Anara Guard 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. She received the John Crowe Ransom Poetry Prize from Kenyon College. At the Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts, she studied with Norman Corwin; in the fiction workshop at Bread Loaf Writers Conference with Robert Cohen and Alix Ohlin. She has also attended the fiction workshop at Community of Writers at Squaw Valley.

Her short story collection, Remedies for Hunger, was named by Chicago Book Review as a Best Book of 2015. Her work has been published in Gold Man Review, California Quarterly, Twenty Twenty: 43 Stories From a Year Like No Other, and elsewhere. Her first novel, Like A Complete Unknown, will be published in March 2022.

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