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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 was finalist for the Idaho Prize for Poetry, and was published by Lost Horse Press in March 2017. Her second book, Garbage Heart, was a semifinalist for both the Elixir Press 17th Annual Poetry Awards and the 2016 Wilder Series Poetry Book Prize. Kendra's poems have appeared or are forthcoming in 5AM, Rattle, Pearl, Pebble Lake Review, Licking River Review, Stickman ReviewBarely South Review, The Coachella Review, Juked, El Portal and Moon City Review, among others. Kendra attended the June 2016 Squaw Valley Community of Writers Poetry Workshop. 



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


A Filament Burns in

Blue Degrees 




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, 2476 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley with Jan Beatty [Poetry Flash]

April 22, 2017 @ 1pm, Book Passage, Sausalito 



Places to vist


lost horse press

Established in 1998, Lost Horse Press—a nonprofit independent press—publishes poetry titles of high literary merit, and makes available other fine contemporary literature through cultural, educational and publishing programs and activities. The Lost Horse New Poets, Short Books Series, edited by Marvin Bell, is dedicated to works—often ignored by conglomerate publishers—which are so much in danger of vanishing into obscurity in what has become the age of chain stores and mass appeal food, movies, art and books.


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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