Bio & History ~
Tara Caimi is an independent writer and editor who spent more than fifteen years in the professional workforce as a journalist, graphic designer, and marketing and communications specialist. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and psychology then went on to become a graphic designer for a real estate company, a prepress specialist and graphic designer for a publishing company, and a freelance print and web designer before returning to her roots in writing as a writer/editor for a marketing and communications group at Penn State University.
After two years, Tara assumed responsibility as a marketing specialist, producing and managing marketing and communications for a central technology training unit. In this role, she conceptualized and implemented annual strategic marketing plans; wrote and edited news, feature, and promotional articles, along with web content, service announcements, informational materials, and ad copy; co-developed and implemented a unit-level visual and editorial style guide; contributed to unit-level policies and efficiency processes; managed the design and content of the unit’s websites including the development and implementation of usability tests and accessibility requirements; developed and implemented unit- and service-level branded marketing campaigns; designed ads, posters, flyers, brochures, training catalogs, print and digital signage, and other promotional and informational materials; coordinated unit participation in events; implemented and managed the unit’s social media presence on Facebook and Twitter; assessed and reported marketing efforts using web-based analytics tools; acted as liaison with other communications and marketing units across Penn State; and oversaw the assignments and performance of communications interns within the unit.
During this time Tara earned her MFA in creative writing from Wilkes University where she completed a full-length memoir and a final craft article that was later published in the Writer’s Chronicle. She interned with Etruscan Press as a book designer and was hired by Etruscan to continue designing books, creating full cover, jacket, and interior designs, after her internship. She also served as a reader for Hippocampus Magazine before deciding to refocus her concentration on writing.
Tara left Penn State in 2012 to, once again, return to her roots in writing. She now specializes in narrative nonfiction but enjoys experimenting with a variety of genres and forms. Since completing her MFA, Tara’s essays, stories, and articles have been published in newspapers, magazines, and journals including the Writer’s Chronicle, Fire & Knives, Oh Comely magazine, The MacGuffin, Outside In Literary and Travel Magazine, and Pithead Chapel. Her work also appears in the nonfiction anthology of travel writing Whereabouts: Stepping Out of Place.
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