Taylor Lewis is a proud Marylander interested in education, language, and culture. Based on a passion for current events and education, she has traveled through North America, Europe and Hawaiʻi.
While studying French and journalism at the University of Maryland, Taylor covered local ice hockey from the ECHL’s Reading Royals 2013 Kelly Cup championship to interviewing 2014 Sochi Olympic prospects and silver-medalists hosted by the Washington Capitals. Following graduation, she devoted herself to education through her work at Education Week.
Taylor Lewis found her creative home at the University of Maryland’s Jiménez-Porter Writers’ House. There, she started The Writer’s Bloc and focused her voice, crafting literary art centered on social justice issues and travel. Her creative work, published under the name of V. (Virgil) Saunders, can be found in HerStry, The Potomac, and District Lit, with more coming soon. In 2016, her poem “we and the metro” was nominated by District Lit for a Pushcart Prize.
In 2019, Taylor received a Master’s degree in Second Language Studies from the University of Hawaiʻi, where she researched the intersections of Blackness, gender and language learning through the teaching of isiXhosa.
She is currently teaching middle school in Anne Arundel County, Maryland.