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 likes kombucha, California poppies, goldfish, & diner-ware from the 1940s.

He serves as the senior poetry reader at Ploughshares, and he's represented by a still-feral cat.