Alumni: Kurt Taylor

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Kurt Taylor

Kurt Taylor graduated from the University of California, Riverside, Palm Desert Low-Residency MFA program in December, 2013. During the program, Kurt work-shopped portions of his latest novel, Blood River, a story of a U. S. Marshal pursuing drug cartel fugitives through the northern Arizona desert near the Grand Canyon, where he meets a female cartel killer who is on the run. Kurt’s first novel, Split Decision, takes readers behind the scenes of professional boxing, when a desperate man searches for a missing boxer that he’s sponsored and brought into the United States.


Two of Kurt’s short stories, Half-Life, and Riverside, have been featured in the Lit-Zine

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Indian Hill is Kurt’s blog, where he features photographs from some of his favorite haunts, along with travel memoir and flash fiction.

West Coast Blues is another of Kurt’s blog sites and presents some of his fiction work and novels excerpts.

When he’s not working on a novel or a short story, or watching NCIS and Longmire, Kurt enjoys day trips in his Jeep, cruising the desert and mountains of Southern California searching for signs of intelligent life. He also photographs his travels, and occasionally finds a picture worth sharing. An avid knife collector, he owns custom hand-made knives from makers in California, Arizona, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, Utah, New Brunswick, Canada, and Japan.

In sports journalism, Kurt writes freelance boxing pieces for Daxx Kahn’s Saddo He co-hosted Inside Dodgers Baseball from 2002-2005, producing and writing feature pieces with Los Angeles Dodgers players, coaches, and management.

Formerly a featured columnist for NoHo>LA, covering entertainment and culture in Los Angeles.

Producer and co-host of Interactive Live during its entire seven year run, a live one-hour television show featuring interviews with entertainment and news personalities in Los Angeles.

Kurt held the Sports Director position for KMTN-FM radio, Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science, University of California, Berkeley.

Twitter  @kurttaylor45