Tina Ehsanipour is an Iranian-born, California-raised writer, high school Creative Writing teacher, and school librarian. She was two years old when she left Iran with her family, an age she likes to describe as too young to remember, but too old to forget. Through influential writers like Gloria Anzaldúa, she has learned to embrace the borderland identity that was birthed from that move.
With every story she tells, Tina comes closer to finding her way back home.
Tina writes both Adult and YA fiction with a touch of the magical. Her work has appeared in The Rumpus, Nowruz Journal, South Writ Large Magazine, In Short – The Podcast, Five Minutes, as well as on stage with Golden Thread Productions, a San Francisco-based theatre company focused on the Middle East. She has essays forthcoming in the anthology Nonwhite and Woman (Woodhall Press, Sept 2022).
She is represented by agent Serene Hakim at Pande Literary.
Tina earned her BA in in Psychology from UC Berkeley and her MA in Education from Stanford University. In addition to currently teaching high school Creative Writing and serving as the school librarian, she coaches English teachers in the Stanford Hollyhock Fellowship Program. Tina lives in the Bay Area with her husband and twins.