Tammy Winand is a writer, photographer and artist who currently resides in Chicago, IL. Born and raised in south central Pennsylvania, she has lived in 7 US states and 4 countries, from the Grand Canyon of Arizona to the Himalayan foothills of north India. Her fiction, mixed genre (fictionalized memoir), memoir, and poetry draws upon these travels for setting and mood.
Among many notable events in her life, Tammy recounts attending teachings by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in his exile home of McleodGanj, HP, India as the most uplifting and life changing.
A bit of an adrenaline junkie, she toured with rock bands in the late 1980s and followed a NASCAR team for several weeks in the 1990s.
Everyday Exile addresses a range of issues which drive Tibetans to leave their homeland and the difficulties they face upon resettling in exile communities in India and Nepal. The book is aimed at those with little or no knowledge of the Tibetan situation. The region's unique culture is introduced, along with descriptions of the settlements and interviews with Tibetans from many walks of life.