New York teacher and poet, Taylor Mali, is one of the most well-known poets to have emerged from the poetry slam movement. He was one of the first to appear on the HBO series "Def Poetry Jam" and is a four-time National Poetry Slam champion. He is the author of "The Last Time As We Are" (Write Bloody) and a book of essays, "What Teachers Make: In Praise of the Greatest Job in the World" (Penguin Group). In April of 2012, Mali completed a 12-year project of convincing 1,000 people to become teachers and marked the occasion by donating 12 inches of his hair to the American Cancer Society.
"...a ranting comic showman and a literary provocateur..." -- The
New York Times
"...clear, funny, appealing, accessible. And smart." -- Bob Holman, creator of NYC's Poetry Slams