UPDATE 2015:

Tara Emelye is still a poet, writer and musician. She is also now visiting instructor of English at a small liberal arts college in upstate new york, where she teaches courses in 20th Century World lit in English. She is currently teaching a course on the literature of 9/11.

She also has a new musical project, The Chandler Estate. Stay tuned for more info!


UPDATE 12/3/2010:

Its been awhile since there's been any news up here, so here's a whirlwind catch-up!

Over the past three years, Tara Emelye has been mostly occupied in pursuing this thing called a Ph.D in English. This has taken her into the terrain of teaching up to 80 undergrads a semester, while tediously revising her dissertation prospectus. But, lo and behold, in Spring 2010, Tara passed her comp exams and is now writing her dissertation, tentatively titled, "Writing Violence in the Margins of Empire: The Global Novel 1919-1948". Tara's dissertation looks at the intersection of economics and politics during this period, and how it is articulated through violence in select novels.

During this time, Tara gave a poetry reading as part of the Yes! series in Albany, in November 2009. This winter (2010-2011), she has a poem entitled "Convoy: All Hail the Horns" appearing in J Journal: New Writings on Justice. She performed solo with some accompaniment in Albany in August 2010 at Valentine's, and has top secret musical collaborations in the works for 2011. Tara is currently working at the New York State Writers Institute, and has been lending a hand at Fence/Fence Books for the last few months.

Oh yeah, and she went to Berlin and Prague!

Most importantly, Tara learned how to fully replace all the parts in a toilet, and has painted one kitchen wall a stunning bright yellow, with a patch of black chalkboard AND magnetic paint for recipes and such.


TARA EMELYE will perform an electrified SOLO SET at 9:30pm sharp!

on Thursday, December 27, 2007 as part of
The Substitute Cult Heroes Sing-a-long Night!

with: Mikey I.Q. Jones (NYC)@ 9pm
Christina of Brooklyn's Boyskout @10pm
Alabaster Adams of SF's High horse @ 10:30pm

@ Magnetic Field Lounge
97 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY$7

The Reverse will perform at the 2007 New York City Popfest

Friday May 25th
168 Delancey Street

Mitch Easter
The Secret History
The Smittens
Affair d'Coeur

visit www.nycpopfest.com for directions and ticket info

Solo performance by Tara Emelye; Reading by Marissa Walsh, and more!
Saturday, March 31 2007, 7pm
Bluestockings Bookstore
172 Allen Street between Stanton and Rivington
New York, New Yor
Free (Suggested donation $5)

Tara Emelye joins Marissa Walsh, author of Girl with Glasses: My Optic History, and special guests for a spec-tacular evening of words and music! Ladies and gents, sit back, relax enjoy the tunes and wear your glasses!

Marissa Walsh is also coauthor of the cult classic Tipsy in Madras: A Complete Guide to 80s Preppy Drinking, and the editor of the YA anthology Not Like Iím Jealous or Anything. She also wrote and published the rad zine Indignant Gingham. A former childrenís book editor, she has worn glasses since the third grade.

Sunday, January 21
The Reverse at The Annex NYC
152 Orchard Street
New York NY 10002
730pm -- My Other Friend
815pm -- Changing Modes
900pm --The Shondes
945pm -- The Reverse
1030pm -- Dirty Excuse
$6 cover

Thursday, October 26, 2006, 7:30pm
The Million Poems Show, with host Jordan Davis and house band JJ Appleton, welcomes writer Janice Erlbaum and musical guest The Reverse/Tara Emelye
Saint Joseph Hall Auditorium/The College of Saint Rose
985 Madison Avenue Albany, NY FREE!
more info

Saturday, September 9, 2006, 4pm
Tara Emelye at the Capital District Federation of Ideas
with poets Rebecca Wolff and Bernadette Mayer and performer Jason Spiro
383.5 Madison Avenue Albany, NY Free

Upcoming Reverse Shows

Friday, June 16, 2006
North Six
66 North Sixth Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Doors open at 8pm; Show starts at 9pm, $10
The Shondes, The Reverse, My Teenage Stride and Kapow!

Wednesday June 21 2006
17 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY 12207
The Longest Day of the Year Party
Performances by The Reverse and special guests
Advance copies of the reverse album available!
Doors open 6pm; Show starts at 7pm; $5

March 10, 2006

Amy Wilson's beautiful, playful, provocative, disturbing and political art will grace the cover of the reverse's first album! Check out her website here!

