Tara Ison

Ross-Blakley Hall 216
PO Box 871401
TEMPE
Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
1401

Biography

Tara Ison is the author of three novels: "The List" (Scribner), "A Child out of Alcatraz" (Faber & Faber), a Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and "Rockaway" (Counterpoint/Soft Skull Press), featured as one of the "Best Books of Summer" in O, The Oprah Magazine, July 2013. "Ball," a short story collection, was published in 2015, and her collection of essays, "Reeling Through Life: How I Learned to Live, Love, and Die at the Movies," was the 2015 PEN Southwest Book Award winner for Creative Nonfiction. 

Her short fiction, essays, poetry and book reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in Tin House, Salon, Electric Literature, The Kenyon Review, The Rumpus, Nerve.com, Black Clock, TriQuarterly, The Mississippi Review, The Santa Monica Review, Publishers Weekly, The Week, LA Weekly, O, the Oprah Magazine, the Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine and Book Review, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Chicago Tribune, the San Jose Mercury News, and numerous anthologies. She is also the co-writer of the cult film "Don’t Tell Mom The Babysitter’s Dead."

She is the recipient of a 2008 NEA Creative Writing Fellowship and a 2008 COLA Individual Artist Grant, as well as multiple Yaddo fellowships, a Rotary Foundation Scholarship for International Study, a Brandeis National Women's Committee Award, a Thurber House Fiction Writer-in-Residence Fellowship, the Simon Blattner Fellowship from Northwestern University, and a California Arts Council Artists' Fellowship Award.

Ison received her MFA in fiction and literature from Bennington College. She has taught fiction and screenwriting at Washington University in St. Louis, Northwestern University, Ohio State University, Goddard College, Antioch University, Umiversity of California, Riverside’s MFA Program in Creative Writing, and Bennington College. She is currently professor of fiction in Arizona State University’s creative writing program.

Education

M.F.A. Fiction and Literature, Bennington College

Publications

  • Tara Ison. The Biggest Cross in the Western Hemisphere. Black Clock #14 (0).

Courses

Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
ENG 498 Pro-Seminar
ENG 580 Practicum
ENG 598 Special Topics
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
ENG 288 Beginning Workshop Fiction
ENG 593 Applied Project
ENG 594 Conference and Workshop
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
ENG 288 Beginning Workshop Fiction
ENG 580 Practicum
ENG 593 Applied Project
ENG 594 Conference and Workshop
Spring 2016
Course Number Course Title
ENG 288 Beginning Workshop Fiction
ENG 563 Forms of Fiction
ENG 580 Practicum
ENG 584 Internship
ENG 593 Applied Project
Fall 2015
Course Number Course Title
ENG 288 Beginning Workshop Fiction
ENG 580 Practicum
ENG 593 Applied Project
ENG 598 Special Topics
Spring 2015
Course Number Course Title
ENG 288 Beginning Workshop Fiction
ENG 580 Practicum
ENG 593 Applied Project
Fall 2014
Course Number Course Title
ENG 580 Practicum
ENG 584 Internship
ENG 594 Conference and Workshop
Spring 2014
Course Number Course Title
ENG 498 Pro-Seminar
ENG 580 Practicum
ENG 584 Internship
Fall 2013
Course Number Course Title
ENG 288 Beginning Workshop Fiction
ENG 580 Practicum
ENG 584 Internship
ENG 593 Applied Project
ENG 598 Special Topics

Presentations

  • Tara Ison. Literary Lingo. Antioch UNiversity Los Angeles MFA Residency (Dec 2011).
  • Tara Ison. Maps For Storytellers. University of California Riverside, Palm Desert. MFA in Creative Writing Program (Jun 2011).
  • Tara Ison. Maps for Storytellers. Desert Nights, Rising Stars: The ASU Writers Conference (Feb 2011).

Service

  • Antioch University Los Angeles MFA in Creative Writing Program, Reading (2011 - Present)
  • Creative Writing Portfolio Review Committee, Reader (2011 - 2011)
  • Homecoming Committee, Committee member (2011 - 2011)
  • MFA Comprehensive exams, Reader (2011 - 2011)
  • Randall and Susan McCraw Helms Homecoming Writing contest, Fiction Judge (2011 - 2011)
  • Jules Anatole Scholarship in Creative Writing Contest, Judge (2011 - 2011)
  • MFA Applications, reader (2011 - 2011)
  • Project Humanities Writing Contest on Place, Judge (2011 - 2011)