David Taylor

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., 1994, University of Tennessee


environmental humanities, history of naturalist studies, American Literature, nature writing




David Taylor is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Humanities in the Sustainability Studies Program housed in the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University. His writing crosses disciplinary boundaries and genres—scholarship, science/technical writing, creative nonfiction, and poetry. However, at the core of his work is an interest in and concern for environmental sustainability and community. He is the author and editor of nine books. He is the co-editor of the upcoming Paumanok Rising Again: Long Islanders Reflect on Climate Change (under contract with SUNY Press, forthcoming 2020) and is Lead Editor and Contributor to An Island in the Stream: Ecocritical and Literary Responses to Cuban Environmental Culture (Lexington Books, 2019). Poetry books include Palm Up, Palm Down (Wings Press, 2017), The Log from The Sea of Cortez: A Poetry Series (Wings Press, 2015), and Praying Up the Sun (Pecan Grove Press, 2008). He was also Lead Editor and Contributor to Sushi in Cortez: Essays from the Edge of Academia (University of Utah Press, 2015). In addition to the above, David has traveled to Cuba for over six years collaborating with writers, artists, and scholars at Consejo Nacional Artes Escenicas (CNAE), Fundación Antonio Núñez Jiménez de la Naturaleza y el Hombre, Union Nacional Escritores y Artistas Consejo (UNEAC)–Cuban national writers organization, and the Department of Geography at the University of Havana. Recent scholarly essays on Cuban theatre include: El Trompo: In the Sierra Maestra with Guerrilla de Teatreros.” La Gaceta (2017) 1: 18-20; Lead Editor, “TECMA and Theatre as Environmental Education.” Minding Nature, Center for Humans and Nature (January 2016); and Lead Editor, “Special Section on Cuban Theatre and Sustainability Outreach.” ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment (Autumn 2015) 22 (4): 873-900.–



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