Rosamund Taylor is a poet and critic. A selection of her poetry won the Mairtín Crawford Award at the Belfast Book Festival in 2017, and her poem The Proof won the London Magazine Poetry Competition in 2020. Her poem, Pride 2017, was chosen by Poetry Ireland as one of twelve “Pocket Poems” to be widely distributed in celebration of National Poetry Day 2020.
She has published over 40 poems in Ireland, Canada, the US and the UK. Recently, her poems have appeared in Magma, Agenda, Banshee, Channel, Poetry Ireland Review and on LambdaLiterary.Org. She has been twice nominated for a Forward Prize for Best Single Poem, in 2017 and 2019 respectively. Her essay on the poetry of Mary Oliver appeared in The Trumpet in 2019.
Lyrical and inventive, Rosamund’s work looks at marginalised identities, such as being queer and neurodiverse, and how being marginalised in one way can lend insight into the destruction and dismissal of the natural world. She has been inspired to look to historical figures to understand what it means to challenge expectation and tradition. Her attention is drawn to women in science, such as Caroline Herschel, the 18th-century astronomer, who was told reading was almost as bad for her as witchcraft, and to Joan of Arc, who was killed because she was so far outside of accepted norms.
Rosamund is an experienced editor of both poetry and prose. Connect with her on GoodReads to see what she’s currently reading, chat to her on Twitter, or get in touch if you are interested in her work as a writer, book-reviewer or editor. Rosamund lives in Dublin with her wife and two very old cats.