Keith Taylor

Keith Taylor has authored or edited 17 books and chapbooks. His most recent, the chapbook Ecstatic Destinations, will be published in 2018. His last full length collection was The Bird-while (Wayne State University Press, 2017), which was named a finalist for the Foreword/Indies Poetry Book of the Year for 2017. His poems, stories, reviews, essays and translations have appeared widely in North America and in Europe.

He has recently retired from the University of Michigan, where he taught Creative Writing for most of 20 years. He also taught Environmental Writing at the University of Michigan Biological Station for a dozen years and was Associate Faculty in UM’s Program in the Environment.

He has received a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and one from the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs. He has been Writer/Artist In Residence at Isle Royale National Park, the Detroit YMCA, The International Writers’ and Translators’ Centre of Rhodes, Greece, and the University of Michigan Biological Station.

Book Reviews by Keith Taylor

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“It is somewhere in the fearful and joyful fragility of love where Matthew Zapruder’s readers are brought ‘to that place beyond words.’”

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There’s a lot to be learned about Nick Laird and his poetry just from stopping with his title for a minute or two. First, there is the simple, colloquial casualness of the words.

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In Rembrandt’s painting, Still Life with Two Dead Peacocks and a Girl, a child leans in the window, smiling, looking at everything the rich world has to offer her, including a bowl of frui