B.A., Tulane University, 1982
M.A., University of New Hampshire, 1985
D.Ed., Harvard University, 1997
Professor of English, Dr. Ellen M. Taylor received her doctorate in the Language, Literacy, and Culture program at Harvard University, focusing on narrative development. She completed her BA in English at Tulane University, and her MA in poetry from the University of New Hampshire.
Her classes at UMA include Creative Writing, which focuses on the short story, poetry, and memoir; Poetry: Cross-Cultural Forms and Themes; Poetry of the Holocaust; Contemporary Latin American Literature, as well as Women and Gender Studies. Her research interests include literature and human rights, poetry of witness and marginalized voices. She teaches at the Maine State Prison in a B.A. program funded by the Sunshine Foundation, and on the outside, she frequently works with students on directed studies for individual writing projects. Her courses are a combination of lecture, discussion, and writing exercises. All are writing intensive.
Dr. Taylor has two poetry collections from Moon Pie Press, Compass Rose (2015), and Floating (2009), as well as two chapbooks Humming to Snails (2005), and Letters from the Third World by Sheltering Pines Press (2006). Taylor chairs the annual Terry Plunkett Maine Poetry Festival, held each April at UMA. She has published in literary journals regionally, nationally, and in the West Indies, and Slovenia.
She just finished a Fulbright semester in Slovenia, teaching Creative Writing and literature at the University in Ljubljana.