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.
Here is a small collection of her published work.
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.
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Cum Laude; Creative Writing & Political Science with College honors.
Studied publishing at the Denver Publishing Institute.
Aided in the editorial process and acquisitions of nonfiction materials.
Taught ELA as well as speech and debate.
Teaching college composition & research.
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