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Henry Splawn Taylor (1942 - )

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Henry Splawn Taylor
(1942 - )
Genre: Poetry

Taylor is claimed by Maine because he's married to Sarah Spencer [Bean], who lives in Brunswick; he divides his time between Brunswick and northern Virginia, where he's co-director of the creative writing program at American University. Taylor, who was born on 21 June 1942 in rural Loudon County, Virginia, received his B.A. in English from the University of Virginia in 1965 and his Masters in creative writing from Hollins College (Va.), where he studied under the poet William Jay Smith. Before he came to American University, he taught at Roanoke College (Salem, VA) and the Univ. of Utah.

Taylor won the Pulitzer Prize in poetry in 1986 for his third book The Flying Change (1986). Other books of poetry include The Horse Show at Midnight (1966) and An Afternoon of Pocket Billiards (1975), which were republished in one volume in 1992; Understanding Fiction: Poems 1986-1996 (1997); Brief Candles: 101 Clerihews (1999/2000; clerihews are small poetic biographies); Crooked Run (2006). Taylor has also published a poetry textbook, a book of essays, and a translation of Euripides' Children of Herakles. He translates poetry from Bulgarian, French, Hebrew, Italian and Russian.

Blackbird offers an interview with Taylor (2002). The Cortland Review interviewed him in 1999 (with photo). There was an article about Taylor in the March 1999 'Maine In Print,' which is published by the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance, and another in the July/August 2000 issue, which mentioned that was currently working on a book of poetry drawn from experiences in Maine.


Last Update: 05/31/2007


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