard and New York University, she then worked as a book editor for many years. (She loves writing picture captions; she hates compiling book indexes.) She lives with her husband and two shelties (Lolo and Rita) in New York City.