Lisa Taylor: Professor on Campus, Poet at Heart

A photograph of Professor Taylor captured by her husband

Quiet and reflective, Lisa Taylor is a successful poet new to the faculty here at Nichols College. Having joined the English department, Professor Taylor feels lucky to be here, stating that Nichols simply felt like home the first time she walked on to the campus, a feeling many students have also experienced. She stumbled across the ad for an English Professor rather by accident, though Taylor believes fate determines our path. As her path has led to teaching two expository writing classes this semester, Nichols students are sure to benefit.

With an MFA in Creative Writing from Stonecoast in Maine, Taylor brings more than just a degree to the table. This is a woman with four published books of poetry and a short story collection in the works. She has connections with not just writers and published authors but with successful sports management professionals as well, a combination that so molds to the Nichols lifestyle that one simply has to concede that fate lights our pathways and guides our destination. Utilizing these connections, Nichols students and alum will be pleased to learn Taylor has secured a visit from Irish author Alan McMonagle, who will grace the College with his presence in late October. McMonagle will present a free reading along with Taylor in the Fels Student Center on October 27th from 3pm – 5pm.

In addition to the academic and professional qualities Lisa Taylor had to offer, she also brings her beliefs in hard work and the ability of the underdog to succeed. Within twenty minutes of speaking with Professor Taylor, she wanted to know who I was and what made me tick. With 25 years in the public school system and nine simultaneous years spent teaching college, it’s not an act – she truly cares about each student as an individual. Professor Taylor took the time to offer advice and support to a student she had just met. How admirable a quality is that! With the belief a mentor/mentee relationship is not something to be taken lightly, Taylor remains in contact with her own mentors from both grad school and a fellowship spent in the wilderness of Ireland one summer. The care Taylor takes in knowing her students became more evident as she offered me grad school advice, writing tips, and support.

Professor Lisa Taylor is an asset to the community here at Nichols College.

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