Shorter Bio

Art Taylor is the author of On the Road with Del & Louise: A Novel in Stories, winner of the Agatha Award for Best First Novel. He has also won two Agatha Awards, an Anthony Award, a Macavity Award, and three consecutive Derringer Awards for his short fiction, and his work has appeared in Best American Mystery Stories. He also edited Murder Under the Oaks: Bouchercon Anthology 2015, winner of the Anthony Award for Best Anthology or Collection. He is an associate professor of English at George Mason University, and he contributes frequently to the Washington Post, the Washington Independent Review of Books, and Mystery Scene Magazine.

Longer Bio

Art Taylor is a fiction writer, book critic, and assistant professor of English at George Mason University.

Art is the author of On the Road With Del & Louise: A Novel in Stories (Henery Press, 2015), winner of the Agatha Award for Best First Novel and a finalist for both the Anthony and the Macavity Award for Best First Novel. His short stories have appeared in magazines and journals including Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Barrelhouse, Needle: A Magazine of Noir, and North American Review; online at Fiction Weekly, PANK, Prick of the Spindle, and SmokeLong Quarterly; in various regional journals/newspapers based in his home state of North Carolina; and in several anthologies, most notably those in the Chesapeake Crimes series, published by Wildside in conjunction with the Chesapeake Chapter of Sisters in Crime. His fiction has won several of the major awards in the mystery field, including two Agatha Awards, an Anthony, a Macavity, and three consecutive Derringer Awards, among other honors, and his work has appeared in the annual Best American Mystery Stories anthology.

From 2001 to 2011, he served as a contributing editor for Metro Magazine in Raleigh, N.C., with a focus on literary news and reviews. Since 2005, he has been a semi-regular reviewer for the Washington Post Book World, concentrating on mysteries and thrillers. In 2010, he was named to the editorial board of the North Carolina Literary Review, and in 2015, he began work as a columnist and reviewer for the Washington Independent Review of Books. Other literary essays/reviews have appeared in publications including The Armchair DetectiveMississippi Quarterly, Mystery Scene, The Strand, Spectator, The Independent, and The Oxford American, among others.

A native of Richlands, N.C., Art is a graduate of Yale University (B.A. American Studies) and also holds an M.A. in English/creative writing from N.C. State University and an M.F.A. in Fiction from George Mason University, where he now teaches creative writing, composition, and literature, and coordinates marketing for the annual Fall for the Book Festival.

Before returning to academia, he worked as assistant director of communications for the North Carolina Museum of Art, and prior to that as managing editor of Spectator magazine, an alternative weekly in Raleigh, N.C.

A member of the N.C. Writers’ Network since 1992, Art chaired the Network’s Fall Conferences in 2000 and 2002 and has served as president of the Network’s Board of Trustees. A member of Mystery Writers of America since 1996, he is currently co-chair of the programming committee for MWA’s Mid-Atlantic Chapter. Other memberships include: International Thriller Writers, Sisters in Crime, and the National Book Critics Circle.

He is married to the writer Tara Laskowski. They have one son.

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