Taiyon J Coleman
Taiyon J Coleman's Fundraiser

Poetry Makes a Difference!

Thank you so much for helping me to exceed my writing and fundraising goals by your direct support of poetry and independent literary publishing during the month of August 2020!

$1,575 towards $1,000

Warm Greetings,

Thank you so much for taking the time to review my fundraising page for August 2020, and thank you so much to all who read, reposted, supported, donated, and talked to me about poetry and writing!

The project is called 30/30; please link here to read some of my daily poems from the month of August (Part #1).

I accepted the creative challenge and opportunity to partner with the independent literary publisher, Tupelo Press, and I wrote thirty new poems and simultaneously fundraised for thirty days in August.

Tupelo Press generously provided the canvas, and I brought my heartfelt and impromptu words, which were turned into daily poems, accompanied by other fine poets. All poems were and remain mine to edit and to submit as I wish.

Your interest, reading, reposting and financial support gave me vital inspiration! Every dollar gave me confidence to write more, and it also helped the press place more poems in gorgeous books.

Thank you so much Tupelo Press for an amazing, wonderful and creative opportunity, and I thank you readers for your support!

Sincerely & Onward!

Taiyon J Coleman

31 August 2020


Taiyon J Coleman is a poet, essayist, and educator.

She is a Cave Canem and VONA fellow, and her writing has appeared in Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam; Riding Shotgun: Women Writing about Their Mothers; The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South edited by Nikky Finney; Blues Vision; How Dare We! Write: A Multicultural Creative Writing Discourse; and What God Is Honored Here: Writing on Miscarriage and Infant Loss by and for Native Women and Women of Color. Taiyon’s critical essay, “Disparate Impacts: Living Just Enough for the City,” appears in the 2016 anthology, A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota, edited by Sun Yung Shin. Mapping Our Potential: a Poem as a Spatial and Temporal Mapping of Human Experience is her TEDx talk. Her article, “The Risky Business of Engaging Racial Equity in Writing Instruction: A Tragedy in Five Acts,” published in TETYC was awarded the 2017 Mark Reynolds Best Article Award, and her essay "Poems as Maps: An Introduction," appears in the August 2017 issue of Places Journal. Her articles, "Making the Invisible Visible: A Project at the U Maps Minneapolis’s History with Racial Housing Covenants” and “Sometimes I Feel like Harriet Tubman (fall 2018),” appear in Minnesota Alumni Magazine.

I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO: James Baldwin, White Supremacy & Police Violence” is her podcast discussion on Feminist Frequency Radio: Episode #128, and her poem, “What,” appears in the A Moment of Silence anthology, which offers unabashed accounts by Black artists in Minnesota facing The George Floyd Uprising and COVID-19.

Taiyon has writing forthcoming in Civility, Free Speech and Academic Freedom in Higher Education: Faculty on the Margins (Routledge); What Kind of Ancestor Do You Want to Be?: Ethics for the Long Game (University of Chicago Press); and the journal Minding Nature.

Her non-fiction book manuscript, Traveling without Moving: Personal Essays on Motherhood, Love, Equity, and Teaching, has been selected as a finalist for the New Rivers Press' Many Voices Project: Prose 2019.

Taiyon is a 2017 recipient of a McKnight Foundation Artist Fellowship in Creative Prose, and she is one of twelve Minnesota emerging Children’s Writers of Color selected as a recipient of the 2018-2019 Mirrors and Windows Fellowship funded by the Loft Literary Center and the Jerome Foundation. Taiyon is Associate Professor of English and Women’s Studies at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota.