Lara Tupper

Lara Tupper, MFA, is the author of A Thousand and One Nights, an autobiographical novel about singers at sea. Her prose has appeared in Writing Fire, Six-Word Memoirs on Love and Heartbreak, The Believer, and other literary publications. Lara taught writing at Rutgers University for nine years and now lives in the Berkshires, where she presents weekly writing workshops for Kripalu’s R&R retreats. A jazz singer and enthusiastic yoga practitioner, she balances her writing life with music, deep breathing, and daily postures.

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  • Reflections of a Pack Rat

    By Lara Tupper “The root of suffering is attachment.” —The Buddha I’ve moved 10 times in the past 14 years, from various hotels in Asia to apartments in New...

  • Confessions of a Fanilow

    Confessions of a Fanilow.

  • Tapping My Inner Moxie

    By Lara Tupper “Don’t be too timid or squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better,” said Ralph Waldo...

  • Forging an Edge, or How to Audition for The Voice

    I found myself, in my 40th year, outside the Javits Center in New York City at 6:00 am in February, ready to audition for the TV show The Voice.

  • It’s Written in Stone: Death as Part of Life

    When I feel stuck at my writing table, I walk through the local cemetery.

  • The Practice of Writing

    Lara Tupper, guest blogger I used to teach writing full time at a huge state university. A lot of writers teach; a lot of writers, when not teaching,...

  • Playing With Scissors

    There are so many beautiful ways to enjoy playing and make a mess. In other words, you too can create an imperfect masterpiece—perfectly.

  • The Book I Didn't Want to Read

    Lara Tupper, guest blogger “There’s a book I want you to read,” says my cousin Becky. She’s been saying this for months and I haven’t been listening—it’s...

  • Turning Point Q&A with Lara Tupper

    Lara Tupper, MFA, is the author of A Thousand and One Nights, a novel about singers at sea. Her work has appeared in Six-Word Memoirs on Love and Heartbreak,...