KEEP POETRY WEIRD

Collaborative Writing Workshops.

BIPOC + Trans-Affirming.

Sex-Positive Feminism.

#LouisvillePoetry #KeepPoetryWeird


 

ASHLEY TAYLOR [she/they] is part of a radical vanguard of poetry professors who believe in bridging academic and community writing workshops that are accessible, inclusive, and diverse in their pedagogy and approach. Ashley continually questions the conventions of academic discourse and empowers her students to read and interpret analytically, to think critically and creatively, and to evaluate ideas from multiple perspectives. She develops programming that amplifies emerging marginalized voices, focuses on themes of resistance and joy, and engages with texts that address notions of identity, conformity, and the body politic.

Ashley encourages sex-positive feminism and trans-affirming LGBTQ + BIPOC activism and advocacy (NJNP Louisville, Black Queer Poetry Collective, Louisville Queer Writing Group, “In Other Words” LLA Poetry Workshop on Women’s Liberation + Resistance, Eng 101: American Subcultures, Queer Writing Showcase, and Erotic Poetry Night @ the Limbo TikiBar that raised funds for the Kentucky Health Justice Network). All events 100% free.

Ashley is a poet performer and an MFA candidate at Spalding University’s School of Professional and Creative Writing. She also earned an MA in English from the University of Louisville, where they served as graduate editor of Miracle Monocle, facilitator of UofL’s LGBTQ Creative Writing Group, and writing instructor of College Composition and Introduction to Creative Writing. Ashley is the founder of the reading series River City Revue, author of The Metamorphosis of Narcissus (Damaged Goods Press, 2019), and a teacher at the Jewish Community Center in Louisville, Kentucky. She writes poems that bridge theory and narrative. They are elliptical, associative, full of litanies, formally ambitious, and scratch at trauma, identity, motherhood, and ontology.

 

Yes, poetry – april 29, 2020

“Untitled Fear of Intimacy”

Editor: Joanna Valente. This is a magazine for the outcasts – for the kind of people who don’t settle, for the kind of people who dream, for the kind of people who want to make the world a better place.

CRAB FAT MAGAZINE – April 2020

“Untitled Essay on Articulating the Distance”

Editors: Caseyrenée Lopez + Willy Weaver. Crab Fat publishes experimental, traditional, queer, feminist, punk, literary, & avant-garde prose & poetry.

 vAgabond city – issue 47

“Untitled Fear of Intimacy: Celibacy”

A digital space feat. Poetry, art, nonfiction, interviews, and reviews by marginalized creators.

vAgabond city – issue 47

“Untitled Mise-en-abyme”

A digital space feat. Poetry, art, nonfiction, interviews, and reviews by marginalized creators.

 

IF ONLY THEY WERE HUNGRIER THEY WOULD SWALLOW ME WHOLE

“June 5”

An Anthology, selections from Lexington Poetry Month 2019. 

Guest Editor: Sylvia Collings

Series Editor: Christopher McCurry

Transom journal – issue 14

“Hellraiser Mannequin: A Love Sonnet for G Griffith”

“A Love Sonnet for the Paper Crane Maker”  

Editors: Beth + Bobby Rich. A transom is the bar of wood that separates a door from the window above it. What comes over the transom is lobbed, has grace, arcs in.

PECULIAR: A QUEER LITERARY JOURNAL – issue 7

“The Metamorphosis of Narcissus” [poem]

Editors: Jack Garcia + Aaron Gates
Design: Emily Mattson
Featured Writer: Kay Zeiss

OUT/CAST: A JOURNAL OF QUEER MIDWESTERN WRITING AND ART

“Prayer”

“Diagnostic Groups”

Out/Cast is no longer running, but you can check them out here:

poetry chaplet publication

The Metamorphosis of Narcissus, 2019 Damaged Goods Press. Chaplet Series of poetry by queer and trans poets. Currently, funds going to M4BL Black Lives Matter.

 

creative collaborations + projects

Banner Art Installation Project

#KnowMoore Cultural Dialoguers

MFA Reverse-Ekphrasis w/ Aaron Lubrik

Community Literacy Programs + Initiatives