Anara Guard grew up in Chicago where she studied writing at the Urban Gateways Young Writers Workshop with Kathleen Agena and Sterling Plumpp, Columbia College Story Workshop, and St. Joseph’s College with Stu Dybek. She received the John Crowe Ransom Poetry Prize and the Doris Crozier Award while at Kenyon College. At the Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts, she studied with Norman Corwin, and she attended the fiction workshop at Bread Loaf Writers Conference with Robert Cohen and Alix Ohlin. She currently lives in northern California with her husband David Hutchinson and is working on a novel.