Tess Taylor’s is a poet and theatre artist from northern California. Her poetry often explores place, history, and ecosystem, and has been praised for revealing ‘not so much a blending of the environmental and social, but that the two are inseparable and in direct relationship.’ She is the author of five collections of poetry and a chapbook, The Misremembered World. Work & Days was hailed as “our moment’s Georgic” by critic Stephanie Burt and named one of the 10 best books of poetry of 2016 by The New York Times. Last West, Roadsongs for Dorothea Lange Taylor’s third book, was commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art as part of the Dorothea Lange: Words & Pictures exhibition. Her most recent book, Rift Zone was named one of the best books of 2020 by The Boston Globe. Taylor was Distinguished Fulbright US Scholar at the Seamus Heaney Centre in Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland and so is delighted to be back in the UK working on two emergent projects: Last West (a theatre piece based on the book of poems) and ‘Intimate Addresses’, a podcast about artists’ lives. An anthology of poems she edited, ‘Leaning Toward Light: Poems for Gardens and the Hands that Tend Them’ will be released this coming August.