Marilyn L. Taylor

59 Settler Hill Circle
Madison, WI 53717

Author's Bio

MARILYN TAYLOR is the former Poet Laureate of the state of Wisconsin and the city of Milwaukee, and the author of six poetry collections, the newest of which, Step on a Crack, was published in 2016 by White Violet Press (Kelsay Books). Her poems and essays have appeared in many anthologies and journals, including Poetry, Measure, Able Muse, and the Random House anthology titled Villanelles. She has been awarded First Place in a number of national and international poetry contests, most recently from Winning Writers (the 2015 Margaret Reid Award for verse in forms). Taylor currently lives in Madison, Wisconsin, and regularly facilitates independent poetry workshops and presentations statewide and elsewhere—including programs sponsored by Lawrence University, Western State Colorado University, Poetry by the Sea in Connecticut, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Division of Continuing Studies.

Publications and Prizes

Exit Only
(Anamnesis Press, 2001)
, Going Wrong
(Parallel Press, 2009)
, Greatest Hits
(Pudding House Publications, 2001)
, Shadows Like These
(William Caxton Limited, 1994)
, Subject to Change
(David Robert Books, 2004)
Able Muse Anthology
(Able Muse Press, 2010)
, Body Language: A Head-to-Toe Anthology
(Black Moss Press, 2003)
, Claiming the Spirit
(Beacon Press, 1996)
, Filled with Breath: 30 Sonnets by 30 Poets
(Exot Books, 2010)
, Letters to the World
(Red Hen Press, 2008)
, New Voices
(Academy of American Poets, 2002)
, On Retirement: 75 Poems
(University of Iowa Press, 2007)
, Proposing on the Brooklyn Bridge
(PoetWorks Press, 2003)
, Smaller Than God
(Black Moss Press, 2001)
, The POETRY Anthology, 1912 - 2002
(Ivan R. Dee, 2002)
Able Muse, American Scholar, Cream City Review, Iris, Mezzo Cammin, Poetry, Poetry Daily, Primavera, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Verse Daily, Writer
Prizes Won: 
Dogwood Poetry Prize, Passager Poetry Prize, The Ledge Poetry Prize, GSU Poetry Prize, The Anamnesis Press Poetry Prize, 2015 Margaret Ried Poetry Award for Formal Poetry

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Last updated: Nov 04, 2016