September 19, 2005

On August 17, 2005 Tara Emelye helped to organize a 400+ person march and candlelight vigil through the streets of downtown Albany to protest the war and show solidarity with Cindy Sheehan and the thousands of other vigils across the country that evening. At one point, there were four local news camera crews in her house, waiting their turn to interview the event organizers! The vigil made the 5:30pm, 6pm and 11pm news on almost every network, and the cover of the Times Union. It was an amazing event that demonstrated the nation's objection to the war in Iraq. Tara will also be going to Washington D.C. for the anti-war demonstrations on September 24. You can find out more about the events by clicking on the banner above.

Tara Emelye distributes candles to the vigil attendees. photo by Lisa Scerbo.

The 400+ person crowd walks peacefully from Washington Square Park. photo by Lisa Scerbo.

A moment of silence for lives lost to the war in Iraq. photo by Lisa Scerbo.

The vigil concludes at the reflecting pools with the NY state capitol building in the background. photo by Lisa Scerbo.

July 5, 2005

Tara Emelye has an essay in the premiere issue of riffrag magazine, an on-line and limited print edition publication. riffrag is a new queer feminist magazine committed to fighting white supremacy, promoting accessibility to art, and building alliances across boundaries. The magazine fosters an awareness of systemic power and a dedication to critical reflection and analysis.

Tara Emelye's article is a cultural analysis of the fake factory-like interiors of many Starbucks cafe's, exposing how the interior design reflects and informs the company's at times dubious claims of corporate social responsibility.

Release Party: Thursday July 7th, 6pm, Jigsaw, 526 East 11th Street, New York, NY

An after-party will follow the launch, starting at 9pm at Girlsroom, 210 Rivington Street, between Pitt and Ridge. The after-party is 21 and over.

Tara Emelye performing at Luke and Leroy's in NYC, as part of 'my favorite's' detectivism 101 party in November.

February 21, 2005

Tara Emelye made her Albany debut in January opening for local heros The Amazing Plaid. Alternative weekly Metroland took note, commenting on Tara's "well- crafted tunes" and anticipating the release of The Reverse record in 2005.

Sign up to be a "friend" of the reverse at their myspace account. Say hi! Listen to tunes, etc. (Right now, there is a photo of Tara and her friend, violinist Vika Paranyuk up there-Tara is on the right with the ice cream cone.) A photo with TodBot is coming soon, barring technical difficulties.

FALL 2004

Drum tracks for 10 songs done for the reverse! More recording to happen in Brooklyn in October 2004. While others are picking pumpkins and playing in piles of leaves we'll be in a sound-proofed basement harvesting our songs. (Trying to stick with autumnal themes, you see...)

Tara played the Sugarcubes "Birthday" for the students in the Intro to Creative Writing Class she is teaching this semester for a "write to music" exercise. No one knew of the cubes. A few folks knew Bjork. One woman compared her to Cher.

They all wrote wonderful responses nonetheless. (It was the 12" single, amplified on my fisher price portable record player).

Vote Bush Out! Please!

More to come...


The first full-length album by the reverse (Tara Emelye on guitar/voice and Todbot on drums) will be released in Fall 2004 on the fabulous heartcore record label.


Check here for recording updates and shows. Visit www.thereverse.com for sneak preview demo tracks.

Tara Emelye and fellow poet Jenn Marlowe are the featured readers on Friday, December 5, 2003 at the Jawbone reading series, sponsored by the Graduate English department at the University at Albany. 6pm at the Fuzebox, 238 Washington Ave., Albany

Tara's poem, "Dear Anne" was just published in an anthology entitled "Hysteria" published by LunaSea Bindery& Press. Hysteria is available now, including limited edition hand bound letterpress editions by binder, editor and publisher Jen Savran. The book will help to raise awareness of and funds for MADRE, an international women's human rights organization.

For more information, contact lunasea@yahoo.com or www.lunaseabooks.com

Tara Emelye's song "plastic bouquet" was covered by the rad Swedish band The Shermans for You're Still Young at Heart, a special compilation celebrating Shelflife Record's 50th release. How cool! The comp features nineteen bands paying tribute to the first 49 Shelflife releases by performing songs written by other Shelflife bands. You can find the original and the cover at shelflife.com