Tara Ison is the author of two novels: THE LIST, and A CHILD OUT OF ALCATRAZ, a Finalist for The Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the forthcoming short story collection BALL. Her short fiction, essays, poetry and book reviews have appeared numerous journals, magazines, newspapers and anthologies. She is also the co-writer of the cult film Don't Tell Mom The Babysitter's Dead.
Ison is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including an NEA Creative Writing Fellowship, a COLA Individual Artist Grant, multiple Yaddo fellowships, a Rotary Foundation Scholarship for International Study, a Brandeis National Women's Committee Award, a Thurber House Fiction Writer-in-Residence Fellowship, the Simon Blattner Fellowship from Northwestern University, and a California Arts Council Artists' Fellowship Award.
Ison received her MFA in Fiction & Literature from Bennington College. She has taught Fiction and Screenwriting at Washington University in St. Louis, Northwestern University, Ohio State University, Goddard College, Antioch University, UC Riverside's MFA Program in Creative Writing, and Bennington College. She is currently Assistant Professor of Fiction in Arizona State University's creative writing program.
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A Child Out Of Alcatraz
by Tara Ison
Approx. 77,930 words.
Published on April 21, 2012 by
“Searingly original, brutal, unique. Tara Ison is unquestionably an important new voice in American fiction.” —Carolyn See, author of The Handyman
“A fascinating and wonderfully evocative first novel about life on Alcatraz – seen through the eyes of a little girl growing up on the Rock in the 1950s. A compelling story, richly evoking a time and place.” —Kirkus Reviews
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