Lara Tupper is the author of Off Island, a fictional re-imagining of Paul Gauguin's strange marriage (forthcoming from Encircle, winter 2020), Amphibians, a short story collection (Leapfrog Fiction Contest winner; forthcoming from Leapfrog Press in 2021) 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. 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, Zone 3 and other literary magazines. A graduate of Wesleyan University 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 throughout New England. Her first full-length album, This Dance, is a tribute to jazz and pop favorites.
Lara, from Maine, is a strong swimmer. Her parents loved Doctor Zhivago. As an only child, she spent many hours listening to A Chorus Line on vinyl. (She still likes to do this.) She has worked as a clambake waitress, a cruise ship entertainer, an academic, a yogi, a back-up singer, an editor and a music booker. She remains a proud member of the BMIFC (Barry Manilow International Fan Club) and has recently become a Little Free Librarian. She has had the good fortune to live in New York City, London, Abu Dhabi, Shanghai, Dubai, Otaru, Hua Hin, the Berkshires and Boothbay. She feels most at home near the sea.