Shakespeare's Garden, Central Park (photo:  Richard Tayson)

Shakespeare's Garden, Central Park (photo:  Richard Tayson)

Richard Tayson is available for summer manuscript editorial sessions

His goal in giving detailed written feedback and suggestions about the work is to offer suggestions while preserving the integrity, and above all the spirit, of the author's work.   

Since 2011, eight clients have had their works published following editorial sessions with Tayson.  Two of these clients returned to work on a second manuscript, which also was subsequently published.

He engages in both line-by-line editing, as well as addressing more general structural concerns (such as sequencing and strategic divisions of any given manuscript).  He suggests readings / artistic engagement that spur writers on to complete the work or to further engage in their primary concerns.  

Tayson is the winner of the Wick Poetry prize, and a two-time NYFA fellow (2003 and 2014).  His books include THE WORLD UNDERNEATH and THE APPRENTICE OF FEVER, both from Kent State University Press.   His co-authored nonfiction work, LOOK UP FOR YES was published by Viking-Penguin and became a bestseller in Germany.  His poems appear in over 50 publications, including Pushcart Prize:  Best of the Small Presses, Paris Review, Kenyon Review, and Prairie Schooner.  He holds an M.A. in creative writing from NYU and a doctorate in English Literature from CUNY's Graduate Center.  He teaches creative writing at New School University.

If you would like to discuss his editing style / services / references, click on the Contacts page.

Happy Writing and Happy Summer!

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Richard Tayson's essay "the volcano sequence as Fragmentary, Postmodern (and Yes, Feminist) Text" will appear in Everywoman Her Own Theology: On the Poetry of Alicia Ostriker.  The book, edited by Martha Nell Smith and Julia R. Enszer, will include contributions by Toi Derricotte, Marilyn Hacker, Tony Hoagland, Joan Larkin, and others.  Part of the Under Discussion series, the book will appear in Fall 2018.

  THE LAMENTATIONS COLLECTOR

THE LAMENTATIONS COLLECTOR

Tayson has finished a manuscript of poems, The Lamentations Collector.  Written in a 100-day period, the thirty-eight poems have nine distinct speakers.  Beneath the millennial sun, Pandora puts down her burden and finds shade in which to languish.  As she does so, the eye of a drunk glances her way, spies a record box reminiscent of the one he owned as a boy.  He sweats over in the heat and takes the box from the trash heap beside her.  Inside are the records of his childhood, and when he opens the box, out fly a multitude of voices.  Carole King and James Taylor argue about something they’ve seen happen in a boy’s room from their respective album covers.  Diana Ross's prison shoes (Lady Sings the Blues) and Carly Simon's blue blouse (cover of No Secrets) speak about the body.  The owner of the records—deceased from toxic shock—speaks from the dead, and a relic of time past, the high-fi record player, has the book's last word.  Written in an experimental style that allows for the inclusion of contradictory voices and multiple visual forms, the poems revel in language, sound, and the ambiguities of the post-millennial world.

 

 Patti Smith (Jay Dee Daugherty in background) performing at the Bowery Ballroom.

Patti Smith (Jay Dee Daugherty in background) performing at the Bowery Ballroom.

Richard Tayson is completing Alternate Means of Transport:  Chance Encounters with Eight Famous Women (Carly Simon, Roberta Flack, Joni Mitchell, Suzanne Vega, Liza Minnelli, Susan Sarandon, Rickie Lee Jones, and Patti Smith).