Hi, I’m Tanja,
and I believe in the fierce power of books.
As the daughter of Yugoslav immigrants, I spent much of my childhood traveling back and forth between Chicago and Yugoslavia, wondering where I fit in. Books were my salvation.
I was born in 1970, and like many others from that era, was raised on a diet of traditional Western male authors. It took me years to see my experience mirrored in any of the books I was reading. I was in college by the time I discovered writers like Zora Neale Hurston, Louise Erdrich and Amy Tan, and their books changed my life. A first-generation Serbian-American woman (and a first-generation college student), I fell in love with feminist and multicultural literature. Finally, I felt as if I belonged.
I believe in kindness and compassion, as well as good music, laughter and dance. I’m happiest outside on a sunny day, and believe that a heartfelt hug can cure most anything. A good dance class and a strong cup of coffee are also essential. When I’m not writing, teaching or dancing, you’ll probably find me shuttling my kids around town, refereeing a Nerf gun war or snowboarding, trying to keep up with my kids. I live in Boulder, CO, with my husband Ken, our boys Nico and Gabriel, and Ash, a sweet pup with a fierce bark.
The author of The Secret Life of Grief: A Memoir (winner of the Nautilus Silver Book Award) and 9 Steps to Heal Your Resentment and Reboot Your Marriage, Tanja Pajevic has taught at the University of Colorado Denver, the Community College of Denver and Indiana University, as well as in the larger community. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Huffington Post, mindbodygreen, Gawker and Scary Mommy, as well as in literary reviews, such as Shenandoah and Crab Orchard Review.
Tanja currently helps heart-centered writers, leaders and entrepreneurs write and publish their books. She is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, Hemingway Fellowship, Kraft Fellowship and a faculty award from the University of Colorado Denver for her project “Writing as Healing.” Inspired by the challenges we all face but rarely discuss, Tanja also leads writing workshops around life’s big transitions. She lives in Boulder, CO, with her family.