TAYLLOR JOHNSON IS AN ARTIST. She has been an artist since she was writing on the walls in her bedroom as a little girl (sorry mom). But even then, she did not know where this passion would take her. It was not until she attended the California State Summer School for the Arts and was mistakenly (there are no mistakes) put in a spoken word class that she was given her mission in poetry and the adventure truly began...
Born and raised in Los Angeles, California Tayllor has not stopped writing, performing, teaching, learning, and growing as a poet, writer, and activist since finding her voice through Spoken Word. Tayllor has written and taught poetic curriculum for schools and after-school programs on both the East and West Coast. Before graduating from Mount Holyoke with a B.A. in Psychology in 2015, she used her study and passion for healing as a foundation in teaching poetry and performance. She holds firm her belief that Poetic Communications is one of the most important healing tools and empowerment vessels for young people... and a budget should not determine whether or not they are exposed to it.
A semi-finalist with the Los Angeles Team for Brave New Voices in 2010 and a semi-finalist for the Scotland National Poetry Slam, Tayllor has never stopped performing and using her voice to grow up, grow in, grow out, and share her story. In 2012, she co-founded The Conscious Poets Society, an organization dedicated to performance poetry as not only a healing place but also a tool of resistance against injustice (White Supremacy, Racism, Sexism, Homophobia, Xenophobia–Oppression of all kinds) providing spaces for others to share their stories and inspire sustainable change. In 2014, she launched her own brand #ImNotYourEnemy, a T-shirt to start action-oriented conversations on how women of color can cease to break each other down and start to build each other up (#sisterhoodisaverb).
Currently, Tayllor Johnson lives in New York City continuing to learn, read, write, perform, and teach in one of the most artistic hubs in the world. In all she has done, is doing, and will do she embodies her mission:
Find new ways poetry can empower the voiceless, soothe the wounded, and disturb the status quo, setting us all on a path to freedom