Richard Tayson’s second book of poetry is The World Underneath (Kent State University Press, 2008). His first book of poetry, The Apprentice of Fever (Kent State University Press, 1998), was the 1997 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize winner. Tayson’s other awards include a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, Prairie Schooner’s Edward Stanley Award, and a Pushcart Prize. His poems appear in over fifty publications in five countries, including the Paris Review, Colorado Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Kenyon Review, American Poetry: The Next Generation; I Do / I Don't: Queers on Marriage; Poetry Nation (Canada); Jugular Defences (England); and Best of Prairie Schooner. His coauthored book of non-fiction, Look Up for Yes (Viking-Penguin, 1998), appeared on bestseller lists in Germany, and has been included in Reader’s Digest’s Today’s Best Nonfiction in the United States and Australia. Tayson has taught writing workshops at Rutgers University and The New School, and is currently a Chancellor’s Fellow in the Ph.D. program in English at City University of New York’s Graduate Center where he is where he is working on a dissertation concerning William Blake's influence on American punk rock. (booksense)
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