Poet & Writer

Richard Tayson's books are The World Underneath, The Apprentice of Fever (winner of the Wick Poetry Prize), and Look Up for Yes (co-authored with Julia Tavalaro)

Tayson has twice been a New York Foundation for the Arts fellow and has received Prairie Schooner’s Edward Stanley and Bernice Slote awards.

His poems and nonfiction appear in Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses XXI, the Paris Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, and over fifty publications in the United States, Germany, England, Australia, and Canada.  He has new poetry forthcoming in Colorado Review.

Tayson is represented by Tom Miller / Liza Dawson Associaates, and is completing a nonfiction work concerning music, substance abuse and desire.

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FREELANCE Editor / Tutor

A freelance editor of poetry and nonfiction manuscripts, Richard Tayson has worked with numerous poets and writers whose works he edited prior to publication.  Clients successes include Anne Babson's Polite Occasions (2018) and White Trash Pantheon (2015); Becky Thompson's Survivors of the Yoga Mat (2014) and Zero is the (W)hole I Fall Into Each Night  (2012), which was chosen as an editor's selection by Main Street Rag; Jennifer Markell, whose Samsara was named a must-read book by of poetry by the Massachusetts Book Awards; and Michael Montlack's Cool Limbo (2011). 

Tayson edits poetry, nonfiction and fiction. To schedule an editorial session, see the Editorials page.

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Richard Tayson (B.A. Colorado State University, M.A. New York University, Ph.D. CUNY Graduate Center) created the course Poetry and the Creative Process, which he teaches--along with other poetry workshops--at New School University.  He also teaches courses at Queensborough Community College, one of the most diverse colleges in the United States.