Taryn Noelle Kloeden is a lover of nature and all things furry, scaled, and feathered. As a PhD student in environmental science, with a master’s degree in anthrozoology, she is dedicating her life to protecting the health of our ecosystems. Her research focuses on the nexus of the social and natural sciences, especially as they relate to instances of human-wildlife conflict. She has received numerous academic and teaching awards, including the Mason Core Award for outstanding instruction, and was recently inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi national honor society.

Taryn believes that a healthy world begins with a healthy body and mind. She has practiced yoga for over a decade and is a certified instructor specializing in deep, restorative poses and guided meditations. She is especially passionate about helping her fellow writers and academics learn to unwind and refresh through yoga’s physical and spiritual teachings.

She is the author of the highly-rated YA fantasy series,¬†The Fenearen Chronicles, as well as a number of award-winning short stories. Her short fiction has appeared in multiple anthologies, including the Otherworld Community’s A Hauntingly Romantic Winter and Free Women of the Wild collections. She has served as a judge and special guest author for Loudoun County Library’s Write On and It’s All Write contests and regularly provides guidance to local writers and nature enthusiasts through library-sponsored workshops. Taryn also serves as co-editor for the weird fiction magazine, Antediluvian: A Journal of the Weird.

Taryn lives in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley with her Prima donna cat, Stella, adorable dog, Eddie, snuggly snake, Klaus, a veritable jungle of plants, and one very understanding fianc√©, Lorenzo.

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