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John TaylorJohn Taylor, born in 1952, is an American writer, critic, and translator who has lived in France since 1977. His most recent books of poetry and short prose are The Apocalypse Tapestries (Xenos Books), If Night is Falling (Bitter Oleander Press), and The Dark Brightness (Xenos Books). As a translator, he has won grants and prizes from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Sonia Raiziss Charitable Foundation, and the Academy of American Poets. In 2015, his translation of José-Flore Tappy’s poetry (Sheds, Bitter Oleander Press) was a finalist for the National Translation Award of the American Literary Translators Association. His recent translations include books by Philippe Jaccottet, Pierre-Albert Jourdan, Pierre Chappuis, Catherine Colomb, Georges Perros, Alfredo de Palchi, and Lorenzo Calogero. His critical essays on European poetry in general and French literature in particular have been published in five volumes at Transaction Publishers, the latest of which is A Little Tour through European Poetry.



Trás-os-Montes, a poetry collection by José-Flore Tappy,
translated from the French by John Taylor,
is now available from MadHat Press.

Grassy Stairways, a poetry collection
by John Taylor, is now available from MadHat Press.


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