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Born in Chicago, raised in L.A., Mary Lou Taylor studied at UCLA, married and had two children before she moved north to finish at San Jose State University. She earned her Standard Secondary Credential there and taught at Monta Vista and Fremont High Schools.
Poet, editor and reviewer, she has a series of poems in both Cotton and Spirit (Frog on the Moon Press) and The Call: An Anthology of Women Writers (Dragonfly Press), the last a runner-up at the 2014 Los Angeles Book Fair. Her poetry book, The Fringes of Hollywood (Jacaranda Press), was a winner at the 2014 Hollywood Book Fair. Her poems have appeared in small presses such as The Newport Review, The Montserrat Review, Red Wheelbarrow, Caesura and Reed Magazine. Currently she serves as a trustee of the Center of Literary Arts at San Jose State University and is a member of NLAPW (Pen Women), Santa Clara County Branch. Her review of Dr. Audry Lynch’s John Steinbeck and James Dean: Rebels in American Literature and Film was featured in both a past Pen Woman issue and in The Steinbeck Gazette. She edited the Abby Niebauer Memorial Competition, judged by Jane Hirshfield. Her new book, Bringing Home the Moon, was completed as an artist in residence at Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga, CA.
Paperback: 102 pages
Publisher: Kelsay Books/Aldrich Press (July 9, 2015)