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Taylor Brorby is an essayist, poet, and environmentalist. He received his M.A. in Liberal Studies from Hamline University in 2013, and is currently pursuing his MFA in Creative Writing and Environment at Iowa State University.Taylor’s work has appeared in Written River, Rock, Paper, Scissors, The Englewood Review of Books, on Minnesota Public Radio, North Dakota Public Radio, numerous newspapers, Augsburg Fortress, On Second Thought, the Northern Plains Ethics Journal, Chelsea Station, The EcoTheo Review, Sleet Magazine, High Country News, The Loft’s Writer’s Block, the anthology Kissing in the Chapel, Praying in the Frat House: Wrestling with Faith and College.
Taylor has been awarded grants from Hamline University, St. Olaf College, Iowa State University, the North Dakota Humanities Council, and received Honorable Mention in The Loft’s Mentor Series. He has held residencies at Holden Village, St. Olaf College, Blue Mountain Center, and St. John’s University. He has been interviewed about his work as a writer and environmentalist on North Dakota Public Radio and National Public Radio.
Taylor is currently writing “A Vespers for Climate Change,” working on a poetry collection related to the Bakken oil boom, and editing an anthology of creative writing on fracking for Ice Cube Press. He has lectured at St. Olaf College, the University of Minnesota–Crookston, Concordia College, and Seattle University, and at Holden Village, as well as Luther College, Concordia College, and Augustana College–Rock Island. He is a blogger for The Huffington Post, where he writes on education and environmentalism, a contributing editor for The EcoTheo Review, where he writes a monthly column, “Commons Sense,” reviews books for The Englewood Review, as well as journals for Review Review. He is a member of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment and the Association of Writers and Writing Programs.