Search more than 3,000 biographies of contemporary and classic poets.
Taylor Johnson is from Washington, DC. He is the author of Inheritance (Alice James Books, 2020), winner of the Norma Faber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America, and named as one of the best poetry books of 2020 by the New York Times. Taylor has received fellowships from Cave Canem, Yaddo, The Nicholson Project, Callaloo, and the Conversation Literary Festival, among other organizations. He is the winner of the 2017 Larry Neal Writers’ Award from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the 2021 Judith A. Markowitz Award for Emerging Writers from Lambda Literary, and a 2021 Pushcart Prize for his poem “Trans is against nostalgia.” His work appears in Poetry, The Paris Review, and Scalawag, among other literary journals. Taylor is a student of the percussive architecture of go-go music. Johnson was named the inaugural Poet-in-Residence at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. In 2022, Johnson was appointed poet laureate of Takoma Park.