Taylor Steele

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Taylor Steele is a spoken word artist, screenwriter, playwright & essayist. 5th at 2015 Women of the World Poetry Slam. 6th in 2016. Triple Taurus. Lover of coffee, Netflix, & intersectional feminism.

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It's Been 5Ever!

July 16, 2016, 4:17 pm

Hey, World!


It's been too long since my last update. Here's what's a-shakin'


1. In addition to writing for The Body Is Not an Apology, I am now ALSO a content writer for the lovely humans over at Philadelphia Printworks and a columnist for the remarkable Drunken Boat Journal.


2. I'm a member of Union Square Slam's inaugural National Poetry Slam Team! Along with Patrick Roche, Kearah Armonie, and Nkosi Nkululeko, I will be competing against over 70 teams from across the nation from August 1-7th. We could use your help getting to Decatur, Georgia! 


3. I am working on TWO scripts! One is for my application to NHMC's annual Television Writers Program. The other is just for, well, funsies. 


4. I was turned down for 2 teaching artists gigs this month, so I'm looking into other work for the Fall onwards.


5. I got another video up on Button Poetry! It's always so cool to see that others value your work and your voice.


Thank you all again for your continued support! Being a Black woman in America means being angry and tired and scared all the time. I will gladly and shamelessly take all the help I can get. <3

Happy New Year, Taylor! Here's to even more success in 2017!
Posted By: carl
1121 days 9 hrs 29 mins 54 secs ago
1. Congratulations! 2. Good luck at NPS! 3. Two? Wow! 4. You'll find something better than those two. 5. Congrats! And thanks for putting so much more art out into the world. It's important.
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1286 days 10 hrs 20 mins 54 secs ago
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March 24, 2016, 11:04 am

Y'all, it's been a minute since I've posted here, but that's because so much has been happening that I haven't had a chance to sit down! 


The Lowdown

I had a 10-minute play based on my poem "I Tell Medusa I'm Lonely" up at the Manhattan Repertory Theatre for a 3-night performance


I competed in the Women of the World Poetry Slam...and came in 6th!


I've been writing for The Body is Not an Apology


I finished a 50-page manuscript, my first ever full-length collection


I'm having a chapbook published by Pizza Pi Press (shhh. idk if that's supposed to be a secret. oops)


I've got 4 poems being published by 3 different publications in the next few weeks


I am now a mentor through Urban Word NYC


And 2 other things that I'm sure I can't talk about yet! (actual secrets)


Thank y'all for your support. Srsly. Next on the list of things to do is booking college performances and GETTING A NEW WEBSITE. If you've got it to give (or know someone who does) please donate here, so I can get a new-fangled Squarespace site up and running. Besos y besos!

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I'm Doin' It, Doin' It, Doin' It (Kinda) Well

January 16, 2016, 6:33 pm

Here's what I've accomplished this year thanks to all of my lovely supporters (and my mom)!


1. Applied to Pratt

2. Wrote a whole chapbook in 3 days

3. Submitted aforementioned chapbook to the Rattle Poetry Prize

4. Started my musical (whattttt?! ikr)

5. Paid to slam in the All City Slam for WOWPS 


Thank you thank you thank you over and over again!!!


Next up on my plate:


1. Paying rent! (lol plz halp)

2. Submitting my chapbook to more contests, including YesYes Books

3. Printing more of my older/handmade chapbook (Me+Dusa) 

4. Writing another scene for my MUSICAL (literally, what am I even doing?!)

5. Writing/memorizing more poems for the All City Slam


I'm just trying to re-shape the world the best way I know how, and that's through re-shaping myself. Thank you for joining me on this journey, y'all! Stay beautiful.


Here's a song that gets me through the tough days. #6God

Hi Taylor, How can I buy a copy of each of your chapbooks? Thanks!
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1468 days 7 hrs 35 mins 54 secs ago
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WOWPS (Women of the World Poetry Slam) 2016

December 30, 2015, 3:31 pm

Hi world! Last year, I was incredibly blessed to not only win my way to WOWPS, but to be one of 12 women/GNC poets to slam on finals stage. Hands down, one of the most humbling, beautiful, powerful moments of my life. I am going for WOWPS again this year, but a little differently. I have submitted a video to PSI's (Poetry Slam Inc.) video slam. The winner of this slam gets free registration and a chance at finals stage in 2016.

TL;DR: If you could vote for my video of "All These Bodies," that would be so very lit. This poem is probably the thing I am most proud of this year, and I hope it speaks to you. 

PSI Video Slam 2015

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What's Next? Part 2.

December 23, 2015, 12:46 pm

1. I'm so excited to announce that I am one of The Body Is Not An Apology's newest content writers!


2. I also have an article forthcoming on Samuel French's online magazine about an amazing playwright - but you'll just have to read it when it comes out!


3. What's next for me right now, though, is paying for my grad school app - singular app. I am only applying to one school, and that's Pratt. Their creative writing MFA is an all-inclusive writing program, which means I'd get to write and study poetry, fiction, playwriting, screenwriting - whatever I want. Their program has an emphasis on social justice and advocacy, which is just as important to me as the writing itself. I think I have a good chance getting in, I just need help applying! 

Congrats, Taylor! The Pratt program sounds great. Good luck!
Posted By: carl
1497 days 16 hrs 47 mins 54 secs ago
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What's Next?

November 27, 2015, 3:29 pm

I have a few slams, performances, and deadlines coming up that I'm super excited (and nervous) about! Learn more/RSVP by clicking the links below:


December 2 - Performance at Judson Memorial Church | Poetry Exploring Self-Care

December 4 - Application Deadline for Cave Canem's 2016 Retreat

December 11 - Application Deadline for 2016 Emerging Poets Fellowship

December 13 - Application Deadline for 2016 Callalloo Writing Workshop in Oxford

December 14 - Women of the World Poetry Slam Finals | Union Square Slam