POET for Culture and Cocktails on the Prairie

David Taylor, an Assistant Professor of Environmental Humanities at Stony Brook University,grew up on Northside Avenue in Lewisville and spent much of his time fishing and wandering the "floodgates," now LLELA. His writing crosses disciplinary boundaries and genres—poetry, creative non-fiction, scholarship and science/technical writing; however, at the core of his work always is the concern for environmental sustainability and community. He is the author and editor of eight books. His poetry includes two books Palm Up, Palm Down (Wings Press, 2017), Praying Up the Sun (Pecan Grove Press, 2008) and a chapbook The Log from The Sea of Cortez: A Poem Series (Wings Press, 2013) based on John Steinbeck’s 1940 collecting trip with biologist Ed Ricketts.

David is lead editor for a forthcoming collection of Cuban and US ecocriticism titled An Island in the Stream: Ecocritical and Literary Responses to Cuban Environmental Culture (Lexington Books, 2019). Steve Wolverton and he co-edited and contributed to a collection of essays about an interdisciplinary project on Mesa Verde archaeological sites and their representations to the public, titled Sushi in Cortez: Essays from the Edge of Academia (University of Utah Press, 2015). Natural history writing and creative non-fiction includes Lawson’s Fork: Headwaters to the Confluence (Hub City Press, 2000), a personal narrative on the history and natural history of Lawson’s Fork, Spartanburg’s local river. He also edited an anthology, Pride of Place: A Contemporary Anthology of Texas Nature Writing (UNT Press, 2006) and was interviewed about this book on NPR on Earth Day, 2006.