Tess Taylor

Tess Taylor is the author of the chapbook The Misremembered World, selected by Eavan Boland for the Poetry Society of America’s inaugural chapbook fellowship, The Forage House, which was a finalist for the Believer poetry prize, and Work & Days, which was named one of the best books of poetry of 2016 by The New York Times. Ilya Kaminsky recently hailed her as “the poet for our moment.”  In spring 2020 she will publish two books of poems: Last West, part of Dorothea Lange: Words & Pictures exhibition at the MoMA, and Rift Zone, from Red Hen Press. She is a poetry reviewer for NPR’s All Things Considered. 

Alta Asks Live: Tess Taylor

It's been a busy Spring for Tess Taylor. The poet joins Heather Scott Partington to discuss her two books, "Rift Zone" and "Last West: Roadsongs for Dorothea Lange." 

Poet Tess Taylor is the author of several acclaimed collections of poetry, including Rift Zone.

A Poem by Tess Taylor

The California-based poet reflects on a painful past in this poem from her forthcoming collection, Rift Zone. 


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