Marilyn L. Taylor

MARILYN L. TAYLOR, Ph.D., former Poet Laureate of the state of Wisconsin (2009 and 2010) and the city of Milwaukee (2004 and 2005), is the author of six collections of poetry. Her work has appeared in many anthologies and journals, including The American Scholar, POETRY, Able Muse, Poetry Daily, Measure, Iris, Mezzo Cammin, Ted Kooser's "American Life in Poetry" column, The New York Times, and Hot Sonnets, a 2010 anthology from Entasis Press.

She has been awarded first place in a number of national poetry contests, including those sponsored by The Atlanta Review, Passager, The Ledge, and the GSU Review. She also won the Dogwood Prize for a crown of sonnets titled "The Good-Girl Chronicles".

Marilyn taught poetry and poetics for fifteen years for the English Department and the Honors College at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has facilitated independent poetry workshops in dozens of communities throughout Wisconsin (including Lawrence University's Björklunden Seminar Center and The Clearing), and across the country from California to Connecticut. She is a member of the Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission, the Council for Wisconsin Writers Board of Directors, and serves on the Advisory Boards of the literary journal Verse Wisconsin and the Low Residency MFA Program at Gunnison University, Gunnison, CO. Her widely-read "Poet to Poet" column on craft appeared bi-monthly for five years in THE WRITER Magazine.

Marilyn now lives on the far west side of Madison, Wisconsin. She is available for readings, workshops, and presentations on the art and craft of poetry .


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