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BiographyRob Taylor was born in Port Moody, BC, and currently lives in Vancouver with his wife, Marta.
He has been writing poetry since 2003, and his poetry has appeared in more than forty journals, magazines and anthologies. His individual poems have won multiple awards, including a longlisting in the Best Canadian Poetry anthology.
His first book of poetry, The Other Side of Ourselves, was published in April 2011 from Cormorant Books. Prior to publication, the manuscript for the book won the 2010 Alfred G. Bailey Prize.
Rob has also published four chapbooks of poems: splattered earth (2006), Child of Saturday (2008), Lyric (2010) and Smoothing the Holy Surfaces (2012), the latter two of which were published by The Alfred Gustav Press.
Rob is currently the poetry editor at PRISM international. 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.
In 2011 Rob was part of the team that "resurrected" Vancouver's Dead Poets Reading Series, which he still operates as one of the coordinators.
"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
"Evidently constructing his creative career the way he builds a poem — carefully, methodically, and with expertise that demonstrates a deliberate mastery of the trade — Taylor leaves me anxious to see him compose the most challenging monument of all: the full-length book of poetry."
- Deanne Beattie, The Peak
"Another notable in the anthology is Rob Taylor, who proves he is a contender for best amongst the emerging Vancouver poets. His striking narrative-driven piece, “Grey Diamond Wallpaper”, is a prime example of his ability to keep a reader lingering on the final words of his poems."
- Daniel Zomparelli, Poetry is Dead
Selected AwardsAlfred G. Bailey Prize, 2010
subTerrain Lush Triumphant Award for Poetry (runner-up), 2010
OCW Magazine Poem of the Year (co-winner), 2010
Best Canadian Poetry 2011 (longlisted), 2011
Selected AdjudicationDorothy 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 PublicationsAlive at the Center: "The Wailing Machines" - 2013
The Fiddlehead: 2 Poems - Summer 2012 (#252)
Geist: "The Slave Castle of Elmina" - Spring 2012
SubTerrain: "Advent" - Fall 2011 (#59)
SubTerrain: "The Great Ceiling" - Spring 2011 (#58)
SubTerrain: "Early Rain" - Fall 2010 (#56)
Prairie Fire: 3 Poems - Summer 2010 (Volume 31, 2)
The Antigonish Review: 1 Poem - Summer 2010 (#162)
CV2: "The Same Thing" - Spring 2010 (Volume 32, 4)
Riddle Fence: "The Party", "Morning After" - Spring 2010 (#5)
SubTerrain: "Wintering", "Viaticum" - Spring 2009 (#52)
A Verse Map of Vancouver: "Down one at The Nat" - 2009
Rocksalt: "Grey Diamond Wallpaper" - 2008
The Antigonish Review: 2 Poems - Fall 2008 (#154)
The Dalhousie Review: 1 Poem - Autumn 2007 (Volume 87, 3)
Vancouver Review: "the new phoenix" - Spring 2007 (#13)
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