From the time Tanya was old enough to decipher words, her Yiddisher mama told her stories, showing her what it meant to bear witness to personal narratives.
Growing up during the Thatcher era on a council housing estate, where poverty was rife, Tanya was not considered college material, and left school with no qualifications.
It wasn’t until she had children of her own that she returned to education and got her teaching degree. She has since worked as a college and university lecturer in the U.K., and taught middle school children, teens and elders in the U.S.A.
Her first foray into writing came when she won a competition in 1999 for a short television drama. The film “Kissing Buba” was based upon a visit to her Russian immigrant grandmother. It was commissioned by Anglia TV and the BBC, and aired on regional television and in various film festivals.
In 2010, she went back to school, gaining her MFA in Creative Non Fiction at the University of California, Riverside. Upon graduating she completed an internship in mental health psychosocial rehabilitation, working at Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services in Los Angeles, using memoir as a tool to aid self-expression and recovery.
Her work has appeared in Fiddleback, Connotation Press, Lumina: the Sarah Lawrence College Literary Journal, ManifestStation, Pentimento, WordGathering, Role/Reboot, Verdad Magazine, KCET Departures, and KCRW UnFictional. She is a recipient of the Marcia McQuern Award and a 2012 Squaw Valley alumni.
She currently lives in Los Angeles with her wife, two sons, and three rescued creatures.
See Tanya’s resume.