About Kathy Taylor


Kathryn Taylor’s essays have been published by the Philadelphia Inquirer, NPR’s Philadelphia affiliate WHYY, Broad Street Review, and Purple Clover, as well as alumni magazines and local newpapers. Woodhall Press included her essay on corn on the cob, “Maize Madness,” in its anthology Flash Nonfiction Food,  out in spring 2020. In 2018, she studied with former New Yorker editor Daniel Menaker at the Key West Literary Seminar Workshops.

In addition, she has edited a number of books, including Dr. Daniela Gitlin’s memoir Practice, Practice, Practice (published in early 2020 from Corner Office Books), and the essay collection Lite Whines and Laughter, which won the 2019 Georgia Independent Author of the Year award for writer Lee Gaitan. She has also been a contributing editor for the New Princeton Companion (forthcoming from Princeton University Press), and teaches workshops in the university’s “Princeton Writes” program for staff.

Before clearing the way to focus on her writing and editing, Kathryn Taylor had a varied career. From 1999 to 2017, she was a director for alumni affairs at Princeton University, from which she graduated with a degree in English in 1974. Earlier, and working backwards in time, she was a chair of the English Department at the Baldwin School, a vice president of commercial banking at the former Mellon Bank, and a Freshman English instructor at the University of Pennsylvania, where she received an MA in English and did further work toward a PhD, concentrating in Anglo-Saxon literature.

She grew up in Hollidaysburg, PA, but has lived in the Philadelphia area since graduating from college. She and her husband have two grown children. Her children and husband, and sometimes her cats, have made regular appearances in her essays – and are very likely to continue to do so.