June 9   |   Alfred A. Knopf


"Getting Dark" and "Grace"



"Irony" 



Tribute to Lucille Clifton: "Visitation: A Gathering of Poets"


Reflection on Soul


"Trespass" 


"One Apology"


"Fannie Lou Hamer" and "Shared Plight"


Deeply honored to participate in the celebration of living treasure Alice Walker's 75th birthday in her hometown of Eatonton, GA!


Featured in Best American Poetry 2019

"The Emperor's Deer," read beautifully by U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith


"Windows" and "Retreat"

After Watching “Surviving R. Kelly,” The First Days of a New Year Feel Like So Many Others

"People want me to believe / there’s a difference when the result / is the same, same, same."

Listen to Tess Taylor discuss Starshine & Clay on NPR's show "All Things Considered" along with two recent poetry collections:


The Poet Laureate Wants You to Read This Poem:

Poem @ Boston Review :

Poem Featured in PSA's "Poetry In Motion" Series, NYC MTA: