Dara T. Mathis

freelance writer

Dara T. Mathis is a freelance writer who covers 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 a good story. She lives in Maryland with a scientist and three small humans.

Dara is a former staff writer at Romper.com, where she wrote about pregnancy, lifestyle interests, and must-have vibrators for moms. Her bylines have also appeared online at The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Week, Zora Magazine, Tenderly, Bitch Media, Playboy, and other outlets. You can find her writing in print in Bitch Magazine and Caribbean Without Borders: Literature, Language and Culture.

Once upon a time, 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.

When Dara is not chasing her three kids, she enjoys catching up on her never-ending book wish list, being a new #plantmom, traveling, and playing MarioKart with her family. You can follow Dara on Twitter at @trulytafakari and get to know more about her love for plantains.