My books include the award-winning Ginseng, the Divine Root (Algonquin), a plant’s odyssey, and Soul of a People: The WPA Writers’ Project Uncovers Depression America (Wiley), an Amazon Pick of the Month that the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ranked among the Best Books of the Year. My recent book Cork Wars: Intrigue and Industry in World War II (Johns Hopkins University Press) received an Independent Publisher Book Award for world history.

My nonfiction appears in the Washington Post, Discover, Undark, Smithsonian, The Millions, Inverse, and Washingtonian. I've written documentary scripts for National Geographic, PBS, Discovery, and Smithsonian Channel. My documentary films have garnered CINE Golden Eagle Awards, TIVA-DC Peer Awards, and a Writers Guild of America award nomination.

My work has been supported by a Career Grant from the National Association of Science Writers, grants from the National Endowment of the Humanities, and fellowships from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and a Hawthornden Literary Fellowship. With a fellowship from the International Reporting Project, I reported on malaria research and prevention in West Africa. My short fiction collection Success: Stories received the Washington Writers Publishing House prize for fiction, and was a People's Choice finalist in the Library of Virginia Literary Awards. Thanks to the PEN/Faulkner Foundation I've been a visiting writer to DC Public Schools. I teach writing with Johns Hopkins University's science writing program. Visit www.davidataylor.org.

Other Works

Awards and Recognition

  • Independent Publisher Book Award, world history (Cork Wars); Writers’ Guild of America Screenplay Reading Series Award, 2012; Writers’ Guild of America award nomination - Best Documentary Film (Soul of a People)