Meet The Poet: Taylor Byas


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Taylor Byas is a Black Chicago native currently living in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is now a second year PhD student and Yates scholar at the University of Cincinnati, and an Assistant Features Editor for The Rumpus. She was the 1st place winner of both the Poetry Super Highway and the Frontier Poetry Award for New Poets Contests. Her chapbook, BLOODWARM, is forthcoming from Variant Lit in the summer of 2021. Her work appears or is forthcoming in New Ohio Review, Borderlands Texas Poetry Review, Glass, Iron Horse Literary Review, Hobart, Frontier Poetry, SWWIM, TriQuarterly, and others.@TaylorByas3

What does your memory smell like?

My memory smells like Luster’s Products Pink Hair Lotion. My parents used to use it in my hair when I was younger and I can conjure up that smell at any moment. It makes me feel tended to and cared for.

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