Erin Taylor Answers the Questionnaire


How do you take your coffee?

It depends. At home I take it black with a lil bit of sugar, a habit I picked up while living in Costa Rica because the coffee is just so good there that putting milk in would just ruin the taste honestly. I like to treat myself to mochas when I’m at cafes, the problem is I go to cafes a lot.

Tell us a little about the experience of making the work you have featured in REALITY BEACH.

The two poems I’ve had featured here both were written in the span of a month’s time. One I actually wrote as a Christmas gift for my friend who was going through a very hard time & just my desire for her to be in a more stable, happier place. The other one I wrote during a point of not really feeling real. It was around Christmas and I was in Perth, Australia. It was my first Christmas away from home & nothing really felt solid. I wanted to be home, but home doesn’t necessarily have a face anymore. So I left the group of people I was hanging out with and walked to a park and wrote the poem while looking at the trees around me. A lot of my poetry deals with longing & inconsistency. Greatly impacted by the fact I have an incredibly nomadic life.

Tell us about the poems you’ve been writing

I’ve written one poem in ten days (I was traveling through the Sichuan and Yunnan provinces in China & I was too overwhelmed to write most of the time), while eating breakfast noodles. It dealt a lot with the usual themes my writing covers, again such as longing and existence. Overall though, all of late 2015 and early 2016 I’ve been writing poetry every day, consistently, almost too many poems honestly. I was going through a lot & became a total workaholic in response. I wrote three manuscripts in a period of three weeks in January.

Where can we buy some (if applicable)?

I have a chapbook OOOO being released through Bottlecap Press in April (look for preorder around Mid March-ish), which I’m incredibly excited about & proud of. I also have a poem featured in a compilation through the Pittsburgh Poetry Houses (a very cool public art project that you all should look into) which will be on sale within the next few months as well. Technically not “my book” but such a cool project, so all of you should also get a copy of that, since it features tons of other really talented poets.

What’s the last thing you burned?

The last thing I burned was some incense on the first day of the year of the monkey at a Taoist temple in Jinhua, China. It was a very lovely experience. You go in front of the temple, pray to the immortals for some wishes for the new year, and bow three times with your incense.

Where is your beach?

Probably the beach at Manuel Antonio in Costa Rica. I had to chase off monkeys from my snacks but I’m fine with that.

What’s the best line on the fifth page of the poetry book closest to you?

“and he called loudly to the stars to bend, from their pale thrones, and comfort him” from The Sad Shepherd by W.B. Yeats

What is your favorite dance move? Please Describe.

I really don’t know how to dance, so basically it’s just me moving my curves and hoping it looks half decent.

What’s the ebb reveal?

Not sure, but if you know do tell me.


Be sure to read Erin’s poems that appeared on REALITY BEACH here, and more of her poetry, emotional ramblings, and so on at