Lara Tupper is the author of three books: Amphibians, a short story collection (Leapfrog Global Fiction Award winner; Leapfrog Press, 2021), Off Island, a fictional re-imagining of Paul Gauguin's travels (finalist, Housatonic Book Award; Encircle, 2020) and A Thousand and One Nights (Harcourt and Untreed Reads, 2015), an autobiographical novel about singers at sea. With filmmaker Greg Eismin she co-wrote the screenplay adaptation for A Thousand and One Nights. Her recent fiction was a finalist for the 2022 Nicholas Schaffner Award for Music In Literature, the 2022 UNO Press Publishing Lab and the 2021 Orison Books Fiction Prize. A graduate of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, she taught at Rutgers University for many years and now presents writing workshops via Swift Ink Stories, a platform for creative expression. She is also a jazz/folk singer who has traveled the world; her latest album is This Dance.
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 is a member of the Authors Guild, Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance, LFL (Little Free Librarians) and the BMIFC (Barry Manilow International Fan Club). 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 by the sea. She is married to singer-songwriter Bobby Sweet and is mother to seven hens.
Martha Boschen Porter Fund Award, 2022
Massachusetts Cultural Council Grants (Swift ink Stories), 2022
Nicholas Schaffner Award for Music In Literature (finalist), 2022
Black Lawrence Press, Big Moose Prize (longlist), 2022
UNO Press Prize (finalist), 2022 and 2021
Housatonic Book Award (finalist), 2021
Orision Books Fiction Prize (finalist), 2021
Elixir Press Fiction Award (semi-finalist), 2021
Massachusetts Cultural Council, Individual Artist Relief Grant, 2021
Leapfrog Global Fiction Award (winner), 2019
Nicholas Schaffner Award for Music In Literature (runner up), 2019
Fiction Prize, Dogwood Journal (finalist), 2019
Supernatural Fiction Award, The Ghost Story (honorable mention), 2019
Crazyshorts! Short-Short Fiction Award (finalist), Crazyhorse Literary Journal, 2019
Rick DeMarinis Short Story Contest (finalist), Cutthroat, a Journal of the Arts, 2019
Spring Award, Nowhere Magazine (honorable mention), 2017
Fiction Award, Zone 3 (honorable mention), 2006
"Lara Tupper is another of our region's multi-talented individuals who is successfully living her passions."
"Meet Lara Tupper of Western Massachusetts."