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, Writers College, and Online Writing Academy. MA from FSU, MFA from Iowa Writers Workshop and taught at those schools as well as at Memphis State. I also edit manuscripts.

Nearly 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 books from small presses.

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. Book 3, out in 2018, is Gothic/Romantic Suspense.

Floating on Secrets, also out in 2018, is New Adult/Romantic Suspense.

I enjoy dancing, 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 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