Mervyn Taylor

Mervyn Taylor is a Trinidad-born poet who divides his time between Brooklyn, New York and his island home. He has taught at Bronx Community College, The New School, and in the New York City public school system. He has read his poems to diverse audiences, and his work has appeared in such journals as Poetry International, St. Ann’s Review, Sulfur, Rattapallax, in BigCityLit, the online journal, and in the recent anthology, Chance of A Ghost. He is the author of three volumes of poetry, An Island of His Own, The Goat, and the recently published Gone Away, all from Junction Press. He can be heard reading his poetry on the CD Road Clear, accompanied by renowned bassist David Williams. About Taylor’s poems Derek Walcott has observed, “The sense of search, of the avoidance of flash, mutes his meters to an admirable degree, and the tone, which he found remarkably early, keeps him separate and unique.” For more information, email