Tania Runyan


Tania Runyan is a poet and educator. Her poetry collections include What Will Soon Take Place, Second Sky, A Thousand Vessels, Simple Weight, and Delicious Air, which was awarded Book of the Year by the Conference on Christianity and Literature in 2007. Her poems have appeared in many publications, including Poetry, Image, Books & Culture, Harvard Divinity Bulletin, the Christian Century, Atlanta Review, Indiana Review, and the anthology In a Fine Frenzy: Poets Respond to Shakespeare. She is an editor for Every Day Poems and the poetry editor for Relief Journal. Runyan was awarded an NEA Literature Fellowship in 2011.

Her guides How to Read a Poem, How to Write a Poem, and How to Write a College Application Essay are used in classrooms across the country. She grew up in Southern California, where she studied creative writing at the University of California, Riverside. Runyan went on to receive an MFA from Bowling Green State University and an MA in Secondary Education from Roosevelt University. After working in educational publishing and teaching high school English, she began her own tutoring business and now works with students on reading, writing, and college admissions testing and applications.

Tania Runyan’s Simple Weight | review | Ruminate
Showcasing the Writers in Vol. 6.1 | interview | Silk Road Review
Onesimus | poem | Image
How to Read a Poem | review | Relief Journal

Festival Years: 2018, 2016, 2014, 2012