Rob Taylor was born in Port Moody, British Columbia, and currently lives in Vancouver with his wife, Marta. He has been writing poetry since 2003, and his work has appeared in more than forty journals, magazines and anthologies. His individual poems have won multiple awards, including a longlisting in the Best Canadian Poetry anthology.
His first book of poetry, The Other Side of Ourselves, was published in April 2011 from Cormorant Books. Prior to publication, the manuscript for the book won the 2010 Alfred G. Bailey Prize. Rob has also published three chapbooks of poems: splattered earth (2006), Child of Saturday (2008), and Lyric (2010), the latter of which was published as part of The Alfred Gustav Press’ chapbook series.
In 2004, he co-founded Simon Fraser University’s student poetry zine High Altitude Poetry, and in 2007, he co-founded One Ghana, One Voice, Ghana’s first online poetry magazine. He was also the poetry editor at Red Fez from 2007–2010. In 2011, Rob was part of the team that “resurrected” Vancouver’s Dead Poets Reading Series, which he still helps operate as one of the coordinators.