Rob Taylor was born and raised in Port Moody, BC, and lives in Vancouver with his wife and son. He is the author of two books of poetry: The News (Gaspereau Press, 2016) and The Other Side of Ourselves (Cormorant Books, 2011). 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 has also published five poetry chapbooks.

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.


"The poems here, whether celebrating small moments of tenderness and intimacy, or contemplating the horrors humanity so often visits upon its own, seem to answer the question posed by Mary Oliver in an epigraph that adorns the first section of this book: “how to love this world.” The answer is to find the primal, animal energy that animates our race, and to reflect back to us that energy so that we can more clearly see ourselves, in all our beauty and in all our ugliness."
                   - Mark Callanan, Alfred G. Bailey Prize Citation

"Rob Taylor’s debut collection... shows considerable talent and imagination. Here is a poet who likes to play with a variety of traditional verse forms as applied to free verse: ghazals, sonnets, haiku, and lyrical poetry. Taylor has a propensity for striking metaphors... Also, he is adept at analogy and allegory... The best of Taylor’s poems are memorably fresh and startling in their simplicity and originality of perspective and approach."
                   - Gillian Harding-Russell, Prairie Fire

"On the strength of its setting, naturalism, and the pleasure it takes in the search for language, ‘Here I Lay Down My Heart’ wins the Hummingbird Flash Fiction contest. Its author has created a small gem about a nighttime boat trip and a missing child. The author avoids sloppy dialogue and needless back story and, in less than 600 words, crafts a compelling tale which readers will rush to reach to the end”
- JJ Lee, Hummingbird Flash Fiction Prize Citation

Selected Awards

Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize (shortlisted), 2017
City of Vancouver Mayor's Arts Award for the Literary Arts (Emerging Artist), 2015
PULP Literature Hummingbird Prize for Flash Fiction, 2014
Best Canadian Poetry 2011 (longlisted), 2011
Alfred G. Bailey Prize, 2010
subTerrain Lush Triumphant Award for Poetry (runner-up), 2010
OCW Magazine Poem of the Year (co-winner), 2010

Selected Adjudication

Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize, BC Book Prizes, 2014
City of Port Moody Youth Poet Laureate, Port Moody Library, 2013
Ghana Poetry Prize, Ghana Poetry Foundation, 2013
Hibernating with Words Poetry Contest, Pandora's Collective, 2012

Selected Publications

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

Event: 3 Poems (P) - Winter 2017
The Fiddlehead:
2 Poems (P) - Fall 2016
"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)
Alive at the Center:
"The Wailing Machines" (P) - 2013
The Fiddlehead:
2 Poems (P) - Summer 2012 (#252)
"The Slave Castle of Elmina" (P) - Spring 2012
"Advent" (P) - Fall 2011 (#59)
SubTerrain: "The Great Ceiling" (P) - Spring 2011 (#58)
: "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)
A Verse Map of Vancouver: "Down one at The Nat" (P) - 2009
Rocksalt: "Grey Diamond Wallpaper" (P) - 2008
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)