Taylor Drake was named after the Cabbage Patch doll her mother had as a kid. She is a recent graduate of Agnes Scott College, where she majored in English Literature and Religious Studies, and will soon be starting her Masters at the University of Georgia. Her work has appeared in Outrageous Fortune, The Onyx Review, LURe, The Sigma Tau Delta Rectangle, Persephone’s Daughters, and Storm Cellar Quarterly, where she won second place in the 2020 Force Majeure Flash Contest.
When not writing, you'll catch her reading folktales and spending too much time online cataloging human curiosities (“without realizing,” as a professor once said, “that she herself is one as well”).
“Rumination.” Storm Cellar Quarterly. Volume 9.1 (Winter 2021): 4-6. 2nd Winner in the 2020 Force Majeure Flash Contest. You can buy the issue here.
"the fantastic form of a relation between things." The Sigma Tau Delta Rectangle, Volume 96 (Winter 2021): 95-101
"Wondertales.” Persephone’s Daughters. Issue 7 (Winter 2020).
“Carlos.” Outrageous Fortune. Issue 11.1 (Winter 2019). This story was written as a thematic response to "I Go Back To Berryman's" and published with the author's permission. You can check out the author's other work here.
"'For my dear wife had no hands': Sexuality and Objectification in a Modern Maiden Without Hands Folktale." LURe: Literary Undergraduate Research in English, Volume 10 (Fall 2020): 5-20
“The Cannibal Mother: Philip Pullman’s The Golden Compass and the Sexual Anxieties of Bluebeard Folktales.” The Onyx Review: The Interdisciplinary Research Journal. Vol. 3, no. 1 (Fall 2017): 9-20. Winner of the Louise McKinney Literary Award.
JANUARY 2020 – SEPTEMBER 2020
PROGRAMING INTERN | GRANT COORDINATOR, AJC DECATUR BOOK FESTIVAL
Organizing and inviting authors, preparing panels, and copyediting and generating publicity materials for the annual AJC Decatur Book Festival, one of the largest independent book festivals in the country. Duties also included finding, writing, copyediting, organizing, and submitting materials for government, foundation, and corporate grants.
MAY 2019 – JUNE 2019
ASSISTANT RESEARCHER, AGNES SCOTT COLLEGE
Helping Professor Waqas Khwaja find, organize, and analyze research materials on the British Romantic writer Charlotte Turner Smith, as well as refining ideas for Professor Khwaja’s then-upcoming panel presentation in Spain.
JANUARY 2019 – MAY 2019
ASSISTANT NONFICTION EDITOR, AGNES SCOTT COLLEGE WRITERS’ FESTIVAL
Copyediting Writers’ Festival nonfiction contest finalists, as well as providing promotional outreach for Writers’ Festival events. Class lessons provided an introduction to the publishing industry, as well as visits from professional magazine editors Sarah Higgins (Art Papers) and Blake Butler (HTMLGIANT, Lamination Colony).
2016 – PRSENT
Developmental and minor copyediting for both creative and academic writing. Projects included a variety of subjects— such as history, education, and IP law—at both an undergraduate and graduate level.
• Dean’s Honor List, Agnes Scott College, 2016, 2018, 2019, 2020
• Louise McKinney Literary Award, Agnes Scott College, 2017 - received $500 cash award for best literary analysis essay submitted that term.
• 2nd Prize in the 2020 Force Majeure Flash Contest, Storm Cellar Quarterly, 2020 - received $200 cash award and publication for second best flash fiction submitted.
• Sara Wilson Glendinning Journalism Award, Agnes Scott College, 2020 - received $1750 cash award for outstanding junior or senior planning to pursue a career in writing, communications, or journalism.
• Sigma Tau Delta, International Honor Society for English Studies, Invited Junior Year at Agnes Scott College, 2019
• Theta Alpha Kappa, National Honor Society for Religious Studies and Theology, Invited Senior Year at Agnes Scott College, 2020
“Culture as Violence in Carmen Maria Machado's ‘Especially Heinous: 272 Views of Law & Order: SVU.’” 92nd South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference. Virtual, November 14, 2020.
“Call Me Isabel: The Problem of Prince Edward.” Sigma Tau Delta 2020 International Convention. Las Vegas, Nevada, March 28, 2020. (Event cancelled due to COVID-19.)
“'For my dear wife had no hands': Sexuality and Objectification in a Modern Maiden Without Hands.” 27th Annual Institute for Women’s Studies Student Research Symposium. Athens, Georgia, February 28, 2020.