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.
It's been too long since my last update. Here's what's a-shakin'
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
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!
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!
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 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.
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!
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
Hello world. My name is Taylor Steele, and thanks for stopping by my little corner of the virtual world.
My formal bio thing:
Taylor Steele is a spoken word artist, screenwriter, playwright, and essayist. She received her BA from The New School University, graduating with Departmental Honors in Cultural and Screen Studies. She has been published by Apogee Journal, HEArt Journal, Wicked Banshee Press, Slant News, and Blackberry Magazine. Taylor placed 5th in the 2015 Women of the World Poetry Slam, and was a member of the winning team at the 2015 Northbeast Underground Tournament Slam. She is particularly called to write about politics of the body and believes in the power of art to change, shape, and heal.
But really, all I wanna do is change the world, and I don't think that's asking for much. By supporting me here, you are helping me devote more time to my writing. As a poet, playwright/screenwriter, and essayist, it's difficult to divide my time between the mediums and also, you know, pay rent. I'm currently working on: booking myself a national tour for the beginning of 2016 and re-printing my Medusa-themed chapbook. My work is: about survival about being loud about taking up space about my Blackness about my womanhood about sexism about rape culture about bell hooks about love love love.