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About Taiyon J Coleman, MA, MFA, PhD (she/her/hers)

Taiyon J Coleman is an educator, scholar, and writer. 

Taiyon’s research focus includes US American, African-American, and African Diaspora literatures and cultures; gender and women’s studies; film; college composition, developmental writing, and rhetoric; creative writing; education; assessment; anti-racist curriculum; and DEI consulting.
Taiyon’s most recent projects include the published essay, "Fool’s Gold," and she and three colleagues' co-authored grant application has received part of the $12 million in funding offered by The Mellon Foundation’s Inaugural Higher Learning Open Call for Civic Engagement and Social Justice-Related Research and Projectsto develop an interdisciplinary, intersectional curriculum that would promote anti-racism. The grant project at St. Kate's was awarded $497,000 to use over three years.
Taiyon’s critical essay, “Disparate Impacts: Living Just Enough for the City,” appears in the bestselling 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.
Taiyon’s book, co-authored with colleagues, Working toward Racial Equity in First-Year Composition, from the Routledge Research in Higher Education Series, was published in 2019. Her poem, “It’s Bigger than This” appears in the spring 2020 issue of Minding Nature, 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 been an invited panelist on Minnesota Public Radio’s (MPR) Disparities in Minnesota from the Eyes of Those Who Fight ThemWho are We as Americans after this Election?; What is Feminism Today?The Power of Live PerformancesWhat Happens when Women Challenge Powerful Men?America Grapples with the Pervasiveness of Sexual HarassmentHow Woman Can be Better Allies?Community Leaders React as We Wait for the Chauvin Verdict as hosted by national correspondent Kerri Miller; and an invited commentator with KARE 11 News Anchor, Jana Shortal, for Power to Change: The Legacy of George Floyd on April 20, 2021.
I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO: James Baldwin, White Supremacy & Police Violence” is her podcast discussion on Feminist Frequency Radio: Episode #128;  Laptop Cinema Club: Miss  Juneteenth Discussion is her interview of Director, Channing Godfrey Peoples (“Queen Sugar”) on June 23, 2020 for Women in Film (WIF); Laptop Cinema Club: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart is her discussion with director Tracy Heather Strain on August 12, 2020 for Women in Film (WIF); Laptop Cinema Club: Farewell Amor on December 2, 2020 is her discussion with writer/director, Ekwa Msangi, whose film premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival; Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon and Eve’s Bayou are her two most recent podcasts for Feminist Frequency Radio; and Women in Film: Laptop Cinema’s interviewer/moderator with the writer and director of the film Master, Mariama Diallo, and her costume and production designers. Master premiered at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival.
Taiyon’s work was quoted in Time Magazine and Bloomberg City Lab. Her non-fiction book manuscript, Traveling without Moving: Personal Essays on Motherhood, Love, Equity, and Teaching, was a finalist for the New Rivers Press' Many Voices Project: Prose 2019.  
Taiyon’s work also appears 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); Sixteen Teachers Teaching edited by Patrick Sullivan (Utah State University Press 2020), which was awarded the CCCC 2022 Outstanding Book Award for an Edited CollectionSparked: George Floyd, Racism, and the Progressive Illusion (Minnesota Historical Society Press); and seven poems from her poetry manuscript, Communicating with the Dead: Pandemic Love Poems, are featured in the fall 2020 issue of journal Minding Nature in the series, “Poems as Portals.” 
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 earned a BA in English Literature and a MA in English (Phi Kappa Phi and Ronald E. McNair Scholar) from Iowa State University, and she holds a MFA in Creative Writing and a PhD in English Literature and Culture with a minor in African American and African Diaspora Studies from the University of Minnesota, Twin-Cities as an Archie Givens Collection of African American Literature Research Fellow.
Taiyon is Associate Professor of Literature, Language, and Writing & Women's Studies at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota, and she is an University of Minnesota Libraries' Mapping Prejudice National Think Tank Affiliated Scholar
Taiyon’s book collection of critical essays, Traveling without Moving, is forthcoming from the University of Minnesota Press.

Photo credit to Sher Stoneman


Present Associate Professor, St. Catherine University English Literature & Women's Studies


American Studies, American Literature, Creative Writing, Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, English Language and Literature, Children's and Young Adult Literature, Literature in English, Anglophone outside British Isles and North America, Literature in English, North America, Literature in English, North America, Ethnic and Cultural Minority, Other English Language and Literature, Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies, Other Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Women's Studies, Film and Media Studies, Film Production, Other Film and Media Studies, Screenwriting, Visual Studies, Fine Arts, History, United States History, Race, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies, African American Studies, Ethnic Studies, Reading and Language, Rhetoric and Composition, Other Rhetoric and Composition, Rhetoric, Africana Studies, Hip Hop Studies, Education, Community College Leadership, Curriculum and Instruction, Curriculum and Social Inquiry, Disability and Equity in Education, Accessibility, Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research, Higher Education, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Liberal Studies, Student Counseling and Personnel Services, Academic Advising, Teacher Education and Professional Development, Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching, Higher Education and Teaching, Other Teacher Education and Professional Development, Secondary Education and Teaching, Adult and Continuing Education, and Language and Literacy Education

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