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Jacqueline Taylor

Born: 1985 in New York
Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Taylor lived in Chicago from 2005 - 2013 while serving a year as an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow with a placement at Kent State University and while working at DePaul University.

Biography: Jacqueline Taylor had more than 30 years of experiences as both an academic and an administrator at DePaul University in Chicago. While there, she was the Director of the DePaul University Humanities Center, the Associate VP Academic Affairs and went on to be the Founding Dean of the College of Communication. She also taught in the areas of performance studies, women's studies and gender and communication. Her essays have been published in Text and Performance Quarterly, Southern Speech Communication Journal, and Women's Studies in Communication. Taylor grew up in Kentucky, where she received her BA in English and Communication Arts from Georgetown College. She earned both her MA and PhD in Performance Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She is currently the Provost and VP for Academic Affairs at The College of New Jersey.


Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

Jacqueline Taylor on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

  Grace Paley :
ISBN: 0292735685 OCLC: 644305076

University of Texas Press, Austin : 1990.

Grace Paley :
ISBN: 0292790554 OCLC: 20319848

University of Texas Press, Austin : 1990.

Waiting for the call :
ISBN: 9780472115945 OCLC: 77333567

Growing up, Jacqueline Taylor was the ideal preacher's daughter. In the conservative communities of Pennsylvania and Kentucky where she lived, Taylor never questioned the solid pillars of the faith that informed her and her family's entire life. As she matures, however, Taylor's independent spirit and restless intellect begin to unravel the rigid fabric of belief that enfolds her world. Hoping to escape the watchful eyes of her parents and her church, Taylor leaves for college and almost immediately marries. After that relationship fails - much to her parents' disappointment - she finds herself married again. Her world is further shaken when her mother (normally a typically proper and straight-laced Baptist preacher's wife) experiences a wildly manic episode that shocks the church community and the family's very foundations. Despite the widening gap between Taylor and her parents, she takes on the role of caregiver to her mother. When Taylor finally realizes she is lesbian, she breaks with every tradition she has ever known and embarks on a new life, finding love with another woman and eventually adopting two Peruvian infants, Grace and Lucy. Through these experiences Taylor discovers not only a way to love and be in the world that allows her at last to hear her call, but an unexpected and deeply meaningful path to renewed communication and reconnection to her parents and community. -- Publisher description.