Anara Guard

July 2013: A selection of my memoir, "Green and Black" was chosen for a TrueStory reading in Sacramento.

December 2012: My short story, "Zhee Zhou," is a finalist in the Rick DeMarinis Short Fiction contest, offered by Cutthroat magazine, a Journal of the Arts. Charles Baxter judged.

October 2012: Three readings to promote the new book Late Peaches: Poems by Sacramento Poets. The book features 117 local poets and contains one of my love poems. Proceeds benefit the Sacramento Poetry Center. See the Events page for details.

Fall 2012: A poem published in the winter issue of Convergence: an online journal of poetry and art.

August 2012: A short story "The Way Out" published in the Fall issue of Convergence.

March 2012: Skylight Retreat--a mountain rental retreat for writers and artists--opens in the Sierra Nevada. Visit for details. Reservations can be made through

August 2011: My new series of picture books for children ages 5-8 was released by Capstone Publications (Picture Window Books). What if There's a Fire?  What if a Stranger Approaches You?  What if You Get Lost?  and What if You Need to Call 911?  can be ordered through bookstores or via this link.

May 2010: My first book: "The Sound of One Body", a collection of four short stories.   

"These strong, haunting stories are like small wounds, nothing fatal, but nevertheless permanent; not scars but bruises won in battle, each one a glancing blow that leaves a distinct mark, and a memory of the pain we can inflict or endure when we're not even looking." - Robert Goolrick, author of A Reliable Wife

The four stories in this compact, haunting collection mark the debut of a unique voice in fiction. A step made at the wrong time; a morning drive with an ever-more circuitous route; a barside conversation that reveals a little too much; Anara Guard's fiction is a window into the kaleidoscope of incremental actions that carry the greatest consequences. Powerful, arresting, and insightful, "The Sound of One Body" is a universe distilled, a vision of compassion amidst darkness that is not to be missed.

I enjoy giving readings and meeting with book clubs—on Skype, on the telephone, or in person. Please contact me about availability. 

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