Catherine Taylor

Catherine Taylor is the author of Image Text Music, a collection of essays on visual culture; You, Me, and the Violence; and Apart, a mixed-genre memoir and political history that combines prose, poetry, cultural theory, and found texts from South African archives. Her first book, Giving Birth: A Journey Into the World of Mothers and Midwives (Penguin Putnam), won the Lamaze International Birth Advocate Award. Her essays, poetry, and reviews have appeared in the Seneca Review, The Colorado Review, Witness, The Believer, and elsewhere, and she is a founding editor of Essay Press, an independent press dedicated to publishing innovative essays in book form. Taylor was a cofounder and producer of The Human Rights Watch Film Festival, and she has received residencies at MacDowell, Yaddo, Djerassi, the Millay Colony, and others. Taylor received her Ph.D. from Duke University. Taylor is a founding codirector of the Image Text M.F.A. and ITI Press.

Academic Research/Specialty Areas

  • Collaborative practice
  • Interdisciplinary art
  • Print media
  • Experimental and hybrid forms
  • Literature
  • Visual art
  • Writing

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Exhibitions and Presentations (Selected)

  • Reading. Tate Modern, London (2022)
  • Reading. bruno. Venice, Italy (2022)
  • Lecture. Royal College of Art, London (2022)

Publications (Selected)

  • Taylor, Catherine. Image Text Music. Milan: SPBH Editions, 2022.
  • Taylor, Catherine. You, Me, and the Violence. Columbus, OH: 21st Century Essays, Ohio State University Press, 2017.
  • Taylor, Catherine. Apart. New York: Ugly Duckling Presse, 2012, 2016.
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