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Jennifer Taylor is a writer, editor, and book critic based in Georgia. Most of her life has been spent moving from place to place, as evidenced by the fact that she has moved 37 times. She has a list to back up her claim, which is available upon request.

Jennifer’s favorite city is Chicago where she lived for five years. Over that time, she moved from five different neighborhoods with the help of a man named Roy who owns a small moving business and charges $200 per move.  She found her niche in the Ukrainian Village with a colorful cast of characters including a 70-something woman who pruned her grass with scissors while clad in a bikini, and a former day trader turned motorized rickshaw owner, both of whom have been chronicled in Jennifer’s essays. 

 

After slogging away in Corporate America, she received her MFA in Creative Writing with a double concentration in Fiction and Nonfiction from Chatham University in Pittsburgh. She is the 2008 recipient of the Alumnae Graduate Cornerstone Award for Writing from Chatham. 

Jennifer has been a book critic for Publishers Weekly for 13 years. Book reviews also appear in Bookslut and Fiction Writers Review

 

She has been a preliminary judge for Aspen Shortsfest for the past three years. She screens short films, writes a brief review and includes if she thinks they should be included in the Aspen Film Festival. 


Her freelance writing has appeared in a variety of publications such as: Atlanta Business Magazine, Chic Galleria, Chicago Sun-Times, H2O Magazine, Inkling Magazine, Mother Nature Network, Pittsburgh Magazine, Savannah Magazine, The Charleston Review, The Piedmont Review, The South Magazine, The Sunday Paper, and additional regional magazines.  

Her fiction appears in HobartPoetry/Interview/Fiction, Shaking Literature and Southern Women's Review

For twelve years Jennifer was a co-founding editor of damselfly press, an award-winning online literary journal devoted to publishing fiction, poetry, and nonfiction written by women. 

 

She was a reader for Tin House Magazine for a decade. 


Jennifer served as an acquisitions editor for Leapfrog Press, an independent publisher of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.

Her e-mail address is: jrtaylor1@mac.com