There’s this tree along the trail by my house; it looks like a very pregnant woman, hands on her aching back, right down to her belly button sticking out (a knotty hole in the tree). I passed it one morning and a black snake had taken up residence in the hole! Given my vision of that tree as an expectant mother, seeing a black snake slithering from “her” abdomen made quite the impression on me; I think that was what made me put motherhood and snakes together in Tara Campbell’s workshop
Julia Tagliere is a writer and editor and the recipient of a 2022 Maryland State Arts Council Independent Artist Award. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Writer, Potomac Review, Gargoyle Magazine, Washington Independent Review of Books, SmokeLong Quarterly, WritersResist, Birdcoat Quarterly, various anthologies, and the juried photography and prose collection, Love + Lust. Winner of the 2015 William Faulkner Literary Competition for Best Short Story, the 2017 Writer’s Center Undiscovered Voices Fellowship, and the 2021 Nancy Zafris Short Story Fellowship, Julia resides in Maryland with her family, where she completed her M.A. in Writing at Johns Hopkins University. In 2019, she founded the community literary reading series MoCo Underground, to showcase the work of local writers. She serves as an editor with The Baltimore Review and is currently working on her next novel. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.