Ithaca, NY – Catherine is the author of Apart, a mixed-genre memoir and political history of South Africa forthcoming from Ugly Duckling Presse in 2012. Her first book was Giving Birth: A Journey Into the World of Mothers and Midwives (Penguin Putnam) a book Library Journal described as a “blend of scholarship, exposé, and storytelling that is likely to become a classic.” Taylor worked as a producer, writer, and researcher on a number of documentary film projects in New York City including “The Exiles” which won an Emmy award for historical programming, and she was a Co-Founder and Producer of The Human Rights Watch Film Festival. Taylor is a Founding Editor of Essay Press, an independent press dedicated to publishing innovative essays in book form, for which she has received numerous grants.
Her own essays, poetry, and reviews have appeared in many literary journals including The Colorado Review, Hotel Amerika, The Laurel Review, Xantippe, Postmodern Culture, Witness, and Jacket2. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, she was a finalist for the 2011 Hunger Mountain Creative Nonfiction Prize, and she has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo. Taylor received a B.A. from Cornell University and Ph.D. from Duke University. She currently teaches in the Writing Department at Ithaca College.