Core Resident: Tara Betts


Tara Betts is the author of three poetry collections-Break the Habit, Arc & Hue, and the forthcoming Refuse to Disappear. She co-edited The Beiging of America: Personal Essays About Being Mixed Race in the 21st Century and edited a new critical edition of Adventures in Black and White, the long out-of-print memoir by Harlem-born, interracial child prodigy Philippa Duke Schuyler. She holds an MFA from New England College and a Ph.D. in English from Binghamton University. Her work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Poetry, Essence, NYLON, Lit Hub. Dr. Betts currently works with students at ChiArts High School, Chicago State University, and participants in the Prison + Neighborhood Arts Project at Stateville Prison.

As CAD’s Core Critical Writing Resident, Betts will further extend her cross-genre and intersectional reach to various audiences through women’s issues, African American history and culture. Additionally, Betts will write critically about the projects and exhibitions happening at CAD, contemporary art throughout Chicago and much more.

Interested in visiting Tara during her Office Hours on Wednesday from 10am11am? Email to make an appt.