M. Yvonne Taylor has worked as a professional writer and editor for more than 20 years and in the field of education for 13. She graduated with a degree in English from the University of Houston and earned a master’s in liberal arts from Southern Methodist University. After a few years working as a technical writer during the high-technology boom of the ‘90s, she discovered higher education, becoming assistant director of publications and minority community affairs at Rice University. She was assistant editor of the university’s flagship magazine, Sallyport, and later worked as assistant director of student activities at Reed College, an English instructor at Lone Star College, and a high-school AP English teacher.
An essayist, who occasionally uncovers a poem while crafting prose, Yvonne writes restaurant reviews, bios, web sites and blogs and is working on a book about single motherhood, which helped her attain a Gardarev artist’s residency in Boston in 2011. Her book is to be a collection of personal essays and interviews with other single mothers in her nationwide tribe. Today, an essay was published on xoJane.
Yvonne particularly enjoys teaching young people how to use the personal essay as a vehicle to explore their role in and relationship to the world around them. She’s thrilled to have the opportunity to help students share their personal stories, vision, and talent this school year with Writers in the Schools.
A book that inspired Yvonne as a child was Katy’s First Day, by Jeane Konder Soule with illustrations by Aliki: “My mom read this book to me to prepare me for the daunting first day of school. Like Katy, I was shy and nervous, but I found school to be a fun, exciting adventure. I still remember the surprise Katy’s mom left for Katy in her front pocket.”
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