My Qualifications

I have been editing online and print poetry publications for fifteen years and hold an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. I am a past poetry editor at PRISM international, edited the anthology What the Poets are Doing: Canadian Poets in Conversation, and served as guest editor for Best Canadian Poetry 2019. I have served on the juries of numerous poetry competitions, including the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize, the Archibald Lampman Award, and BC’s Poetry in Transit program. I have taught and edited manuscripts at UBC, the University of the Fraser Valley and Simon Fraser University.

I’ve also had my own poems and stories rejected over 1400 times! I know how hard it can be to get published, and am happy to share what I’ve learned with you.



My Online Course

I currently teach “Introduction to Poetry“, an online course offered by SFU Continuing Studies here in Vancouver. The course is offered twice a year, starting in January and September, each time running for three months. As my ability to take on one-on-one mentorships fluctuates wildly from semester to semester, the course is the best and most reliable way to work with me. It’s open to writers of all skill levels anywhere in the world, and it’s a lot of fun!

You can learn more about the course and register here.



One-on-One Editing

I will consider anything from ten pages of poems up to full book-length manuscripts. My feedback consists of hand-written line edits as well as broader feedback provided either in person, via Skype, or in writing.

Depending on my availability, multiple “mentoring” sessions can be arranged over a 3, 6 or 12 month period.

If you are interested in working with me, email me at roblucastaylor(at) with a short overview of your project (number of poems/pages), your timeline, and a few sample poems. Note that I am often unable to take on new editing work (two kids at home!), but please do query.



What Others Have Said

“I really appreciate the time Rob took with my poems – I carry his advice into places outside of the poetic craft. When I write, I plan on using his generous critical approach to my work.”

– Alex Carey, 6-Month Mentorship

“I was impressed by Rob’s professional patience and thoroughness, knowledge of the genre and willingness to be generous in his praise and honest and straightforward in his criticism. His eyes combed out many a burr and opened up many a possibility. Having done this kind of consultative work in the field of history manuscripts, I can say that Rob went beyond the call of contractual duty, for which I am deeply grateful.”

– Michael Power, Manuscript Consultation

“Working with Rob was an invaluable experience that focused my poetry and helped give me a greater sense of purpose in my writing. His generous feedback gave me direction in my rewrites, and pushed me to approach the poems in a different way. His responses always pinpointed both the specific weaknesses in the poems as well as the broader and more common problems in my writing, and gave me suggestions on how to work with them. Overall, the experience was incredibly positive and Rob’s encouragement has greatly increased my own confidence in my writing.”

– Alison Braid, 6-Month Mentorship