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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  • 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 Yoga of Dylan

    I must admit, I’m not a die-hard Bob Dylan fan. But since the announcement of his Nobel Prize win, I’ve become a quick study.

  • Swimming Into the Present Moment

    While floating on my back, I realize that the shell that holds my thoughts, worries, aches, grudges, plans, is just that—a human container buzzing with static.

  • What’s Not To ‘Like’: Jealousy, Desire, and Social Media

    I'm more likely to sign into Facebook when I want to be distracted from myself, which inevitably pulls me in an uncomfortable direction.

  • Confessions of a Fanilow

    Confessions of a Fanilow.

  • The Art of Haiku: Clear Eyes, Clear Mind

    I tried to describe the frigid lake, the singed pine needles, the sticky texture of my fingertips, and I fell into a self-directed calm that was new for me.

  • 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.

  • Animal Instincts: Communing with Our Spirit Guides

    It’s springtime in Madison Square Park. A squirrel joins me, and I’m tempted to see it as a sign, a guide. I know how to survive in this city.

  • 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,...

  • Moonstruck

    We link the moon to everything from insomnia to werewolves, but we also see it as a beneficent source, both a balm and a guide.

  • 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.

  • Blowing in the Wind: The Sacred Symbolism of Prayer Flags

    Laundry waving on the line has had a calming effect on me since childhood. While placing a prayer flag between two posts on my deck, I began to make the connection.

  • 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...

  • Walking in Circles: The Lore of the Labyrinth

    I like to know what lies ahead, so it seems counterintuitive that I would enjoy labyrinths, which are so often depicted as bewildering, malevolent places.

  • 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...

  • Living with Traveler’s Mindset

    On the road, we can be more courageous, spontaneous, contemplative, or resilient. Freed from expectation, we can be more of who we actually are.

  • 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,...