John Taylor

Poet, Fiction Writer

44 rue du Pressoir
Saint-Barthélemy d'Anjou 49124

Author's Bio

Born in 1952, in Des Moines, John Taylor has lived in France since 1977. He is the author of ten books of short stories, short prose, and poetry. He has translated the work of several French poets, including Philippe Jaccottet, Pierre-Albert Jourdan, Jacques Dupin, Louis Calaferte, José-Flore Tappy, Catherine Colomb, Pierre Voélin, and Pierre Chappuis. He has also translated Italian and modern Greek poets such as Franca Mancinelli, Alfredo de Palchi, and Elias Papadimitrakopoulos. His critical essays have been gathered in "Into the Heart of European Poetry," "A Little Tour through European Poetry," and the three-volume "Paths to Contemporary French Literature".

Publications & Prizes


Now the Summer Came to Pass (Xenos Books, 2013)
If Night is Falling (Bitter Oleander Press, 2012)
Some Sort of Joy (Cedar Hill Books, 2000)
Mysteries of the Body and the Mind (Story Line Press, 1998)
The World As It Is (Cedar Hill Books, 1998)
The Presence of Things Past (Story Line Press, 1992)


Remembrance of Water & Twenty-Five Trees (Bitter Oleander Press, 2018)
Grassy Stairways (MadHat Press, 2017)
The Dark Brightness (Xenos Books, 2017)
The Apocalypse Tapestries (Xenos Books, 2004)
Prizes won: 

2011 Translation Grant from the NEA for his project to translate the French poet Georges Perros; 2013 Raiziss-de Palchi Translation Fellowship from the American Academy of Poets for his project to translate the Italian poet Lorenzo Calogero.

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European American
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Des Moines
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Des Moines, IA
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Last update: Sep 28, 2019