Tess Taylor Profile PictureTess Taylor’s  body of work deals with place, ecology, memory and cultural reckoning.  She has published five celebrated poetry collections: The Misremembered World, The Forage House,  Last West: Roadsongs for Dorothea Lange, and Rift Zone, one of the Boston Globe’s best books of 2020. Her book Work & Days was one of the NY Times’ best poetry books of 2016. Her work as a cultural critic appears in Harpers Magazine, The Atlantic, The Kenyon Review, Poetry, Tin House, The Times Literary Supplement, CNN, and The New York Times.  She has taught widely, from UC Berkeley to Queen’s University Belfast. She is currently at work on two plays, one of which is a stage adaptation of her book of poems about  American photographer Dorothea Lange.  In fall 2023, she published her first full length poetry anthology:  Leaning Toward Light: Poems for Gardens and the Hands that Tend Them, a collection of contemporary gardening poems for an era of climate crisis. She lives and gardens just outside Berkeley, California.