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About Beth Taylor

Dr. Elizabeth S. (Beth) Taylor is a Distinguished Senior Lecturer in the Nonfiction Writing Program in the Department of English at Brown University. She teaches creative nonfiction -- literary journalism, historical narrative, and memoir. She earned her PhD in American Literature from Brown in 1989, then taught at Harvard before returning to Brown. A former feature writer and book reviewer for the Providence Journal, she has published flash nonfiction, columns, and essays, including a reflection on Brown's Nonfiction Writing Program in Composition Studies; "Apprenticing Nonfictionists" in The Journal of Teaching Writing; and "Itches and Scratches" in Brown Alumni Magazine. Her essays on the Vietnam War era include a Pendle Hill pamphlet, "Quaker in Vietnam: Rick Thompson (1949-1973)"; "Fighting Pacifism" in Friends Journal; "Crossing the Line: Finding Butch," in War, Literature, and the Arts; "Lost to Vietnam: Choices and Impact" in the anthology, Friends and the Vietnam War and on the web site "Writing Vietnam;" and "Conflict and Loss" in NPR's "This I Believe" series. The final publication in this series is her book, The Plain Language of Love and Loss: A Quaker Memoir, published by the University of Missouri Press in April, 2009.

A Digital Essay on the Life of Frances Davis Plaisted                                        1892-1990 “I believe in hands that work, brains that think, and hearts that … Continue reading

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