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Dara Yen Elerath

Dara Yen Elerath is a mixed-race, Chinese-American writer, born in California and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. After receiving her MFA in Creative Writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts she published her debut collection, Dark Braid (BkMk Press, 2020), which won the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry. A multi-time Pushcart Prize nominee, she is the recipient of both the Bath Flash Fiction Award and the New Flash Fiction Review Award. Her work can be found in journals and venues such as the Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day series, POETRY Magazine, the American Poetry Review, AGNI and High Country News, among others.

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