Dr. Taiyon J. Coleman

Minnesota, United States

Member Since: 01/09/2018


Taiyon J Coleman is a poet, essayist, and teacher. She is a Cave Canem fellow, and her writing has appeared in Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam; Riding Shotgun: Women Writing about Their Mothers; The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South edited by Nikky Finney; Blues Vision; and How Dare We! Write: A Multicultural Creative Writing Discourse edited by Sherry Quan Lee.  Taiyon’s critical essay, “Disparate Impacts: Living Just Enough for the City,” appears in the 2016 anthology, A Good Time for the Truth, edited by Sun Yung Shin. Mapping Our Potential: a Poem as a Spatial and Temporal Mapping of Human Experience is her TEDx talk. Her article, “The Risky Business of Engaging Racial Equity in Writing Instruction: A Tragedy in Five Acts,” published in TETYC was awarded the Mark Reynolds TETYC Best Article Award for 2017. Taiyon has been an invited panelist on Minnesota Public Radio’s (MPR) Disparities in Minnesota from the Eyes of Those Who Fight Them; Who are We as Americans after this Election?; What is Feminism Today?; The Power of Live Performances; What Happens when Women Challenge Powerful Men?; and a special episode of MPR’s nationally syndicated Flyover show, America Grapples with the Pervasiveness of Sexual Harassment, as hosted by national correspondent Kerri Miller. Taiyon earned a MFA in Creative Writing and a PhD in English Literature and Culture with a minor in African American and African Diaspora Studies from the University of Minnesota, Twin-Cities, and she is a 2017 recipient of a McKnight Foundation Artist Fellowship in Creative Prose. Taiyon is Assistant Professor of English Literature at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota, and her most recent writing, "Poems as Maps: An Introduction," appears in the August 2017 issue of Places Journal. Taiyon has an essay in the forthcoming Shadowlands: An Illustrated Reader in Racialized Violence in America, Selected Writings on the Art of Ken Gonzales-Day, and Taiyon’s book, The Importance of Equity in Writing Instruction: Critiquing the Community College Composition Classroom, is forthcoming in 2018 from the Routledge Research in Higher Education Series.


Genres of Interest

Fiction, Creative nonfiction, Playwriting, Screenwriting, Children's literature , Poetry