David A. Taylor

Fiction Writer

Washington, DC
District Of Columbia US

Author's Bio

My short fiction collection, Success: Stories received the Washington Writers’ Publishing House fiction prize. Caroline Leavitt called it a “brilliant” collection that “unpeels the lives and loves of ordinary people to reveal nuggets of extraordinary truths...Deceptively spare and absolutely unforgettable.” My stories have appeared in Barrelhouse, Potomac Review, Gargoyle, Jabberwock Review, Oxford American, Washington City Paper, and anthologies. My articles appear in The Washington Post, Washingtonian, and Smithsonian; nonfiction books include Soul of a People (Wiley), named among Best Books of 2009 and a People’s Choice Award Finalist from the Library of Virginia, and Ginseng, the Divine Root (Algonquin). My new book is Cork Wars: Intrigue and Industry in World War II (Johns Hopkins). I teach at The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, MD and the Science Writing Program at Johns Hopkins University. I live in Washington, DC. @dataylor1

Literary agent: 
Albert LaFarge

Publications & Prizes

Success: Stories (Washington Writers' Publishing House, 2008)
Prizes won: 

2009 Library of Virginia Literary Awards Finalist, 2019 Independent Publisher Book Award - World History

Personal Favorites

What I'm reading now: 
Just Us by Claudia Rankine, First Person Singular by Haruki Murakami

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Alexandria, VA
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Last update: Aug 29, 2022