Rita Taryan is a Hungarian-born Canadian-American writer based in Brooklyn, New York. She has worked as a puppeteer, a security guard, a barmaid, a disc jockey, a tool and die worker and a translator. Currently, she teaches adult literacy and ESL in the Bronx Community ESL Program, which is a partnership between Fordham University and New York’s Department of Youth and Community Development. She also devotes time to the English Language Institute Center for New Immigrant Education (CNIE), helping asylum seekers and resettled refugees. Her writing has appeared in Jewish Fiction .net, Room, and Culture, Art, News. She is a winner of a Norma Epstein Foundation Award for Creative Writing.
Taryan is currently working on a collection of short stories, which while rooted in Hungarian history and language, explore the personal and the paradoxical in our current global social and political climate.
Taryan examines timely themes: class dynamics; nihilism; activism; homophobia; racism and war. Her stories are as much about what takes place online and in bedrooms as they are about what goes on in town halls and parliaments.
The rhythms Taryan explores, her love of rhyme and repetition, and even her dark sense of humor come from early cultural learning and inspiration, and from her mother tongue. Taryan’s work is playful, inventive, irreverent and brutally serious.