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Sam Taylor is the author of three books of poems, Body of the World, Nude Descending an Empire, and The Book of Fools: An Essay in Memoir and Verse. His poems have appeared in such journals as The New Republic, AGNI, Orion Magazine, Poetry Daily, Massachusetts Review, and The Kenyon Review. A native of Miami, he has been a wilderness caretaker in the mountains of northern New Mexico and traveled around the world with the Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship. He has also received the Dobie Paisano Fellowship, The Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize, the Anne Halley Prize, and numerous residency awards from such places as Yaddo, Djerassi, Ucross, The Studios at Key West, and the Vermont Studio Center. He currently tends a wild garden in Kansas, where he is an Associate Professor and directs the MFA Program at Wichita State. Visit his website at

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