Thank you for visiting my website!  I’m Marilyn L. Taylor, former Poet Laureate of the state of Wisconsin (2009-2010) and the city of Milwaukee (2004-2005).

By way of a brief bio:  I was born in Chicago but lived for 40 years in Milwaukee, where I taught poetry for the English Department and the Honors College at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  In 2013 I moved to beautiful Madison,  where I continue to  write, teach, and spend time hobnobbing with some of the extraordinary poets who also call Wisconsin home.  I live with my poet-husband Dave Scheler, and an introverted teen-aged cat whose name is Pansy.   I’m also fortunate enough to have a wonderful son (Reed), a splendid daughter-in-law (Jessica), and two gorgeous grandsons: Max, age 3, and Finn, who will be 1 year old in November, 2018.  They all live in Pittsburgh, which is where the photo above (as you may have gathered) was taken.

I very much enjoy facilitating independent poetry workshops, readings, and presentations locally, statewide, and elsewhere, including programs sponsored by Lawrence University’s Bjorklunden Seminar Center (Baileys Harbor, WI), Western State Colorado University (Gunnison, CO), Poetry by the Sea (Madison, CT), West Chester University (PA), Road Scholar, the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Writers Institute, and the Write by the Lake Conference sponsored by the UW Division of Continuing Studies.

To contact me for a presentation or to purchase books (please check out my newest, titled Step on a Crack, published in 2016 by Kelsay Books), please drop me an email at