Tiana Clark was raised in Nashville, Tennessee and southern California. She earned her BA in Africana and Women’s studies from Tennessee State University and her MFA from Vanderbilt University. She is the author of the chapbook Equilibrium (Bull City Press, 2016), which was chosen by Afaa Michael Weaver for the Frost Place Chapbook Competition, and the full-length poetry collection I Can’t Talk About the Tree Without the Blood (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018), which won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize. Her poetry and prose have appeared widely in magazines and journals such as the New Yorker, Poetry Magazine, Kenyon Review, New England Review, and Best New Poets 2015.
The 2017-2018 Jay C. and Ruth Halls Poetry Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute of Creative Writing, Clark’s other honors and awards include a Pushcart Prize, the Rattle Poetry Prize, and the Furious Flower’s Gwendolyn Brooks Centennial Poetry Prize. She has held scholarships and fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and the Kenyon Review Writers’ Workshop. She teaches creative writing at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville.