Tammy Darrah Wenberg
Tammy Darrah Wenberg was born in Bethesda, Maryland. She grew up in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains—Wheeling, West Virginia and German Ridge, Ohio—finally settling in Waupaca, Wisconsin. She holds an MFA from Hamline University in Saint Paul, Minnesota where she also pursued post-graduate study in education. She’s retired from teaching advanced academic writing in the Communication, Writing and Arts department and from her position as a Faculty Consultant in the Center for Academic Excellence at Metropolitan State University.
She has served on the editorial board and as the Assistant Poetry Editor for Water~Stone Review. She was a 2015-2016 finalist for the distinguished Loft Mentor Series in Poetry with the manuscript, Kissing You Wide, exploring the vast terrain and specificity of the ways we love what we love—people and landscapes. (*title from “Trains” by Porcupine Tree.) She is also an active arts benefactor in Wisconsin and Minnesota.
Her work has been featured in The Birchbark Books Reading Series, Talking Image Connection, 100,000 Poets for Change, Cracked Walnut, a JoyFace Poetry and Arts Collective event, the Lament for the Dead, an online community poetry project, Art Leadership Program’s artist/poet collaboration, UNFORESEEN, with the renowned University of Minnesota professor and Holocaust artist, Joyce Lyon, Triptych Poetry: A Collaborative Reading, and the Literary Lights reading series at Blue Harbor, among others.
Her latest essay appears in the I’m With Stupid Stories|You Are Always With You blog series. Her current manuscript in progress is Stalked: Reflections on Relentless Pursuit, writing in response to calamity and preservation. Her upcoming collaborative project, Shelter in Place, will incorporate solicited work from various writers and artists.