Tantra Bensko

Author, Instructor, and Editor in Berkeley, California

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I teach fiction writing online through UCLA Extension Writing Program, Writers.com, and my Online Writing Academy (OWA.) MA from FSU, MFA from Iowa Writers Workshop: I taught at those schools as well as at Memphis State. I also edit manuscripts through OWA and Book Butchers.

Over 100 poems plus over 200 stories in magazines and anthologies, like Strange Little Girls, Holdfast, Zymbol, Unlikely Stories, Colorado Quarterly. Slipstream novella from ELJ Publications, and other Literary novellas, chapbooks, and collections from Small Presses. Many awards.

The Agents of the Nevermind Psychological Suspense series is about the heroism of exposing social engineering. Book 1, Glossolalia, won a gold medal from Readers' Favorite. Encore, Gothic/Romantic Suspense, won bronze medal from eLit Book Awards. It was listed by BestThrillers.com as one of the dozen best Thrillers of the year.

Floating on Secrets, New Adult/Romantic Suspense, won silver medal from eLit. It's about neo-psych rock musicians. It's prequel is due out early 2021 if the internet world is still intact.

I enjoy dancing, camping, tennis, organic life-style, and playful humor.

I've lived an adventuresome life, like co-habitating with bears and sea-lions on the Oregon coast and rockin' a cave in the mountains of Colorado, but now am relatively tamed, living in the Bay area for years near my beloved son.

  • Work
    • Writing Instructor and Editor
  • Education
    • MA from FSU in English, MFA from University of Iowa Writers Workshop