Tara Szkutnik hails from a small town the cool kids call "Hoodstock, Ill Noise." Formerly as Tara Cady, Szkutnik was the senior editor of Big Sky Bride Magazine and Magic City Magazine and features editor and writer for The Billings Gazette in Billings, Montana. Szkutnik is a freelance writer and editor, operating under her LLC, Pen Expressive. Her work can be found at billingsgazette.com, montanamagazines.com, and medium.com/@tnszk. When not writing memoir, personal essays, and poetry, Szkutnik can be found studying for her professional astrologer certification. Szkutnik relocated to Colorado with her Colorado native husband in February 2019 and became an NCW member and the NCW Newsletter Coordinator shortly thereafter.