Tani Arness currently resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She grew up in rural Poulsbo, Washington, surrounded by water and cedar trees, before moving to the desert. The beauty of nature has always been a refuge for her and plays an important part in her creative work. For more than a decade, Tani travelled in over thirty countries, finding inspiration in the people and places she discovered. In her writing, Tani often finds herself exploring themes of place, and more recently, delving into themes of spirituality, femininity and beauty.
Tani loves learning and has been a teacher for many years. She taught in schools in rural Shamva, Zimbabwe and Wales, Alaska before settling in New Mexico. Since completing her master’s in creative writing at the University of New Mexico, Tani continues to study, teach, and write. Tani currently teaches poetry at a charter high school created for “at-risk” students. She is also the Principal.
Tani’s prose and poetry can be found in numerous literary magazines including North American Review, Red Rock Review, Green Mountains Review, Adobe Walls, Malpais, and Crab Orchard Review. She is currently looking for a publisher for her full-length manuscript of poems tentatively titled, A Woman's Bible.