About

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), which the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ranked among the Best Books of 2009. My latest book is Cork Wars: Intrigue and Industry in World War II (Johns Hopkins University Press), which received an Independent Publisher Book Award for world history.

I write for the Washington Post, Discover, Science, Smithsonian, The Millions, Undark, and Washingtonian, and I've written documentary scripts for National Geographic, PBS, Discovery, and Smithsonian Channels. My awards in documentary film include CINE Golden Eagle Awards, TIVA-DC Peer Awards, and a Writers Guild of America award nomination.

My work internationally 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. 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. I've been a PEN/Faulkner visiting writer to DC Public Schools and teach science writing with Johns Hopkins University. For more, 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)