Tara Bray is the author of Mistaken for Song (2009), her first collection of poetry and winner of the Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize. She earned an MFA from the University of Arkansas, where she held the Walton Fellowship in Creative Writing. Bray has published work in various publications, including Verse Daily, Shenandoah, Crab Orchard Review, and the Southern Review.  

In his review of Mistaken for Song for Bookslut, Paul Franz noted Bray’s interest in nature, family history, and subjectivity; attentive to the sounds of language, she is able to bring “out the sensory texture of words through alliteration and the jumble of plosive consonants.”

The recipient of multiple awards and honors, including a State of Nevada Individual Artist Fellowship and a Sierra Arts Foundation Literary Artist Grant, Bray has taught at the University of Nevada, Reno. She lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
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