New novel forthcoming (January 2020)
Lara Tupper is the author of Off Island, a fictional re-imagining of Paul Gauguin's messy marriage (forthcoming from Encircle, January 2020) and A Thousand and One Nights (Harcourt and Untreed Reads), an autobiographical novel about singers at sea. With filmmaker Greg Eismin she co-wrote the screenplay adaptation for A Thousand and One Nights. (Christopher Guest, we love you.) Her short fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and was runner-up for the 2019 Nicholas Schaffner Award for Music In Literature. Her work has appeared in Six-Word Memoirs on Love and Heartbreak (Harper Perennial), The Believer, Nowhere Magazine, The Ghost Story, Dogwood Journal, Epiphany, Five Chapters and other literary magazines. A graduate of Wesleyan University (BA English) and the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College (MFA Creative Writing), she taught at Rutgers University for many years and now presents writing workshops and retreats in Massachusetts. A jazz/pop singer, she has crooned in a number of Middle Eastern and Asian cities and now performs with lovely musicians throughout New England. Her first full-length album, This Dance, is a tribute to jazz and pop favorites. Lara remains a proud member of the Authors Guild and the BMIFC (Barry Manilow International Fan Club); she has recently become a Little Free Librarian. Please see MUSIC CALENDAR and WRITING CLASSES for her upcoming gigs, readings, workshops and writing guidance.
New video: If I Needed You (Townes Van Zandt) with the Bobby Sweet Band
New album: This Dance
*A Thousand and One Nights* has been re-released as an e-book and paperback. Thanks, Untreed Reads.
"Both an off-kilter take on the conventional coming-of-age tale and a sly commentary on the underbelly of celebrity culture, this truly original book is basically uncategorizable—blissfully so."--Elle.com
"Funny and insightful and told in prose as resilient as Karla's spirit. Keep an eye on Lara Tupper; she is sure to go far." --Rebecca Oppenheimer, National Book Critics' Circle