2.11 (Episode 64) Featuring Taylor Byas

Taylor Byas is a Black Chicago native currently living in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she is now a third year PhD student and Yates scholar at the University of Cincinnati, and an Assistant Features Editor for The Rumpus. She is the 1st place winner of the 2020 Poetry Super Highway, the 2020 Frontier Poetry Award for New Poets Contests, the 2021 Adrienne Rich Poetry Prize, and a finalist for the 2020 Frontier OPEN Prize. She is the author of the chapbook Bloodwarm from Variant Lit, a second chapbook, Shutter, forthcoming from Madhouse Press, and her debut full-length, I Done Clicked My Heels Three Times, forthcoming from Soft Skull Press in Spring of 2023. She is represented by Rena Rossner of the Deborah Harris Agency.

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About the reading: “The poems I’m reading are from my current poetry work-in-progress, which considers how the male gaze influences constructions of womanhood and identity. This project pulls from multiple genres for inspiration: critical theory, visual art, photography, and cinematography to more fully explore this society’s ways of seeing. How does the woman form an authentic self when her own self-construction has been shaped through the lens of her oppressor? Is the “I” that we all know really who we are, or an idealized double? These are the questions that his project seek to probe.”

Watch Taylor’s reading here!
Taylor Byas


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