National Poetry Month: National Poetry Month 2023: Taylor Byas

National Poetry Month 2023

The Columbus State Library's 8th Annual National Poetry Month Celebration will take place on April 5th, 2023, in partnership with the Columbus Metropolitan Library. Pre-registration is not required to attend the events.

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Dr. Byas smiling and looking off cameraTaylor Byas, Ph.D. is a Black Chicago native currently living in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she is a Yates scholar at the University of Cincinnati, an Associate Editor for The Cincinnati Review, and an Assistant Features Editor for The Rumpus. She is the 1st place winner of the 2020 Poetry Super Highway, the 2020 Frontier Poetry Award for New Poets Contest, and the 2021 Adrienne Rich Poetry Prize, and a finalist for the 2020 Frontier OPEN Prize. She is the author of the chapbook Bloodwarm from Variant Lit, a second chapbook, Shutter, from Madhouse Press, and her debut full-length, I Done Clicked My Heels Three Times, forthcoming from Soft Skull Press in August of 2023. She is  also a coeditor of The Southern Poetry Anthology, Vol X: Alabama, forthcoming from Texas Review Press, and Poemhood: Our Black Revival, a YA anthology forthcoming from HarperCollins. Learn more at

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