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 R&R. 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.

  • Clearing the Clutter for the New Year

    Kripalu presenter Lara Tupper, a self-confessed pack rat, explores what's worth keeping and what needs to go.

  • 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...

  • The Powerful Practice of Gratitude Journaling

    A dear friend gave me a notebook labeled Gratitude Journal. I ignored it for weeks. It was a gorgeous handmade book, threaded with red and gold, and I was scared to mar it with smudges and mistakes.

  • 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.

  • Stories from Shadowbrook’s Past: Tracing the Imprints that Remain

    Writer and Kripalu presenter Lara Tupper walks the Kripalu grounds and contemplates the rich stories of this land.

  • 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,...

  • How Time Changes When You Travel

    I went to Ireland for the music, the green cliffs, the soda bread, the ruins. During those 10 days, time seemed to both slow down and speed up.

  • 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.

  • The Yoga of Mr. Rogers

    Fred Rogers hoped that the legacy of the Neighborhood would be the understanding that we don’t have to hide our feelings, and that that we can share them without hurting others or ourselves.

  • 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...

  • The Kinship of Singing

    It’s the time of year for caroling, a practice beloved by some and resisted by others. I sing with a local chorus, and we’re currently rehearsing our holiday repertoire for visits to assisted-living facilities, an annual endeavor that reassures and challenges me.

  • 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...

  • Chasing the Total Eclipse: Myth and Meaning in the Shadow of the Moon

    The sight will be spectacular, but I’m interested in what the solar eclipse will feel like. During totality, experienced viewers say, the temperature drops, birds stop chirping, pets (and humans) grow fidgety.

  • What We Can Glean from Tonight’s Harvest Moon

    While we’ll have to wait a few years for the next celestial show as spectacular as this summer’s solar eclipse (at least for those in the path of totality), tonight’s Harvest Moon offers another good reason to stare up at the sky for a while.

  • 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,...