Faculty: Taylor Polites

Biography

Taylor M. Polites is a novelist living in Providence, Rhode Island with his small Chihuahua, Clovis. Polites’ first novel, The Rebel Wife, was published in February 2012 by Simon & Schuster. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Wilkes University and BA in History and French from Washington University in St. Louis. In 2009, he was awarded the Norris Church Mailer Fellowship from Wilkes University. He has lived in Provincetown, Massachusetts, New York City, St. Louis and the Deep South. He has covered arts and news for a variety of local newspapers and magazines, including the Cape Codder, InNewsWeekly, Bird’s Eye View (the in-flight magazine of CapeAir), artscope Magazine and Provincetown Arts Magazine.

Academic Research/Areas of Interest

Polites is a writer of historical fiction with a broad interest in history and literature and the ways in which they interact. He has focused his research on the black and white experience in the 19th century American South, myth-building in Southern fiction, and Southern women's narratives of the Civil War.

Taylor Polites

Taylor Polites

Lecturer
tpolites@risd.edu
401-454-6572

  • BA, Washington University
  • MA, Wilkes University
  • MFA, Wilkes University

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Courses
  • LAS-E422
    ADVANCED FICTION WRITING WKSHP
  • LAS-E412
    BEGINNING FICTION WRITING WORKSHOP

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