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Tess Taylor

Tess Taylor is the author of The Forage House (Red Hen, 2013), a finalist for the Believer Poetry Award. Her work has appeared in the Atlantic, Boston Review, Harvard Review, the Times Literary Supplement, and the New Yorker. She chairs the poetry committee of the National Book Critics Circle, is the on-air poetry reviewer for NPR’s All Things Considered, and was a professor of English at Whittier College.


El Camino Real

July 13, 2015 | Poetry

The corridor, a New Jersey of the West, its stucco newness.
What king was it that built this highway?


Summer 2015 | Poetry

In every sale a list of ways your home 
could be destroyed: flood, poison, earthquake, fire. 

Private family graveyard at Monticello. Charlottesville, VA. (iStockPhoto / Gene Krebs)

Remembering the Randolphs

Summer 2013 | Memoir

As soon as I began to ask questions, I realized how much work had gone into no longer asking them, into silences or re-​routings, into omissions, not-​noticings—​into a carefully pruned rhetoric of absence. When I began to realize I wanted the answers to such questions, I realized how afraid I was of asking them at all. 

On Launching My First Book

September 9, 2013 | Essays

I’ve only been a first-time author for about two weeks now, ever since my first collection of poems The Forage House came out.  However, I do know something about what to do while waiting for a book to come out. I've been about to be a [...]