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). His poems and nonfiction have appeared in over fifty publications in the United States, Germany, England, Australia, and Canada, including journals such as the Paris Review, Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, and Virginia Quarterly Review, and anthologies such as Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses XXI, Poetry Nation (Canada), Reader's Digest (Germany, the United States, Australia), and Jugular Defences (England). Tayson writes regularly for Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing (and Reviews), where his essays roam from the works of Dan Beachy-Quick, Tory Dent, and Wayne Koestenbaum to punk rock of Patti Smith and the influence of William Blake.
In addition to the Wick Poetry Prize, Tayson's poetry has received numerous awards, including a 2014 / 2015 New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship, Prairie Schooner’s Edward Stanley and Bernice Slote awards, and 2nd place in the Smokin' Words Poetry Competition from the DC Center for LGBT Community. Currently he is writing a book of poems and a memoir on obsession, addiction, and celebrity culture.
Editor / College Application Tutor
An editor of poetry and non-fiction manuscripts, as well as of college applications, Richard Tayson recently worked with Anne Babson, whose White Trash Pantheon will appear from Vox Press in April 2015. Other editorial clients include Becky Thompson, Jennifer Markell, and Jane Hayman, all of whom had their works published after Tayson provided comprehensive editorial comments. Becky Thompson’s Zero is the (W)hole I Fall into at Night, won the Main Street Rag Poetry Prize and her Survivors of the Yoga Mat was published in 2014. Jennifer Markell's Samsara was published by Turning Point in the spring of 2014, and Jane Hayman's chapbook Ghost Places appeared from Finishing Line Press in the winter of 2014.
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Richard Tayson teaches poetry workshops at the New School and various courses for the City University of New York. Heholds an M.A. from New York University's Graduate Program in Creative Writing and a Ph.D. from the CUNY Graduate Center. After winning the Wick Poetry Prize with The Apprentice of Fever, writing a second book of poems (The World Underneath) and co-authoring the memoir Look Up for Yes, Tayson is currently at work on a memoir and a third book of poems.