General professional Biography.

Tamarra Kaida is a photographer and writer. She has published, Tremors from the Faultline in 1989, a book of image and text, short stories. Tamarra collaborated with Pulitzer Prize poet Rita Dove on The Other Side of the House in 1988, a poetry and collotype photography book. Her photographs are in the collections of The International Museum of Photography at The George Eastman House in Rochester, New York, The Center for Creative Photography in Tucson Arizona, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art in New York and the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia among others.

She has taught art photography at Arizona State University in the United States from 1979-2004 and traveled extensively giving lectures and photography workshops in England, Europe and Russia as a guest lecturer, teacher and visiting artist. During this period, she created several mixed media installation projects; two addressed the collapse of the Soviet Union, With Hammer and Chisel-The Berlin Wall, 1991 and The Curtain Falls: Russian American Stories, 1995.

Tamarra currently lives in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia where she writes under the pen name Uma Anyar. She is Matthew and Matilda, her first novel, as well as book reviews for the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, which are published in the Bali Advertiser, an expat newspaper. She has published, Angry Ghosts, a short story in Asia Literary Review in 2009. She is currently working on a photography book about the communally created ritual 'Ogoh ogoh: Balinese Monsters'.