About Kendra

Kendra Tanacea holds a BA in English from Wellesley College and an MFA in writing and literature from Bennington College, where she completed her first poetry collection, If You're Lucky Nobody Gets Hurt, a finalist for the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize. Her collection of poetry, A Filament Burns in Blue Degrees, was a semifinalist for the Washington Prize and a finalist for the Idaho Prize for Poetry, and was published by Lost Horse Press in March 2017. Her second book, The Alchemy of Us, was a semifinalist for the 2019 Washington Prize. 

Kendra's poems have appeared or are forthcoming in North American Review, Poet Lore, 5AMRattle, aptLicking River ReviewStickman ReviewBarely South ReviewThe Coachella Review, Juked, El Portal, Flint Hills Review, and Moon City Review, among others. Kendra attended the June 2016 Squaw Valley Community of Writers Poetry Workshop and the 2018 Napa Valley Writer's Conference. In 2017, her poems “Perennial” and “Making Risotto for Dinner When His Ex-Wife Calls” were featured on the The Writer's Almanac.



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Here's the video trailer for my book, A Filament Burns in Blue Degrees. Available from Lost Horse Press or Amazon. 


A Filament Burns in

Blue Degrees 

is available at amazon

or order IT from me!




August 23, 2019 @ 6:30pm, Barnes and Noble, 270 Dairy Rd, Kahului, Maui

September 12, 2019 @ 6:30pm, Santa Rosa Arts Center, Santa Rosa, CA


March 21, 2018 @ 7pm, Why There Are Words, Austin

June 13, 2018 @ 7pmBazaar Cafe, 5925 California Street, with Samantha Zighelboim

June 23, 2018 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm, Readers' Books, Sonoma with Christopher P. DeLorenzo

July 22, 2018 @ 3:00pm to 4:30pm, Expressions Gallery, Berkeley with Christopher P. DeLorenzo and Sharon Smith

August 9, 2018 @ 7pm, Folio Books, San Francisco for Susan Dambroff's book launch


March 1, 2017 @ 7:30pm, The Booksmith on Haight Street, SF, with Peter Kline & Tracey Knapp

March 12, 2017 @ 6pm, Bazaar Cafe, 5925 California Street, with Tracey Knapp & Peter Bullen

March 23, 2017 @ 7pm, Green Apple Books on Clement Street, SF, with Tracey Knapp & Derrick Carr

April 20, 2017 @ 7:30, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley with Jan Beatty [Poetry Flash]

April 22, 2017 @ 1pm, Book Passage, Sausalito with Lenore Weiss & Charles Burack 

May 24, 2017 @ 7:00pm, Mother Foucault's Bookshop, Portland with Tonaya Craft & Greg Berman

May 25, 2017 @ 7:30pm, King's Books, Tacoma, WA with Jeannine Hall Gailey

May 26, 2017 @ 7:00pm, Browsers Bookshop, Olympia, WA 

June 18, 2017 @ 6pmCornelia Street Cafe, NYC with Tim Lui & Leslie McGrath

July 13, 2017 @ 7pm, Why There Are Words, 333 Caledonia Street, Sausalito  

September 12, 2017 @ 6:30 pm, Lahaina Public Library, 680 Wharf Street, Lahaina, Maui



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bennington college, mfa in writing

Steeped in the College's prestigious literary tradition, Bennington's Master of Fine Arts in Writing is consistently named one of the top low-residency programs. Founded in 1994, Bennington's Writing Seminars was one of the first low-residency graduate writing programs in the country. During this two-year, low-residency program, you commit as much to reading as to writing and conceive reading lists that strengthen and broaden your knowledge. You perform critical literary analysis. You craft bold new works of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry inspired by your discoveries. You finish with a polished thesis and a parting lecture. All this with the expert guidance of authors who, throughout your individualized instruction, become familiar with and develop a stake in your work.  



The Poetry Program is founded on the belief that when poets gather in a community to write new poems, each poet may well break through old habits and write something stronger and truer than before. To help this happen we work together to create an atmosphere in which everyone might feel free to try anything. In the mornings we meet in workshops to read to each other the work of the previous twenty-four hours; each participant also has an opportunity to work with each staff poet. In the late afternoons we gather for a conversation about some aspect of craft. On several afternoons staff poets hold brief individual conferences. Poetry Director: Robert Hass

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A Room of one’s own: casa verde

Located in Sonoma, Casa Verde is perfect for a writer’s retreat. Quiet, private and bucolic, it’s a great place for inspiration and relaxation. Email me for details.

Full kitchen, 1 bedroom with queen bed, living room, one car parking, front yard, deck and wifi.

Full kitchen, 1 bedroom with queen bed, living room, one car parking, front yard, deck and wifi.