Biography

Rob Taylor was born and raised in Port Moody, BC, and lives in Vancouver with his wife and son. He is the author of The News (Gaspereau Press, 2016), The Other Side of Ourselves (Cormorant Books, 2011) and the forthcoming Oh Not So Great: Poems from the Depression Project (Leaf Press, 2017). In 2017, The News was shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize, and in 2010 the manuscript for The Other Side of Ourselves won the Alfred G. Bailey Prize.

Rob is also the author of five poetry chapbooks, including most recently Łazienki Park (Forthcoming), Smoothing the Holy Surfaces (2012) and Lyric (2010) – all from The Alfred Gustav Press.

Rob’s poems, short stories and essays have appeared in more than fifty journals and anthologies, and have won multiple awards. In 2014 he was named one of the inaugural writers-in-residence at the Al Purdy A-frame, and in 2015 he received the City of Vancouver’s Mayor’s Arts Award for the Literary Arts, as an emerging artist.

In 2004 he co-founded Simon Fraser University’s student poetry zine High Altitude Poetry, and in 2007 he co-founded One Ghana, One Voice, Ghana’s first online poetry magazine. He was also the poetry editor at Red Fez from 2007 – 2010, and the poetry editor at PRISM international in 2014-15. Rob has run a blog devoted to Canadian (especially Vancouver) poetry, Roll of Nickels, since 2006.

In 2011 Rob was part of the team that “resurrected” Vancouver’s Dead Poets Reading Series, which he still coordinates today. He teaches Creative Writing at the University of the Fraser Valley and plays far too much Ultimate Frisbee.

 

Awards

Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize (Finalist), 2017
City of Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award for the Literary Arts (Emerging Artist), 2015
The New Quarterly Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse Contest (Runner-up), 2015
PULP Literature Hummingbird Prize for Flash Fiction, 2014
Alfred G. Bailey Prize, 2010
subTerrain Lush Triumphant Award for Poetry (Runner-up), 2010
OCW Magazine Poem of the Year (Co-winner), 2010

 

Selected Anthology Publications

Refugium: Poems for the Pacific (Caitlin Press, Forthcoming): “&”
Sustenance: Writers from B.C. and Beyond on the Subject of Food (Anvil Press, Forthcoming): “Seven Weeks”
In Fine Form: The Canadian Book of Form Poetry, 2nd Edition (Caitlin Press, 2016): “You Can’t Lead a Horse”
The Revolving City: 51 Poems and the Stories Behind Them (Anvil Press, 2015): “The Wailing Machines”
Alive at the Center: Contemporary Poems for the Pacific Northwest (Ooligan Press, 2013): “The Wailing Machines”
A Verse Map of Vancouver (Anvil Press, 2009): “Down One at The Nat”
Rocksalt: An Anthology of Contemporary BC Poetry (Mother Tongue Publishing, 2008): “Grey Diamond Wallpaper”

 

Selected Magazine Publications

(P) = Poetry, (F) = Fiction, (NF) = Non-Fiction/Essays

Queen’s Quarterly: “Oldupai” (F) – Forthcoming
Event: 3 Poems (P) – Winter 2017
The Fiddlehead:
2 Poems (P) – Fall 2016
Grain:
“The Gold of Your Senses” (F) – Spring 2016
Little Fiction/Big Truths:
The Cyclist” (NF) – Spring 2016
The New Quarterly: 2 Poems (P) – Fall 2015 (#136)
Grain: 3 Poems (P) –  Spring 2015 (Volume 42, 3)
The Dalhousie Review:
“Ngorongoro” (F) Spring 2015
Lemon Hound:
2 Poems (P) – Winter 2015
PULP Literature: “Here I Lay Down My Heart” (F) – Winter 2015
The Capilano Review: “His Life: A Poem” (NF) – Fall 2014 (24, 3)
The Tyee: “Lyric” (P) – Spring 2013
The Fiddlehead: 2 Poems (P) – Summer 2012 (#252)
Geist:
The Slave Castle of Elmina” (P) – Spring 2012
SubTerrain:
“Advent” (P) – Fall 2011 (#59)
SubTerrain: “The Great Ceiling” (P) – Spring 2011 (#58)
SubTerrain
: “Early Rain” (P) – Fall 2010 (#56)
Prairie Fire: 3 Poems (P) – Summer 2010 (Volume 31, 2)
Antigonish Review: “Kitsilano Brewery Stink” (P) – Summer 2010
CV2: “The Same Thing” (P) –  Spring 2010 (Volume 32, 4)
Riddle Fence
: 2 Poems (P) – Spring 2010 (#5)
SubTerrain: 2 Poems (P) – Spring 2009 (#52)
The Antigonish Review: 2 Poems (P) – Fall 2008 (#154)
The Dalhousie Review: “Viciously in our Throat” (P) – Autumn 2007
Vancouver Review: “the new phoenix” (P) – Spring 2007 (#13)