photo by Gabriella Achadinha

I am a writer, editor, and musician currently living in Chicago, Illinois. I consider myself to be a collector of sounds, stories, and visuals; blurring the lines between journalistic research writing and artistic documentation. I enjoy performing with musicians, documenting cinematic visuals, and taking long walks in new cities.

I have a B.A. from Bard College in Human Rights with a minor in Literature and wrote my senior thesis on the importance of the author Svetlana Alexievich. You can read it here.

I am partly inspired by my Icelandic grandfather who collected traditional folk tales and published them as books. I have always admired those who write things down and who make literature as a way of documenting the ephemeral. In a way, we are all carrying stories, our stories, little histories.

I am also the co-founder and editor of a magazine called The Documentarian, which strives for critical and original documentation in numerous forms; through writing, sound, photography and other mediums. 

I am available for freelance assignments or artistic collaborations: manahaotaylor[at]gmail[dot]com