Tara McGuire is a writer, voice-over actor, and former broadcaster. She is a graduate of The Writer’s Studio at Simon Fraser University and holds an MFA from The School of Creative Writing at The University of British Columbia. She also holds an Honours Diploma in Radio Journalism from the British Columbia Institute of Technology.
Tara’s first volume-length work: Holden After and Before – Love Letter for a Son Lost to Overdose, is a hybrid work in memoir and fiction exploring grief and the overdose crisis in the aftermath of the death of her son, Holden. It was published by Arsenal Pulp Press in September 2022 in Canada and October 2022 in the US.
Tara’s personal essay I Can Feel Him Breathing was short-listed for Room Magazine’s 2020 Creative Nonfiction contest. Her essay Hook an Anger” was shortlisted for the 2018 Writer’s Union of Canada Short Prose Competition for Emerging Writers and her essay “Short Term” was shortlisted in 2020. Her work has been shortlisted for TNQ Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest. The anthology, Always With Me: Parents Talk About the Death of a Child includes Tara’s prose essays “Mourning Sickness” and “Hole Family” and her poems, “Go Away” and “On Sunday.” Her short stories have been broadcast on The Sunday Edition and The Vinyl Cafe on CBC Radio and published or forthcoming in: The Globe and Mail, Geist, The Tyee, Impact Magazine, Australian Yoga Life, The Vancouver Province, and West Coast Families.
Tara is represented by Marilyn Biderman at Transatlantic Agency.