Anara Guard (Author)
DescriptionStaying safe in an emergency means knowing what to do. Help ease kids fears about facing potentially dangerous situations by giving them clear steps to stay safe. Role playing scenarios, an end of the book quiz, and charming art help inspire confidence, not fear.
Picture Window Books
July 01, 2011
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About the Author
Anara Guard grew up in Chicago where her first job was tending the corner newsstand for a penny a minute while Carl the Newspaper Man ate his lunch at Steinways. She later worked in a thrift shop, pharmacy, check clearinghouse, food co-op, community radio station, small town library, and as a maid at a resort on the shores of Lake Michigan. Remedies for Hunger is her second collection of stories. Anara studied writing at the Urban Gateways Young Writers Workshop of Chicago with Kathleen Agena, the Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts with Norman Corwin, Columbia College Story Workshop, St. Joseph's College with Stu Dybek, and the Bread Loaf Writers Conference with Robert Cohen and Alix Ohlin. She graduated from Kenyon College where she received the John Crowe Ransom Poetry Prize, and Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science in Boston. In 2010, Back Pages Publishing issued her first collection of short stories, The Sound of One Body. Her poetry has been published in Convergence and Late Peaches, an anthology of Sacramento poets. She has also published four picture books on safety topics for young children published in 2011 by Capstone Press, Mankato, Minnesota. Anara has presented readings and workshops at bookstores in California and Arizona, and at events including the California Association of Teachers of English conference and the SummerWords Creative Writing Festival at American River College. In 2015, one of her stories was selected for presentation at Stories on Stage, Sacramento. A forthcoming issue of "Under the Gum Tree" will contain her creative nonfiction essay, "Ripening."