Anara Guard is a writer of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Her mother named her after a princess in a modern day fairy tale that was published in a popular magazine. Perhaps that destined her to grow long hair and to write! Many of her jobs have involved books (a small town librarian, a freelance fact checker for Houghton Mifflin) and literature of sorts (selling tabloids at the corner news stand).
Anara grew up in Chicago where she studied writing at the Urban Gateways Young Writers Workshop with Kathleen Agena and Sterling Plumpp, at the Columbia College Story Workshop, and at St. Joseph’s College with Stu Dybek. While attending Kenyon College, she received the John Crowe Ransom Poetry Prize and the Doris Crozier Award. At the Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts, she studied with Norman Corwin; at the fiction workshop at Bread Loaf Writers Conference with Robert Cohen and Alix Ohlin. Most recently, she attended the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley. Anara currently lives in northern California with her husband David Hutchinson and is working on a novel.