Jackson Taylor

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Jackson Taylor is the Associate Director of The New School's Graduate Writing Program, which he helped launch, and where he teaches. For more than fifteen years he has been the Director of The Prison Writing Program at PENAmericanCenter. His short fiction has appeared in Spit, Pink, Moss and Punk, and his poems have appeared in Lit, Sleeping Fish, Witness, and others. For three years he worked at The New York Times in the Culture, Arts and Leisure, and the National desks. He holds a BA from Columbia and an MFA from SarahLawrenceCollege. He lives in Manhattan and Greenport.

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On the eve of the Great Depression, Verna Krone, the child of Irish immigrants, must leave the eighth grade and begin working as a maid to help support her family. Her employer takes inappropriate liberties, and as Verna matures, it seems as if each man she meets is worse than the last. Through sheer force of will and a few chance encounters, she manages to teach herself to read and becomes a nurse. But Verna’s new life falls to pieces when she is arrested for assisting a black doctor with...

My Life in 8 Words

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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Seek what is essential and exceptional--forget the rest.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Crooning.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Moving to New York at 17.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Discovering a truth.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Lying.

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