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John Taylor
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John Taylor

Born in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1952, John Taylor moved to France in 1977, where he currently resides.

He is the author of two poetry collections: If Night Is Falling (Bitter Oleander Press, 2012) and The Apocalypse Tapestries (Xenos Books, 2004). His other published works include books of short stories and prose.

Also a translator, Taylor wrote the critically acclaimed, three-volume Paths to Contemporary French Literature (2004, 2007, 2011) and Into the Heart of European Poetry (2008)—all four books published by Transaction.

He is the recipient of the 2013 Raiziss/de Palchi Fellowship from the Academy of American Poets for his work on the translation of Selected Poems by Lorenzo Calogero.

Of Taylor’s award-winning manuscript, judge Barbara Carle wrote: “His distinct skill in recreating an analogous form mirroring the original, his respect for line breaks, alliteration, assonance, rhyme, syntax, and meaning, enables him to successfully transpose the Italian into English. His in depth knowledge of both languages supplies him with the crucial balance needed for mastering the transaction between form and content. The translator must be humble, but inventive, bold, yet respectful, consistent, still willing to take risks from time to time. John Taylor’s translations reveal all these qualities and more.”

Taylor’s other honors include awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Sonia Raiziss Charitable Foundation.

A critic of contemporary European writing for Anglo-American readers, Taylor writes the Poetry Today column in the Antioch Review and has long been a regular contributor to the Times Literary Supplement. He lives in Saint-Barthélemy d'Anjou, France.


Selected Bibliography

Poetry

If Night Is Falling (Bitter Oleander Press, 2012)
The Apocalypse Tapestries (Xenos Books, 2004)

Prose

Paths to Contemporary French Literature, Vol. 3 (Transaction, 2011)
Into the Heart of European Poetry (Transaction, 2008)
Paths to Contemporary French Literature, Vol. 2 (Transaction, 2007)
Paths to Contemporary French Literature, Vol. 1 (Transaction, 2004)

Fiction

Now the Summer Came to Pass (Story Line Press, 2004)
Mysteries of the Body and the Mind (Story Line Press, 1998)
The Presence of Things Past (Story Line Press, 1992)

Translations by
John Taylor

A Love by Lorenzo Calogero

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