Vanessa Taylor is a writer based out of Philadelphia, although the Midwest will always be home. Originally getting her start as an organizer in Minneapolis, she uses writing as an extension of community work. Through articles, essays, fiction, and more, she focuses on exploring the intersections of Black Muslim womanhood and the taboo. Her articles have appeared in outlets such as Teen Vogue, Al Jazeera English, and The Intercept. Her essays and fiction have appeared in Catapult, as Editor’s Pick in Barren Magazine, and in Belt Magazine — where she received a Pushcart Prize nomination. In 2017, she was a fellow with Muslim Wellness‘ inaugural Deeply Rooted Emerging Leaders class.