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About Me

Hello! I'm Rana Tahir.

  • Poet
  • Painter
  • Teacher

Rana was born in Pakistan and raised in Kuwait. To pursue her love of writing, she "forged her father's signature" and immigrated to the United States at the age of 16 on her own. Leaving the desert, she found herself in the snowy woods of northern Michigan writing fiction, plays, and poetry at Interlochen Arts Academy. Afterwards, she attended Knox College earning a Richter Grant to fund her project writing 100 poems with 30 paintings based on in-depth research and interviews from witnesses to the 1990 Gulf War. She graduated Cum Laude with College Honors in 2013 and immediately started her MFA.

My Published Work

Here is a small collection of my previously published work.

Countee Cullen

This textbook focuses on the life and work of the poet Countee Cullen and is part of an ongoing series by Cavendish Square Publishing.

Catch Literary Magazine

Various poems and an essay have been published between 2010-2012, including "To Yesenin", "Prayers Under Blankets", and "Letters to Jim Harrison".

The Knox Student

2009-2013, "World Politics Corner" was a weekly column in focusing on topics in world news prioritizing non-American viewpoints and exposure.

Fresh! Literary Magazine

The short story "My Church" follows a mother watching her daughter gain independence. It won second place in the 2008 Short Story Competition.

Live Poets Society of New Jersey

The poem "Jim Harrison (3)" won second place in the 2009 American High School Poetry Competition.

Interlochen Review

The Interlochen Review was established by Jack Driscoll in 1976 as a print journal, but since 2012 has been published exclusively online.

My Artwork

My work is mostly abstract; I have a fascination with symbolism and color as well as how line can create and violate forms. What I love about painting, as a novice, is that it allows me to experiment without expectation. While, I primarily work in oil paint, I do use watercolor and digital painting as well. My painting collections are paired with poetry collections. Actual sizes are not represented.

These three paintings are part of a series based on interviews of people who lived through the 1990 Iraqi invasion of Kuwait and the subsequent Gulf War of 1991. The interviews were turned into a series of poems titled Bukhoor. This series was completed as an Honors Thesis through Knox College.

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Education & Experience

I am interested in teaching at the collegiate level, lectures, or workshops.

2009 - 2013

Bachelor of Arts, Knox College

Cum Laude; Creative Writing & Political Science with College honors.


Certificate, University of Denver

Studied publishing at the Denver Publishing Institute.

2013 - 2015

MFA in Writing, Pacific University

Studied poetry.

2012 - 2013

Catch Literary Magazine

After being selected for publication several times, I was invited to join as a poetry editor for the magazine.

2013 - 2014

Smithsonian Books

Aided in the editorial process and acquisitions of nonfiction materials.

2016 - Pres

Secondary Teacher

Teaching ELA as well as speech and debate.

Get In Touch

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