Anara Guard grew up in Chicago. Her short story collection, Remedies for Hunger, was named by Chicago Book Review as a Best Book of 2015. She received the John Crowe Ransom Poetry Prize from Kenyon College. Her work has been published in Gold Man Review, California Quarterly, The Ear, Twenty Twenty: 43 stories from a year like no other, and elsewhere. Like A Complete Unknown (2022) is her first novel.