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About Rana Tahir

  • Poet
  • Painter
  • Teacher

Rana Tahir is a Kundiman Fellow, a reader for Rose Red Review, and a teaching associate in the Department of English at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon where she earned her MFA. She was born in Pakistan and raised on the beaches of Kuwait. Tahir’s poetry and prose has been published in various literary publications and magazines such as Catch, The Interlochen Review, and Fresh! Literary Magazine. Her first book of nonfiction, a biography of the poet Countée Cullen, was published in 2016 with Cavendish Square Press. A Choose Your Own Adventure book is forthcomming in 2020. She is excited to return to Portland, Oregon with her husband and hopes to be joined by a cat soon. When not at her desk preparing lesson plans, writing, or researching, she can be found jumping into lakes and rivers during long hikes, even though she always forgets a bathing suit and must sit in the car in her cold, wet clothes on the ride home. She is a Cancer sun and moon, so she never regrets being in water.

Previously Published Work

Here is a small collection of her published work.

Countee Cullen

This textbook focuses on the life and work of the poet Countee Cullen and is part of an ongoing series by Cavendish Square Publishing.

Catch Literary Magazine

Various poems and an essay have been published between 2010-2012, including "To Yesenin", "Prayers Under Blankets", and "Letters to Jim Harrison".

The Knox Student

2009-2013, "World Politics Corner" was a weekly column in focusing on topics in world news prioritizing non-American viewpoints and exposure.

Fresh! Literary Magazine

The short story "My Church" follows a mother watching her daughter gain independence. It won second place in the 2008 Short Story Competition.

Live Poets Society of New Jersey

The poem "Jim Harrison (3)" won second place in the 2009 American High School Poetry Competition.

Interlochen Review

The Interlochen Review was established by Jack Driscoll in 1976 as a print journal, but since 2012 has been published exclusively online.

See Artwork

Rana works primarily in oil paint, and occasionally in watercolor and digital painting as well. Her painting collections are paired with poetry collections. Actual sizes are not represented.

These three paintings are part of a series based on interviews of people who lived through the 1990 Iraqi invasion of Kuwait and the subsequent Gulf War of 1991. The interviews were turned into a series of poems titled Bukhoor. This series was completed as an Honors Thesis through Knox College.

Buy Books



Choose Your Own Adventure Spies: Noor Inayat Khan!

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Also available on Amazon.

Buy Artists of the Harlem Renaissance: Countée Cullen

on Indiebound or Amazon.

Education & Experience

For professional opportunities & bookings, please email.

2009 - 2013

Bachelor of Arts, Knox College

Cum Laude; Creative Writing & Political Science with College honors.


Certificate, University of Denver

Studied publishing at the Denver Publishing Institute.

2013 - 2015

MFA in Writing, Pacific University

Studied poetry.

2013 - 2014

Smithsonian Books

Aided in the editorial process and acquisitions of nonfiction materials.

2016 - 2019

Secondary Teacher

Taught ELA as well as speech and debate.

2019 - Pres

Teaching Associate

Teaching college composition & research.

Get In Touch

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