Ken Taylor was born in Mobile, AL and currently lives and writes in North Carolina, with his wife and two daughters. Taylor’s father was in the US Air Force and the family moved often living in Texas, Montana, Florida, New Mexico, Alabama and Maryland. He went to college at Auburn University in Auburn, AL where he first began writing and publishing poems and short stories in local literary magazines. Taylor dropped out after three years and worked harvesting grapes in Fresno, California. He moved to San Francisco for a short stint, wrote and read poetry in the Mission and North Beach. He soon left to work for an oil exploration company doing contract survey and seismograph jobs in Nevada, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana. Taylor returned to Auburn and got involved in the theater, where he acted in plays and wrote a one-act play, Vows, produced by the University. He graduated from Auburn in 1981 with a B.A. in English. After college, Taylor spent the next 20 years living in Atlanta, New York and LA working as an actor, playwright and screenwriter. His full-length plays, Looking for Grace and The Name of the Bar is Heaven were produced in LA. Taylor started a niche intellectual property investigative company, Marksmen, in 1998. He moved to Chapel Hill, NC in 2000. In 2004 he won a short-format play writing contest, which became 24 Hour Donut, a 10-minute play produced in Wilmington, DE. Taylor traveled extensively throughout the US and Europe promoting and expanding his business. He took up art in 2005, producing pastel and pencil drawings that he has sold to private collections in Toronto, Washington, DC and Hamburg. Taylor stopped writing until May 2010, when he entered a competition for the Fish Poetry Prize in Ireland. Matt Sweeney short-listed two of his poems and selected one to be published in the 2010 Fish Anthology. Since then, he has been a finalist in several poetry contests, nominated for a Pushcart Award and his poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Stony Thursday Book, elimae, MiPOesias, Eclectica Magazine, Red River Review, OCHO, Whale Sound, The New Guard and PoetsArtists.