David A. Taylor

David A. Taylor’s fiction has appeared in the anthologies Stress City and Eclectica’s Best Fiction, and in Potomac ReviewGargoyleJabberwockBarrelhouseWashington City Paper’s Fiction IssueRio Grande Review, and Baltimore Review. His collection,Success: Stories, received the Washington Writers’ Publishing House fiction prize and was a People’s Choice finalist in the Library of Virginia Literary Awards. His nonfiction book Soul of a People (2009,), about the WPA writers of the 1930s, was made into aSmithsonian documentary film that he wrote and co-produced, and ranked among the Best of the Month by Amazon.com and the year’s best books by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. His other nonfiction books include Ginseng, the Divine Root (2006), a plant’s odyssey, and The War of 1812 and the Rise of the U.S. Navy (2012), with Mark Collins Jenkins for National Geographic Books. He writes for Smithsonian and The Washington Post, teaches at The Writer’s Center and lives in DC. Twitter: @dataylor1.

3 entries by David A. Taylor

Book Review

Sacrifice: My Life in a Fascist Militia

By Alessandro Orsini; translated by Sarah Jane Nodes

An Italian sociologist goes undercover to infiltrate a militant hate group.


Two authors give distinct voice to the people of one city — Baltimore.

Book Review

Defying Gravity

Edited by Richard Peabody

Anthology of D.C. women writers ignores boundaries in favor of strong voices and strong characters.