Remedies for Hunger
Named by the Chicago Book Review as one of their “Best Books of 2015”, these twelve short stories focus on moments in life when something turns, a choice is made, a promise is kept or broken. With vivid and precise details, Anara’s quiet tales introduce you to characters whose inner lives are both troubled and eloquent. You smell the permeating odors in a rundown Chicago apartment building, touch the texture of a bear’s thick fur, feel your feet scraping against the coils of a hairy rope ladder in the bathtub. This collection of observant tales provides a remedy to readers who are hungry for stories that resonate long after the last page is turned. 2014. Available as an e-Book from books2read.com/u/bOr5M0 or http://a.co/1zni9mU and in print from booksellers, Ingram, and from New Wind Publishing.
“These short stories are snapshots of urban life, intertwined with scenes from the country or the odd suburb…stories about children, con men, hippies, sweet fathers, and negligent mothers. Anara Guard picks out the secret jewels of the hardscrabble life where the domestic scene reveals the larger landscape. Her subject is the mystery of childhood, the certainty of death and the shining light somewhere in between with all its startling beauty.” – Chicago Book Review
The Sound of One Body
A small, hand-crafted collection of four short stories, issued by Back Pages Publishing, Waltham, Massachusetts. 2010.
“These fine stories offer brief, knowing glimpses into lives in transition. Anara Guard is a writer to be read again and again.” – Bret Anthony Johnston
“These strong, haunting stories are like small wounds, nothing fatal, but nevertheless permanent; not scars but bruises won in battle, each one a glancing blow that leaves a distinct mark, and a memory of the pain we can inflict or endure when we’re not even looking.” – Robert Goolrick
Danger Zone series
Four picture books for readers K-2: What If There’s a Fire? What If You Get Lost? What if You Need to Call 911? What If a Stranger Approaches You? 2012. Capstone Publishing
My most recent short story to be published was “Stagestruck” in the May 2017 issue of The Ear. You may download a copy from the Writing Selections page.
“Zhee Zhou” was featured by Sacramento Stories on Stage in 2014, and Convergence published “The Way Out”.
A number of my poems can be read at this page on Verse Wrights
My poetry has also been published in The Wild Word, Hika, Convergence, and Late Peaches, an anthology of Sacramento poets.