Mervyn Taylor

marlene lopez

(Taylor, Mervyn) Mervyn Taylor is a Trinidad-born poet who divides his time between Brooklyn, New York, and his island home, where he has conducted workshops with youths in prison. In New York, he has taught at Bronx Community College, The New School, and at the Young Adult Learning Academy, where “arts and learning came together as never before, or since.” Once a member of the infamous Bud Jones Poets, his work has appeared recently in Black RenaissanceNoire and in the anthology, The American Voice in Poetry. He is the author of four previous volumes of poetry: An Island of His Own, The Goat, and Gone Away, all from Junction Press, No Back Door, from Shearsman Books, and the audio collection, Road Clear, accompanied by bassist David Williams. In Voices Carry, Taylor presents poems that travelers unpack like suitcases from Pakistan, Haiti, Jamaica, and Trinidad, far from what used to be home.