Mary Ann Taylor-Hall is the author of two novels, Come and Go Molly Snow and At the Breakers; a collection of short stories, How She Knows What She Knows About Yo-Yos; and three books of poetry, Dividing Ridge, Joy Dogs, and Out of Nowhere. Her short fiction has appeared in The Paris, Kenyon, and Sewanee Reviews, Ploughshares, and Shenandoah, and has been anthologized in Best American Short Stories. She has received two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and an Al Smith Fellowship from the Kentucky Humanities Council. Born in Chicago and raised in Central Florida, she received her B.A. from the University of Florida and her M.A. from Columbia University. She taught at several universities before coming to rest on a farm on the Harrison-Scott County line, where she has lived for the past forty years with, until his death ten years ago, her husband James Baker Hall.
Out of Nowhere
Out of Nowhere is the first comprehensive collection of poetry by Kentucky writer Mary Ann Taylor-Hall, presenting sixty-six new poems and work from two previous letterpress collections. Selected and arranged by the author, the poems in Out of Nowhere unfold as a luminous narrative of the poet’s life, moving through seasons of experience—from the first stirrings of childhood consciousness to present-day meditations on loss and grief—with candor, clarity, and startling tenderness. She opens to the reader the intimate landscape of her life in rural Kentucky, which she connects directly to the immensities and astonishing mysteries of the universe that come smashing through even our most ordinary days.