Dara T. Mathis is a parenting writer at Romper.com, where she writes about pregnancy, parenthood, and lifestyle interests. She also covers news about maternal health, race and class issues in motherhood, and mental health. As the brains behind the blog Truly Tafakari, she often interrogates the intersection of race and gender in pop culture. But mostly, she loves to tell — and read — a good story. She lives in Maryland with a scientist and three small humans.
Dara’s bylines have also appeared online in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Week, HelloGiggles, Bitch Media, Playboy, SheKnows, and The Root. You can find her writing in print in Bitch Magazine and Caribbean Without Borders: Literature, Language and Culture.
She earned a BA in Creative Writing/ French Literature from the University of South Florida (2005), and an MA in African-American Literature from Florida State University (2007). She is a former college-level composition teacher. Dara has over a decade of experience in copy editing, including work in the housing, mortgage servicing, and nonprofit industries. As a freelancer, she has edited theses and dissertations, nonfiction books, and blogs. References are available upon request.
When Dara is not chasing her three kids around the house, she enjoys catching up on her Netflix queue, reading, practicing yoga, traveling, and hanging out with her family. She is an old school Nintendo lover and you will never beat her at Tetris. You can follow Dara on Twitter at @trulytafakari and get to know more about her love for plantains.