Wendy Taylor is a published poet and former educator. She was born and raised in Southern California and has lived in Idaho, Virginia, Maui, and Washington. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing with an emphasis on poetry from Queens University of Charlotte, where she studied with our current U.S. Poet Laureate, Ada Limón.
Over the years, Wendy has taught students from Preschool through 12th grade, and she recently worked at Kamehameha Schools Maui, supporting a large body of native Hawaiian elementary school students.
Wendy’s favorite thing about working with youth is inspiring them to put their personal stories into writing to work through the challenges they face. Her passion for working one-on-one with youth led her to Friends of the Children. She is excited to join Friends of the Children and looks forward to the opportunity to build impactful, lasting relationships with the children of our Southwest Washington community.
On her days off, Wendy loves traveling, hiking, watching indie films, writing poetry, reading, perusing bookstores, attending literary events, and spending time with her family and cats.
Wendy can be reached at Wtaylor@friendsswwa.org.