Taylor Mali

Larry Berk Artist-in-Residence Series

Spring 2017
Taylor Mali
Poet, Performer, Educator


Taylor Mali



New York City performance poet Taylor Mali is one of the most well-known poets to have emerged from the poetry slam movement and one of the original poets to appear on the HBO series “Def Poetry Jam.” He is a four-time National Poetry Slam champion and the author of four books, including “What Teachers Make: In Praise of the Greatest Job in the World.” 

Since 1998, over one thousand people have become teachers after reading or listening to Taylor Mali’s passionate poems about his experiences teaching middle school, high school, and college. To mark the achievement, he donated 12 inches of his hair to the American Cancer Society.

Learn more about Taylor Mali by visiting his website, taylormali.com.


Gathering and Q&A Session
Moderated by Lisa Bullard, SUNY Ulster Professor of English
Thursday, April 6, 10:15 - 11:30 am, College Lounge, Vanderlyn Hall








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