Tanya Whiton has published short stories and poems in numerous literary journals, including: Solstice: a Magazine of Diverse Voices, North Dakota Quarterly, Western Humanities Review, Northwest Review and Crazyhorse 63. Her short story “Giving Her Away” was included in the 2006 anthology The Way Life Should Be: A Collection of Stories by Contemporary Maine Writers. She also collaborated on the adaptation of her first Maine-based noir piece, “The Deal,” for an eponymous short film, which was winner of the Special Jury Prize at the 2003 U.S. National Short Film Competition. She was recipient of the 2009 Martin Dibner Memorial Fellowship for Poets and the 2000 Martin Dibner Fellowship for Fiction Writers.
A former arts and travel writer and a contributor to Casco Bay Weekly, The Portland Phoenix, and Maine Public Radio, Tanya holds two New England Press Association awards for her writing about boxing and no-holds barred fighting. Her book Two for the Road: Adventures in Maine, a collection of travel essays created in collaboration with photographer Heidi Killion, was published in 2014.
Tanya has taught creative writing for the Lesley Seminars, Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance, the Stonecoast Writers’ Conference, and the University of Southern Maine; from January 2007–August 2016 she served as the Associate Director of the Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Program.