Dara T. Mathis is a freelance writer and editor, the brains behind the blog Truly Tafakari, and an admirer of people who make great homemade soups. (No, really, if you have a recipe, spill it!) She lives in Georgia with a scientist and a comedian toddler.
Her essays often interrogate the intersection of race and gender, politics of respectability for women, concepts of femininity, and motherhood. Her writing has appeared online in xoJane, Clutch Magazine, The Root, For Harriet, Improving Birth, and The Feminist Wire, and in print via 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. Since 2007, she has written and edited professionally in The Apartment Guide, the mortgage servicing industry, and for Southern Fried Poetry Slam, Inc. Through freelance work, she has edited theses and dissertations, nonfiction books, and blogs. References are available upon request.