John Allen Taylor grew up in Los Angeles, CA, completed his bachelors in Spokane, WA, his masters in Boston, MA, & currently lives in Ypsilanti, MI, where he directs the Writing Center at the University of Michigan - Dearborn. He has worked in the writing centers at Whitworth University, Boston Architectural College, & Emerson College, where he also completed an MFA in poetry & taught in the First Year Writing Program.

He serves as the senior poetry reader at Ploughshares and co-directs the Adroit Journal Summer Mentorship Program.

He likes kombucha, California poppies, goldfish, & diner-ware from the 1940s. He’s teaching himself to bake sourdough bread.