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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. She is the author of Dark Braid (2020, BkMk Press), which won the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry and was longlisted for the Julie Suk Award. Her writing has appeared in Poetry, the American Poetry Review, AGNI, the Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day series, High Country News, and elsewhere.

Dara received her BFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of New Mexico, and her
MFA in Creative Writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts. She is currently a graduate student at St. John's College, and
will be in residence at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation in fall of 2024.

If you would like to get in touch, email her at

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