Dara Yen Elerath was raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her debut poetry collection, Dark Braid (BkMk Press, 2020), won the 2019 John Ciardi Prize for Poetry, selected by Doug Ramspeck. She is a graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts MFA in Creative Writing program. She has also received degrees in visual art from the University of New Mexico and the Southwest University of Visual Arts. She is the recipient of the Bath Flash Fiction Award, the New Flash Fiction Review Award, and is a Best of the Net, Best Small Fictions and Pushcart Prize nominee. Her poetry has appeared in journals such as the American Poetry Review, AGNI, Poet Lore, Boulevard and Plume, among others.
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