Jackson Taylor

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Jackson Taylor is the Associate Director of The New School's Graduate Writing Program, which he helped launch, and where he teaches. For more than fifteen years he has been the Director of The Prison Writing Program at PEN American Center. His short fiction has appeared in Spit, Pink, Moss and Punk, and his poems have appeared in Lit, Sleeping Fish, Witness, and others. For three years he worked at The New York Times in the Culture, Arts and Leisure, and the National desks. He holds a BA from Columbia and an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. He lives in Manhattan and Greenport.

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The Blue Orchard

My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Seek what is essential and exceptional--forget the rest.

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. Marie Ponsot

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. Bridge Over Troubled Water, Folsum Prison Blues, Something Wonderful, Opus One, Battle Hymn of the Republic.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. I'm not sure...

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. A good-natured pensiveness.